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Location: NE Mississippi

I guess I’ll briefly introduce myself. I’m in my early 30s, a grad student studying birds, and recently became a dad. My own father has never been afraid to tackle a new project, and is willing to learn any new skill he’s needed to do aircraft maintenance, classic car restoration, carpentry, woodworking, painting (watercolors or vehicles) – you name it. I think I take after him in that way. Especially over the last 10 years, my interests have led me to things like working with clay, auto repair, building a workbench, birding, DIY stuff – any project that presents itself, I’m interested in learning how to do for myself. I have a fondness for made in the USA tools.

Since I was young, I’ve had an interest in woodworking, although I never started trying it until late lasy year. (I’ve watched Roy Underhill since I was a boy.) Before Christmas, I was set to have spinal surgery for a badly herniated disc. I’ve been wanting to build a dovetailed box for years, but never had the tools or the money to really put into them. Looking at the (minor, but non-zero) possibility that I might have an adverse outcome in surgery, I decided I was not going to die without having ever made a dovetail! So I mought some tools, and the night before I went to the hospital, I made a really bad dovetail joint in some poplar scrap (but boy was I proud of my first attempt!)

After I recovered enough to move around, I’ve decided I’m serious about this hand woodworking thing. I’ve since picked up a set of decent new Stanley sweetheart chisels, a new Stanley sweetheart smoothing plane (an X-mas gift I’m growing into), a Veritas dovetail saw, and sundry marking and layout tools (Christmas was good to me). I’m teaching myself to do dovetails by hand, taking the approach of a dovetail a day for a month, but it’s taking longer really, because of work and the baby). I’m seeing improvement, I’m developing modest skills, and I’m looking to expand my tools as I can afford to.

My next project will be Paul Sellers’ shooting board. I’m thinking some of the next tools I want are a jack plane, crosscut and rip saws, and a front vise (I’m currently using a mechanic’s vise rigged with wooden jaws I made). Ok! Enough about me!

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 06:30 AM

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.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
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Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.


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