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Location: WA

I first got into woodworking back in 2003 when one Saturday afternoon while channel surfing the tube I happened to stumble across a show on PBS called the “New Yankee Workshop”. Man, I was hooked and always glued to the TV on Saturday afternoons from that point forward until the show was sadly canceled. I loved every minute of Norm and his projects. I was also inspired by other woodworking shows such as “Woodworks” with David Marks and the lately I love watching the “Woodsmith Shop” and have several of their shop jigs on my todo list.

I soon began converting our two car garage into a workshop. I bought my first table saw off eBay for about 100 bucks. It was one of the cheap made overseas versions and only lasted about 6 months before my father-in-law at the time gave me an older model Rockwell table saw. That thing was old and dirty but solid as a rock and the electric brake didn’t work or lacked one so the blade would take about 2 minutes to spin down but I lived with it. With that saw I could now start to think about making some fine furniture projects. But the saw did not have extension wings to handle wide sheet stock so I eventually upgraded to the Ridgid TS3650 model from Home Depot and that is the saw I still have to this day and have no plans to upgrade that one.

So, for several years I built many projects from simple bookcases, picture frames, kitchen gadgets, to built-in bookcase with a window seat in each of my kid’s rooms that took up the entire wall, similar to the library system with some modifications that Norm did on one New Yankee episode. I also made so many dang jigs that I had not put them all to the test yet but they are there and waiting. Of course, I made all the typical rookie woodworker mistakes but fortunately they were not too expensive since I was a believer in using maple or birch plywood, poplar and some red oak plywood in most of my projects. I did use cherry, maple and oak on some of the smaller projects I did because it was typically more expensive than my budget would allow at the time.

Anyway, I bought a Jet lathe and got into wood turning spindles and pens. I must have made tons of pens and gave them to all my neighbors and coworkers. It’s a great feeling when you see someone using a pen that you made. So in time my skills got better and my mistakes were less.

Sadly, in 2009 the wife and I called it quits after 9 years of marriage and two kids later. She moved with the kids to northern WA with her parents and I stayed in town because of my job. We lost the nice two story house that we had built from the ground up in a nice neighborhood with new schools and one of the lowest crime rates in WA. I never used to lock my car and even left the big garage door open on a few occasions filled with tools and nothing ever turned up missing. Anyway, I had to move into a tiny one bedroom apartment in the southern part of the city so I was forced to stop woodworking for a while and put all my woodworking tools and supplies in storage and that is where they have been since then.

I am now now happy to say that I am about two weeks away from finally moving into another 3 BR ranch style house (kids need their own room when they visit). The best part is the house has an oversized 2 ½ car garage. I am so excited about moving in around the first part of Nov 2012 and setting up shop once again in the garage. I have already sketched out the layout on paper about 10 times and can’t seem to make up my mind. Oh well who cares it will all fall in place once I get going. I am having fun just planning this out.

My first comeback project is going to be a frame and panel queen bed frame. I want the frame to be cherry and the panels to be maple. They make a great contrast. I have seen several good ideas on this site but not exactly what I am envisioning for my bed. I’ve had to sleep on a cheap futon since 2009 so I am looking forward to building this bedframe and buying a descent queen size pillow top mattress when I am done. I also promised my kids to finally build them cedar lined blanket chests but they plan to use them to store toys for now.

Anyway, glad to be part of this great community full of talented woodworkers. I will post pictures of my completed bed frame when it’s done hopefully early 2013.


-- Dan - A good day is when you are done in the woodshop with all your fingers still attached!

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#1 posted 10-16-2012 03:54 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy!

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-16-2012 12:22 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

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#3 posted 10-16-2012 02:56 PM

Thank you all. Glad I found this site. So many great projects and talented woodworkers. I can’t wait to get my garage shop setup once again and start on my next project.


-- Dan - A good day is when you are done in the woodshop with all your fingers still attached!

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#4 posted 10-16-2012 03:58 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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#5 posted 10-16-2012 04:08 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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