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Location: Columbus, NE

In April of 2009 my wife and I finished a 24 x 28 shed in our back yard with the idea of storing all of the items we had in other storage areas in the house and garage.

Approaching retirement age I decided to do a hostile take over of the shed and turn it into a wood shop to see if I could actually build something myself. Although I have worked in construction design and management for 30 years I had never really done much "fine woodworking". Except for my high school shop class and the remodel of several homes and apartments which when I look at today I realized how bad of a carpenter I was at the time due to lack of skill, patience and education.

I approached this task by reading every article and book I could lay my hands on and watching all of the wonderful videos on the internet. After reading hundreds of reviews I purchased a shop full of tools and started. I quickly realized that buying and setting up the tools is actually a big part of the excitement in woodworking.

I started by building a workbench (Matt’s Monster Workbench from Fine Woodworking) and spent many hours beating out mortises with a not so sharp chisel and quickly learned the value of very sharp tools. During 2009 and 2010 I built 25 or so projects and some were basic and each presented many learning experiences. My real enjoyment comes from taking an existing design and making modifications that fit my likes or designing it myself on Sketchup and turning it into reality.

My basic shop power tools:
Sawstop Pro table saw
Grizzly ultimate Bandsaw with Carter quick release and bearings
Incra LS router table
Dewalt 735 13” planer
Grizzly 6” jointer
Mikita 10” LS 1016L miter saw
Rigid 14663 Oscillating Spindle sander
Shop Fox 1712 12” disc and 6” belt sander
Grizzly dust collection system

50 to 60 various hand planes (Stanly Baily series and several Veritas shoulder planes and several new woodcraft planes)

Thanks to all at Lumberjocks for all of the reviews and information.

-- Mark, Nebraska

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commented on Couple annoying setup issues, but all in all... I'm pleased. 02-10-2011 11:26 PM
added project Fish Bandsaw Jewelry Box 10-25-2010 01:32 AM
added project Sharpening Bench with Granite Top 10-01-2010 04:10 PM
added project Pirate Chest 10-01-2010 04:34 AM
added project Cherry Side Table 09-17-2010 01:06 AM
added project Cherry and Black Walnut Doll Cradle 09-17-2010 12:49 AM
commented on Dewalt DW735 and DW7350 planer stand 09-17-2010 12:03 AM
replied on Bunk bed and futon 09-08-2010 05:58 AM
started topic Bunk bed and futon 09-07-2010 12:24 AM
signed up MarkNE's Profile 09-18-2009 09:38 PM

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 10:10 PM

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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#2 posted 09-18-2009 10:52 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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#3 posted 09-18-2009 11:11 PM

Hello Mark,

Let me welcome 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 09-19-2009 01:17 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 09-19-2009 02:23 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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#6 posted 09-19-2009 03:11 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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#7 posted 09-19-2009 09:30 AM

“Welcome to LJ’s” ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#8 posted 09-19-2009 01:17 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. It is a GREAT place to get ideas for your projects and help when you get stuck. There is a ton of information to help you along the way.

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

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#9 posted 09-19-2009 05:24 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 09-20-2009 06:36 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy


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