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Master tinkerer

Former city of Lodi employee Ed Janke builds intricate model cars, trucks, trains and utility vehicles with wood he cuts and shapes himself. Now he shares the workspace, skills and hobby he has loved or 20 years.

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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 12:00 am

Ed Janke sits on a stool in his garage, surrounded by piles of quarter-inch thick pieces of black walnut and birch that have yet to be tampered with. He sits patiently, holding a rounded piece of wood against a larger chunk as he waits for the Elmer’s wood glue to dry, bonding the curved pieces.

Dr. Oz’s opening credits play on a small TV that sits on a workbench filled with his tools, and there is a chill in the shop as cool fall air blows in through the open garage door.

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