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Location: Frederick, MD

One more hobby to add to my list. Many of them are fiber/textiles related -- spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing/quilting etc. I always enjoyed watching woodworking shows, and yearned to do this myself too, but I never wanted to make the monetary investment in good tools, so I never attempted any serious woodworking because I figured without good tools I would be setting myself up for disappointment.

We're moving into a new house and now we had a need to build/remodel a shed into a chickencoop. So I saw my chance to get some good quality tools and to attempt to do this myself. I got me a 10" Makita sliding miter saw and a 1.75 hp milwaukee router, in addition to a workbench kit and some sturdy sawhorses. I already have a circ. saw, a jigsaw, a cordless drill and various handtools, so I figured that with this setup I could attempt some basic woodworking.

Since the initial tools I got a bunch more, you know how that goes, yea? I also found out that I probably have woodworking in my genes. Grandfather from father's side had a furniture factory, and great grandfather from mother's side as well. I can still remember the smell of sawdust in my grandfathers factory when we went to visit when I was a child. The factory is long gone, but the memories of the stacks of oak, birch and other woods is still viivid in my memory.

It's been quite addictive and I think I'll continue to enjoy this. The list of projects I want to do is growing everyday! ....

As if I needed another hobby!

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 02:58 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 03:04 PM

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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#3 posted 05-03-2010 03:15 PM

Thanks you guys! I am very new to woodworking and I am looking forward to learning a lot from all your combined expertise. I have been reading the forums so I know there is a wealth of info. I’m in no position to offer any advise to anyone for a long time, but I am looking forward to being an apprentice here, until I get some experience in this new hobby.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 05:57 PM

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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#5 posted 05-03-2010 11:05 PM

First let me say welcome to LumberJocks. Sounds like you know more than you give yourself credit for. What you don’t know there are plenty here happy to give sound advice or references on how to do something. Its not about what tools you don’t have but how to use what you have. You will soon learn what tools you need to do the things you want to do.
I use to raise chickens myself, I had Arcanuas, Barred Rocks, Silkies. and many other breeds. Surprisingly it was one hobby that paid for itself.
Welcome aboard look forward to hearing more from you.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#6 posted 05-04-2010 12:31 AM

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

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 05-04-2010 12:53 AM

Thanks everyone for the welcome. The point about not being defined by the tools you don’t have is well taken, lol. I’m looking forward to having the chickens, and I hope they appreciate the work that will go in adapting their digs. Those eggs will be very expensive, discounting the purchase of a makita saw, a router and a variety of other things!

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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#8 posted 05-04-2010 02:10 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.

To get the most feedback on your projects, it’s best to only post 1 or 2 at a time. This way you will get feedback over several days and from a wide variety of members.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#9 posted 05-04-2010 06:52 AM

“Welcome to LJ’s”…best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#10 posted 05-04-2010 10:09 PM

Welcome, this place is awesome! Enjoy

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#11 posted 05-05-2010 01:14 AM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a few months 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…


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

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#12 posted 05-05-2010 05:35 AM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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