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Location: SW Washington

I have been woodworking for about thirty years and expect to reach beginer level soon. Woodworking has brought me a lotof joy over the years but I have recently retired and am about to take it a great deal more seriously than I ever have . I only discovered lumberjocks recently and have a hunch that I may be able to learn a great deal from this website .

By the way, I'm the one on the right.

-- Gary, Washington,

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#1 posted 01-28-2008 08:10 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 01-28-2008 08:19 PM

Thank you Max, I think this is going to be fun.

-- Gary, Washington,

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#3 posted 01-28-2008 08:31 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#4 posted 01-28-2008 08:35 PM

Hi Gary. Welcome to LJs. I am glad to see you have decided to make it part of your woodworking journey. All of us are here to learn and improve our woodworking skills as well as sharing our successes (there are no failures in woodworking only additional opportunities).

I look forward to seeing some of your work.

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

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#5 posted 01-28-2008 08:43 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 01-28-2008 11:30 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Les Hastings

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#7 posted 01-28-2008 11:59 PM

Welcome, glad to see you,,,,,,,Hope you have as much fun as I am, I’m sure you will!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 01-29-2008 12:17 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. Appomattox Virginia †

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#9 posted 01-29-2008 02:55 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Step on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#10 posted 01-29-2008 06:15 PM

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 02-05-2008 06:09 PM

To all of you who have welcomed me to LJ, thank you, I am having fun. By the way some of you people are really gifted.

-- Gary, Washington,

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#12 posted 02-05-2008 06:10 PM

Thank you, for gavin is 22” tall

-- Gary, Washington,

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#13 posted 02-06-2008 11:25 PM

To: wotyacollit

Thank you for your kind words. That piece started to look like I wanted after I found that I could not skip any steps to get there. On my sample piece I had tried many different ways to achieve the look by directly painting the pine and distressing from there, it didn’t work. I finally realized that what I had to do was to get the best finish on the desk that I could handle in a darker color before I put the paint on. The paint I used was the highest quality, indoor, satin that good old Home Depot had to offer. I let it dry for a week and then took my palm sander and began to sand the paint off in areas of obvious stress. That was the hardest part of the whole job. I learned pretty quickly that if you distress it in the wrong place you ruin the whole package. I had to try and make sure that I identified the correct points of stress upon which to sand.

When I finish the project I stood back and said holy cow that looks like hell. I brought it to my daughter anyway for Christmas morning and she squealed with delight. She thought it was wonderful and I have since furnished the rest of her house with similar pieces. One of her employees asked if I would build a piece for her in the same style and I told her absolutely not, they are just too much work. There is however no amount of work that is too much to make my daughter happy.

I hope that helps, you not exactly getting advice from an expert here.

Thanks again, Gary

-- Gary, Washington,

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