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Location: Johnson Creek, WI

My Dad was a carpenter and I did work a few days here and there with him, but didn't really have an interest in home building. But, I did have an interest in building other things with wood. Most of my work was somewhat crude being of 2x4's and the like; and I made our first coffee table from that. Later I made some furniture pieces but they always had some shortcomings. I think I lacked the time and patience to "get it right."

Now that I'm retired, I find I am able to produce much better work. Since I became more serious in my woodworking I have learned three important lessons:

1) The key to fine woodworking is accuracy! It's not a secret, but it also dosn't happen on it's own. It takes concerted effort.

2) Like billiards, you need to think two steps ahead of yourself. How will the next moves be affected by what you are doing now?

3) Take breaks from your project. I have saved myself from numerous errors just by stepping away and taking a break. During that time I have often had an "A-ha" moment that saved me from making an error, or giving me of an alternative solution to a problem.

I don't always follow these lessons, and each time I don't it comes back to bite me!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#1 posted 05-11-2013 05:05 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Todd

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#2 posted 05-11-2013 05:31 PM

Thank you very much Todd. Looking forward to using this as a learning site.

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#3 posted 05-11-2013 05:32 PM

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.
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#4 posted 05-11-2013 05:34 PM

You read my mind Jim, Thanks!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 12:11 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks – enjoy the Community.

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

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#6 posted 05-12-2013 01:24 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#7 posted 05-13-2013 02:39 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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