Back in the mid 80's I won a CB radio base station and antena in one of
store "fill in a form and win a ____". Haven't won anything since -
I did manage to walk under a 12KV power line - just before it snapped
were I'd just been walking - and melting some concrete, some asphalt and
catching a tree on fire. But that was LUCK, not WINNING.
So last month I won a Jimmy Clewes "lidded chinese box" in a club
piece and having watched it being turned - at 3,000 rpms. If you want
adrenaline rush stand near a 10" x 4" x 2 1/2" "propeller" wind up to
So Saturday a buddy and I went up to the SawDust Shop open house, mainly
to see their Epilog Laser Engraver - a guy was going to show me how he
laser engraves lidded boxes he turns on Sunday for an article for the
website. They were going to have a drawing and I HAVE to enter
that involve woodworking stuff - it's an OCD thing. Didn't know what
prizes were and didn't care - getting the entry form filled in and put
box was all I HAD TO do. And I bought two "safe drive centers" and two
"live centers" as donations to a high school that has some kids
in turning but only face plates as a way of holding the wood. School
being what they are, "shop class" stuff is at the very bottom of the
priority list, especially for equiptment, and there are kids with an
for woodworking who don't get a chance to even try it.
The Sunday Epilog laser engraving session got postponed to Monday. That
2 hour session was really enlightening. Opens up a lot of possibilities
you have access to a laser engraver - which I didn't foresee ever
(I'll post the url to the page(s) on what I learned when it/they are
So tonight I check my e-mail and see yet another "YOU"VE WON!" message.
I get four or five of those things - a day. But I open it and read it
deleting it just to see how crafty these rip off artists are getting.
SURPRISE - it was for real - a Lifetime Membership to the SawDust Shop
woodshop - with the Epilog Laser - AND - a ShopBot - along with the
other stationary tools, benches, clamps etc.. This shop is LOADED.
For space and budget constrained woodworkers, this place is a dream
come true. If you're in the south San Francisco Bay Area the shop is
in Sunnyvale a mile or two off US 101 and Lawrence Expressway.
Now I'm thinking a lottery ticket or two . . . There's this laser
engraver that might fit in my shop - and it's ONLY around eleven