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Location: Oakdale MN

I've been working wood since about 1980. I built several pieces of furniture in the 80’s and have posted some of those here. After we built our current home in 1992, I spent most of my free time on house upgrade projects - finishing the basement (including my shop), adding a deck, and building a room addition. I've now gotten back into the shop with a backlog of furniture to build. As my wife Debi and I are now empty nesters, I have plenty of time to spend in the shop.

I'm a software architect and developer by day. Whether working with wood or software, I get my satisfaction from designing, building, and improving my skills. I’ve kicked around the idea of making a living as a woodworker, but I realize that it would be a pretty tough venture. I really respect those of you who do it. Maybe once I retire from the corporate life…

-- Dave J. Oakdale, MN

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#1 posted 2508 days ago

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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#2 posted 2508 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 2508 days ago

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 †

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Greg Mitchell

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#4 posted 2507 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#5 posted 2506 days ago

Welcome to the one and the only LumberJocks website. Enjoy your time spent here. Should you have any woodworking questions do not hesitate to ask…Somebody will know the right answer.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 2506 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks! ;^)

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 2505 days ago

You aksed what part of Northern Minnesota, my wife is from Virginia and I’m from Nashwauk. Been many years since we lived up there. Big difference in the winters from up there to San Antonio.. Btw great projects that you’ve built.

-- Fred, Parker, Colorado

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#8 posted 2498 days ago

You asked what sort of finish I used on the cutting board. It was salad bowl finish, I cut it a bit with mineral oil.

-- Fred, Parker, Colorado

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Mark A. DeCou

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#9 posted 2488 days ago

welcome Dave. You have some great projects posted!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 2450 days ago

Welcome Dave, I have been roofing most of my life and couldn’t help but notice you are sitting on a roof using toe boards, what is the pitch of the roof?

-- Ron Central, CA

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#11 posted 2449 days ago

RAH – The roof is 8:12. Nothing at all to a pro, I’m sure, but it felt pretty steep to me. This was on a laundry room / kitchen pantry addition that I built a few years ago. Of course, I managed to time things such that I was nailing shingles on the hottest day of the year.

I was able to buy the same shingles and siding as was on the rest of the house, and match the existing roof line, so the addition blends in pretty well. Here are a couple of pictures:



Thanks for asking!

-- Dave J. Oakdale, MN

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 2436 days ago

Welcome Dave!
We used to stop & eat at a nice restraunt on our way to the cities, but I can’t remember the name of it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 1785 days ago

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock. Thanks for helping to make this a great site!

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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