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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 II router lift w/porter cable 7518 in a DIY 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 (great CL find and a huge improvement over the old 10" saw)
Powermatic benchtop Mortiser PM701
Dewalt 12" sliding compound miter (older but still works great)
Performax 16-32 plus drum sander (newest upgrade)
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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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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#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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#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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#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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#7 posted 05-04-2012 03:19 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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