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08-12-2011 06:12 PM

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Hi everyone! I am currenty helping my elderly father with various kinds of reclaimed lumber. We are attempting to dress it up in preperation for our carpenter friend who is coming in a week to use our “new” lumber to finish the inside of our cottage. After a week of setbacks and trial and error I found my way here thanks to Google.

I thought I’d say hi and give a brief intro to myself before posting my questions. I am a trained Graphic designer, who has gone back to school to study science (mainly bio and chem), and my artistic aspirations often are ahead of my capabilities, especially with woodworking!

My Dad has much more experience than I but his body isn’t capable of matching his aspirations, so we make quite a team, especially since I inherited his stubborness. My woodworking experience is mainly from shop class (cutting boards and cd holders) and I demolished and rebuilt a large chicken coop last summer.

Hope everyone is doing well and having a better week than us!

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#1 posted 08-12-2011 06:25 PM

Welcome to the Forum, Northern.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 08-12-2011 06:27 PM

Welcome to LJ, Northern! I’m a bio/chem guy myself. You’ll find this place very helpful. I hope you post some construction photos!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 08-12-2011 07:21 PM

Northern, let me add my welcome as well. Like Al I am also a bio/chem guy. As far as woodworking goes it is a skill that is best learned through hands on experience so it sounds like you are off to a pretty good start. Like your father, mine (a third generation carpenter) was a fountain of knowledge that I did not take advantage of while he was alive and I am largely self taught. So by all means take advantage of what yours can teach you now and recognize that, as with nearly all things in life (with the exception of parachute jumping) we learn far more from out mistakes that we do our successes. So don’t be afraid to simply jump in and try.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 08-12-2011 07:25 PM

welcome. Post those questions. We’re here to teach, learn and just shot the breeze.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 08-12-2011 07:39 PM

Welcome, Northern. It’s great to have you aboard.

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#6 posted 08-15-2011 04:39 AM

Thanks for the welcome wseand and pierce85! I must say, I have joined a lot of forums, but never have I received such a warm welcome before. Quite impressive.

I should clarify, I am studying mainly biology, with a little chem, not majoring in Biochemistry. Al and Scott, what areas of bio/chem are you interested in?

Al, Great idea about posting some photos. I have a decent before/after pic of some of the reclaimed yellow pine.

Scott, do you do carpentry as a hobby, or are you transitioning into it as a new career? Good advice on jumping in and trying, especially for someone such as myself who is better with theory than it’s application, lol.

Don, I’ve posted one question in the larger forum rather than here, and I hope to have a few more posted in a couple of minutes. Thanks for the welcome.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!!

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#7 posted 08-15-2011 04:40 AM

Link is to a pic of the yellow pine we took out of a client’s home, it was an old coal bin.

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#8 posted 08-16-2011 02:17 AM

Northern, I attempt carpentry only as a hobby. But in another life I now realize that I could have been happy pursuing a career as a carpenter. I am sure it would not have paid off as well in strictly monetary terms as being a chemist but I am sure I would have been satisfied with the work.

I can be labeled as either a biologist or a chemist since I hold degrees in both. I spent my working career as an organic analytical chemist largely because that was where I could find employment. Biology is my first love however.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 08-16-2011 02:38 AM

Northern, im no science guy but im into reclaimed lumber so let me welcome you with a drooler ;). Good to have ya on board.

From the gut of an 1890’s post and beam.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 08-16-2011 02:55 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. My background is chem/bio too, woodworking is a great distraction from all the cerebral stuff.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#11 posted 06-20-2012 06:14 AM

Sorry everyone, between the project itself and then going right from that into full time studies took away all of my free time. However, witht eh 2012 cottage building season looming, I am back!

chrisstef, that is quite the pile of reclaimed lumber, what did you end up making with it?

Thanks for the warm welcome almost a year ago: Manitario

Trying to dig up some pics…will have to wait

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