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Forum topic by mdbohica posted 02-02-2010 04:32 AM 3829 views 2 times favorited 85 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mdbohica

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02-02-2010 04:32 AM

This is my first post. I joined a few weeks ago. I have recently gotten back into woodworking after a long time out of it. My grandfather was a woodworker/boat-builder all of his life. He taught my father who taught me some things when I was younger but the interest in all the actual work was lost on me due to being young and stupid. The things that I did absorb from him was the true appreciation of wood and what it takes to make beautiful projects. It stuck with me so well I get physically sick seeing pressed fiberboard furniture…:)

In August 2009, my Father passed away from cancer at 65. I always thought I would share time with him doing projects when he retired but he only made it to a month after retirement. So after dealing with his passing I have decided to make woodworking the way I will honor my Father’s memory. Sorry to vent a little, so here is another reason for choosing to do this…I get to buy more tools… :-D

I am starting out small, I will be making a custom end-grain cutting board for my in-laws 45th anniversary. Next will be jewelry box for my wife. I am also planning on building cabinets for my kitchen remodel. Among other things I have floating around in my very warped mind.

I looked over the site and I must say I am quite impressed, there is a lot of experience floating around here.

However, I found something missing here. As knitted as we are as a woodworking community, I don’t see a part of the site where members that are close geographically can meet up or chat. I think it would be great for locals of an area be able to get together and brainstorm, design, share experience and build awesome projects.

Well, let me be the first to start something here if I may. I am located near Harrisburg, PA in a small suburb called Dillsburg. Anyone even remotely local?

Hope to hear from all. Thanks.


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#1 posted 02-02-2010 05:44 AM

Chambersburg, here!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 03:22 PM

Blue Bell, near Philadelphia

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 04:09 PM

Apple Creek Ohio

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 01:29 AM

Pottstown…not far from Valley Forge

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 01:44 AM

I am in northern Maryland probably an hour from you. Your story is heart warming. Mine is similiar but i am fortunat to have my father still with me, except that he live 1000 miles away. When he came to visit me 2 years ago, we did a floor in my house and although the floor turned out excellent, the quality of time spent together far outweighs it.
By far this is the best site of its type. You will find people here who will tell you every technique from redneck to scientific. If you want knoweldge, it is here. But please, share the information you have gathered from your family.

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Scott10

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 02:08 AM

Wilkes-Barre area

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 02:16 AM

Kingston. Pa here, about 2 1/2 hours north of Dillsburg on Rt81. Not local, but everywhere is local on LJ.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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GuyK

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 02:17 AM

Hi Scott, are you in Wilkes Barre??

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 02:29 AM

I grew up in the great metropolis of Kralltown or Wellsville, PA right down the road from you. My parent still live out there but I moved to Chester County toward Philly. Welcome to the site and I’m sure you’ll find some people out there.

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#10 posted 02-03-2010 04:02 AM

quakertown, north of philly

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GuyK

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 01:05 AM

I know there are more of us then this. Pennsylvania woodworkers come on. Raise your hand !!!!!

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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Dave T

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 05:54 AM

New Oxford, 10 minutes east of Gettysburg

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Mike

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#13 posted 02-04-2010 11:17 PM

5 minutes from woolrich, 25 from williamsport!

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#14 posted 02-04-2010 11:40 PM

I was born in Carlisle and raised in Perry County. I live in Hawaii now, but if you get some sort of meeting lined up, I’d fly home for that. My family still lives and loves Perry County. I lost my mom last year too. When she had her first stroke I renamed my business after her, McKee Fine Woodworking. Her maiden name was Mary McKee and I sign my pieces MM. Every time I see those initials a flood of memories wash up… good though.
Welcome to LJ’s.

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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GuyK

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#15 posted 02-05-2010 01:09 AM

Hi cathyb, always loved the Corvette show in Carlisle.
Send some of that weather back home, Carlisle is going to get clobbered with snow on Friday and Saturday.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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