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Location: Long Island, NY

My love of woodworking came by accident. Actually it was forced upon me. When my parents divorced (I was 11) my Mother wasn’t able to pay to have things repaired. I was the oldest and took on the responsibility to fix things around the house. The first repair I did was when I was 12 years old. There was an outlet that was not working, my Mother got a quote from a contractor and there was no way she could pay it. I decided to give it a try. No one told me you could shut off the power when changing the outlet. I think I went through 2 rolls op electrical tape during the process. Most importantly the goal was achieved (Without getting shocked) and I was hooked on fixing things.

At the age of 13 I saved up from a paper route and bought a $200 lathe and $40 chisels from Sears and started making key chains on it. It took 2 months to pay for the lathe selling my wears for $1.00 to $3.00 each. From this point I was hooked.

After High School I started a construction company and did well but put in too many hours and decided to get a job instead. Problem was almost as many hours with less pay. I now trade the stock market (full time) and teach on the side. This gives me a lot of time to focus on my woodworking. Although for the last two years my focus has been knocking down and gutting my house and giving the love of my life the house she has always wanted.

I still spend a good bit of time on my woodworking with my shop out of my basement, shop size is approximately 14 x 20’ (But no matter how big it is I could always use more space)

I love the smell of fresh cut wood in my shop. My shop is a place of solitude where I can go and loose myself and forget about life’s problems.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#1 posted 01-20-2009 05:46 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 06:29 PM

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. I injoyed your story. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Todd Thomas

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#3 posted 01-20-2009 07:49 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….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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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 01-20-2009 08:24 PM

Hello Innovator,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be an exciting and enjoyable part of your woodworking journey.

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

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#5 posted 01-21-2009 04:06 AM

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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#6 posted 01-21-2009 04:40 AM

Thanks to everyone for the welcomes. I look forward to spending time here.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 01-21-2009 04:53 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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#8 posted 01-21-2009 06:21 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

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

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#9 posted 01-21-2009 11:16 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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#10 posted 01-21-2009 11:49 PM

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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#11 posted 01-22-2009 05:57 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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#12 posted 01-22-2009 02:20 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here. Great bio!

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#13 posted 08-01-2009 03:22 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome!

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#14 posted 08-01-2009 11:36 PM

Better late than never Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy


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#15 posted 08-02-2009 06:54 AM

Thanks Jim

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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