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Location: In the country near Portland, Oregon

Like others of my generation, I learned very basic woodworking because wood shop was a mandatory course in high school. I built a few projects over the years, but it's really only now as I approach retirement that I've been investing more regular energy and time into woodworking. And the more I put into it, the more enjoyment I get back, so I think it's a 'keeper' for the years ahead.

My shop: a 12'x20' heated room that I built myself, within our barn.
My tools: 10" Delta hybrid tablesaw, 18" Steel City bandsaw, 6" Powermatic jointer, 12" Ridgid planer, Ridgid oscillating spindle sander, old Delta mitre saw. And a kind of elaborate but low cost dust collection system for everything.

Projects: so far, mostly, the shop itself! But also some small furniture items and some novelty bird feeders for practice. But big plans for when I'm fully retired and get the time...

Current challenge: turning logs to lumber. Our farm has 30 walnut trees, all 80 years old, in decline, and coming down on their own periodically. I'm working on techniques and tools to try to salvage this wood and use it for projects. See my blog for the latest on this!

-- Mark

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#1 posted 2365 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#2 posted 2365 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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#3 posted 2365 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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#4 posted 2364 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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#5 posted 2364 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks Mark. 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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#6 posted 2364 days ago

Well, I’ve signed on to a couple of woodworking forums before, but never was so warmly welcomed – in fact, never welcomed at all. Looks like this forum has more members and more current activities too. So when I get some time I’ll add some profile details and pix of my shop and its various ‘inventions’ (that others have probably thought of long before). Right now I’m busy clearing a spot for a new Minimax bandsaw I ordered. Thanks guys,

-- Mark

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#7 posted 2364 days ago

We welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. We hope that you enjoy your stay/visit each and every time you show up on our door step. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you. But, maybe you will have that good answer for us!

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

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#8 posted 2364 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 2364 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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#10 posted 2363 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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#11 posted 2363 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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