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Location: Morgantown, KY

Ever since I can remember, I have always been interested in working with wood. I don't have a lot of experience with it yet, but have been reading woodworking magazines and watching the shows on PBS every chance I get. Currently, I don't have much for tools, but have been working on building my collection up whenever I have a good enough excuse.

I was in the US Navy until about 3 and a half years ago. After separating from the service, we decided to settle in Kentucky out in the middle of nowhere. We are currently waiting on either getting an unoccupied family home that belonged to my wife's grandmother, or building a new home ourselves. Either way we go, I GET TO HAVE MY OWN MAN CAVE!!!!!!!!!!!! We have already settles on a 24' x 30' pole barn at minimum. 1/3 will be for auto repair, while the rest will be for woodworking. Both hobbies are things that I have always wanted to do, but never had the time or resources to dive into.

You can see my current list of tools in my workshop page, which isn't much, but it is what I have managed to collect over the years. The table saw is not what I would have purchased on my own, but it, along with the router, was given to me a couple of weeks ago by my Aunt Mary. They belonged to my Uncle Jim who just recently passed. He was the best DAD a nephew could have. I plan on making the best use of these tools until space and funds permit upgrading.

As I mentioned above, 1/3 of the shop I am going to build will be for auto repair work. I currently have two 1969 Chevy C-10 longbed trucks. Both of which also belonged to my Uncle Jim. I am intending to restore one of them to like new condition in Memory of him. I can't say enough about what he meant to me as a father figure and mentor in all thing.

Other Hobbies include computers, guns/shooting, RC cars and Helicopters, reading, and until my Carpal Tunnel showed up, biking. I also love to tinker. I have been making things work and not work for many years. There is always something not fully assembled in my house at any point in time, but usually, I can fix whatever is broke. My wife will tell you I am a pack rat. I don't like to throw anything away if I can help it. I have more stuff than I have space and it keeps getting fuller and fuller. I may end up needing a separate shop just for my collection of "junk."

My family consists of Stephanie, my wife of 6 years, Parker, my 5 year old son, Louie, my Miniature Daschund, and the latest additions, Max and Bear. They are an Australian Shepherd and Blue Healer mix that I found a couple of months ago on the side of the road. It seems someone didn't want them and decided to drop them off in the country. It just so happens that the country happens to be in my yard. I couldn't stand to see them become pot hole filler, so I took them in. They seem to round things out nicely.

As for my occupation, I am an electronics installation and repair technician for a large grocery store chain that covers many states. I service video surveillance equipment, audio, scales, phone systems, cash registers, computers, and quick service food communication equipment. I am currently looking for work in a different field, or at the very least different boss.

The only real woodworking projects of worth that I have completed are my target board for shooting, the shooting bench, a crude platform bed, and a raised flower bed that covers nearly two full sides of a house. The flower bed is one of my favorites since it actually served two purposes. A nice looking place for flowers, and the basement of the house does not get nearly the water leakage that it used to. I was told that the basement was impossible to waterproof. Seems that I did some good without even trying.

I am currently looking for wood workers in my area to visit with and learn from. I live in Morgantown, Kentucky which is between Bowling Green and Owensboro, Kentucky. Also, not far from Nashville, TN. If there are any wood workers in the area that wouldn't mind someone standing around watching and asking a lot of questions, please let me know. I could do odd jobs around the wood shop in exchange for mentoring.

I am looking forward to getting to know everyone on this site. I have been snooping around for about a week and have determined that it is the BEST site that I have found for woodworking.

-- US Navy Veteran Morgantown, KY

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 08:20 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 12-19-2009 08:37 PM

Hello Navtrtl,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 08:44 PM


You will find the members of LJ’s to be helpful, informative, supportive, and inspiring.

I bring A long list of experience creating, Furniture, Custom Furniture, Chairs, Occasional Chair, Dining Chair, Upholstered Rocking Chair, Wood Seat Rocker, Wood Seat Rocking Chair, Custom Rocker, Handcrafted Rocker, Personalized Rocker, Tables, Coffee Table, End Table, Side Table, Accent Table, Dining Table, Entry Table, Bistro Table, Bar Stool, Stools, and the list goes on.

I will keep an eye out and try to help you when I can as my time is limited. I check my In box on a regular basis and I will respond as soon as time allows.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 09:12 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 09:14 PM

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 12-19-2009 09:39 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 10:28 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 05:23 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people super projects and outstanding woodworkers. Enjoy

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 02:38 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. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 12-28-2009 02:59 PM

Welcome aboard. I to am Ex Navy, I’ve only been on LJ’s for 42 days and found it to be almost addicting. look forward to more postings from you.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#11 posted 01-03-2010 06:53 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. It is a GREAT place to get ideas for your projects and help when you get stuck. There is a ton of information to help you along the way.

Enjoy your time here

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#12 posted 12-18-2010 03:56 AM

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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