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Up till about 15-17 years ago, I still didnt know what I wanted in life and for the most part had nothing. I had decided to change that.
Now, I'm over 50 and got lots of irons in the fire. Woodworking is the most relaxing pastime I have. When I look back I'm thinking I made a good decision to leave my old life behind. About me....... Been married forever. Two children, two grandsons, two cats, two acre garden, one two cylinder motorcycle, 4 two cylinder tractors, one two cylinder lawnmower, lots of old iron equipment, 60 wooded acres, trout stream, 6000+ BF lumber and my woodshop used to be my garage. I have black cherry, soft maple, bitternut hickory, white birch, elm, poplar, white ash, black ash, red oak, basswood, tamarak and spruce. All was cut here at my home, and is under a woodshed 24 x 36. I was very suprised to find some curly cherry, hickory, soft maple and black ash after I had the logs sawn. Gotta find the right project for that stuff! I got room for about 2000 more feet and plan on getting some cedar and whatever else I can get my hands on. (as of Jan. 2010, woodshed is full)
If it wasnt for my son starting to buy some woodworking equipment years ago, I'd never have started up woodworking again. (My son is the one in my buddy icon with my Dads Woodmizer.)
I always loved woodworking since highschool. I still have my first projects that I made. When I get bored or need time away from a project, I usually copy the little shaker table I built way back then. I've made tons of them out of many different types of wood, and only sold one. All my friends and family have little tables! I also donate them to benefits and charities. If I can find someone to make packing material specifically for the table parts, I'd make more and ship them out. If anyone knows how to go about this, or know anyone who has contacts to do this, drop me a line.
I would also like to let everyone know that I am in no way, shape or form an expert or professional woodworker. 'Advanced beginner' at best. If woodworking ever becomes a chore for me, I will sell my equipment and buy a new tractor to play with.
Ive only been on here two days and am just beginning to meet some very nice people. Just about the time I think I'm spending too much time on the computer, along comes Lumberjocks!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You Everyone for the for the good info and inspiration for newer projects!!!

-- Got Wood?

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#1 posted 08-19-2008 12:33 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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#2 posted 08-19-2008 12:46 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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#3 posted 08-19-2008 03:22 AM

From the NoWis in your location, I assume you are Northern Wisconsinite. Welcome to LJ from a southern Wisconsinite. Hope you enjoy yourself here as much as I do.

-- Gary D.

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#4 posted 08-19-2008 03:40 AM

Hello JimKing201,

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

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

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#5 posted 08-19-2008 04:13 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#6 posted 08-19-2008 04:21 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

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

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#7 posted 08-19-2008 01:30 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! It’s a great place with great people, and, oh yeah, there’s the woodworking! Have fun and work safe! :)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#8 posted 08-19-2008 03:20 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#9 posted 08-19-2008 03:46 PM

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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#10 posted 08-19-2008 10:16 PM

Thanks to everyone for the nice welcome!

I’m still learning things on how to post some pics here. Have a few projects I’d like to show you. And a few questions of ‘how to’.

The pictures that I have seen here are almost an overload of inspiration for my next project! I am humbled at the abilities of others to do such fine quality work.

-- Got Wood?

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#11 posted 08-19-2008 11:19 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Jim. 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 08-21-2008 02:54 PM

I’m glad you found us. Yes the computer time will now expand. I like to keep my time here on the lighter side. I notice you found one of those forum topics. But remember to, Learn, Share, and most of all Laugh!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#13 posted 08-22-2008 10:31 PM

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

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#14 posted 08-25-2008 02:51 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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#15 posted 08-27-2008 10:32 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks


-- jeanmarc manosque france

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