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I have been working wood since the mid-80's. Got started when I was in grad school and wanted to do something besides solving equations and running experiments (I am trained as an engineer). So, I signed up for a woodworking class in one of the local junior colleges. From a large stack of Woodsmith magazines owned by the shop teacher, I picked a "Shaker slant top desk" to build for my then girlfriend (now wife:)). The desk called for various double mortise and tenon joints, turned taper legs...not something one would choose as a first wood working project. When I asked the shop teacher if I can finish it in the 8-week class, he said "sure, why not!"

Needless to say, I couldn't get the thing done in that amount of time, not to mention I didn't have the skills nor the know-how. I managed to finish building the desk, but had to resort to using a milling machine in my school's engineering shop to cut the mortises and tenons!

Since then, I have been hooked. As with many, I started as a "Normite" - heavy on using powered machines. Over time, I have picked up more hand tools and the skills to use them. I now try to do most of my lumber prep with machines, and joinery by hand.

-- Planesmooth from TX

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cabinetmaster

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#1 posted 1859 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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SnowyRiver

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#2 posted 1859 days ago

Welcome aboard. Happy to have you join us at Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Karson

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#3 posted 1859 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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Max

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#4 posted 1859 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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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 1859 days ago

Hello Planesmooth,

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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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 1859 days ago

Hello Planesmouth, Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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gjd

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#7 posted 1859 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! Have fun and share the knowledge.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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Splinterman

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#8 posted 1858 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s…the best site to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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EricWrights

94 posts in 1877 days


#9 posted 1858 days ago

Welcome to LJs. Glad to have you here. Looking forward to read about how your projects go.

-- Sawing, sanding, scraping, cutting? Let Rockwell Sonicrafter do the job. http://rockwellsonicrafter.com & A more general blog at http://resay.org

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 1858 days ago

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 1857 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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ND2ELK

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#12 posted 1853 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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gjd

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#13 posted 1497 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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tenontim

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#14 posted 1120 days ago

Saw your “mini page”, at the top of the home page, and checked out your projects. I hadn’t seen any of them before. All are very nicely done. Didn’t have time to comment on each one, but they all display some fine craftsmanship and design.

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