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I spent 20 years in the Navy as a Cryptologic Maintenance Tech (similar to an Electronics/Computer Tech but working on classified equipment in buildings with no windows). After retiring, I found a job in a local hospital as the one and only computer tech, maintaining nearly 2000 pc's, mainframe terminals, and printers. Went on from there to become the Systems/Network Administrator until 2002, two weeks before Christmas, when the hospital cut 100+ positions, one of which was mine. So I became unemployed and decided that being retired sounded better than unemployed, so decided to try to live on my military retirement pay. Thought I'd have all kinds of time but not much money, but it turns out that I'm busier than ever, working around the house, woodworking, etc. Hobbies include woodworking (of course), photography, computers, reading, lighthouse, and scenic trips.

I live in a rural area and the nearest place I can even find Baltic Birch plywood is 1-1/2 hours away; same distance for finding anything other than poplar, pine, maple, and oak. I've not done any furniture or large projects because I'm working out of a one-car garage with very limited room but enjoy small projects. I am currently making a doll bunkbed with trundle bed for my Granddaughter's dolls.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#1 posted 2236 days ago

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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#2 posted 2236 days ago

welcome to Lumberjocks. I’m sure you’re gonna like it here.

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#3 posted 2236 days ago

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

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

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#4 posted 2235 days ago

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Come on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine. Happy, that you have chosen to join the family.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#5 posted 2235 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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#6 posted 2235 days ago

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#7 posted 2235 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#8 posted 2235 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#9 posted 2235 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks, you’ll meet some really great people here and gets lots of ideas to keep you busy.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#10 posted 2235 days ago

Welcome Jim! You have found the right place for wookworkers. Here I think you will find a lot of retired woodworkers living on small incomes. A great group of people will to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Have fun and work safe.

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

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#11 posted 2234 days ago

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

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

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#12 posted 2234 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks Jim. 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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#13 posted 2231 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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 2191 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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#15 posted 2191 days ago

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

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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