Happy Woodworking 2007!

Happy New Year All,

The holiday break this year provided me with more shop time than most years (one of the benefits of my 2006 career change).  Also, I received several nice woodworking and garden train related Christmas gifts.  Plus, my 7-year old son received some of the coolest toys so far…many gadget related…I think that I like them as much as he does….Lego Mindstorms NXT and a toy microscope that allows you to upload images to the PC among them.   The microscope does not work and needs to be exchanged, but I look forward to trying it with him.

Over the next few days I will be posting some of my observations on the new tools (and toys), as well as some comments about the significant progress made on the desk project.  I will likely be moving to the dry-fit stage on the desk carcasses by the end of the month.

Additionally, my Shop-Vac (6 months old) stopped working again and the workshop is now a complete dust-bowl.  Not healthy for anyone.   Its my second Shop-Vac in 2 years.  I need to solve the saw dust control problem once and for all and I do not think that Shop-Vac brand will be in the solution.  More posts about that soon too.

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

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