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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I guess I would have to say that I get my 'skill' from my Dad. I was just a baby, barely a few hours old when we first met but I knew then that we were destined for greatness...or so I thought.

Seriously though, my Dad is one of those guys who can basically do anything he sets his mind to. I'm not quite that good but I try. I've done a stint in the Canadian military as a teletype and crypto tech and I found back then that I enjoyed doing things with my hands, fixing things.

I started woodworking a few years back because I didn't want to pay some crazy price at a store for computer desks for my kids. What I produced was awful but I was at least proud of the fact that I did it myself. After that, a few more projects were done and I decided that if I am going to do this, then I should get serious so I took some evening courses at Algonquin college and got my Cabinetmaking certificate.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 07-10-2009 09:42 PM

Welcome to the shop. I look forward to seeing your projects and I hope you enjoy the site. There is alot of good information available from both professionals and amateurs who are willing to share their craft. God Bless!

-- Rusty

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#2 posted 07-10-2009 09:51 PM

Hey Rusty, thanks for the welcome…

I’ve been on here for a couple of days poking around and finally had an epiphany….why am I not signed up??

I’ve been woodworking for a few years but still an amateur.

I’m making a couple of jewelry boxes for my daughter in law and a friend of my wife’s mother and was looking for ideas and a specific method for making a specific set of legs for them….whew, that was a mouthful!

I’ll post a few pictures once I get settled in.


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#3 posted 07-10-2009 10:46 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 07-11-2009 12:50 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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#5 posted 07-11-2009 01:34 AM

Don: Welcome to Lumber Jocks! Thanks for signing up!
Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- Gary

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#6 posted 07-11-2009 03:52 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 07-11-2009 04:59 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 †

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#8 posted 07-11-2009 06:11 AM

welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 07-11-2009 11:45 AM

Hello Don,

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

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

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#10 posted 07-11-2009 12:07 PM

“Welcome to LJ’s”……The best place to enhance your skills and knowledge.

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#11 posted 07-12-2009 10:56 PM

Hi Don
Welcome to LJ

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#12 posted 07-14-2009 06:49 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 07-14-2009 11:37 PM

Welcome aboard !

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#14 posted 07-16-2009 01:47 PM

Welcome to LJs.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 07-18-2009 07:57 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks…a great place with great people. I look forward to seeing your projects and reading your post…(Going to get confusing with two Dons, lol….guess we need to go Don1 and Don2)

-- Don S.E. OK

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