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647 posts in 1957 days

Location: Centennial, CO

I started woodworking as a serious hobby about 6 years ago when I inherited an old Craftsman Radial Arm Saw. Since I had the tool, I had to find something to use it on, right?
As you all know, once you start, you're hooked!! I was lucky enough to acquire several new stationary tools over the last 4 years or so and those aquisitions have really fueled my passion.
Most influential was the band saw. I was fascinated by the versatility of the machine and on a fluke, picked up Lois Keener Ventura's book, Building Beautiful Boxes With Your Band Saw. Luckily for me the book was super clear and right on the money with my skill level at the time. I highly recommend the book and its sequel, Sculpting Band Saw Boxes, that was released last year.
With the development of my skills and my tool collection, I became confident enough to sell a couple things at local craft shows as well as to friends and co-workers. While I am far from living on my woodcrafting income, I enjoy bringing in a little extra cash.
I continue to produce band saw boxes since they are a fun and creative project that help me continue developing my woodworking skills.
I recently retired from the Aurora, CO police department after 20 years of service. I currently work part time at the Denver WOODCRAFT store. I am signed up for some great classes in the future and am looking forward to possibly teaching at the store in the near future.
I am eyeing bigger projects as my skills improve and am looking forward to trying my hand at both furniture building and turning. I just recently picked up a Steel City lathe and am starting to learn to turn. I had stayed away from turning but finally decided to give it a try.
I discovered Lumber Jocks while surfing the net and it looks like a great site to network, get ideas, and to give ideas. Nice to meet you all!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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Todd Thomas

4969 posts in 2084 days

#1 posted 1957 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks….This will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Gary Fixler

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#2 posted 1957 days ago

Saw your post to the ‘do for a living’ thread, and thought I’d stop by to say welcome! I’m pretty new here myself – a month or two – but I absolutely love this place. The people are great, friendly, knowledgeable, and I’m starting to feel like they’re distant friends who love the same things I do. Welcome!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2458 days

#3 posted 1957 days ago

Hello Durnik150,

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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55956 posts in 2909 days

#4 posted 1957 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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Todd A. Clippinger

8775 posts in 2735 days

#5 posted 1957 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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34870 posts in 3036 days

#6 posted 1957 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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10874 posts in 2194 days

#7 posted 1957 days ago

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…………..

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

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18326 posts in 2288 days

#8 posted 1957 days ago

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 love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#9 posted 1956 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 1955 days ago

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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647 posts in 1957 days

#11 posted 1946 days ago

Thanks for the welcomes! I’ve only been around about 2 weeks but have been overwhelmed by the great amount of knowledge and good will that I have seen here!

I was warned that LJ is addictive but did it anyway. I’m hooked! I look forward to becoming one of the old dudes standing around the computer talking the day/night away.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#12 posted 1833 days ago

Thank You very much for the tips , I’ll get a heads up first and I’ll follow your advise! :)

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18326 posts in 2288 days

#13 posted 1598 days ago

Imagine that! A year has gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#14 posted 1411 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. I have found it to be a great place. From one colorado woodworker and fellow copper. I am very impressed with your boxes. I would love to get together and share stories. I am in Erie so if you are ever up this way or maybe if I get down your way we could meet have coffee and pet some figured maple. lol

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#15 posted 1394 days ago

You’ve got some very awesome projects. You’ve given lots o inspiration

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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