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Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I have toyed with woodworking for many years. Recently, I retired from my professional career (I was an actuary) and now I am spending a lot more time in my workshop.

I build custom furniture and smaller projects. I do a lot of turning because I enjoy it so much (and I am reasonably good at it).

I try to embrace the concept that I am not creating beauty - I am revealing the beauty that is already present in the wood. Most (not all) of my work is designed to show off the beauty of the wood. I am particularly fond of some exotic woods (Padauk, Bubinga, Cocobolo, and others). Usually they have a lot of beauty to show off. On the other hand, they are expensive so I often use them as a featured item on a project that is built primarily with more cost efficient wood (e.g. Cherry box with a Cocobolo top).

I am "anti-hardware". I make wooden hinges and use them in boxes. I take special pride in making a significant item with no screws, nails or other hardware such as a cradle I made recently.

I am also "anti-plan". I much prefer to do my own design. I admit that, on occasion, I will reference a plan when building something but I never really follow the plan. I want to do my own thing. I am often influenced by a picture I see and I may try to replicate the item but always with some of my own touches. I like to push the envelope and challenge conventional wisdom. Who says a cutting board has to be a rectangle?

I simply like wood and I like being creative.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 12-25-2009 05:23 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 12-25-2009 05:40 PM

Hello Rich,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 12-25-2009 06:19 PM

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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#4 posted 12-25-2009 08:03 PM

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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#5 posted 12-25-2009 08:49 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you have joined us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 12-25-2009 10:59 PM

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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#7 posted 12-25-2009 11:45 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. It is informative and an interesting site for a woodworker. Looking forward to your projects and participation.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#8 posted 12-26-2009 06:57 AM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#9 posted 12-27-2009 03:01 AM

Welcome to LJs a place with great people,wonderful projects,and outstanding woodworking. Enjoy.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 12-27-2009 05:57 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. It is a GREAT place to get ideas for your projects and help when you get stuck. There is a ton of information to help you along the way.

Enjoy your time here

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#11 posted 12-29-2009 06:20 AM

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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#12 posted 12-30-2009 05:57 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks, Rich.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 01-07-2010 11:52 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.Great place hope you enjoy yourself!

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#14 posted 01-22-2010 06:25 AM

just got done looking at your shop and projects..i enjoyed it all..and also wanted to welcome you to the best wod working site there is..imho…i look forward to seeing your projects and hope you will feel at home here..grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 02-24-2010 06:39 AM

Hey Rich,

Thanks for the comment on my phone cabinet. I read a lot of american magazines/blogs and the timbers are so different. I’ve never seen popular or maple.

I was so impressed with the myrtle with is subtle colours and ease to use that I’ve recently (6 months ago) purchased 500kg of it.

Tassy Mrytle

The plan is a shaker dinning table. I have to finish a few other projects first.

-- Daniel -

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