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Blog entry by David Hagan posted 04-08-2008 01:45 AM 655 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

First of all, I want to thank everyone that has extended such a warm welcome to me. I can already tell that this community will be a great place to discuss a very well loved hobby. If everyone is as friendly and helpful as the people who have welcomed me, I plan to visit quite often.

Now a little about myself. I’m a novice woodworker, who has done a lot of research (books, magazines, tv shows) but not much actual woodworking. Its not that I don’t want to do the work, its just that I lived in a townhouse for a while with absolutely no room for a workshop. We recently moved to a duplex that offers a little more room, but still not enough to set up a workshop. We are in the process of getting our driveway expanded, so once that is done, I may be able to take over the garage (if my wife lets me).

I’m a Mechanical Engineer and the lead CAD designer for a government contractor. I use SolidWorks on a daily basis, and have it installed on my home computer. Making designs for woodworking projects is a great way to keep my work skills sharp. In addition, being able to pre-design all of my projects in 3-D lets me know that all of my measurements are correct. I’m pretty willing to help others with drawings, so feel free to ask.

Well, thats about it for now.


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-08-2008 02:46 AM

Thanks Dave for the welcome. Good luck on getting the garage. If your wife is anything like mine I can honestly tell you that I would be out in the weather before her truck is. But we tend to make do with what we are given.

I am looking forward to seeing some of your projects.

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

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#2 posted 04-08-2008 03:06 AM

Solidworks is a great program. It’s all they used in my last job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-08-2008 03:09 AM

good luck convincing the wife. maybe you can use a small space and do hand work.

What city are you in? Maybe you cna make a friend with one of us with a shop?

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 04-08-2008 03:27 AM

I love looking at a good drawing as much as a finish project, it would be fun to see some of your drawings. Have you seen the recent contest on the book shelf design, might be right up you alley.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#5 posted 04-08-2008 03:49 AM

Welcome. This is a great place for you. Enjoy.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 04-08-2008 02:58 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. You will find this place addictive.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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