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Location: The Deep South
Website: http://travisdunlap.wordpress.com/

The Path to Woodworking

My father is a residential home contractor who built his business from scratch.I started off framing houses, digging foundations, and roofing.
My uncle is a professional cabinet maker and woodworker. I spent many days growing up working with them both. I slowly moved over from rough framing and woodworking to the art of woodworking and furniture making through independent research, books, family, and of course, youtube. My favorite method of working is by hand with traditional hand tools. I started with basic storage projects and am now doing furniture.
The satisfaction from creating something useful and appealing by hand
is simply amazing and rewarding. The coolest thing to do is to take discarded wood and materials and make a piece of useful appealing art.

Favorite Tools
Good Chisels
A mallet or hammer
A small square
The Jack Plane
High Quality Heirloom Handsaws

Favorite Woods
Southern Pine...Its inexpensive and very forgiving...most of the time!
Oak...It lasts and lasts and lasts...

Favorite Woodworkers
Roy Underhill... his amazing skill and humor
Christopher Schwarz...his influence on woodworking through writing
Rob Cosman...simply put...dovetails

Favorite Current Books
The Joiner and the Cabinet Maker
Furniture in The Southern Style
The Essential Woodworker
The Toolbox Book
and of course...The Anarchist's Tool Chest

Built Projects
1.Shaker Coat Rack and Shelf
2. Jewelry Hanger
3. Large Dog House
4. Six Foot Shelf
5. Four Foot Shelf
6. Handtool Cabinet
7. Framing Lumber Tool Box
8. Picture Frames
9. Bird House
10. Barn Wood Coffee Table (2)
11. Clamp and Storage Rack
12. Music Rack
13. Heirloom Tool Chest

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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added blog entry The Simpler Life 39 days ago
commented on Book Shelf from Reclaimed Pine 50 days ago
commented on The Plywood Puppy Bed 50 days ago
commented on 7 Foot Gate 50 days ago
commented on 7 Foot Gate 50 days ago
commented on Tool Chest #2 50 days ago
commented on P-51 MUSTANG 51 days ago
added project P-51 MUSTANG 51 days ago
added project The Plywood Puppy Bed 51 days ago
added project Book Shelf from Reclaimed Pine 51 days ago
added project 7 Foot Gate 51 days ago
commented on Adirondack Chair From Cypress 53 days ago
commented on Bridal Bench 55 days ago
added project Adirondack Chair From Cypress 55 days ago
commented on Adirondack Chairs 55 days ago

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a1Jim

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#1 posted 854 days ago

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Max

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#2 posted 854 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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HallTree

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#3 posted 854 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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SnowyRiver

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#4 posted 853 days ago

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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surfin2

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#5 posted 853 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 853 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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TDog

233 posts in 854 days


#7 posted 853 days ago

Thank you, I don’t know why I waited. I check out the site several times a month.

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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Dave

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#8 posted 848 days ago

Welcome Tdog You are going to love it here.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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