Olaf Gradin

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69 posts in 2426 days

Location: Gainesville, GA

I'm a professional, father, friend, husband, and eccentric in an expanded community in northeast Georgia where I live, work, and play. Woodworking is but one of my hobbies, though probably the one I've put the most money into.

I worked with my step-dad into my late teens in his garage shop. He maintained his own woodworking business and was fairly successful in the venture. I cut my teeth on Red Oak because that was all he ever used.

From my experience as his apprentice, I have learned to have an unusual dislike for Red Oak, and I have realized that I like the process of the craft even better than the results.

I am a fan of the Arts & Crafts movement; especially so of the American artisans that popularized the movement here, and who's timeless designs still inspire craftsmen today. I have a fondness for hand tools, but also recognize where a machine tool is just smarter! Between Tage Frid's practical approach and the inefficient wonders that grace magazines such as Fine Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine, I am seeking to balance my designs with function, form, and frugality!

-- It takes a viking to raze a village. &mdash Blog'r:

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added project Ikea Bunk Bed Hack 182 days ago
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added project Pinewood Derby Trophies! 460 days ago
replied on Drum Making....tried it? 1577 days ago
commented on Spoon Carving 1577 days ago
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commented on Eye Candy 1624 days ago
commented on Composter 1979 days ago
commented on "Thunder Head" Djembe Drum 2034 days ago
added project "Thunder Head" Djembe Drum 2036 days ago
added project Refinishing: Dining Room Table 2088 days ago
added blog entry Sorscha Valkyrie is Here! 2088 days ago
added blog entry Applying a Varnish 2089 days ago
commented on Refinishing a Dining Room Table 2095 days ago

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#1 posted 2426 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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Olaf Gradin

69 posts in 2426 days

#2 posted 2426 days ago

I’ve been “lurking” for a while, but finally decided to join after reading a highly discussed topic on hand planes.

-- It takes a viking to raze a village. &mdash Blog'r:

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Greg Mitchell

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#3 posted 2426 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 2426 days ago

Welcome to LJ! I am looking forward to seeing your work. This is such a great community and I hope you enjoy it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 2426 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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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 2426 days ago

Happy Thanksgiving to you, and welcome!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 2425 days ago

Hey! Welcome to LJ! I’m enjoying reading your bench blog!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 2419 days ago

We’re glad your here! Welcome!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 1703 days ago

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock. Thanks for your posts and participation.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#10 posted 1702 days ago

Congratulations on your Anniversary. Hope you have many more on LumberJocks. We appreciate your posts and projects

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 1332 days ago

Well, another year has rolled by. It must have been a really fun year because it seems like yesterday when I congratulated you on being a LJ for 2 years. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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