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Location: Carrollton, Texas - U.S.A.

Grew up in the upholstered furniture business. Spent a summer stripping the finish off antiques and sanding until my hands were raw. I am familiar with many of the large wood working tools such as planners, table saws, radial arm saws, bores, drill presses and band saws. You'd think that I knew something but I don't. I have no skills with lathes or routers. My finished work leaves me a bit flat because there is always something I wish I could have done better. I spend more time correcting my mistakes than I do getting "it" done."

The thing is, I don't really care. I love making beautiful things even if the skills are not there. It just takes me 18 times longer and I live with a few workmanship defects. I have "envisioned projects" on the landscape and a few restoration projects I'd really like to try.

I'm hoping to start and finish a project without kicking myself for making mistakes, using the wrong materials etc. etc. I really care about the details and I hope you all can help me improve my skills and knowledge so I can spend less time correcting and more time enjoying.

Update (05/2014). I think I still kick myself. In retrospect, my woodwork has gone from iffy to pretty decent. Yes, I still spend time correcting my mistakes but they are the mistakes I would have let go in the past. Thank you my friends! If I were to compare my woodwork to sandpaper, I was 40 grit. Now 150 grit? ;)

Other stats - Husband, father of 2, 54 years old, legacy systems programmer who can play a pretty mean fiddle. Thank all of you in advance!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 08:56 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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#2 posted 05-29-2012 11:26 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 05-30-2012 01:06 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy.


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#4 posted 05-30-2012 01:34 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 05-30-2012 02:12 AM

Welcome to LJs. Its gonna feel like coming home for you and your woodworking. Great people here; now you’re one of ‘um!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 05-30-2012 04:55 AM

Thanks for the awesome greeting everyone!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#7 posted 05-30-2012 05:45 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#8 posted 06-02-2012 12:35 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks where the People and Projects are Amazing! Good Luck!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#9 posted 06-15-2012 09:21 PM

When I saw you user handle, I had to read your profile to decide if you play the violin, or, just like to tinker with things.

Now that I’ve read it, I think, maybe, it’s a little of both.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#10 posted 09-14-2012 01:50 PM

This guy is a good guy and a good friend. Is genuine and sincere and will help you gain knowledge and expertise.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#11 posted 09-14-2012 09:11 PM

Ethan – Those are very kind words. Thank you. I do enjoy giving people a leg up when I can. In this awesome website, I have met a lot of folk who are the same way. I am truly enjoying being their student.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 11-27-2012 09:45 PM

Thanks for the words of wisdom Mark….. I see your point and cant wait to see look on my wifes face when I am explaining to her exactly why I need more saws….have a great day sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#13 posted 02-13-2014 04:28 AM

Thanks for the comments Mark. It is small and cozy. You hit the nail on the head, I have a vision for it to be truly one of a kind! As I have grown older I have found I don’t need “big, status quo nor keeping’ up with the Joneses”.
This place is low stress. It is almost a mile to the next nearest house and sits on 30 acres. I love it.

-- Frady in Denton,NC _Trying to bring what was to be firewood to life! Semper Fi!

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#14 posted 06-12-2014 12:10 PM

Hey Mark. I have the same issues with my work. I have been a wood worker for about 25+ years and I still make those mistakes that I feel I could have avoided. .

My motto is: Its not how many mistakes I make but how well I can cover them up.

Keep up the great work and keep posting (even the mistakes).

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#15 posted 06-29-2014 09:41 AM

Just yesterday I glued the back of a band saw box to the front. Once the glue had set, I saw my mistake. I can fix it but mistake will happen. Lack of concentration is my biggest problem. I’ve been woodworking so long I just take it for granted that I know what I am doing until something like this sobers me up. I like geekwoodworker’s motto. It’s the mark of a good craftsman.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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