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Forum topic by thelt posted 02-23-2009 03:57 PM 1002 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2009 03:57 PM

My name is Frank and 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. 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. 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 04:21 PM

Frank it a pleasure to have you on-board here. I have found that with retirement you need something with which to be active and I can’t think of anything better than woodworking to keep busy with. Doing it as a hobby is wonderful. You get the enjoyment from working with wood but you are able to do it at a comfortable pace. It does not pay the bills, however but it is a good mental and, at times, physical challenge though.

With regards to the design department you might want to take a look at Google's Sketchup program. That is what a lot of us here are using. It has a fairly steep learning curve, but, like anything else, the more you use it the more comfortable you become with the software. And for us frugal woodworkers the cost is just right- FREE.

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

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 04:30 PM

Bug away, Bub! I’m sure you’ll get all the help your need. Don’t forget the search function in the upper right…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 05:02 PM

Welcome Frank.
Many people here are extremely buggable, and generally helpful. Sometimes a little loony, but we all need a smile every day, don’t we?

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#4 posted 02-24-2009 01:40 PM

Howdy Frank, Glad to have you on board. Take up a seat, kick your shoes off and peruse the wonders of LJ’s.
Doug in Az.

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#5 posted 02-24-2009 01:54 PM

Frank, welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#6 posted 02-24-2009 03:15 PM

Welcome Frank you’ve come to the right place. If you need answers just ask, someone will give you one, even if it ain’t the right one.

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

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#7 posted 02-24-2009 10:24 PM

Hi Frank,

I’m new here too. But if you are looking for some projects to build I have a number of free models in SketchUp on my website for downloading. SketchUp the application is free too. Go to for the models and to download the application.

-- Joe.....

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#8 posted 02-25-2009 09:06 AM

Hello Frank,

I’m a Georgia boy (Atlanta) and I can e-mail you some interesting woodworking plans. Just contact me at and I will send them to you.


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