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    new member from TX

    Hello everyone. My name is Michael and I am from Texas. I am currently a cabinet shop supervisor of a 4 man shop that builds casework for a school district. We build all of the casework for our new schools and also for renovations and additions. The biggest drawback of my job is that I never get to work with "real" wood. 95% of all of our work is laminate. I am hoping to someday be able to build myself a small shop at my house for doing small projects. I picked up this forum off of another forum I visit and thought I would check it out. From what I have seen so far it looks like you can pick up a lot of useful information from some great wood workers. Hopefully I will be able to contribute here too. Thanks for looking.

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    Welcome Michael!!
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    Welcome to the Family Michael
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    Welcome to the family Michael.

    There is tons of knowledge here and it sounds like you have tons to offer as well.
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    Welcome Michael. Glad to have you. You can contribute right away with an answer to this . . . Does your shop use metric for your casework? there you go, we already owe you ;-)
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    Welcome to the Family Michael lookun forward to your input, laminate is used by alot of folks and it sounds like you got a good understanding of it!
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    Welcome, Michael. We're always glad to have another voice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Welcome Michael. Glad to have you. You can contribute right away with an answer to this . . . Does your shop use metric for your casework? there you go, we already owe you ;-)
    I try not to. It does seem that as time has gone by everything is going that way. A lot of the hardware we use is metric but I don't intentionally go that way. We are not set up on the 32mm system for our hinges and drawer guides although most of our hardware is set up for it. We do have a double head line boring machine that does drill that way I just have never took the time to set everything up that way. I learned in a small shop and have just stuck with those "old ways." We still cut all of our parts out on a Powermatic table saw (no CNC), we assemble all of our cabinets with nails and screws and so on. I would say we are some where between a custom shop and a production shop. Eventually I think we will all be using the metric system in our work just to comply with the rest of the world. I am not totally against it, just not totally familiar with it. Hope that all makes sense.

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    Glad to have you with us Michael.

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    Welcome Michael!
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