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Location: Parker, CO

The actual shop cat is Bosco, a tuxedo Norwegian Forest Cat with a definite and refined sense of style and taste. He supervises from on high (a shelf top) as I destroy expensive hardwoods.

I'm a retired IT manager. I started as a junior enlistedman in the Navy at 18 and ended at 56 as a technical team manager with graduate degrees and lots of other stuff that have no bearing on my current life. IT was a good ride for much of the last +35 years, but it's gotten pretty sorry in this last decade. I'm now a semi-skilled furniture maker.

I have done rough carpentry, fine carpentry, and some limited fine woodworking/furniture. Right now (2008-10) I'm taking classes, improving skills, building my shop and occasionally doing small things I give away to family who are too polite to not take them. In the long run I want to have a small shop that does high quality smaller projects. I'm in this for the long haul - there is time to do it right.

-- ShopCat

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#1 posted 2211 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 2211 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 2211 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 2211 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#5 posted 2211 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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#6 posted 2211 days ago

Welcome to LJs!! Glad You Have Joined Us!!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#7 posted 2211 days ago

Hello John-
Welcome to LJ, you will probally find this place is more project oriented then SMC. The forums dont move as fast and every body seems real friendly and helpful.

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#8 posted 2210 days ago

Hello ShopCat,

Welcome to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking journey.

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

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#9 posted 2210 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks! It’s a great place with great people, and, oh yeah, there’s the woodworking! Have fun and keep safe! :)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#10 posted 2210 days ago

Welcome to LJs. Good info and good people here. Have fun!!


-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#11 posted 2209 days ago

Welcome to LJs


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#12 posted 2208 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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#13 posted 2208 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

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

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#14 posted 2208 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#15 posted 2192 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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