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Blog entry by Dave S posted 11-08-2010 05:56 AM 1002 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came upon this site quite by accident, doing research for an upcoming wood project. I had decided, on a lark, that I would a new dining room table for our new house. (Posting to come on that.) It came out well enough—to my own surprise—that I decided to tackle a few other projects. I’m nearly done with a recycling cabinet, I made a screen door, and one of those big stand-up mirrors. Next up is a drafting desk for my wife. This site seemed an interesting way to steal (borrow?) good ideas, get support, and see the (amazing!) work others have done.

So my background… I am not a carpenter or anything close to it. I’m work in political communications, specifically on national security issues, here in Washington, DC. Previously I was a speechwriter. In my spare time, I’m a graphic designer and photographer. All creative things, surely, but not exactly physical. So my wife was pleasantly surprised to see that I was pretty handy when we bought our first house about 6 months ago. (I always knew, she was skeptical.) Having entirely renovated our kitchen ourselves, I’m tackling the smaller things, and now furniture needs, apparently.

Looking forward to learning more—


-- Faking it 'till I make it.

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 06:39 AM

There is a lot here. I also found this site while searching.

Welcome to LJ.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Derek Lyons

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 07:20 AM

Post your projects on the project page, we’re looking forward to them!

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 07:22 AM

Welcome to the site and let the learning begin….it flows both ways by the way. With a graphic design background I am sure you bring a lot of artistic ability to the workshop. You will get hooked into marquetry and inlay before you know it and make simple things ornate. It is kind of like an addiction, but in a good way :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 07:49 AM

Dont show your wife this site…she will be asking you to make all kinds of things if you do! :-)
As there is always a variety to drool over here.

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 12:08 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Dave. I’m sure you will get all the info you need plus..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 12:11 PM

Welcome, Dave; Lumberjocks is a great place for woodworkers of all kinds. I know that you will enjoy it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 01:31 PM

Welcome, Dave. It is good to have you on-board.

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

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 02:09 PM

welcome – wow you have quite the variety of talents!
I look forward to watching your journey as a furniture maker.

and.. question – what “can’t” you do? Just curious.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dave S

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 04:04 PM

@MSDebbie—I can’t do math ;-)

-- Faking it 'till I make it.

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 06:10 PM

phew… people who can do EVERYTHING are just so annoying .. well not annoying, just rough on the ego lol :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 11:11 PM

Hey Dave, a welcome from “darkest” Africa as well!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#12 posted 11-09-2010 04:06 AM

Hi Dave.

Welcome aboard from one of the Canadian contingent here. This place is like life; the more you put in, the more you’ll get back.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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