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Location: West Linn, Oregon

I live in West Linn, Oregon, and work out of an office in my home as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with issues of depression, anxiety, PTSD and childhood trauma, and of course do couples counseling. I work 10 hour days 3 days per week and the rest of the time, I enjoy my two grandsons and am returning to my love of WOODWORKING.

I have a 500 sqft shop which is full of wood and short on tools. I am trying to change that now. I built the shop a couple years ago and am finally finding the time to get serious about getting it set up and running. I have 10 foot ceilings and most of my wood is stored on the walls and in the loft so I have the full use of the floor space.

I earned a certificate in Fine Furniture building 10 years ago and was working in a shop through the community college so I never had the need to buy my own tools or set up shop. I was selling my work from local galleries, but a major move and career change keep my woodworking on hold until about 2 years ago when I built my shop. Time constraints have put that off again until now.

As a result, I am feeling pretty green and amateurish. Although I never did feel too much the professional. I do great work, but I am very slow. I love wood, I love building furniture, but I lack the intuitive sense of how to make things go together that many people seem to have. I get the job done, but unless someone is there to point out the obvious, I often do things the hard way. For example, the other day my husband pointed out, "you know honey, you don't have to turn the building in order to change the light bulb."

My husband has an oversized garage and is an avid "car guy". We wave to each other from our respective weekend stations and have a rule that we have to stop and eat together, or say hi, at least once a day.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 04:02 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 05:17 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
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#3 posted 01-06-2013 10:27 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 12:25 PM

You’ll be happy about LJ’s. Welcome. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust. I look forward to seein more o your projects.

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

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 02:58 PM

Hello Natalie… so glad to find your posts here. You do beautiful work, and you’ll soon gather all those tools and have to build a fine cabinet to keep them in!


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#6 posted 02-02-2013 10:46 AM

I see you are fairly new to LJ, so welcome to my favorite place on the web. It’s wonderful that both you and your husband have great hobbies. Cars were my passion from age 12, but I had to give it up when my wife and I got married in 1966, as I couldn’t afford it after that. I like woodworking a lot better anyway. It’s good that you have a 500sq.ft. shop. I expect we will be seeing some nice projects coming out of there, especially since you have a woodworking background. I appreciate you humorous disposition so I think we can look forward to some lively blogs from you as well. You remind me a lot of Elaine aka ‘Justoneofme’ who does some really creative and original intarsia work. I hope you will look her up, she is a fun person and very talented.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 09:44 AM

Hi Natalie, regarding hearing protection for the kids. There are two kinds that my kids have liked to wear when they want to muffle out the world. One is this kind= that they also liked to wear on the 4th of July when things get noisy outside or in the shop.

The other ear plugs they like and I wear also when I am using my planer are these=. These are super light weight and they look cool hanging around your neck. Most of the box stores and lumber yards sell both I have noticed. Fun to keep the kids involved…........................

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 04:18 PM

Thanks Mike, I will check those out. So far my grandson loves to wear “head pones” cuz they are cool. However, the ones I have are way too big and I think he’ll get tired of them if I don’t get something that fits comfortably.

Thanks for the help,

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 01:01 PM

Hi, Natalie! Nice to meet you! :)


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

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#10 posted 09-11-2013 07:06 PM

yes the bowl is in Friday Harbor, foot was a press fit that was glued, not happy with the bottom of the inside of the bowl, but I was in a hurry to finish it, as it was about 10 at night, and we were going to leave at midnight, haha. Other than that I like it, i had to stop and glue the natural edge a couple different times during turning to not lose it.

-- Today is the tomorrow they promised us yesterday.

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#11 posted 08-16-2014 10:59 PM

Like your metal parts cabinet! Been looking for one, seem to be kinda rare.

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