Dave Rutan

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Location: Sussex County, New Jersey

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I guess I've been seriously interested in woodworking since about 2011. Before that I did a few projects with handheld (corded) tools. I bought a small table saw and have since added a bench top band saw and drill press. I think my biggest triumph was a mountain dulcimer and case that I made for my wife. It definitely looks original and it works quite well.
I'm interested in small projects, nothing bigger than a table and I like dabbling in lutherie (I have plans and ideas.) Whirligigs are another thing I like to make. My first two now decorate our yard, a fiddler who bows and stamps out the rhythm, and a parakeet who vainly beats his wings. I have a few more in progress for friends. (best way to learn is to make giveaways, right?)
My 'workshop' is an approximately 13x13 foot space in our basement. Unfortunately it's also the access way to our laundry room and the outside. I've been organizing things, but in the meantime I get projects done. In the summer I sometimes adopt our patio under a shade tent to do much of the sanding or larger projects like the trio of Adirondack chairs ala Norm Abram.

Background: I was a printer for 13 years on small offset and letter presses in a local mom and pop shop. When my daughter came along we decided that I'd stay home as the caregiver as my wife's work benefits and salary were better than mine. I'm now lightly employed as a sexton in our church though if the right part time job popped up I'd take it.

I also translate many of my Lumberjocks projects into Esperanto and post them on a Wordpress blog here:

Sometimes I post them in Esperanto before I post them here.

If you're into such things, you can follow me on Instagram here:

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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replied on Smoothing old finish 12-04-2018 01:23 PM
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added blog entry Tool Gloat: Brass Purfling Channel Cutter 10-18-2018 10:18 AM
commented on Mini ‘leg-style’ vise for work 09-21-2018 10:17 AM
added project Mini ‘leg-style’ vise for work 09-20-2018 08:39 PM
commented on Small phone stand 09-07-2018 09:05 PM
commented on De plane! de plane! 08-20-2018 10:05 PM
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added blog entry De plane! de plane! 08-19-2018 10:45 PM
commented on “Roman” saw 08-14-2018 04:15 PM
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commented on “Roman” saw 08-11-2018 02:14 AM
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#1 posted 05-29-2012 07:18 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 11:27 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 05-30-2012 01:06 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 05-30-2012 01:36 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 05-30-2012 02:13 AM

Welcome to LJs. This is a great place with very fine people; make yourself at home.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 05-30-2012 10:25 AM

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I hadn’t expected to be noticed this quickly!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 05-30-2012 05:46 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#8 posted 06-02-2012 12:38 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks where the People and Projects are Amazing! Good Luck!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#9 posted 09-02-2017 10:39 AM

If you’re into such things, you can follow me on Instagram here:

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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