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Location: Derby, KS

I got interested in tools and woodworking while helping my father around the house. He used mostly hand tools, rarely bought anything new, rebuilding or re-purposing what he bought. He gave me my first hammer for my first "job" - pulling square nails out of 2 x 4 's he bought from houses the city tore down during the construction of Kellogg/Hwy 54 expansion through Wichita 30 some years ago. He used the lumber for studs in a building they bought.
Fast forward to today and my 2 kids are embarrassed to go with me to Lowe's because I "ooh" and "aah" at every tool and walk through the aisles of wood and breathe in the sweet smell of lumber. I own 2 compound miter saws, a scroll saw, several drills, a router and numerous hand tools I pick up at auctions. I've renovated a 100 year old house in Stafford, KS before moving near Wichita 5 years ago. We (kids & I) tore out all of the lathe and plaster out of 2 rooms, added studs, sheetrocked and finished the rooms and built a wall to separate 2 rooms. (I had a friend in construction check my work and he said that wall wasn't going anywhere!)
I'm not great with finish or fine work and need to work on my patience for a project.
I have only been on Lumberjocks for 2 days and have had the warmest welcome from so many people. I attended a meeting at Sunflower Woodworking Guild in Wichita tonight and couldn't have found a nicer group of people. It was room with decades of woodworking experience and I look forward to absorbing whatever I can.

-- Karen W., KS.

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Todd Thomas

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#1 posted 04-26-2009 02:02 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….This will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….I’m looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#2 posted 04-26-2009 02:12 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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36 posts in 4327 days

#3 posted 04-26-2009 02:15 AM

I am looking for a woodworking class in/around Wichita Kansas. I have some beginning/intermediate experience but would like to learn more about finish work and using tools.

-- Karen W., KS.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 04-26-2009 03:01 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 04-26-2009 03:02 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…………..

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

8901 posts in 5109 days

#6 posted 04-26-2009 03:08 AM

You will get more attention if you post your question under as a blog or forum entry.

I live in Montana and do not know myself the answer to your question, but I know we have LJ members in Wichita. Les Hastings comes to mind, you might send him a message.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 04-26-2009 03:29 AM

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 love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- Gary D.

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#8 posted 04-26-2009 03:38 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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#9 posted 04-26-2009 04:11 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]

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 04-26-2009 04:41 AM

Hello Handymom,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#11 posted 04-26-2009 04:49 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Lots of friends with lots of talent!

I look forward to your projects and posts.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#12 posted 04-26-2009 08:20 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 04-27-2009 01:22 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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Todd A. Clippinger

8901 posts in 5109 days

#14 posted 04-29-2009 05:14 AM

That is great! I am so glad that you are making some new connections.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 04-29-2009 10:56 AM

Thanks HM for your kind compliment on my two-car garrage cum workshop. It’s acually my tiny home would be.

God bless you & family!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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