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41 posts in 1864 days

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

I rediscovered woodworking about 9 years ago thanks to a rainy Saturday and Norm Abrams. I was bitten by the bug and have not slowed down since. It took me a while to build up my tools. I had what I need to work on "old" cars but nothing for woodworking. My wife has been very understanding thru all the turns my new hobby has taken me. I hadn't made anything out of wood since 7th grade woodshop with Mr Grun.

In the years since I have done much to expand my knowledge but I'm still some where between a beginner and intermediate in my skills. For my 50th birthday, in September 2008, my wife gave me a week at the Kelly Mehler School of Woodworking in Berea, Ky. I got to take part in Christopher Schwarz's first class on building the Holtzapffel workbench. This was a great learning experience and I got a great workbench out of the deal.

About 4 years ago I found and then joined the Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild. It is made up of a bunch of great folks of all woodworking skill levels. And they are ready willing and able to share great amounts of knowledge. After a time as the newsletter editor, then Director of Communication, I have moved up to Vice-President of the Guild. I kind of jumped in head first. But I wouldn't change a thing as I made alot of good friends.

My wonderful wife has allowed me to build a shop, to persue my hobby, in our backyard. It is operational, but far from complete. I have insulation, walls, and heat to install before winter gets here. They can be kind of cold here in the Midwest and I don't want anything keeping me from my hobby.

I look forward to meeting new folks to share info with here at

-- KCkevin

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#1 posted 1864 days ago

“Welcome to LJ’s”……The best place to enhance your skills and knowledge.

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#2 posted 1864 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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#3 posted 1864 days ago

Welcome to the shop. I look forward to seeing your projects and I hope you enjoy the site. There is alot of good information available from both professionals and amateurs who are willing to share their craft. God Bless!

-- Rusty

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#4 posted 1864 days ago

Hello Kchevin,

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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#5 posted 1864 days ago

Welcome aboard !

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 1864 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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#7 posted 1864 days ago

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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#8 posted 1864 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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#9 posted 1864 days ago

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and fantastic woodworkers.Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 1863 days ago

Welcome to LJs.

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

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#11 posted 1855 days ago

Hello and welcome to LJs.
I am relatively new to LJs myself and a lot newer to WW than you are. I envy the space in your shop. My wife is very understanding as well, or at least keeps her doubts to herself.
I take classes at the Brisbane School of Woodworking in Australia and I am currently working on a workbench. It is going to be a functional project only, as I will then move onto a dining table. Hence I will not be spending the time making my own bench vice. Yours is very nice and I wish I could devote the time, but when you pay by the day every day counts.
Good luck with everything and keep enjoying the woodworking.

Cheers Doug

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#12 posted 1854 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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#13 posted 1853 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#14 posted 1504 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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