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Location: Phoenix, AZ

I am in my mid 40's and although I have been doing handyman and construction type work off and on for most of my life, I've never really gotten into woodworking until just recently. I have had - call it a dream - for several years to have all of my furniture be something I built. I started about 8 years ago buying books and subscribing to woodworking magazines. Finally, about 3 years ago, I decided to get started. I rewired my garage to provide plenty of outlets (there was 1 to start), and built a basic workbench. I started checking Craigslist for tools, and looking for high value/dollar tools on sale. This past fall, I felt I had reached a point where I felt I had all the basics covered, and started on my first 'real' project. Well, things didn't go quite as smoothly as I had anticipated. So I have spent the past few months basically doing high-school shop type stuff - practicing joinery, building boxes, and basically developing some skills. I finished my first 'usable' project a few weeks ago - a set of floating shelves based on a plan in an old copy of Wood Magazine. They turned out well enough that my wife was happy to put them in the living room and is now considerably more enthusiastic with my somewhat expensive hobby.

-- Lee in Phoenix

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#1 posted 02-17-2010 03:01 AM


Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#2 posted 02-17-2010 03:18 AM

Welcome to Ljs a place were there great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 04:48 AM

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 02-17-2010 05:07 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 02-17-2010 05:50 AM

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

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#6 posted 02-17-2010 09:12 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a few months 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…

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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#7 posted 02-18-2010 02:51 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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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 02-19-2010 06:55 PM

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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#9 posted 02-26-2010 03:23 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 soon moving to Virginia †

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