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Location: Melbourne, Fl
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At age 52, (2009) I'm now just beginning to get into wood working. Interestingly enough, I grew up with saw dust in the air. My dad was very much into wood working and had a fully operational work shop in the basement of our upstate NY home. As a child, I would play in his shop, help him or do my own stuff, but by 15 I got into photography.
During the 7 - 10 years before he died, dad would often ask, "do you want any of my tools when I die?" I'd answer - No. I have no interest in do that stuff.

In July 2008 I met my brother at our family home where he and I took on the project of gutting the basement bathroom. I found the project enjoyable. When I got back to Florida, my wife seized the opportunity to capitalize on my new excitement and bought me a great set of Ridgid Cordless tools. The first project was a 10 foot - 3 bin compost. (Still standing today)

A few months later dad died (86 years old) - I now have his radial arm saw, band saw, jointer, table saw, drill press and other items. Sure wish that I would have had interest in this hobby when he was alive. It would have been nice to have answered him was "yes dad, I'd love to have your tools - and show me how to use them..."

Phase one of my work shop is now completed, I've posted that project in both Workshop and in my blog. Phase two is in the near future

-- Harold

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cstrang

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#1 posted 1637 days ago

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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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1637 days ago

Hello HJT,

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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Max

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#3 posted 1637 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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cabinetmaster

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#4 posted 1637 days ago

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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woodworm

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#5 posted 1637 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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gjd

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#6 posted 1637 days ago

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.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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SnowyRiver

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#7 posted 1637 days ago

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1637 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a happy place with great people,super projects and fantastic woodworkers. Enjoy.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Splinterman

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#9 posted 1637 days ago

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

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Karson

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#10 posted 1636 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

When my father passed away, I already had more tools than he had and he was 1200 miles away, so I didn’t get any of his tools. I think the family sold them all at a garage sale. I wood have loved to have some of the small items.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Innovator

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#11 posted 1635 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. It is a GREAT place to get ideas for your projects and help when you get stuck. There is a ton of information to help you along the way.

Enjoy your time here
Innovator

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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ND2ELK

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#12 posted 1625 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
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Beginningwoodworker

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#13 posted 1610 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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gjd

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#14 posted 1279 days ago

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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Builder_Bob

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#15 posted 550 days ago

Thanks so much for your kind words about my efforts. What a great forum this is for bringing people and ideas together!

My little write up about myself is three years old now. I’m 65 now and will be retiring in March. Until then I’m a weekend woodworker when the “Honey Do” list allows. I tell people I’m too old to go through the learning curve with simpler projects. I have to go straight to the mahogany Bombe chest and figure out how to do it with pocket screws.

I like your projects a lot and it gets me thinking about outdoor projects that I should get going. Maybe an outdoor Bombe chest?

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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