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Location: Marysville, MI

I've been banging around wood since I was a kid. Started with just scraps and any nails I could get and straighten out. I'm now a remodeling contractor with 34 years experience under my tool belt. Lately, a lot of my projects include some type of custom this or reproduction of that. Then I get to have some fun in the shop. I'm a total tool nut, so usually I can fabricate whatever the client needs. This has kept me going, being able to do what most contractors/carpenters are unable to do.
My lovely wife puts up with my tool addiction and my two boys, 13 & 16, always echo her.."do you really need that?". (Edit: Now that the boys are getting older, and wiser, they now say "COOL...what does it do???" ).
Both my kids are always curious about things in the shop and I try to answer their questions as to peek their interest in building things. I don't really want them to follow in my footsteps, but would like them to be able to craft items as they need them if they wish. With no shop classes in schools anymore, I feel this is very important for kids to learn basic tool skills. I offer my shop to the cub scout dens for any hands on that they would like, within safety limitations of course.
This Lumberjocks site is a wealth of info and find myself on here for hours at a time.
Have a great day,

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#1 posted 08-26-2010 04:14 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 08-26-2010 04:18 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 08-26-2010 04:43 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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#4 posted 08-27-2010 02:40 AM

Gary – glad you joined LJ. This is a great site – I’m sure you’ll enjoy everything. Can’t wait to see your projects.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 03:50 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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#6 posted 08-27-2010 06:53 AM

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 look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#7 posted 08-27-2010 07:24 AM

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

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#8 posted 08-28-2010 03:44 AM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#9 posted 08-31-2010 04:18 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself almost a year 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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#10 posted 09-06-2010 06:44 AM

Welcome to a great addiction, enjoy your stay.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#11 posted 10-06-2010 11:22 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Lots of friends with lots of talent!
I look forward to your projects and posts.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#12 posted 01-16-2011 02:44 AM

Gary , your projects look great ! l happen to be a tool addict myself and my wife says the same thing to me , do you really need that. My last couple of tools were a dewalt track saw to straighten the hooks in my black walnut stock and a dowel maker so l could make my own plugs for my Kreg pocket holes. And I’m with you a 110% ROCKS with information and people who share there woodworking talents.

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#13 posted 02-13-2013 08:40 PM

Gary your work is totally pro bro! I totally identify with your background since I got my start in remodeling and that is where I honed my skills, design sense, and had an opportunity to sell my ideas.

I love your philosophy and work!

But you do have about twice as many years in as I do;)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 11-26-2014 02:27 AM

Were you one at the Art in the Park in Marysville this past summer?

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