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Location: Bolivar, MO

Hi ya'll! Lurked for many months before the registration was re-opened and signed up the second day it was allowed. I have already siphoned off an immense amount of information and ideas from LJ.... Wish I knew someone local I could learn from, but I do not. Besides, looks like I can gain much, much more knowledge here. And, I thank you all!

Sometime soon, I will post a couple of pictures of my shop. It is small and stuffed. Not the smallest I have seen on LJ, but seems to have more "stuff" in it then most. It works for me for now. More space is in the works. It is just gonna have to wait 'till I can afford it. I am nowhere near a "professional". I am very much an amateur. I make stuff that is functional and rustic. I do not worry myself with super slick finishes and whether the item has no cracks and such. We all have "cracks" so I sure don't worry about them in the wood I use.

I make quite a few canes (walking sticks). I give my wife the pick of the litter. She has MS and has to use a cane. Nasty disease it is! I sure would not wish it upon my enemies, much less my wife. It is hard to deal with. Woodworking has kind of brought me out of the funk I was in for a long time after my wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I worry about stuff and was pretty down. She does not say a word when I say I am going to the shop or that I NEED a new tool. Most of the time my habit is self supporting.

I am a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF). Queen City Lodge #12. Springfield, MO. I saw real quick that I could help them "remodel" the lodge and do it a cost they could afford. I have become the "go to guy" for most of their handyman and woodworking stuff. I am proud that they trust me that much. I try to give them an excellent price and good quality for that price. Any "profit" becomes TOOL MONEY! I try to use it very wisely. I do my research. Of course, sometime I AM wrong. I just try to not waste any dollar I spend on woodworking.

Right now, my shop consists of 10'x20'. If everything goes good this spring (2011), I will have 14'x20' plus half of the 10'x20'. To me, that is an extreme improvement. I believe I do pretty good for no training (except for high school shop 35 years ago...) and no room.

Again, I do not do super slick, I do not do fancy. I do functional and hopefully good looking. I try to make things that will last...

I work a Union factory job for a living. THIS (woodworking) is my passion, this is my sanity. I only get to work in my crowded shop about two hours a day plus the weekends. I thank ALL Of LJ for helping me! I just hop that someone can use something I post to do better woodworking!

Thanks! Jim Root

-- Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Refurbish.... Yeah, I run one of the local No Kill Wood Shelters. Thanks, Jim Root, Bolivar MO

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added project Honey locust (thorn) and sassafras candle sticks 02-20-2011 11:30 PM
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#1 posted 01-13-2011 07:38 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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#2 posted 01-13-2011 07:49 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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#3 posted 01-13-2011 08:53 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 03:37 AM

Welcome to LJs

-- Who can I block now???????????????????????

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 04:36 PM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….Enjoy the experience.

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 08:18 PM

Welcome! I sub in the Memphis City Schools for a living -this keeps me sane too!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 03:32 AM

Hey Jim, Thanks for coming out of the woodwork so to speak. Lurking is fine if you just want to get to the next level…but if you want to really grow ya gotta put your hand up once in a while and ask a question. I can really appreciate your attitude and applaud it. Good luck.
PS Wow, all those gavels! You must know almost as many judges as I do!

-- Stephen Mines (

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#8 posted 08-13-2011 06:54 PM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself just about 2 years 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…
I apologize for the late welcome but I am currently serving overseas and don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands.

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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