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Location: Rustenburg, South Africa

I have 3 grownup children, Tracy, Duncan and Megan and a husband called Henry who is my biggest sponser. I started out by sanding down old furniture, I loved the feel of the wood when it was all cleaned up. My first real piece of machinery was a router which Henry bought for me 8 years ago. That has proved to be the most versatile piece of equipment. So having a router, a sanding machine, a ruler and a pencil I made my first project. It started out by being a wine rack but when it was finished it looked so insignificant that I built a whole cabinet and inserted the wine rack inside (photo to follow). When I had finished this cabinet Henry bought me a table saw which I didnt like because it wasnt a good quality and to me wasnt safe. So after much debate I got a Festool plunge saw and Festool table. For birthdays, anniversaries and Mother's day the children & my dear Mother who sadly passed away 3 weeks ago, buy sand paper for gifts for me, I inturn make them furniture. Oh yes Ive got the Festool RO 150 sanding machine (the sand paper is rather pricey). I have made a lot of bookshelves for all the woodworking books. My work shop is complete I have all that I need only thing I have found out, you can never have enough clamps and hands.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 05:58 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 07:12 PM

Welcome to LJs were we have great people , super projects,fantastic woodworkers. Enjoy.


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#3 posted 12-06-2009 07:32 PM

Hello Cher,

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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#4 posted 12-06-2009 07:46 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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#5 posted 12-06-2009 09:25 PM

Hello to you all,
Thank you for the welcome. I was a bit afraid of joining, as I have experienced intimidation at a woodworkers show where I buy all my machinery. My husband Henry is very quick to jump to my defence. I have noticed that there are seldom women that attend the woodworkers show.
I am working on a bedroom suite at the moment and I was wondering if anyone can advise me what finish I should use, it is railway sleeper wood. I dont want it to be glossy. I have an oak table which I put oil on and it darkened the wood and it looks beautiful only thing is the table seems to attract dust. Please help.
Thanks once again
Regards, Cher

-- When you know better you do better.

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#6 posted 12-06-2009 09:57 PM

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.

To get the most feedback on your projects, it’s best only post 1 or 2 at a time. This way you will get feedback over several days and from a wide variety of members.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D.

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#7 posted 12-06-2009 10:36 PM

Welcome to LJ’s hope you enjoy your time here …...

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 12-07-2009 01:14 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 12-07-2009 02:06 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

Cher…if you want a hard finish, but not real glossy, you could try semi-gloss poly.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 12-07-2009 04:41 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

We are an equal opportunity site. Glad to have you join us.

-- 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]

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#11 posted 12-08-2009 02:01 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!


-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#12 posted 12-15-2009 07:30 AM

Hullo all, thanks to the rest of you for the welcome. notottoman, I dont know if the wood is Rhodesian Teak, I will put photos up before I put any finishes on. Then perhaps you can tell me what it is. The shows I attend are at Hardware Centre in Randburg. I’m not doing much at the moment because we are having christmas here so I have to do all the preparations for that plus we got a puppy on Sunday (what was I thinking, children all out of the house now I go and tie myself down with a puppy). I’ll take your advice and show them ‘wie’s baas’
Regards to all and happy woodworking

-- When you know better you do better.

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#13 posted 12-15-2009 11:43 AM

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

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#14 posted 12-18-2009 10:25 AM

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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#15 posted 12-22-2009 11:11 AM

thank you for the kind words , cher .

happy holidays to you and yours ,

and welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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