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I became interested in woodworking while on active duty in the United States Navy. At each new duty station I would find the craft shop which would have a wood shop. In 1980 I was a "regular" at the wood shop at Fort Meade, Md. I was offered a part time job -- the man who ran the shop told me I might as well get paid to be there since I was there anyway. In 1982 when I retired from the Navy I was hired as a "Trainning Instructor in Woodcrafts". I worked there for 3 years, giving a weekly safety class, assisting patrons with their projects, ordering wood and supplies for resale, and performing maintenance on the machinery. I changed jobs in 1985 but continued to use the shop until I moved in 1990.
When we bought our house in upstate New York (Westmoreland). I set up a "shop" in our 2 car garage. In 1995 I had a detached garage built (28 x 32) that became my present wood shop.
I take my time making…

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  • Born on December 19
  • Joined October 1, 2008

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walnut, oak, cherry, poplar

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Quality Woodworking by Tom Roche

About

I became interested in woodworking while on active duty in the United States Navy. At each new duty station I would find the craft shop which would have a wood shop. In 1980 I was a "regular" at the wood shop at Fort Meade, Md. I was offered a part time job -- the man who ran the shop told me I might as well get paid to be there since I was there anyway. In 1982 when I retired from the Navy I was hired as a "Trainning Instructor in Woodcrafts". I worked there for 3 years, giving a weekly safety class, assisting patrons with their projects, ordering wood and supplies for resale, and performing maintenance on the machinery. I changed jobs in 1985 but continued to use the shop until I moved in 1990.
When we bought our house in upstate New York (Westmoreland). I set up a "shop" in our 2 car garage. In 1995 I had a detached garage built (28 x 32) that became my present wood shop.
I take my time making projects and usually make "runs" of 6 or more. A quality finish after careful construction is my "mode of operation".

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