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361 posts in 1952 days

Location: Perth, Western Australia

I was not very good at wood work at school but when I was 23 I built my own house, with my wife’s help, from a steel frame kit. All the internal trims were timber (i.e. the door and window frames and architraves etc) which I thoroughly enjoyed doing although not well. I have been pottering with timber ever since.

At the age of 40 (after my office job drove me crazy enough) I took 12 months leave without pay to study a furniture making course at school. The first stage of the course was a pre apprenticeship course open to everyone but to finish stage 2 and 3 of the course I had to become an apprentice cabinetmaker or furniture maker.

So the next logical step was to find someone willing enough to take on a 40 year old apprentice. This was quite easy to do as I received top marks for the course.

So now as an apprentice cabinetmaker I make kitchens out of melamine and laminated chip boards, with the very occasional veneer boards thrown in. not quite furniture but equally satisfying when you see the kitchens being installed.

I have been building up tools over the years and now try and make furniture for myself at home. This is quite difficult without the full workshop of school at your disposal.

I will post finished items and school projects soon

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1952 days ago

Hello Hooky,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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Todd Thomas

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#2 posted 1952 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks….This will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….I’m looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 1952 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 1952 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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Todd A. Clippinger

8773 posts in 2733 days

#5 posted 1952 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 1952 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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#7 posted 1952 days ago

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 †

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#8 posted 1952 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…………..

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 1951 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

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 1951 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks Hooky. Great to se another Aussie. 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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#11 posted 1941 days ago

“Welcome”…to… “L J’s”…Enjoy…....even though you are on the other side of Oz.!

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#12 posted 1930 days ago

Sorry for the late welcome I hope these guys can further your skill or vise versa


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#13 posted 1823 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks

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#14 posted 1708 days ago

Hi Hooky Thank you for calming me your buddy. I will post some pits when i figured out how it is done. PC and i don’t get along too well . In other words i am not PC smart. Have to have my grand kids show me how to do it Have a nice day

-- wchips

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#15 posted 1708 days ago

Hi Hooky, Marry Christmas to you and your family. We are having a real white chrestmas here in Ne, USA. Had to postphone the familey christmas until Sunday. Having a full blown blizzard here todaynlots of snow wind speed 40 to45 mph visibilitey about 200 meters. Oh well tomarrow it will be better Have a nice day Lee.

-- wchips

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