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Location: Denton, TX

I woodwork and do all sorts of other hands-on stuff under the name 1/2 Past Eight.

1/2 Past Eight? Huh?

What’s the significance of 8:30?

Well, that’s when it’s time to learn something new!

Actually, not really. Half Past Eight is a tongue-in-cheek reference to my eight and a half remaining fingers after a woodworking accident I had on October 25, 2011.

I mean really – that’s funny, right? The name. Not the fingers. Losing fingers isn’t really very funny at all. Don’t do it. The extra attention, though nice, isn’t worth it.

Anyway, an IT professional by trade and woodworker (and potter and baker and photographer and . . . ) by choice, I enjoy the process of learning, experimenting and creating one-of-a-kind items in my shop (or kitchen or wherever).

I especially enjoy learning new things. I like seeing something – whether a woodworking project, a pastry or process – and saying, “hmmm – I can do that!” even if I’ve never done it before.

From a pencil sketch or picture I see on the internet to a finished product, the joy comes from knowing I learned something new, helped my boys experience something unique in today’s digital world and hopefully that my work will be used and abused by someone in their daily life.

-- Jchon - Denton, TX

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commented on Square Register iPad Stand 10-18-2012 12:06 PM
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added project Square Register iPad Stand 10-16-2012 06:21 PM
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added project Celtic Knot Pen 01-11-2011 06:03 PM
added project Ship's Wheel Shadow Box #2 03-22-2010 04:14 PM
commented on my shop at the start 02-19-2010 04:21 PM
commented on Monopoly Board 01-17-2010 03:20 PM
commented on Bailey's Contempo Murphy Bed | Custom 01-15-2010 05:17 PM

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#1 posted 08-01-2007 07:28 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-01-2007 08:02 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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#3 posted 08-01-2007 08:32 PM

Welcome to the one and the only LumberJocks website. Enjoy your time spent here. Should you have any woodworking questions do not hesitate to ask…Somebody will know the right answer.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 08-01-2007 08:53 PM

A Big Welcome!!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 08-02-2007 01:59 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks

-- 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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#6 posted 08-02-2007 04:05 AM

Welcome to our woodworking community!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 08-02-2007 04:26 PM

Welcome a-board fellow Texan!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 08-03-2007 04:24 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 08-05-2007 06:55 PM

welcome to lj’s … take some photos and show off what you are working on

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 08-13-2007 03:06 AM

Welcome. I considered going to UNT a few years back. Did you go to school there?

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Jchon Paradise

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#11 posted 08-13-2007 03:07 AM

I actually got my bachelor’s from UTA down in Arlington – but I have started my Master’s at UNT :o)

-- Jchon - Denton, TX

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#12 posted 08-13-2007 04:14 AM

what are studying?

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Jchon Paradise

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#13 posted 08-13-2007 03:20 PM

My bachelor’s was a BS in Information Systems… my Masters’ is (or will be, as soon as I get off my bum and continue my classes) in E-Business … but even that’s not set in stone… at this point, I feel more like going back for another bachelor’s, but this time in graphic design or something in the fine arts.

-- Jchon - Denton, TX

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#14 posted 04-15-2008 03:04 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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Paul D

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#15 posted 04-15-2008 04:54 AM

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

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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