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Location: Saint James, Minnesota

I have been involved in woodworking since I was in grade school. I remember stealing into my dad's toolshed. He left the key above the door! I had constructed a crude bench on the floor, just like the japanese craftsman. I was making basic boats to take to the city park lagoon. Didn't pay attention to time. Got caught. he said "I will give you your own tools, if you promise to stay out of mine." I agreed with my fingers crossed behind my back. So, he cleaned out the front of the basement where there was a bench! Set up a bare bulb light, gave me the basic hand tools and showed me the proper way to use them.
Interest in electronics and wanting a stereo system I built kits, and designed my own cabinets. My uncle and dad had collected knotty pine crates from WWII, as that was better than they could buy. Still have a piece of that today.

I am inspired by James Krenov's feel for wood. I love the japanese discipline and artistry. My hero's have been self indulgent buttheads like Frank Lloyd Wright. although intellectually I love the designs, The comfort is non existant. I like the old integrating with new. I do differentiate between art and function, although I have found some artisans that integrate both. Just discovered Wharton Esherick.

I'm a tree hugger and recognize we would't be here without them. Like Nakashima, I believe we need to respect and revere them in our work.

I read alot, maybe too much, and I have information. I can build you a house from scratch, wire and plumb it, but I really want to build you a unique, functional piece of furniture. My studio/shop is built, and it now has a furnace and a window ac. Just have to get all my tools out of their boxes, and make my thoughts a reality. LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 04:58 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 06:36 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 06:38 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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#4 posted 08-14-2010 06:45 PM

Thanks, Cool beans, re: your pictures. My big dream as a kid was to be either an airplane pilot or a cowboy. Didn’t do either. LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 08:25 PM

Welcome to LJ!! :-)) I knew a Doc Savage, but he was a dentist in WA.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 08-14-2010 10:20 PM

Welcome. 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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#7 posted 08-15-2010 03:43 AM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 06:29 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#9 posted 08-15-2010 10:10 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#10 posted 08-16-2010 07:06 AM

A1 Jims welcome wagon

Here is a list of links that might be helpful for new members
Posting photos
More photo help
Who to contact regarding Lumber jocks questions
Martin Sojka
Getting started
Reading and commenting
Finding information

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 08-18-2010 04:08 PM

Thanks for the welcome! At present I am working on a feeding station to assist my wife and me in feeding our semi ferral cats. I am feeling pretty good about a window I built, out of a salvaged thermopane panel. This will help next winter. We had 4 and 5 ft high piles. doesn’t melt here in MN due to staying cold. I took Charles Neil’s advice and finished it ,before installation. And my cuts were measured 3 thimes! LOL. And its square. My wife says it is the last thing she will ask me for.LOL I do have to build a few more insulated houses as we continue to have new arrivals.

Been studying the studio furniture contributors. Wow there are so many great works out there. I am finding out where my build ideas lay.

Again thanks.

It will be awhile for a furniture posting. have to set up the studio/shop first…after blah blah blah!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 08-21-2010 05:47 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do, I’m sure you will.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#13 posted 08-30-2010 10:14 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself almost a year ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 09-02-2010 06:00 AM

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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#15 posted 07-03-2011 07:06 PM

Looking at everyone elses projects, I’ve found some beautiful work with excellent craftsmanship. Seems like life keeps getting in the way of setting up my equipment. Have had to try to make money. LOL and I have had a bunch of emergency carpenter projects that have taken presidence (SP?) Actually ued my bandsaw, and I did get my frankenbench (monster bench) built. Have had to construct a feeding station for animals that I can walk into in the Minnesota winters. Last two were suppose to be of the century? Also finding mother nature in the form of rain and melting snow has rotted the door jambs on my fairly new barn/shop. Now building an awning/porch to prevent this. Then I HAVE TO get the windows on the porch of our 150 year old house functional and usable again.

Meanwhile I look in awe and wonder at the craftspeople on Lumberjocks.

Eventually?? LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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