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Here's My Woodworking!
By Al Tague
Cape Coral, FL

I'm 85 years old and I've been woodworking since high school shop class. I used to make furniture for friends and sold several pieces as a side hobby/money earner. Then I discovered I could make the same thing in miniature, lift it with one hand, and get the same price. I work in a miniature scale of 1"=1' which was a lot of fun. I still make pieces to hang around our home. Also if my wife wants me to make something for her, I'll make it.

One day I was fooling around on the web and came across a scroll saw on Ebay for $38 so I bought it in a lark and have been hooked ever since. I've made intarsia as well as many carvings by hand. My real love came in making religious articles for people at my church. I don't design them. I use any pattern I can find. I've made thousands of these items, which include 4 foot crosses, neck and tie tacks, and much more.

I use recycled wood whenever possible as this is strictly a give program so I don't make any money in return. The reward is the cookies and cakes I receive in return, as well as the messages I receive from people I've never met who are thousands of miles away and receive my simple little projects.

As you get older your woodworking has to get smaller in order to keep up with your strength, eye sight, and shaky old hands. Woodworking is a gift that lasts you all your life. You learn to love wood and the early taste of sawdust never leaves you.

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