Douglas Bordner

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Location: Omaha, Nebraska

I returned to woodworking (after initial exposure in Junior High school) after a nearly twenty-five year hiatus. Unlike many other hobbies, this one has set in with a vengeance and remained a rabid fascination for the last ten years or so. I have a very understanding spouse who has allowed me the space and expense of sufficient machinery to mill up rough lumber, and pursue a fascination with all types of box construction, small turning and general jig and fixture making. I'd love to learn more about marquetry and inlay. Although I'd like to have more skill with the chisel and the handplane, I'm not a Neanderthal to any degree. I've been very happy with my homemade router table and the Incra fence system.

I'd like to bring more mixed media into my woodworking. As funds allow I'd like to explore David Marks' gilding techniques and the use of polymer clay inlays and panels. While I'm dropping names, I would be remiss if I didn't mention three "Box Gods" who I can only hope to emulate: Phillip Weber (, William McDowell ( and the prolific author/artisan Doug Stowe ( Boy Howdy Bob! These three are some other kind of animal.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 2666 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. An understanding spouse is most important especially when part of the house is used as a shop.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 2666 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. I’m looking forward to reading your posts.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 2665 days ago

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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#4 posted 2665 days ago

Hello Douglas;
Glad to see you around here! Sometimes I get busy and don’t have a chance to see every one who comes to LJ, but you were the only one here when I signed in this morning, so I was curious about your love for wood….

I’m also curious about what you mean when you talk about ‘milling up rough lumber….?

—-after following those links you gave, all I can say is WOW, these are in-deed animals of the ‘wood art’!
—-I also thank you for giving me another avenue to explore in woodworking, concerning the use of ‘polymer clay inlays’. I do rustic and as such I am always looking for ways to highlight those cracks of character that are often found in the crutch areas of the slab.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#5 posted 2665 days ago

Welcome from a fellow graphic designer…. No need for me to ask how you make your own clock faces ;) Great work and welcome to LJ.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 2664 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 2635 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks! Let’s see some woodworking. I’ve enjoyed your projects.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 2610 days ago

Welcome back to the best place in town…LumberJocks web site! Comeback and enjoy some woodworking fun.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 2557 days ago

Hi Douglas,

I’ve gotten to the point that If it’s less than a couple feet, it’s got to go. In an effort to keep me from crying about that, I donate it to local woodworkers, and pray they use it well.

Sounds silly to say, but wood means a lot to me. I feel I owe it by best efforts, beings it took a while to grow, and it was a living thing.

Keeping anything shorter than that, would get overwhelming rather quickly.

And I too have those “noise memories”. It is rather amazing how a whiff of something triggers memories long forgotten.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 2449 days ago

Hi Douglas, you should ask Grumpy about the BAR!!! It is one of his projects, perhaps he could send you some photos (this might give him a nudge)! The Wife (Mo)

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 2448 days ago

Hello Douglas, I love the mixed media direction. One area I really want to experiment more with is some of the composites available today as accents and structural pieces as well, it’s an exciting age we live in.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#12 posted 2211 days ago

Hi Douglas,

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 2193 days ago

Hi Douglas, It’s nice to know someone else is from Omaha, Nebraska. I go into Midwest Woodworkers all the time. Are web page is Nice meeting you.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 2193 days ago

Glad you are aboard, Dennis. I have taken FWW for a decade and have rarely seen as beautiful a piece as your Griffin table in the readers pages or even featured in the articles. It ought to be fun and informative to have you with us.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 2191 days ago


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