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Location: Houston, TX
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I've been slowly building my woodworking skills. I still consider myself an amateur, but maybe a semi-skilled amateur. I've been trying new projects to expand my skills and just generally liking the work.

I find woodworking to be relaxing and challenging at the same time. I'm an engineer by training and I like to consider myself a woodworker in the style of William Ng (who is amazing), applying my engineering mindset to the work without going overboard. I try to remember at the end of the day that wood is a wonderful, beautiful natural product and most of the fault I find in my pieces, no one else will ever notice.

I'm a huge fan of the styling of Greene & Greene, Stickley, Wright, etc. There is just something about these that appeal to me. Luckily, they are also my wife's favorites and she likes to see me start a project knowing she gets a new toy at the end.

I've been slowly building my tools as I go along. My workshop is half a two car garage and I constantly struggle to keep it fairly neat and keep the tools organized. I've been building some cabinets and rolling carts for some of the bigger tools and this has helped out.

At the moment, my shop consists of:
Steel City 10" 3HP table saw w/30" fence - not the best saw maybe, but it's more than acceptable.
Jessem mast-r-lift excel router table w/porter cable 7518 - getting ready to replace this with a Mast-R-Lift which will go into an extension wing I built for my TS.
Delta 6" jointer 37-190 (old, heavy, but it does make a smooth cut once it's adjusted)
Dewalt 734 Planer
Powermatic 14" bandsaw (my newest addition, great CL find and a huge improvement over the old 10" saw)
Dewalt 12" sliding compound miter (older but still works great)
Performax 10-20 drum sander (another great CL find)
Ridgid Oscillating spindle sander
I have a small compliment of chisels, planes, sanding blocks, etc of varying quality

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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added blog entry Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design #5: Stock prep done and joinery started 05-29-2016 03:21 PM
added blog entry Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design #4: Stock choice and starting prep - discovered Peruvian Alder 05-26-2016 02:25 AM
replied on attaching table top fasteners 05-25-2016 07:27 PM
replied on attaching table top fasteners 05-25-2016 01:50 PM
replied on Advise before buying jointer? 05-25-2016 01:36 PM
commented on Homemade lathe tool sharpening jig 05-24-2016 02:30 AM
commented on Crosscut Sled For My New Delta 36-725 05-24-2016 02:22 AM
commented on Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design #3: Adding joinery to the Sketchup model 05-24-2016 02:18 AM
added blog entry Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design #3: Adding joinery to the Sketchup model 05-23-2016 03:47 AM
added blog entry Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design #2: Tweaking the side panels for better flow 05-18-2016 02:11 PM
commented on Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design #1: Basic design layout 05-17-2016 02:39 AM
added blog entry Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design #1: Basic design layout 05-16-2016 09:31 PM
added blog entry Turning project - Mother's day gifts #4: On the final stretch - two done and one in finishing 05-07-2016 01:23 AM
commented on Guncart for Cowboy Action Shooting (SASS) 05-05-2016 05:36 PM
added blog entry Turning project - Mother's day gifts #3: A little delay, but two in finishing, one left to turn 05-05-2016 01:07 PM

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Max

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#1 posted 05-03-2012 02:47 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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SnowyRiver

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#2 posted 05-03-2012 03:02 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 05-03-2012 03:11 PM

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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surfin2

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#4 posted 05-03-2012 04:23 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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Mike_D_S

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#5 posted 05-03-2012 06:07 PM

Thanks guys, I’ll post some pics of my first real “furniture” quality project shortly. It’s a small red oak console table made from re-purposed oak stair treads and risers from when I changed my stairs from carpet to wood. The other project I’m proud of is installing oak treads/risers in my house and replacing the hand rails, etc.

Quick question, is the projects area just for completed projects or do you put in progress items there as well? Or is that more for the blog?

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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Max

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#6 posted 05-03-2012 08:13 PM

Project area is for completed projects and blog would be more appropriate for in progress.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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woodworm

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#7 posted 05-04-2012 03:19 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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