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    Hi from St. Louis

    I just found this place from the Wood Whisperer's site. Thought I'd introduce myself. The "shop" is really part of a two car garage and another small space in the basement. The basement has some hand tools and my router table - cheap Sears table with a circle cutting jig on it. The garage has my cheap drill press with a new table fence and my latest toy, a new Grizzly 10" contractors saw. The justification for the saw (besides getting rid of the cheap Craftsman 8" that kept trying to fall over) was some new shelves for the family room.

    I figure this is just about everyone's first project. Mine are simple oak ply base cabinets with a 4' shelf on top. I'm making three of these to cover a wall. I wanted simple doors so I ended up buying them for less than I would have spent making them.

    There are a few other projects in the queue in order to help justify the saw but my primary reason for getting it was to continue with my main interest: Telescope building. It's really fun to build something out of wood that looks cool, moves around, and shows you the universe at the same time.

    Thanks,
    Jerry

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    Hi Jerry! Welcome to a great place!
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    Hi Jerry, Welcome to FWW. This is a very friendly place.

    Joe

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    Welcome to 'the Family' Jerry! Glad you found us!

    Sounds like you know how to "justify" tool purchases. Just keep finding more projects that require the certain you need, and you'll soon find you'll be needing a larger shop!

    Wooden telescopes, huh? Sounds very interesting.

    But, without pictures, it just didn't happen.

    Be sure to share your progress...we love pictures. And who knows, someone might be able to lend a hand with ideas for your projects.

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    Hi Jerry,
    Glad to have you throw in with us.
    Your interest in making telescopes is not a simple start one would think. Hope to have you share your projects someday.
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    Welcome Jerry. I'm sure you will find kind folks and good information.

    Bruce

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    Telescop Projects

    Here is a link to my baby. The site is astronomy related and family friendly:

    http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=1096

    I'm also 99% complete with a little 6" that I made from a lighting globe. Here are the pics. I discovered the joy of baltic birch on the first one and I never plan to build a scope from anything else, ever. Working with that stuff is easy and lots of fun.

    Jerry

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    Jerry,

    Very interesting link, and telescope. Very nice work!

    And yes, 'real' baltic birch is a joy to work with, and truly stable compared with the stuff you get at the home centers.

    You've done good by satisfying our craving for pictures too!

    - Marty -
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    hi jerry!
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    Hi Jerry
    Nice work.........
    Coffee Pot is on

    WoodWorking, Crappie Fishing, Colts, Life is good!

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