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Forum topic by Holbs posted 05-31-2013 02:17 AM 1278 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2013 02:17 AM

I just had my neighbor come over to see why there were bright lights and music (I think I had Journey – Open arms gently coming through the stereo) coming from my garage in the last 2 weeks. He commented on all the wood working machines, lighting, electrical, insulation, layout, shelving, painting, etc. And it occurred to me. 1 year ago, I was more focused on auto mechanics than doing anything with wood. I think I had my Bosch mitre and tablesaw, the rest was auto-mechanics tools (I still plan on fixing up my ‘88 VW Cabriolet). I remember looking at what it took to build a nice computer desk instead of buying a Ikea one, and that is what brought me to LumberJocks from Google searching. Then, I gravitated to looking at the “projects” and “blogs”. Such inspirational projects and forums posts, easy to hard questions and answers that amateurs like myself can understand, the beautiful artistic creations from mere hand tools from something simple like a pen or mallet, to the at-home utilitarian anybody can do projects like a lumber cart.

Today, I stepped outside of my garage and looked in and am proud with what I have accomplished in a year’s time with the machines I have purchased and wood shop that is to soon be. I just did not realize how far I have come til my neighbor said something :)

All because Google brought me to LumberJocks.

Without LJ community, I just might of been one of the fools who would of bought one of those Tim CD of 10,000 wood working projects and Harbor Freight quality tools while wondering why life sucked :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#1 posted 06-02-2013 07:40 PM

Hey, now you are addicted lime me. I love this site and I stumbled on it looking for instructions for a lock miter bit. I access it 4-5 times a day.
You’ll find some of the most helpful and knowledgeable people here,too. I like it because now I have woodworking friends all over the world!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-02-2013 07:42 PM

This is the BEST woodoworking site on the web….for sure!

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 08:25 PM

88 Cabby?
Geez, it was only a year ago we sold our 89 Cabby which needed lots of love.

Great little cars until you try to fix them.
Like the rack and Pinion….. it doesn’t come out through the side. You have to pull the engine or cut a hole in the wheel well. We cut a hole.

Enjoy your stay here, we all love to work the wood.

On my Cabby I built a complete dash and floor console for it from our local wood. That’s one of the things that actually got me here!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 08:56 PM

Well, not that I wasn’t in to woodworking… I had an art & frame-shop for many years. When I moved to the beautiful vicinity of Tomar, Portugal I decided to build a woodworkshop, long before I ever heard of Lumberjocks. But when I signed up to this community website, and scrolled thru more than 5000 pages of projects, (Yes I really did!), it gave me the urge to finish the shop. I saw all these great ideas, solutions and wooden artworks, and I can’t wait to get into making my own.

Still, I’m working on restoring a 200 year old ruin into the future workshop, I’m even writing a blog series on it, here on Lumberjocks. Sharing the progress, getting all these great comments makes me work even harder to get that project done!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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