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Postby Eric Knapp » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:12 am

I’ve not been active here for a while. Once my school year started I had little time for the shop. Then something else happened, I became eligible for early retirement. :D

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60 days


I am really forward to getting back to working on my two guitar projects. I’ve been doing a lot of small projects and making tools. I have reorganized my shop a few times and I’m doing it again. And I’m looking forward to getting back to sharing with and learning from this forum.

Soon,

-Eric
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Postby Bryan Bear » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:55 am

Congrats!
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Postby Charlie Schultz » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:23 am

Sweet! 14 days and 5 hours for me.
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Postby Eric Knapp » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:44 am

Bryan Bear wrote:Congrats!

Thanks! It was a surprise to me and a big shock to my colleagues. I will miss teaching but I really need a long break.

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Postby Eric Knapp » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:46 am

Charlie Schultz wrote:Sweet! 14 days and 5 hours for me.

A hearty congrats to you too! Just two weeks for you, that must be either really exciting or exhausting. ;)

I’m focusing on getting my shop ready for the summer, when I’ll have lots more time, but lots less cash. 8-)

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Postby Bryan Bear » Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:11 pm

I'm glad you guys aren't in a cop movie or I would be really worried about your safety <G>
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Postby Eric Knapp » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:32 pm

Bryan Bear wrote:I'm glad you guys aren't in a cop movie or I would be really worried about your safety <G>

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Beate Ritzert » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:46 pm

Mhmm, and i am starting to plan how to fully develop by business that i can still have an income when i'll be 84...
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Postby Gordon Bellerose » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:45 pm

Ahh. Retirement. Congrats you two on getting there.
I'm on a countdown also, but not for (roughly) 21 months, 11 days, 1 hr, 10 minutes. :lol:
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Postby Matthew Lau » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:46 pm

Dude, retirement comes soon!

With all the school shooting craziness, I think it's a prudent time to take a break.
Hope you enjoy it.
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Postby Randolph Rhett » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:59 pm

I've heard of this "retirement" thing once offered to previous generations. Never actually met anyone who was offered one. Although the CEO of a company I briefly worked for had something called a "golden parachute". Is that the same?
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Postby Barry Daniels » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:32 pm

My retirement was accompanied with a cardboard box and 30 minutes to clean out my desk. The modern day version of the gold watch.
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Postby Eric Knapp » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:34 am

Gordon Bellerose wrote:Ahh. Retirement. Congrats you two on getting there.
I'm on a countdown also, but not for (roughly) 21 months, 11 days, 1 hr, 10 minutes. :lol:

I’m kind of glad I didn’t have that long of a waiting period. I became eligible in September and had to decide by December 1, and I’ll be done in May. My head is spinning.

As hope your time goes by quickly.

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Postby Eric Knapp » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:36 am

Barry Daniels wrote:My retirement was accompanied with a cardboard box and 30 minutes to clean out my desk. The modern day version of the gold watch.

You got a box? Cool! :D

I’ll get nothing except the memories. I have a great bunch of students this semester, which is great, but also making me a little sad.

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Postby Eric Knapp » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:39 am

Randolph Rhett wrote:I've heard of this "retirement" thing once offered to previous generations. Never actually met anyone who was offered one. Although the CEO of a company I briefly worked for had something called a "golden parachute". Is that the same?

This used to be one of the few good benefits of being a public school teacher. I hope my young colleagues will have this. Nowadays there’s the oxymoron phrase of, “retirement career” that I’ll soon have to sort out.

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Postby Eric Knapp » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:42 am

Matthew Lau wrote:Dude, retirement comes soon!

With all the school shooting craziness, I think it's a prudent time to take a break.
Hope you enjoy it.

There was a bill proposed in my state to allow college students to have concealed carry rights. I have no idea how this was considered a good idea by anyone. The bill didn’t make it very far but I’m glad I’m out.

On to more woodworking!

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Postby Bob Howell » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:09 pm

So what builds do you have planned now you have plenty of time?
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Postby Eric Knapp » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:43 am

Bob Howell wrote:So what builds do you have planned now you have plenty of time?

I have two guitars I’m working on. First is a re-build of an old Epiphone archtop from 1938. It was destroyed beyond restoring so I’m salvaging as much as I can and will make the rest of the parts. I’ve also started making an OM as my first full build. That photo at the top is the rosette I made for it, my first. I’m also a handtool lover and I make handplanes.

Thanks for asking!

47 day...

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Postby Clay Schaeffer » Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:58 pm

"First is a re-build of an old Epiphone archtop from 1938. It was destroyed beyond restoring so I’m salvaging as much as I can and will make the rest of the parts."

Sometimes you are better off getting a few under your belt before doing a major restoration. I've done a few I wish I had a "do over" for. In 1938 Epiphone was still an independent company producing high quality instruments, not a "budget line" for the Gibson company who bought them in '57. Some parts you may think are unsalvageable you may later find you could have restored.
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Postby Pat Foster » Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:14 am

Congratulations. You guys are going to love it. Every day is like Saturday.
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