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Location: San Diego, CA

I'm a 58 year old family man. Happily married for 25 years. My wife and 2 daughters keep me pretty busy, but I always seem to find time to be in the shop.

I started woodworking in the early 70's. I was an avid guitar player and got interest in building my own instruments. I discovered a local Luthier here in San Diego who was looking for someone to do repair work as sort of an apprenticeship. I eagerly accepted and worked there for about 6 months while attending college. It was an incredible experience.

Once out of college my woodworking took a back seat while my career took precedence and I worked for a number of engineering firms doing printed circuit design. Currently, I work for Qualcomm in San Diego designing PCB's in support of our chip set development for wireless communications.

A couple of years ago I discovered on the web a gentleman name Clayton Boyer, who has designed and sells plans for a number of beautiful wooden works clocks. His site rekindled my desire to get back into woodworking. I built a couple of his designs, and in my research discovered a number of people who also build clocks from Brass. So, I figured, if I can make it out of wood why not try metal. A few thousand dollars later, I've got a metal lathe and mill and am deep into creating tooling to build a brass skeleton clock. That project consumed about 18 months. Not what I originally thought, however, it's an incredible piece of machinery which will get passed on to my children and hopefully they will appreciate it as much as I do having built it.

-- Bob, San Diego,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 1617 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!

I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 1617 days ago

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 1617 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks, one of the friendliest woodworking sites on the web. Get or give advice to others. Learn tricks and tips. Enjoy your membership.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#4 posted 1617 days ago

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 1617 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 1616 days ago

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a few months ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#7 posted 1616 days ago

Thanks for the warm welcome. I’m looking forward to participating, and hopefully will be able to add to what is already a vibrant community. I’ve been browsing the forums and am amazed and humbled at the quality of the projects that many of you have posted about.


-- Bob, San Diego,

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#8 posted 1616 days ago

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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Scott Bryan

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Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#10 posted 1616 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy.

-- Custom furniture

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