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Matt Long

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04-05-2009 07:40 PM

Just wanted to stop in and say hi. My name is Matt and I am active duty Navy. Been in about 9 years. I fell in love with woodworking back in junior high when I was in 4-H. It is my dream to open up my own furniture making business when I retire from the Navy.

I guess I am somewhere between a beginner and semi-amateur. I love woodworking but haven’t had the chance to hone my skills due to my military obligations. I read lots and lots of woodworking books and magazines. Also try to find stuff on the internet. I am super excited to find this site. But I don’t have any space in military housing to have a shop so I am limited to some very basic hand tools and a circular saw.

Well, just wanted to say hi and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone here and learning something from all of you.

-- Matt

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#1 posted 04-05-2009 07:53 PM


Tell us what town you are near and maybe someone will be willing to share some shop time….. Just a thought; being ex-navy myself I know I would be willing to help you out.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 04-05-2009 08:11 PM

I’d be willing to help also being Ex-Nav but I’m in the middle of the country. Check out MWR I know some of the bases have auto body shops and stuff and if I remeber right one of them has a wood shop don’t remember which one. You can also try to get in good with the local woodshop teacher or a loacal woodworking guild.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#3 posted 04-05-2009 08:16 PM

Welcome Matt, uuugh another “squid” just kidding I am a Marine. Just had to rib you a little. I as well as everyone here are glad to have you aboard our group. I f you need anything at all just post it and we will do what we can. Thank you for your dedicated service to our great Nation. Semper Fi

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 04-05-2009 08:54 PM

Really glad to have you with us. Proud of you for what you’re doing with your life. Lots of vets here and we all remember what it was like. You’ll like this place – so much to learn and so many with great experience that are willing to share. My best to you

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 04-05-2009 08:57 PM

I’m active duty Navy as well… what area are you in? I know most areas do have MWR shops, if your in San Diego I would be willing to let you come over and use some things if your interested.

-- San Diego, CA

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Matt Long

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#6 posted 04-05-2009 09:34 PM

Right now I am in Silverdale, WA. I have been enlisted for 9 years and stationed in several different places. I am a submarine sailor. In January I was accepted for a commission as an Oceanography officer so I go to Officer Candidate School up in Newport, RI in July and then will be transferring to either Mayport, FL or San Diego around the December/January timeframe.

Forgot to mention in my initial post that I am also married and have two small children, ages 5 and 2. So family takes a lot of my time as well.

I don’t think the local base has a woodworking shop although they do have an automotive shop. I am thinking that one of the larger fleet concentration areas such as San Diego might have a bit more to offer.

Thanks for all the warm welcomes. Great to see so many vets on here.

-- Matt

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#7 posted 04-05-2009 09:53 PM

Congrats from a former STG2.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#8 posted 04-05-2009 10:12 PM

If you make it down to San Diego, Naval Air Station North Island has a well equipped wood shop with lockers you can rent to store your project between working on it.

-- San Diego, CA

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#9 posted 04-05-2009 10:35 PM

Hi and thanks for your service!
You can learn anything about woodworking or buy any tool you want or have the biggest shop in US…...
But the love and passion you have for WW cant be found in any place or store, is priceless!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#10 posted 04-05-2009 11:16 PM


Keep reading those books and magazines, you never know when the information will be needed! Good luck in your search for shop space. I know there is a trend for woodworking supply stores to have shops that you can purchase membership in. Being relatively inexperienced this may be attractive as there are usually guys around the shop willing to offer advice. Thanks for your service and good luck.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#11 posted 04-06-2009 05:51 AM

Welcome aboard Matt, glad to have to have, even us old leathernecks like to see the Navy around.
Post some pics, we love pics.
Doug in AZ.

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#12 posted 04-06-2009 05:58 AM

I’d like to add my welcome aboard too!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 04-07-2009 11:40 AM

Welcome aboard Matt. I also did my time in the nav. (FC1 SW). Thanks for Serving :})

-- I came, I sawed I fixed it. (well sort of)

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#14 posted 04-07-2009 01:39 PM

Welcome to LJ’s even coming from an Army Vet.

Read what you can. Knowledge filters in and you find it useful later.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#15 posted 04-08-2009 10:35 PM

Welcome Matt. I am so glad you found this great group of people. Coming from the daughter of BOTH my parents in the military and also the proud mother of an Iraqi combat veteran, I thank you also.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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