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Location: Los Angeles, CA

I worked wood for a living for about 12 years. I became quite skilled and made beautiful furniture and quality cabinetry. I dealt with clients, architects, interior designers, and employees.

I also built classical guitars.

I got burned out on it. It hurt my body too much so I stopped doing it for awhile and rethought how I was set up, how I bid jobs and got clients, how and when to say "no" (I now say "no" a lot and that's really one of the secrets to making money doing custom work).

I didn't go into debt to get my equipment and I don't recommend you do so either unless you've got work on the books to pay it off. Instead, I got every piece of machinery I own used. I also built a very accurate vertical panel saw which is a real back-saver and frees up a lot of space in the shop because I don't have to cut large panels horizontally anymore.


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#1 posted 2244 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2244 days ago

Why does the Lumberjock guy look like Hitler?


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#3 posted 2244 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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#4 posted 2243 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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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 2243 days ago

Hello Loren,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#6 posted 2243 days ago

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#7 posted 2243 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 2243 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Paul D

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#9 posted 2243 days ago

Welcome to LJs !! Glad you have joined us !!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#10 posted 2243 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#11 posted 2243 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks Loren. This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 2242 days ago

Welcome to LJs mike

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

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#13 posted 2242 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks, Loren. Nice group of folks here. It’s usually better if what you like to do is less like work and more like fun. I do my woodworking professionally, but I don’t let my work load dictate my hours to the point of taking the fun out of the craft. We look forward to your experiences and projects.

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#14 posted 2242 days ago

Good to see another California woodworker in the shop. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 2241 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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