Stephen Mines

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Location: Bridgeton Township, MI

Born 1939, pro actor (1960-1970) woodworker since 1970. Started in business in West Los Angeles 1971 (built a tiny shop on friends store's asphalt parking lot) as a custom woodworker. Expansion/growth involved a 400 sf store-front shop, 1200 sf studio, then a 10,000 sf facility in North Hollywood, CA. After 10 years (1977-1987 in the big shop) I had 10-15 more or less skilled woodworkers on the payroll, more business than I could handle, and more headaches and frantification then I could bear. So I sold my furniture making business, built a 1,000 sf shop behind my house (where neighbors had swimming pools!) and have enjoyed being a one man band since, specializing in my first love which was wood turning. I decided to go all the way and leaped into the field of complex and ornamental turning, producing for local builders, furniture makers, lamp manufacturers and a lot of custom work for film/tv studios and decorator/designers in the area. I became a total gearhead, modifying a Hapfo lathe I'd bought in 1981 (to do copy moulding...think gunstocks) and an American Imperial lathe I bought around 1985-6 (to do complex turning...flutes, twists and such). In 2005 I sold my CA house and bought a rural (not rustic!) place in MI near my home town of Muskegon, built a 1500 sf shop where I am happily turning wood and enjoying this ride. Am delighted to join this group, looking forward to meeting new friends, sharing knowledge and learning! I make my living turning wood and making furniture, sometimes (not often!) the stuff in my projects is for sale or can be ordered/commisioned. That being said, and you don't feel like a customer, if you should see something I've done that you'd like to try your hand at, please feel absolutely free to have at it. My permission/formal consent is given here, no reason to apply for it. If you need help or clarification please just ask, I would enjoy assisting. In return, I'd really like to be shown the results... that's my reward! PLEASE NOTE: I've been yelled at by private message twice now, from LJs, for 'bragging' about dollar amounts made during my woodworking career; friends, I'm not bragging. I'm trying to pass on actual information that might prove informative and valuable to someone else in the business or thinking of working wood for a living. Dollar amounts (both costs and income) are often guarded like state secrets to befuddle the competition...I'm not looking at the LumberJocks here as competitors, just friendly fellow travelers helping each other. Glean what you can, ask for details, I figure we're in this together, nuff said. To see some of my woodturning, check out WORKSHOP, PROJECTS and my eBay site, STUDIO WOOD PRODUCTS / Google 'Stephen Mines' for odd, additional info.

-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 04:45 PM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….Enjoy the experience.

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 05:01 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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#3 posted 01-13-2011 05:13 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 04:35 AM

Welcome to LJs

-- Who can I block now???????????????????????

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 05:56 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, good luck…

-- Rick

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 04:36 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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#7 posted 01-22-2011 04:56 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 09:06 PM


-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 03-01-2011 06:05 PM

Welcome, glad you are here, looking forward to seeing more of your work, and hearing more of your words on forums and the like, Thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 03-20-2011 01:01 AM

I like the way your brain works Stephen. The functional side of mine works that way too sometimes but not as often as I’d like, so if you don’t mind I’ll make you a buddy so I can accomplish things that I’m not capable of doing on my own.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, [email protected] -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#11 posted 03-20-2011 02:33 AM

Yes Stephen, looking at Tim’s column post made me realize that I forgot to do the same thing the other day when I was checking out your lamp bases. And thanks for the comment on my heart shaped bowls.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#12 posted 08-13-2011 06:44 PM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself just about 2 years ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…
I apologize for the late welcome but I am currently serving overseas and don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands.

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#13 posted 05-21-2019 10:47 PM

New to this page. Wanted to pass some sad news to the followers. Stephen passed away this morning in Michigan.

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