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Location: Kingsland, GA

I live in the extreme southeast corner of Georgia. Any farther east and I’m in the Atlantic Ocean, any farther south and I’m in Florida. We (my wife of 47 years and I) have lived here since 1982 (I'm originally from Galveston, TX). I'm a retired USN submarine radioman (E-7) with 21 years of service. I then started a new job that was temporary until something better came along. That was as a police officer in St. Marys, GA. 24 years later on Jan 20, 2009, I retired from that as a Captain. Nothing better came along. I'm now 66 and pretty much unemployable. Looking for something part-time for tool and coldbeer (in southeast Ga, that's one word) money. I enjoy computer work, I was the Departmental IT for the police dept. and woodworking. The Navy trained me in electronic repair and I have done some 2-way radio and mobile phone work (not cell phone).

I’m fairly new to woodworking. Up to recently, just tinkered here and there. Recently retired and have a lot of time and not a lot of money. Therefore I scavenge wood here and there (hardwood pallets are a good source). Mostly plywood and dimensional pine from the big box stores. Looking for tips and things to make. Not much in the design department but I can follow a set of plans. I’ll be bugging everybody on here for assistance.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 03:36 PM

Welcome, glad you’ve joined us!

-- Bill, Florida

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 04:23 PM

Hello Frank,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be both an exciting 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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#3 posted 02-23-2009 06:29 PM

Welcome Frank. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 07:01 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 02-23-2009 11:27 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Good seeing some of your projects and shop.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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Todd Thomas

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#6 posted 02-24-2009 12:38 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#7 posted 02-24-2009 01:07 AM

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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#8 posted 02-24-2009 03:24 AM

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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#9 posted 02-24-2009 03:27 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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 02-24-2009 04:53 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 02-24-2009 02:31 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#12 posted 02-24-2009 03:12 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. I just hope my work will turn out like all of the projects I’ve seen here so far. I’m far from the being the pro that most of you have become. But, I’ll work on it.

If anybody is close to me, stop by for a cup of coffee or a coldbeer and talk shop. You’re always welcome.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#13 posted 02-24-2009 10:54 PM

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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BigFoot Products Canada

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#14 posted 03-10-2009 02:55 PM

I’m a newbie here myself.. You’ve found a GREAT site, very addictive and sure to make you breathe in a lot of sawdust. Say HI anytime.

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#15 posted 03-25-2009 04:35 PM

Welcome aboard mate, pull up a stump and sit. your going to like the company, or really the family. everyone’s got something to teach and everyone’s got something to share. Lots of vets here (did 27 in Army myself) so you can feel right at home. enjoy

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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