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Location: North Georgia, USA

About 8 years ago, I was at a friend's house while he was working in his woodshop. Within a few hours, I was looking at a new creation. I immediately went to Sears and bought a tablesaw. I continued to collect powertools until I had a full shop...then I decided I needed to learn to use them. Impulsive?

It has been a fantastic journey. It is rewarding, relaxing, hard work, and, at times, frustrating. With each project, I attempt something I have not done before, i.e., new jointery, different finishing technique, working with a new species of wood, and on. I am attempting to gain as much knowledge as possible while acquiring additional skills along the way. I use YouTube, books, and sites like this to learn from others.

I have recently embarked on a new journey and found that Roy Underhill is my hero: working with handtools. I trimmed a piece of wood after tuning and sharpening a block plane. I cannot imagine turning back. I visited Colonial Williamsburg shortly after. I am hooked. I don't know if I will become a purist, but I will most definitely be doing much more handtool work. My initial goal is to remove all of the sandpaper in the shop! Well...we will see how far I get.

-- Phil G

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#1 posted 1272 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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#2 posted 1272 days ago

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 1272 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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#4 posted 1272 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#5 posted 1271 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 1271 days ago

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….Enjoy the experience.

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#7 posted 1204 days ago

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a little over a year 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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#8 posted 1179 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 1177 days ago

Phil, enjoyed seeing the photos of your shop. That’s an impressive piping system for your dust collector! Good luck with finishing out the walls and adding storage cabinets, etc.

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