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Location: Iowa

I am 55 years old, hence my nickname Craig55. I have lived in Iowa all my life but would prefer to retire someday to northern Minnesota. I built and flew model airplanes and rockets when I was a kid. Later in life flew RC airplanes for about 10 years and had a blast. I especially liked to fly float planes at the lake. About 20 years ago I moved to a very rural part of Iowa and started woodworking. Just wasn't any place to fly model airplanes close by with all the trees on our property. My dad is the "real" woodworker in the family. He has done some fantastic work since he retired about 20 years ago. He mostly builds projects from Woodsmith magazine, which he sometimes modifies. I have over the years built a lesser number of projects usually from Woodsmith, some my wife even wants to have in our house.:) When I get a chance I will post them in the project area.

About 8 years ago I converted our garage (20' x 20') to my woodshop. Put a concrete floor, insulated walls and a 30,000 BTU heater in it. My wife was glad to get me out of the basement and it worked out really well for me too. So now my winters are spent in the woodshop and summers on the lake fishing ( my other hobby).

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added project Kisses for my wife 02-13-2010 12:24 AM
added project Fall Colors in Miniature 10-21-2009 02:12 PM
commented on Bandsaw box 05-20-2009 02:35 PM
commented on Safety Week 2009 #1: Ep. 87 - Dust in Time 05-08-2009 07:22 PM
commented on Sliding Dovetail Bookends 05-07-2009 07:22 PM
commented on Live Edge Coasters 05-05-2009 02:20 PM
added project Chess board 05-05-2009 04:05 AM
commented on Walnut Table w/Zebrawood Trim 05-04-2009 02:37 PM
commented on Bandsaw box for my wife 05-04-2009 01:50 PM
added project Bandsaw box for my wife 05-03-2009 04:27 AM
added project Kids table and chairs 05-03-2009 02:55 AM
commented on Daughters Steamer Trunk 05-01-2009 02:20 PM
replied on Another Workbench Newbie! 04-29-2009 05:06 PM
commented on Mother's day gift for my wife 04-28-2009 02:32 PM
commented on Solid Walnut Piecrust Table 04-15-2009 01:55 PM

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#1 posted 02-06-2009 05:14 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-06-2009 05:21 AM

Hello Craig,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking journey.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-06-2009 06:26 AM

Hello Craig: Welcome to Lumber Jocks and congrats on the new saw. Hope you like it here.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#4 posted 02-06-2009 06:29 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#5 posted 02-06-2009 12:59 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 01:14 PM

welcome to the best woodworking site. Enjoy your time here and if you aren’t careful, you may learn something too

-- making sawdust....

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#7 posted 02-06-2009 05:23 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 02-06-2009 08:33 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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#9 posted 02-06-2009 08:53 PM

Welcome Craig. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#10 posted 02-07-2009 04:24 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 02-08-2009 01:38 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 02-19-2009 05:34 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 05-05-2009 04:18 AM

Welcome to LJS I think you’ll like it here ! There’s a great group of woodworkers here.
By the way Nice Largemouth Bass

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#14 posted 02-06-2010 04:43 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary as a Lumber Jock! I look forward to more of your posts.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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