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Location: Carrollton, Texas - U.S.A.
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Grew up in the upholstered furniture business. Spent a summer stripping the finish off antiques and sanding until my hands were raw. I am familiar with many of the large wood working tools such as planners, table saws, radial arm saws, bores, drill presses and band saws. You'd think that I knew something but I don't. I have no skills with lathes or routers. My finished work leaves me a bit flat because there is always something I wish I could have done better. I spend more time correcting my mistakes than I do getting "it" done."

The thing is, I don't really care. I love making beautiful things even if the skills are not there. It just takes me 18 times longer and I live with a few workmanship defects. I have "envisioned projects" on the landscape and a few restoration projects I'd really like to try.

I'm hoping to start and finish a project without kicking myself for making mistakes, using the wrong materials etc. etc. I really care about the details and I hope you all can help me improve my skills and knowledge so I can spend less time correcting and more time enjoying.

Other stats - Husband, father of 2, 51 years old, legacy systems programmer who can play a pretty mean fiddle. Thank all of you in advance!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Max

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#1 posted 694 days ago

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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SnowyRiver

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#2 posted 694 days ago

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 694 days ago

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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woodworm

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#4 posted 694 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Skylark53

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#5 posted 694 days ago

Welcome to LJs. Its gonna feel like coming home for you and your woodworking. Great people here; now you’re one of ‘um!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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MarkTheFiddler

1505 posts in 694 days


#6 posted 694 days ago

Thanks for the awesome greeting everyone!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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surfin2

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#7 posted 693 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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Bob817

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#8 posted 691 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks where the People and Projects are Amazing! Good Luck!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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DS

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#9 posted 677 days ago

When I saw you user handle, I had to read your profile to decide if you play the violin, or, just like to tinker with things.

Now that I’ve read it, I think, maybe, it’s a little of both.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Ethan Harris

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#10 posted 586 days ago

This guy is a good guy and a good friend. Is genuine and sincere and will help you gain knowledge and expertise.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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MarkTheFiddler

1505 posts in 694 days


#11 posted 586 days ago

Ethan – Those are very kind words. Thank you. I do enjoy giving people a leg up when I can. In this awesome website, I have met a lot of folk who are the same way. I am truly enjoying being their student.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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BusterB

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#12 posted 512 days ago

Thanks for the words of wisdom Mark….. I see your point and cant wait to see look on my wifes face when I am explaining to her exactly why I need more saws….have a great day sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Frady

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#13 posted 70 days ago

Thanks for the comments Mark. It is small and cozy. You hit the nail on the head, I have a vision for it to be truly one of a kind! As I have grown older I have found I don’t need “big, status quo nor keeping’ up with the Joneses”.
This place is low stress. It is almost a mile to the next nearest house and sits on 30 acres. I love it.

-- Frady in Denton,NC _Trying to bring what was to be firewood to life! Semper Fi!

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