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Location: Odon,IN

I grew up on a small farm. I started driving a truck when I was 18. I have had my own truck and flatbed trailer for 16 years. I have also done a few other things along the way; welder for 1 1/2 years, loader operater/ truck driver at a sawmill for 5 years. I had a part time lumber business about 15 years ago, drying red oak for the Amish cabinet shops in the area. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I had to close that business after a couple years. About 4 years ago I was able to get back into the lumber business. I started out selling lumber and cabinet parts to the local shops (over 60 within 30 miles of my house), and later began to focus on making custom flooring. I hope to make this my full time business soon and just drive part time.

The poor economy has taken its toll on me. I borrowed heavily to start my lumber business. Recently after several months with no floor orders, and very few loads for the truck, I had to close both and find a job. My main woodworking machinery is gone.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 05-11-2008 04:28 PM

Hi Freehardwoods,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be a rewarding and exciting part of your woodworking journey.

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

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David Freed

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#2 posted 05-11-2008 04:57 PM

At the moment my wood business is only a sideline but I started it to hopefully be able to switch careers. Irishhandyman, who told me about this website, runs my shop. Sometimes I have to ask him how to do something in my own shop. I hope to make it a fulltime occupation someday.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 06:39 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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#4 posted 05-11-2008 09:44 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 05-11-2008 11:15 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Enjoy yourself.

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

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#6 posted 05-12-2008 12:29 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Paul D

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#7 posted 05-12-2008 04:55 AM

Welcome to LJs !! Glad you have joined us !!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#8 posted 05-12-2008 06:42 AM

Welcome David. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Have fun and work safe in the shop and use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 05-12-2008 10:54 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#10 posted 05-12-2008 11:32 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

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

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#11 posted 05-13-2008 05:16 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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#12 posted 05-17-2008 12:57 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.

Never thought I would look at a mape and see Lagootooee, Ind. Most people people have never heard of it. My folks had retired down there about 20 years ago. They have both passed away now but still remeber how pretty it was down there.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 06-08-2008 01:18 PM

Welcome to LJs. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 05-09-2009 04:35 AM

Congratulations! Within this next week you will have been a Lumber Jock for one year. Thanks for your participation.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#15 posted 05-08-2010 02:51 AM

Another year has rolled by. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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