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Location: West Blocton, Alabama

Hey Ya'll !!!

I am 54 years old and have lived in Alabama all my life except for a few months in North Carolina, years ago. I owned BUILT TO LAST WOODWORKS and made a living building outdoor furniture for about 17 years. At one time I had 13 full time employees building furniture and up to 29 part time that painted Christmas, Halloween and other yard art. Got sick about 5 years ago and downed sized a whole lot. In December of 2007 my best friend died of lung cancer, we were married for 15 years. Then in June of 2008 my baby girl died of a drug overdose. The last year and a half have been pretty bad.
I just built a bandsaw mill and it's as close to finishing something I've come to in a while. I'm hoping that cutting some beautiful boards myself will inspire me to design and build again. All the outdoor furniture, gazebo's, arbor's and children's playground sets we built were my design.

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#1 posted 11-17-2008 09:19 PM

Hello Built2Last,

Welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking experience.

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

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#2 posted 11-17-2008 09:32 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Take care and work safely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-17-2008 11:08 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks community , the best woodworking community on the internet!

-- Not my woodworking

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#4 posted 11-17-2008 11:15 PM

Welcome to the shop. I look forward to seeing your projects and I hope you enjoy the site. There is alot of good information available from both professionals and amateurs who are willing to share their craft. God Bless!

-- Rusty

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#5 posted 11-18-2008 12:39 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

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

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#6 posted 11-18-2008 04:55 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . 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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#7 posted 11-18-2008 07:44 AM

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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#8 posted 11-18-2008 12:20 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#9 posted 12-04-2008 04:32 AM

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. Appomattox Virginia [email protected].com †

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#10 posted 07-31-2009 10:25 AM

My Friend you are an insperation to all of us. Thank you for being here for us. I look forward to seeing what you can do.

-- Dave Wert, U.S. Army

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#11 posted 11-14-2009 04:14 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary as a Lumber Jock! I look forward to more of your posts.

-- Gary D.

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#12 posted 11-14-2009 04:15 AM

Almost one year at LJs congrats.


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#13 posted 04-04-2010 05:06 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#14 posted 11-13-2010 03:43 AM

Another year has rolled by. We must be having too much fun, cause it seems like just yesterday when I congratulated you on 1 year. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- Gary D.

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#15 posted 04-19-2012 04:30 AM

Where are you I miss your post.

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