One year old LJ member

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Blog entry by stefang posted 04-04-2010 03:04 PM 8528 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thank you Gary (Bureaucrat) for making me aware that I will have been a member of LJ for a whole year (within 6 days).

I would like to thank all of you guys and gals for the friendly camaraderie that we have shared over the last year. It has meant a lot to me and added a whole new dimension to my life. I don’t think of you as just friends, but more like brothers and sisters because of our shared passion for woodworking.

I know that we all have different views on politics, religion, and a lot of other things, but I think it is wonderful to have a place where we can enjoy each others company without worrying about all the controversial stuff. So I’m looking forward to my 2nd year here, and hoping you are too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 03:17 PM

hi mike ,
happy ist year and Easter too !
i just had mine yesterday ,
as you say , were all family here ,
and having you as big brother
is a real pleasure .
here’s to many more for all of us .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 03:42 PM

Yes, I really agree what you say here.
Looking forward to our 2nd years, too!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 03:58 PM

Thank you David and Junji. Happy Easter to you too David. It’s great to have you both as friends (and/or little brothers)!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Benji Reyes

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 04:01 PM

Happy Anniversary big brother!! It has always been a pleasure reading your blogs and comments.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 04:12 PM

Happy 1’st year and Happy Easter to you.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 04:47 PM

happy 1st year and happy easter
it has been a privilege to
learn you and from you
you do a great job on
and I hope there will
come many more years
to you


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#7 posted 04-04-2010 04:59 PM

Happy Easter stefang may your family be blessed with a wonderful day :)

Just a line to say that you are a great addition to this website.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#8 posted 04-04-2010 05:15 PM

Happy anniversary, happy easter and happy woodworking…

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#9 posted 04-04-2010 05:19 PM

Welcome to the one year club! May you have many more years here!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 04-04-2010 05:24 PM

Happy anniversary, thanks for the advice, the good times, shared memories, and being a friend.

Hopefully will finish my miter bars today on the sled, then a couple of stops. Got a little lazy yesterday, but should do better today. I assume spring is well on its way there, I see temps there in the 40’s and 50’s F, close to 10 C. As I write this it is 33 degrees, it will rise to 43 deg F, about 6 deg C. Still a lot of snow on the ground, but it is melting fast. May get to a blog item today, we will see.

My bench tote that I made out of MDF with the oak feet is now full of tools. I added a set of punches. As I was working in the shop on Friday, I noted I walked over to the bench and carried that tote over to my work position at one of the project tables. Not what I thought would happen, but I wanted ready access to a number of tools on it. It is more portable than my ancient Tommy tote with its electrical bent. Tommy takes up a lot of real estate as well.

Hope Lillian is getting around better now, and your chores perhaps reduced some.

Work has been fairly demanding of late, but I think next week is a little lighter….......Have a good Easter, (Sherie is making a ham with all the fixings).......and may your next year on LJ’s be even better than the last….............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 04-04-2010 06:24 PM

Thanks everyone, my wife is doing well, but slow recovery after two major surgeries within 5 months and having to put up with me on top of it! It’s a real privilege to be counted as one among you. I’ve been a little overwhelmed with “duties” recently and so haven’t had the energy to participate as much as I would like. I am amazed at all the great projects posted and I have tried to comment on a few, but not nearly enough.

I have squeezed in a jewelry box project for my future DIL. The first box made of Mahogany I blogged earlier was a disaster (inlay problems). The replacement box is white Oak and the Mahogany inlay, while far from perfect is a lot better and finished, but I still have a way to go on the rest. I’ll post it as a blog when it’s completed.

Regarding the inlay, once again I have done it my own way and I have discovered a few interesting things which I plan to share with with you. I can’t promise you will learn anything by it, but it might at least give you a good laugh or two. The work is all done with a scroll saw. Otherwise nothing special is needed except for a blade of course! If you do not have a scroll saw I sincerely hope you will get one. It is a VERY useful tool in the shop.

Meanwhile I wish all of you and your family and friends a very happy Easter.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 04-04-2010 07:13 PM

Hey Mike
Your a great guy.Thanks for all your great input ,projects and blogs. LJs is definitely a better place because your here.
Have a happy Easter and congrats on a full year and many more to come.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 04-04-2010 07:36 PM

Congrats Mike, it’s been great having you with us; I hope you plan on staying with us. You contribute a lot and I always look forward to reading your comments.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 04-04-2010 08:25 PM

Hi Mike,
I’m so green on LJ, that I have to use a drawknife… But I try, and I enjoy, you have been a wonderfull welcome to me, and I was happy to discover not to be alone from the North. I’ll be proud to be your brother, as I have told you, I hope your familiy are proud to have you.
I love allways enjoy your posts, and especially your lovely irony, and smiles between the words.
If all were like you, the world would be a so sweet place to be.
Happy ‘woodday’,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 04-04-2010 08:35 PM

congrats mike on your anniversary, its been a real pleasure to have you as our group here at have taught me a lot and you have brought a so much here to the group…i look forward to another year of shared projects and enjoying each others lives …grizzman

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

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