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Location: South Carolina

1994-Present Day
During the winter months of 1994 I began my journey in woodworking. I landed a job building fire place mantels while finishing high school. There I learned to make miter cuts on crown molding, some finishing and installation, and a some very basic hand tool skills. I sought more challenges in woodworking and found that what I enjoyed was making and installing residential cabinetry. By the year 2002 I had decided that cabinet making was something I wanted to pursue as a career. I had just married my wife, Dawn, and within just a few years, I was a Father to four wonderful children; Lelia, Rachel, Andrew, and Seth. By now my career path had changed completely. Because my previous line of work led me to meet various people, I was able to design custom work for clients through word of mouth. Over the next 7 years I patrolled the streets of my native Greenville County, SC. All the while, I began forming a shop of my own. I was constantly engaged in custom cabinetry commissions for other deputies while my brief Law Enforcement career was coming to a close. By July 2008 I had now come full circle. I offer to you my avid passion for woodworking, and I would love to have the experience in providing you with heirloom quality pieces that you can call Fine American Woodworking.

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina,

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 06:39 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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#2 posted 11-15-2009 07:13 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 love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 07:48 AM

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

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 09:52 AM

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

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 03:33 PM

Hello Fineamerican,

Let me welcome 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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#6 posted 11-15-2009 06:35 PM

Hey there, glad to see another person join the LumberJocks community! It’s a great place to meet new people, post projects, ask questions and so much more, hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Welcome!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#7 posted 11-15-2009 07:39 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 11-15-2009 08:25 PM

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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#9 posted 11-16-2009 01:03 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#10 posted 11-16-2009 04:44 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.Great place hope you enjoy yourself!

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#11 posted 11-16-2009 04:45 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

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 11-17-2009 04:57 PM

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. Appomattox Virginia †

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#13 posted 12-01-2009 07:03 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks….I am at the other end of the state, on the coast by Myrtle Beach. I have work in that area of laurens and Simpsonville, the next time I am up there, if I have time I will holler at you. Nice work

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#14 posted 12-01-2009 10:20 PM

Welcome to LJ’s glad that you make it here


-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#15 posted 12-02-2009 08:35 PM


You will find Lumberjocks helpful, supportive, inspiring and informative.

Ask a question and you will receive an answer or two or three or quite a few more.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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