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Right now I am a retired Information Technology manager, but working as a programmer and DBA for 25 years is what I really liked best. My skills in woodworking have slowly evolved over the last few years. Almost every project I started required some skill that I lacked. In IT we were always learning new technology and having to forget the old. It felt like I was going to college constantly just to keep up with the new languages and databases. It was hard to master anything with so many platforms. Now woodworking seems similar to me in that there is always something to learn and many ways of accomplishing the same task. I have always liked creating things. I have built muzzle loaders, carved animals, written whole application systems from design to implementation and now I am building furniture. We built a cabin in Pocahontas county West Virginia in 2006 and I made almost all the furniture when I was'nt working on finishing the cabin. Made a maple queen pencil post bed with testor, cherry coffee and end tables, cherry dining table with bench, cherry tv stand, tiger maple candlestick stand, maple coat racks for the walls, 2 adirondack chairs for the porch. I have made many small pieces for my children and grandchildren, stools,shadow boxes, quilt racks, tables. I like seeing something and trying to make that or just making up my own design. I just finished a curly maple hanging wall cupboard after seeing a picture of one in a Williamsburg Virginia furniture book. Next project?

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#1 posted 1463 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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#2 posted 1463 days ago

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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#3 posted 1463 days ago

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 1463 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#5 posted 1463 days ago

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….enjoy the experience..

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#6 posted 1463 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1462 days ago

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#8 posted 1462 days ago

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 1459 days ago

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself almost a year ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#10 posted 1453 days ago

Welcome to a great addiction, enjoy your stay.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#11 posted 1450 days ago

Thanks for the fine welcome. You guys are right on, it is very addictive. I love it. Before I joined, this site was on my favorites for a long time. I would peruse the projects to see what others were doing and for some inspiration. LJ’s is IMHO the best woodworkers site period. Great job to whoever is responsible for the IT side, cause I know what it takes to put up a website technically speaking of course(I have been involved in several website initiatives in my career; hardware, software,design). I for one appreciate the efforts that LJ’s has put into this venture. Your server and database repsonse times are very good.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#12 posted 1445 days ago

Interesting… another IT guy in the WV highlands who likes to work with wood. Welcome to LJ’s, Like you I have lurked here for some time before signing up. If you are ever in Elkins, look me up on the 5 lane.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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