My North East Texas Lumber Jocks Tour

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Blog entry by Maveric777 posted 08-30-2011 03:56 AM 3491 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, last Saturday I had finally had the opportunity to do something I been wanting to do for a while now. As we all know it is not uncommon at all to develop incredible friendships from the pages of this great site many of have grown to love. I know I for one have found many a good and talented craftsmen I can honestly call friends. Two of them I am lucky enough to have live within driving distance from me. So after running it by my bride a couple weeks ago it was unanimous we where heading West…. I made a few phone calls to see if folks would be around the house that day (which all worked out perfectly) and patiently waited for the big day like a kid waiting on Christmas (Ok I think I was worse…lol)... It finally arrived!

So around 7 in the morning we load up my brides gas sipping ride, swung by and picked up my Father In-Law, and hopped on good ole I-30 west bound towards the big “D”.....

So where was our first stop?..... Good ole Sulphur Spring, Texas to visit my friend Robert (rsmith71) and his family.

Robert and I became friends not to long after I joined here on Jumber Jocks a while back. He has always went out of his way to help explain stuff for me when I was green to the core when it came to woodwork. Not only that he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse… “Come on over to visit and I will load you up with some lumber”... We still laugh our butts off on how much wood we where able to cram in my brides old PT Cruiser last year…lol

We got to do some visiting and Robert took the time to show me an awesome loft bed he built for one of his kids (I am currently designing one for my daughter now). I can’t begin to tell you Robert how much I appreciate all the info you shared with me on these beds… As always you where a ton of help.

(Yea, you can tell Robert knows his stuff on these)

We where able to stick around for a bit and look at some of Roberts handy work and talk about his really cool Joker Boards he builds. I got to say the pictures just don’t do them justice on here. Top notch looking game boards and sounds like an incredibly addictive game (I’m going to hold you to that promise of showing my bride and I how to play one day Robert…lol).

Well, It was time for us to be heading down the road and we started to say our good by’s then Robert handed me a gift bag…. Of course being a well trained husband I automatically handed it to my bride for her to open (I know how it works…lol). Inside was a beautiful gift that Robert made for us….

He knew my bride flat out loves crosses. I think he definitely done good! Thanks again Robert… You Rock!

So we hopped back in the ride and headed farther down ole I-30 headed toward Dallas. About an hour and a half later we came up on Garland Texas…. Home of a my very good friend Mike (the one and only Cozmo35). Now I got to admit… I chit chat with this crazy “Coon Ass” nearly every day about nothing and everything…lol. My bride swears we where cut from the same mold some times.

I been threatening Mike for a while now about coming to visit him and was flat tickled to death to finally have the opportunity to just hang out…. And by God that is exactly what we did….lol. I can honestly say time just flew by while we where there. Never a dull moment the entire time we where there.

Let me also add about Mikes beautiful family… Flat out nice and fun people. My bride mentioned something about it taking a special kind of women to put up with guys like Mike and I…. Not sure how to take that…lol.

Well, what woodworking trip would be complete if we didn’t make a road trip down to Rockler? We just had to check out the big sale they had going on…lol

After we got through with that Mike treated us to a killer local restaurant called “Babes”... Wow! Good thing we don’t have one here. I think my pants don’t fit well now?

Now as soon as I knew we where going to be heading to Dallas two weeks ago I had to come up with a project to make for Mike because every time I turn around that crazy sucker is sending me some kind of cool handy work of his. Take for instance this flat out awesome cross he made us….

Well, I wanted to do something nice for him. What to build? What to build? Then I seen some folks on here posting up tool totes. I loved them and wanted one for myself… Ahh Ha! That’s It! I will build Mike a tool tote… What woodworker wouldn’t want one of these?

So for two weeks I busted butt trying to get Mikes gift ready…. I am so glad I was able to get it done in time.

Here is the link to the project page “Cherry and Walnut Tool Tote

Well, just when I think I was catching up to Mike in the gift swapping category he brings in this jewel…

All I can say it WOW! Thank you Mike!

After staying on into the evening I suddenly realized we had about a three hour drive home. As much as I hated it… It was time to say our goodbyes. Like I mentioned earlier… Time just flew by…

We made it home safe and sound a little after midnight and was dog tired, but so tickled to death we made the memorable journey. I want to send my most sincere thanks to Robert, Mike, and their families for such a wonderful day. I truly feel like a lucky man to have such great folks as friends…

Can’t wait to do it again!

Thanks for reading….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 04:11 AM

Glad ya’ll made it down to Dallas! Is that the Richardson Rockler? I must have missed you on Saturday. And awesome tool tote.

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#2 posted 08-30-2011 04:24 AM

That is an awesome toolbox, Dan. Well done! And the gifts you’ve received are wonderful, too. What a great trip!


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#3 posted 08-30-2011 04:56 AM

Great story! It sure is nice to be around so many good people. Nice job on the tool tote too!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#4 posted 08-30-2011 07:01 AM

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. It sounds wonderfull.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 08-30-2011 11:15 AM

What a nice trip for you to see such good people! It looks like you had a great time. It is so good to see how woodworkers have such a great bond with each other. Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us (and the pictures!) I loved reading the story. The tool box is awesome, too! (as are the other gifts!)

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 08-30-2011 01:00 PM

Dan, I love to see posts like this. It is great that all of you were able to spend some time together.

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

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#7 posted 08-30-2011 01:50 PM

wonderful friendships

good times

and great gifts all around

thanks for sharing

meeting in person
really is special

i’ve been blessed in that too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 08-30-2011 01:56 PM

I love reading these stories. Robert just looks like a cool guy to me. I’m pretty good at spotting them;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 08-30-2011 03:22 PM

Dan, it was great to have spent the day with you Randi and your paw-in-law Danny. I really appreciate you taking the time to come visit and hope it won’t be long before we can plan the next one. The tote has received rave reviews from all who have seen it. They (like me) especially like the handle. It’ll be mine till the day I die. Good times and good people, there is nothing better?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 08-30-2011 06:58 PM

what a wonderful story. I so love getting to go on these “meet ups” via blogs. LumberJocks are good people!!!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 08-30-2011 09:30 PM

Had a blast, dude. Glad the bed helped clarify some ideas for you. We’re gonna try to get your way sometime in September. Plan on spending a few hours learning a new game. Might have to hunt up another couple to learn with you (it is a 6-player game).
The tool tote and box you showed me were awesome. Great work. Looks like ya’ll cleaned up on goodies too! Glad she liked the cross.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#12 posted 08-31-2011 02:42 AM

gr8 story, and looks like a gr8 bond all the way around Dan and Robert.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 08-31-2011 11:06 PM

thankĀ“s for sharing a great day with us Dan :-)
alot of very nice gifts has been made and received
on a wonderfull day :-)
now you owe your wife big time …. LOL

take care

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#14 posted 09-01-2011 12:02 AM

What a touching story, what a wonderful trip, I enjoyed every moment on the side here.
What wonderful people.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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