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Location: Bend, Or
Website: www.austinwoodfurniture.com

I started wanting to build furniture in the mid-80's, but it seemed like something that would be beyond me. At the time I owned an old house in Seattle and like all old houses it needed some work. Without knowing what I was doing, which is the way I usually operate, I bought a small table saw, drill and router from my local department store (remember those - the places you used to go before they had big box stores?) With those tools I fixed what I could and then decided I really needed to try and build some furniture. I am proud to say I took on a design that I could not figure out how to build - a blanket rack with a curved top and I could not make that curved top fit the tenons on the verticals no matter how hard I tried. I carried those parts around with me for years before I finally realized I had no interest in a blanket rack anyway. My next project was a small Shaker table, 27 H x 20 W x 20 D, with tapered legs and a single drawer. I must have built 15-20 of those in the first few years - they contained everything I needed to really get into woodwork - edge glued boards for the top, mortise and tenon for the sides and legs, dovetails for the drawers. After each one I would redraw the plans and make changes - sometimes to make my life easier and sometimes to "improve" the design. Later I built a Mission style rocking chair from plans in one of the woodworking magazines and it was the most uncomfortable chair I have ever sat in. I tried changing what I could after but there was no way to fix the problems inherent in the design. That was the last time I used someone else's design. While I do use existing pieces as design ideas I work out all of the designs myself, make sure I can build it with the tools I have and then never look back.

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added project Campaign Lap Desk 12-25-2012 10:55 PM
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added project Fish Poem Carving 10-22-2010 05:29 AM
added project Hall Entry Cabinet 10-22-2010 05:25 AM
added project Lily Arbor 10-22-2010 05:22 AM

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 05:04 AM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 07:34 AM

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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#3 posted 10-15-2010 08:35 AM

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

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 03:19 AM

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

-- Gary

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#5 posted 10-22-2010 07:21 AM

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
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 10-22-2010 07:38 AM

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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#7 posted 10-22-2010 01:58 PM

Welcome to LJ you have some great work posted in your projects! Enjoy LJ

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 08:14 PM

Welcome, you’ll love it here I promise!!!! great folks all around…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 12-12-2010 07:45 PM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a little over 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…

Wisty

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

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