John Steffen

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Location: Farmington, IL

I'm 29 years old from Central Illinois.

My father is a blacksmith/millwright but I was never really interested in any of that growing up. I was always more into video games and computers. That lead to me getting a degree in Computer Science. I'm currently employed as a Software Architect, but constantly find myself wishing I had gone for Mechanical Engineering or something a bit more tangibly rewarding.

I recently purchased my first home. It's a 1917 American Foursquare that's still in fairly good shape. Seeing all of the nice woodwork in this house made me want to learn more about woodworking. As I've researched it over the past six months I've decided that it's a hobby that interests me a great deal. It doesn't hurt that my lady finds it less undesireable than any of my other, nerdier hobbies.

I'm working on setting up shop in the third stall of my garage. I'm going to build a wall and insulate it, most likely getting a wood burner to heat it during the winter months. I've ordered some tools from Grizzly and picked up some other things locally. My limited budget meant I had to sell my car (still have my truck) to fund my purchases.

I look forward to learning a lot and sharing my progress here at LJ.


-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#1 posted 1653 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 1653 days ago

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 1653 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 1653 days ago

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#5 posted 1653 days ago

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#6 posted 1653 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 love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#7 posted 1653 days ago

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1652 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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#9 posted 1652 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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#10 posted 1652 days ago

Welcome to the site. Glad you found us…enjoy

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 1651 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 1642 days ago

Hi there,
I too am somewhat new to LumberJocks and would like to welcome you to the site. The folks here are great and the projects will absolutely blow your mind. There are some very talented people out there…
Sit back, enjoy the ride and be careful, this site is extremely addictive…
Welcome to LJ

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

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#13 posted 1586 days ago

A man who would sell his car to buy tools. That that’s the kind of guy you can believe in! You da man.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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