Don K.

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Location: Oklahoma

I am married (23 years), father of two kids, a 14 year old daughter, and a 22 year old son who is over seas in the military as I type this.

Grew up on the family ranch raising cattle and horses, where you learned to be very creative to save money and make things work. My dad always remodeled houses to make ends meet, and every since I was old enough to hold a hammer I was on the job sites helping him. I am also a FANATICAL baseball fan, and IMO there is NO team other than the "Boston Red Sox" !!!

My hobbies other than woodworking are Rodeo, horse's, camping fishing, hunting and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). I am a Christian and try to be very involved in my local church (Always something to fix in a old church lol)

I have been in the remodeling business as long as I can remember, and it allowed me to make custom pieces for my customers. As time went, the business has grown enough to were I now have crews doing most of the work and I only get involved hands on when there is something fun to build like custom cabinets or built in shelves.

Now I have tons of time to just play in the shop and spend time with my family. As time has gone and my modest skills have grown a little, I am now getting several request for commissioned work, I LOVE to make custom one of a kind pieces of heirloom quality furniture, still trying to figure out what to charge for it :(, lol.

One thing I love to do, is carve, I try to incorporate some type of carving into every piece (of course, depending on the client, I can't always do this). My favorite carving style is scenery and wild life. And the hardest one I have ever done was a family portrait incorporated into a fireplace mantel (screwed up allot of wood trying to get it to look natural).

If the custom furniture thing keeps going the way it has the last few years, on the recommendation of Todd a fellow LJ I am going to start up my own web site to advertise and display some of my work.

I look forward to getting to know more LJ's and if you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message.

Don Kelley

-- Don S.E. OK

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-17-2009 06:40 PM

Hello Don,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 04-17-2009 08:04 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 04-17-2009 08:42 PM

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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#4 posted 04-17-2009 11:35 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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Todd Thomas

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#5 posted 04-18-2009 01:30 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#6 posted 04-18-2009 03:18 AM

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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#7 posted 04-18-2009 03:27 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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#8 posted 04-18-2009 04:12 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 more of your projects and posts.

-- Gary D.

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#9 posted 04-18-2009 03:15 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 04-20-2009 10:11 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Lots of friends with lots of talent!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#11 posted 04-21-2009 04:43 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Don. 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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Don K.

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#12 posted 04-22-2009 12:39 AM

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone, Have already drooled all over my computer admiring many of your projects/tools and shops. Great bunch of people here and VERY helpful. I am now working off of a new computer and will upload pics of my shop and some of my projects soon (No laughing though).

Again, thanks for the warm welcome.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#13 posted 04-23-2009 06:59 AM

Welcome, I am looking forward to seeing your other projects.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#14 posted 04-29-2009 09:23 AM

“Welcome”…to… “L J’s”…Enjoy.

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#15 posted 07-04-2009 10:22 AM

Welcome new buddy.
I too was envious of workshops I saw on tv etc.. before the internet. I just added one tool or maybe two at a time.
I have working at this for about 12 years to get to this point and I am still a little envious of some of the shops I see now and then here on LJ’s including yours.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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