I am new to the forum. I am a member of Wood Magazine forum and heard about this forum from Travis Johnson. Travis, thanks for the information.
I know Steve Ash - our wives used to work together in Manistique a score of years ago.
Most of what I have learned was from magazines and forums. I really appreciate the information on the forums and try to share my experiences as everyone else does.
I live near of Manistique in Michigans beautiful UP (Upper Penninsula). I have a 20 x 28 shop made pole building style that I started in 1999. I am mainly into building cabinets and, since my middle daughter is an artist, I make may frames for paintings, sketches, etc. My equipment includes a Clearvue 1800 cyclone, a Grizzly GS1023 cabinet saw, Jet 6" jointer, Makita planer, Bosch SCMS, a router table with a 3 1/4 horse router. I added on to the shop - 20 x 24 - for cold storage (for my boat after I bought a tractor) so I now have a place for my lumber and sheet goods. It sure helped clear out the shop so I have more assembly space. This also allowed me to rearrange the floor layout of the shop so the work flows better.
My family is into logging and I have 20 acres of hardwood. I had it thinned a few years ago. I installed an outdoor wood boiler so I can cut and burn the trees that will only be good for pulpwood. For the wood that is not going to be a log, it is worth more to me as a source of heat than selling for pulpwood. I heat both my shop and my house with the boiler.
My day job is Engineering Manager (ie Plant Engineer) at Manistique Papers, Inc. I am a mechanical engineer (Michigan Tech 1984) and have a PE license.
I look forward to getting to know everyone on the forum.