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Location: Indian Harbour Beach, FL

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Background: I didn't go to college until I was 23 years old. I completed an undergraduate degree in Finance and an MBA and I finished 1 1/2 years of medical school before I realize: WHAT AM I DOING? Between graduate school and medical school I spent 4 years as a pharmaceutical rep and since leaving medical school I've spent the last 5 1/2 years in the Orthopedic Trauma Device Industry. I think what I'm trying to convey is that, with respect to woodworking, I feel like I have NO IDEA WHAT I"M DOING! But I enjoy doing it.

Experience: I guess I would say that my first real (by real, I mean something that I did that other people were surprised/impressed that I could do) project would be a remodel project on my condo (about 18 years ago)- base molding, bathroom cabinet and plumbing installation, sheetrock repair, etc. It was an awesome experience where I learned that I can do about 90% of things on my own but there was that 10% where I needed help from a professional. A few years later I did a build-in closet out of oak from a "big box store." And that's basically it until about 6 months ago. In the last six months I've acquire a good bit of tools and built a, wait for it... work bench. lol Additionally, I built a small planter box and a step stool for a bed with wood from a big box store. Then, for the first time, I bought wood and milled it myself to make a simple bench, a pair of bar stool with cabriole legs (was really surprised at the results), a fancier step stool, and (as of last weekend) a hall table- an idea I got from watching a Doucette and Wolfe video on youtube.

Shop: I work out of a small 1 car garage in a condominium complex that has a rule that states that I must keep my car in my garage. So I break down and set up everyday that I'm working on my projects- it's a real pain in the neck but it forces me to stay HIGHLY organized.

Tools: It's an odd mix of entry level stuff with a bit of name brand stuff that, at times, seems almost laughable. Like my DeWalt Job Site table saw which is equipped with a Forrest WWII thin kerf blade which cost almost 1/4 of the price of the saw. Funny, right? Or a set of Auriou rasps in a drawer with a $20 set of Stanley chisels (my only set). All but 1 of my power tools are bench-top/portable tools that were bought at the big box store but, hey, they got me started, right? I'm learning and buying nicer stuff as I go.

Knowledge: In the last 6 months most of what I have learned has come from free youtube videos. I am grateful for the guys that produce free videos of how they do things. I think I've watched all of the free videos from Paul Sellers, Marc Spagnolo, Charles Neil, Christopher Schwarz and Steve Ramsey. And a very large number of videos from a handful of similar guys. The idea here is to determine if paying for a membership to their site is worth the money. I've also bought 6-7 basic woodworking books and I've been purchasing single, monthly issues of several woodworking magazines. Again this is to determine if a subscription to any of the magazines would really be worth the investment. Unfortunately, I found very few articles that I've used in a project so it's hard to justify the expense for a hope to occasionally get a few gems. Especially when I could probably find them for free with a google search. Ideally, I would love to sign up for a woodworking class at the local college but woodworking classes are not offered in this area.

So this brings me to why I'm here, on LumberJocks. I'm looking for my next source of information to continue my new interest in woodworking, to perhaps give a perspective of what it's like being new to this field and what type of information people new to this field need, and ultimately, in time, I hope to contribute to someone else, providing a free tip or advice to help them solve a problem or advance their woodworking.

Thanks for taking the time to read my introduction and best wishes to you in your woodworking endeavors.


BTW- The name: OnTheFly... It comes from the fact that when I build something I get a basic idea, like building a stool, then I go to the garage and start building. If I make a mistake then I just change the plan to incorporate the mistake (or the fix for the mistake). My best, most creative, and most rewarding work has come from having to fix or hide a mistake. I'm not sure if measured drawings, written plans, or learning something like sketch-up would ruin that for me???

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#1 posted 408 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks – enjoy the Community.

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

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#2 posted 408 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
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#3 posted 408 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

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#4 posted 408 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks.

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#5 posted 408 days ago

Welcome aboard. It’s great that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

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#6 posted 407 days ago

Welcome you will LOVE it here. Good luck

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 407 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s. I joined about several weeks ago and it is a treasure trove. A showcase of projects, reviews, a place to present questions, and much more. Explore the site you’ll come back to it every day as I do.

Very, very nice work. Looking forward to see your next project. Keep it up!

-- John, Illinois,

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#8 posted 406 days ago

Fancy seeing you here, hahaha.

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#9 posted 406 days ago

Brother Numsi? Lol put your Lego project in here!

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