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Location: Maplewood, Nj

Hello All
Thank you much for the warm welcome you sent. As a way of introduction I though I would give you my Top Ten.

10 – My name is James Ryan and I have been “working with wood” (not quite a woodworker yet!) for less than a year.

9 – My wife thinks I am insane and believes I will cut my fingers off – I am truly hoping she is wrong.

8 – I have the sum total of 3 tools of which 2 share the same battery – Sad I know.

7 – To date I have completed 1 project (more to come latter)

6 – In the past couple of months I have been reading tons of books and magazines. The biggest lesson I learnt, there is always, a simpler solution. Hence the reason I joined the forum. I need help. Simple things like “What is a climb cut”, “How the heck do you install draw slides”, “How do you heat the garage so you don’t freeze to death” are all on my list of problems.

5 – I hate (yes I do say this passionately) Home Depot. The shop where the only sale assistant you can find has no idea where wood is kept. Note – I have since learnt that Home Depot has no wood to speak of so I have since forgiven him. Remind my one day to tell you the story of how I went in to buy 1 gallon of sky blue paint and was given 38 gallons of pink instead – The events while hysterically funny are also sadly true.

4 – I was given a #41/2 Lie-Nielsen hand plane for Christmas but I am too afraid to use it. See #3.

3 I buy a lot of chisels. Cheap ones but I do buy a bunch. Why you may ask – simple, I have no idea how to sharpen. Allow me to embellish Water stones, Oil stones, Dry grind, Glass, Paper, Concave, Convex, Jigs – any idea how difficult it is for a beginner to figure out how to sharpen a tool and what to buy. If anybody would like to know, stop by and see my chisel collection – Smile.

2 – I can’t wait to come home and build something. I would love to build a piece of fine furniture, Turn a bowl, Build a jewelry box …… Etc

1 – I love the smell of freshly sawn wood.

Latest Activity

commented on Washer and Dryer stand 10-17-2008 07:03 PM
commented on African Pygmy door Table 09-27-2008 07:27 PM
added project African Pygmy door Table 09-26-2008 12:50 AM
started topic Stripping Bad Finish 09-26-2008 12:47 AM
commented on Building a MAME Arcade Cabinet 08-13-2008 09:33 PM
commented on Building a MAME Arcade Cabinet 08-13-2008 05:42 PM
commented on Seat Forming - a continuation from my prototype stool "project post" 07-25-2008 10:16 PM
commented on SawStop Contractor Model Purchase from Cradle to Shop #2: Orderd ... Not ordered 04-11-2008 06:46 PM
added blog entry Introduction 04-07-2008 05:13 PM
signed up JamesRyan's Profile 04-02-2008 04:00 PM

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 04:31 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 04:40 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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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 05:02 PM

Hello James,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an interesting and rewarding aspect of your woodworking journey.

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

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 09:15 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#5 posted 04-02-2008 09:19 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 04-02-2008 11:10 PM

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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Paul D

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#7 posted 04-02-2008 11:31 PM

Welcome to LJs !! Glad you have joined us !!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#8 posted 04-05-2008 02:40 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Come on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine. Happy, that you have chosen to join the family.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#9 posted 04-08-2008 12:40 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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#10 posted 05-03-2008 04:50 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

We are having a LJ Picnic at Lee Jesbergers shop on June 21. Make plans to attend. You will have a great time, and see some talanted woodworkers.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#11 posted 09-26-2008 02:26 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. I already know you must be a one heck of a dude because my name is James Ryan as well. Although Ryan is my middle name. You can really pick up a lot of pointers and ideas here. Good Luck.

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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