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As a kid, I remember watching my grandfather turning a mallet on a lathe so he could crack black walnuts from one of his many walnut trees. Naturally, he made it out of ... black walnut. He'd use words like "jig" and "miter" and it was all very mysterious to me. Originally a farmer, he had to know how to make things and fix things as the need arose. It was practical knowledge. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from sitting on a bucket in his garage watching him and talking with him while he tinkered on something.

My dad, too, prided himself on being able to fix things when they broke. He always had a stack of wood in the garage ready for whatever project came along. But, being of quite modest means and in a small house, bench tools weren't really an option. He built his own workbench, though, and I spent many hours in the garage as a kid using it for all kinds of experiments, but little in the way of anything handy. And when he did work on a project, while I was generally relegated to "holding the light," at least we were together and having fun.

But I lack the skills and know-how they so easily mastered. I took a different path and, encouraged by a hardworking family who recognized the value of education while always keeping in mind one's more humble origins, I became a lawyer. After more than 20 years practicing law, though, I find myself woefully unskilled.

Hence my new journey. I'll be easing into woodworking (since quitting my day job isn't really an option, given my ineptitude with anything used to convert wood to useful or artful product, as well as the financial disaster that would follow should I claim full-time "woodworker" status without anything resembling ability.) But I'm hoping it's a journey that will leave me, my kids and (eventually grand kids) with as many happy memories as I have from those care-free days in Grandpa's garage.

-- Cut first and ask questions later.

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a1Jim

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#1 posted 449 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
See the drop-down box underneath my Lumberjocks in the upper right hand corner. Click on the arrow and select which type of posting you want to make (Project, Blog entry, Forum topic). This will take you to the appropriate page and you just fill in the form.
Sending Private messages(PMs) to other members
Click on the word” home” next to the profile picture of the member you want to contact ,then click on “send message”
http://lumberjocks.com/help/getting-started
Need help with posting or other questions ?
Contact:
Martin SojKa ( LJs founder)
http://lumberjocks.com/msojka
Ms DebbieP AKA Debbie Pribele (Ljs community manager)http://lumberjocks.com/MsDebbieP
Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 449 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks – enjoy the Community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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scrollsaw

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#3 posted 449 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Todd

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#4 posted 448 days ago

Welcome aboard. It’s great that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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surfin2

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#5 posted 448 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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