3rd LJ Anniversary!!! WOOT!!

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 03-29-2010 04:28 AM 6846 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…today…hard to believe is then end of my 3rd year as a member of LJ’s!!! Hard to believe we are approaching 20,000 woodworkers and I think I was here in the first 500 or so…I have never been the most prolific poster…but I do check in nearly everyday…and at times many more…

I was just reading my profile which states “I am a beginner”...I find myself at a cross roads tonight…I still feel in may was like a beginner…with so much to learn…yet at the same time I have gained a lot of knowledge—-and most importantly the confidence to try new things…

As I write this there is an order of wood waiting for delivery at my wood supplier—WOOD TO BUILD A 20 foot SAIL BOAT…so can you see me there? Standing at the cross roads tonight? Looking back over the years and seeing all the projects big and small?

This year I made some cool stuff…learned some new things…one of the funniest things is that I have several items that I never posted. I made my first series of cutting/chease boards…they were really nice…but I was literally working on them on Christmas Day to finish them for the trip down to family the next day and I totally forgot to take pictures…and they were nice!!!

Also…a lot of changes in my shop…with the completion of the shed last summer I made a lot of changes to my shop…and still have not taken the time to document the table tops and wood rack I built…of course lots to still do…but if there is anything that has changed in three years it is that my little one car garage that was stuffed with junk…is now mostly a dedicated shop…

I still think the most amazing part of being in LJ is the NON wood working stuff…this is where you can laugh… but for a guy who did not have a dad or any role model whats over in wood working—-or doing anything with his hands I can definitely do more around the house…and the mind has definitely shifts into problem solving mode sooner…the first year (dont laugh) I remember being amazed at wanting to change my own car battery for the first time…this past year it was the bathroom fan that was giving us problems…I took that thing apart…ordered a new motor…that one burnt out…and then fixed the old one…put it back in and it is working great!!!

I dont think that would have happened had I not found LJ’s…in fact who knows if I would still be wood working…When I started wood working it was a couple years after we bought our house…and my wife and I were looking at outdoor furniture for our patio…it was then that I realized—-I can build that stuff!!! The set was $2000…and my days of middle school woodworking (—-which I loved, thank you MR. DIETRICH VENADO MIDDLE SCHOOL…) kicked in…of course $5,000 later no nice outdoor set…but a lot of other good things! How many things have I picked up and dropped in my life??? Would wood working be another?

So tonight it is not just the woodworking…but it is so much more…when I found LJ’s it was by luck…and I have enjoyed a lot of time here and met a lot of good people…ultimately it is the good people that keep me coming back…and for that I thank all of you on the night of my 3rd year…

And tomorrow—-year for begins with a bang…A sailboat begins…

Thanks all…your friend,


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 04:38 AM

Happy LJ B-Day, Matt!!

I have really enjoyed following your posts and your projects. Looking forward to seeing the boat as it progresses to its’ christening.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 05:22 AM

Time does fly. Congratulations

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 05:37 AM

3 years. Wow, I am a long way from that point. But I look forward to all the days inbetween here and there. Congrats.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#4 posted 03-29-2010 05:47 AM

Congrats & happy 3rd anniversary!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 03-29-2010 07:00 AM

WooT! You make some darn good posts to. I sure like that small table you built.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#6 posted 03-29-2010 07:12 AM

Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing the sail boat.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 03-29-2010 12:33 PM


-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 03-29-2010 12:59 PM

happy day , matt .

tools + wood + water = boat !

way to go !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 03-29-2010 01:45 PM



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

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#10 posted 03-29-2010 02:08 PM

Happy anniversary Matt! I definitely look forward to the progress on the sailboat. I can definitely relate to the comments regarding learning how to become more handy. I am a computer techie who is somewhat handy in the virtual world. What I realized a couple years ago was that if I were on Survivor, I would be the first one voted off the island. :)

Thank you for sharing your reflections and good luck with the next three years of projects.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#11 posted 03-29-2010 02:49 PM

So we got on LJ about the same time! Congrats on reaching you crossroads and sharing your journey with us.

I look forward to seeing what directions your choices take you. This sailboat should be a great start to the next leg of your journey. I look forward to following along.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 03-29-2010 03:32 PM

Happy Anniversary Matt; it’s been great to chat with you over the invisible WWW. It neat how this web site causes us to change our look and outlook on the things that impact our lives.

I look forward to your projects and I’m going to try the Napa wood pen.

Good luck on the boat.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 03-29-2010 03:42 PM

I consider myself an “advanced beginner”. I really respect your boat-building project. That will be something you’ll be proud of for the rest of your life. It’s so much more a part of you than if you just bought a chunk of fiberglass. Best of luck, and I’ll be with you all the way, if not in person, here on LJ’s, one of the best forums I’ve ever had the privilege of contributing to.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#14 posted 03-29-2010 05:44 PM

Thanks everyone on all the nice comments—-its why I have been here so long!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 03-29-2010 06:24 PM

Well Matt, A boat is a long ways from a guitar stand, an adirondack chair and some fine turnings. It’s good to note someone’s progress along any road, whether it be education, vocational training…. or even woodworking. (probably especially woodworking)

We’ve both been here for about the same length of time and watched the growth of the site. Like you, I haven’t necessarily been the most prolific poster, but I’ve been around. I’ve checked out a couple of other woodworking sites, but always drift back here. It’s a great resource & a great place to just hang out.
It’s interesting how you get to know folks in a place like this, too far away to be able to sit & have a beer with, but close enough to sit & talk.

I’m looking forward to watching the boat project develop, and since I’m not close enough to watch over your shoulder, make sure you post lots of pics of your progress. -Tom

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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