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My grandfather owned a small town lumberyard, and I practically grew up there, working summers since I was twelve until I was out of high school. When I wasn't humping bales of fiberglass insulation or unloading railcars of creosote fence posts (try doing both back to back on a hot summer afternoon), I was in the cabinet shop asking questions and building things out of scrap, and I loved it. Other than some meatball projects around the house, that was the extent for my woodworking until the last year or so. I then gave to my son, a box my grandfather had built for me when I was about his age. It was larger than a breadbox, but smaller than a footlocker and had a hasp on it so I could keep some things out of the hands of my brothers and sister. It was just made of clear pine, but was very well built with my grandfathers love. Well my two daughters were naturally jealous, so I decided to make boxes for them as well. And that's where it started! Theirs I made from curly maple with dovetailed sides, the first dovetails I had ever done. It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but they were very pleased and I think they turned out well for a first project.
My corner of the garage workshop has expanded to one side full time and both sides from time to time. I buy new tools as i need them for a particular project, but I certainly have the bug. I'm currently working on a hall mirror with out of mesquite with in lays of ebony. I have so may projects lined up in my mind, I don't know how I will get out of the shop.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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WayneC

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#1 posted 2375 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Max

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#2 posted 2375 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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#3 posted 2375 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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mot

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#4 posted 2375 days ago

Hey! Welcome to LJ!

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

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#5 posted 2375 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net

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#6 posted 2373 days ago

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 2366 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. You will like this place. Now.;.. about that name???

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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RAH

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#8 posted 2365 days ago

Good to see you sign up, I just found this site and signed up the other day. Lots of excellent projects and more ideas than we will ever make.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#9 posted 2361 days ago

Welcome a-board fellow Texan. Enjoy the site.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Dorje

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#10 posted 2360 days ago

Welcome Tom! I’d love to see those curly maple boxes you made for your daughters!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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brunob

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#11 posted 2360 days ago

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 2359 days ago

Welcome Tom! I’m with Dorje. We always want to see pictures of your projects, especially boxes. There are loads of boxmakers around.
Pretty much the whole spectrum of woodworkers in every specialty, pros to amateurs can be found on the site.
If there are things about the site that need clarification there are “pros” for that here as well (Picture posting, video, page formatting, the works). Just post a question and someone will be along to help. Hope you enjoy Lumberjocks.

Having too many projects in mind might be the key to longevity (as in I can’t die — I’m too far behind now).

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

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TomK

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#13 posted 2339 days ago

This is beautiful work. You’ve inspired me to try the double double!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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scott shangraw

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#14 posted 2304 days ago

Never got a chance to welcome you to LJ.I do alot of Mesquite work myself love the stuff my my lungs don’t,for some reason I just started developing an allergy to it.Were abouts in TX I do a few shows there.

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com

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TomK

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#15 posted 2304 days ago

Live in Rockwall, east of Dallas, Mesquite area. Let me know when and where your show will be. Like to see it.

Tom Keegan

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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