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Location: White Plains, NY
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I'm the third generation of my family who has gone into the field of home improvement/construction. My grandfather, my uncles, my father, cousins, etc. I have always worked with my hands, and work with various hand and power tools. Currently I work full time building schools for a commercial construction company based out of Brooklyn, NY. I also own a small home improvement company, doing small jobs on the side. I was brought up doing residential construction, mostly carpentry, and despite my fathers best efforts for me to do something else, its stuck in my blood.

Though I love building homes, trimming out a house, or renovating kitchens and bathrooms, I have always dreamed of building furniture. I remember the first time I saw a dovetail joint I though "I want to be able to do that." As I paid more and more attention to the details, effort and keen eye it takes to define a warehouse cabinet from a hand made cabinet, or an Ikea table from a handmade table, I realized (amongst other things) it was the little, often un-obvious little things, that make the big thing special. I always loved looking at a piece of furniture, and thinking..."that is so simple, so beautiful, but why?" Like a farmhouse table, with breadboard ends and simple well executed joinery. Simple, functional and unique.

So now here I am. I am out of college 9 years, married, working non-stop, and FINALLY I have found a space and some time, to start putting together a workshop, and start learning the skills I have always wanted to learn (hand cut dovetails, using hand planes and chisels, backsaws, etc). I have been setting up my shop since November. A 12'x23' garage. Its actually a two car garage, the other 12'x23' section is share with my brother who is restoring a 54 Lincoln.

I have read up a lot about working with wood, and being on sites like this, help to not only teach me more, but make me realize how little I know.

Will be posting pics of my shop and 'new' old bench soon!!!!

-- -Willy, White Plains, NY

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 05:02 PM

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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#2 posted 04-11-2011 06:49 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 04:36 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 07:07 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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