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Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

I retired at the end of 2006 - I'd been working as a part time tutor for the previous 3 years.
I manage to spend about 20 hours a week woodworking.
My first love is making decorative boxes, and I also like turning. During 2007 I've taken up woodcarving and its going to take a while before I become anywhere near a competent carver.

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#1 posted 2430 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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#2 posted 2430 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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#3 posted 2430 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

If you want to see some carving look up Roger Strautman's projects.

-- 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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#4 posted 2429 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

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

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#5 posted 2429 days ago

Welcome to the forum! We’re glad you’re here.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 2429 days ago

Hey! Welcome to LJ!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 2429 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s (Enjoy)
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#8 posted 2428 days ago

Hi everyone – thanks for all the words of welcome.
One enquiry was about the pivot details.
The pivots are made from African blackwood which I turn myself – I finish them at 4 mm which is as large as I dare go bearing in mind that the lid is 10mm thick – just enough room for some error in drilling. I use the skew for turning the pivots – this leaves a burnished finish that needs no sanding. I make lengths of about 2 1/2 inches long – any longer the timber flexes under the pressure from the skew and I can’t control the diameter.
The back of the lid, at the top, is rounded on the router table. I use a 9mm roundover bit – this give clearance for the lid to open without jamming against the back of the box. I drill the hole for the pivot 9mm forward from the back edge of the lid and it just allows the lid to open beyond the 90 degrees. I arrived at this on my third box using this type of lid after some trial and error on boxes 1 and 2.
Hope the above helps – if you need further details let me know and I’ll try to help.

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#9 posted 2428 days ago

Hi David, this is a great site, I’m glad you made it here, I’ll be looking for more of your work. Boxes are one of my favorite.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 2426 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. show us some more of your work and add your wit and wisdom to the forums.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 2426 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#12 posted 2364 days ago

A belated Welcome, David.

Thank you for the kind comment on my Shamrock box.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 2360 days ago

We welcome you (a little late as well!) to the one and only LumberJocks. We hope that you enjoy your stay/visit each and every time you show up on our door step. 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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#14 posted 2333 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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#15 posted 2281 days ago

Hi welcome to LJ’s

i love the look of your boxes and its nice to see another pom on lj’s
im interested in were you purchased your darker wood from as i like the contrast between light and dark and as im learning all the time any infomation or advise greatly appreciated

and if you dont mind i would like to add you to my buddies list

andy aka pommy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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