New intro

  • 30 Jan 2018 8:56 PM
    Message # 5710007

    22 Years active duty (retired)

    Parachute Rigger with about 1,000 jumps

    Combat unit 2/75th Ranger Bn. Fort Lewis Wa. 2002

    Married 28 years, 5 sons one is also a combat Vet currently a contractor in Afghanistan, 3 of my sons have Fragile X Syndrome so they are totally mentally handicap- and awesome!

    Retired in 2009, went to school, received three degrees- Love being a full time backyard woodworker!

    I'm late for the game here and wish I would have found woodworking years ago but, I don't have a workshop, I work in my shed and back yard so I can't modify much. The one thing that has helped me immensely is the extreme pleasure I get working on whatever it is I'm doing. I too am 100%, broken from head to toe, so I suffer every night from the choices I make during the day, but to me it is worth it. In two days my wife is letting me get a table saw which I have been begging her for a few months now because everything I try to make has been with a circular saw and miter saw which has been working out pretty well except the only wood I can afford is the free kind mainly pallets, so it is pretty darn hard to get strait edges and angles with them but that is part of the therapy for my mind is overcoming that obstacle. Power tools aside- another great benefit of joining Mr. Cosman here was learning about hand tools. My best friend lately is Hyper Tough at Walmart, yeah not great quality but I watched most of the intro videos so far and ran to the store and bought some chisels, sharpened em, and been banging and chipping away on everything I see. I found a small wheel looking thing while out asking for pallets, and it looked similar to Rob's marking gauge so I have been grinding it down to try to make one, looks pretty cool so far. I'm not sure what tool I should get next month but I really want to get a wood plane, or a hand saw  to try out some dovetails that I fear. I ramble a lot as you can see, thank you for your time.

  • 18 Sep 2018 11:10 PM
    Reply # 6675834 on 5710007

    Your comment about your wife and your new table saw rang a loud bell in my mind and heart. During our 38 years together (my loving wife passed in 2009), our agreement was that I could get one new tool for each new project. The first was a $25 circular saw, followed later by a $75 abandoned Delta table saw, and eventually by shops #1, #2, #3, and now #4. 

    Neither my wife nor I knew anything about PTSD when we met, but we both knew that woodworking helped me through some really rough times. Now, with Rob's help, I can continue on that good path. I believe Native Americans call it the "red path" when it takes us in the best direction. Staying on the red path takes effort, and woodworking can help define that path for each of us.

    As a parachute rigger, you have a complete understanding of the attention to detail needed to prevent the loss of life for each chute you packed. Your new focus on woodworking can also save a life--yours--as that same focus has done for me. 

    Service-related disabilities will always be with us, but with woodworking we can make those beasts in our head quiet while we make something beautiful for those we love. 

    Thank you for your Service!

    Doc Bailey

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