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Location: Dallas, Texas

I live in Dallas, Texas and work in the Information Technology field specializing in Telecommunications. Woodworking has always been a passion of mine but only the last 5 or 6 years have I had the time and money to really get into it regularly. Currently I am 46 years old, single have my own home with an oversized 1.5 car garage that doubles as my wood shop. My kids are all furry with 4 legs except for 2 Parrots that I have. My kids/pets include "Fred" my choc lab, 3 cats all indoor and the 2 Parrots a Cockatoo and a Conure. The only things kept in the shop other than woodworking tools are my lawn care tools and sometimes my motorcycle but no cars ever!

My shop is a constant work in progress as I change things around when I see good ideas from you guys on Lumberjocks and in magazines. I am trying to organize my shop for a normal and comfortable work flow using the available space that I have.

Currently my wood working shop consists of the following items:
Craftsman 10" 2.5 hrspwr. table saw from 1997 - (soon to be replaced by a Ridgid TS3650 in March or April this year)
Ryobi Compound Miter Saw
PTL-Pro table top Midi Lathe with 36" expansion bed
Makita palm sander 1/4 sheet
Delta 12" thickness planer (Bench top model)
Craftsman 4 1/4" bench top joiner (soon to be replaced by the Ridgid 6.5" joiner)
Ryobi 2 hrspwr. Plunge Router that is mounted on my home made router table with a melomine slick table top and fence.
Porter-Cable 1hrspwr Router 690-LR 11 amp.
Grizzly 10"- 5 speed Drill Press
Craftsman Shop Vac
Full set of hand chisels/screwdrivers/etc...etc..etc..
Things I really want to add to the shop include a 2nd router for freehand routing off the table, D/C system, small air compressor and set of basic air tools.

I enjoy making small outdoor items such as birdhouses, patio furniture and such. Also I am trying to learn and just begining to experiment with making nice quality furniture for the house. So far I have only made a couple of lamps using the lathe and a few bookshelf units. I really want to start trying my hand with end tables, beds and things of that nature. I will need the experience, advise and expertise of you guys that are well seasoned wood workers!

I look forward to meeting a lot of you Lumberjock members.

-- Reed-Dallas, Texas - Home Garage workshop

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#1 posted 2355 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

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

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#2 posted 2355 days ago

Welcome,,,,come on in and make some saw dust with us!!

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

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#3 posted 2355 days ago

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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#4 posted 2355 days ago

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 †

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#5 posted 2355 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#6 posted 2355 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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#7 posted 2355 days ago

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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#8 posted 2354 days ago

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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#9 posted 2351 days ago

Welcome abaord. Enjoy the site..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#10 posted 2347 days ago

A big THANK YOU to all of you who have welcomed me so warmly to Lumberjocks website! I am really looking forward to making some new online friends and fellow woodworking buddies.

Happy cutting guys!

-- Reed-Dallas, Texas - Home Garage workshop

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