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Location: Springfield, Ohio

My interest in building things and tools started around the age of 11. My grandpa was always puttering around in the garage messing with tools etc. and I was often out there with him. Also, a guy in our neighborhood had a Shopsmith and was always working on a project. I use to hang out in his garage for hours and bug the hell out of him!

One day a friend and me took a wood Pepsi crate, and his grandmother's picnic table bench, and made a go cart. From then on I was hooked on building things! (Grandma wasn't very happy about the bench!)

When I got to high school I took the two years of wood shop that was offered, and then for two more years went to the shop during study halls. I also graduated from a 2 year trade school that was mostly trim carpentry with a little bit of cabinet making.

After school I got a job in a cabinet shop as an apprentice for around 2 years but I later got out of it mostly because a better job came along that offered more money and better benefits.

Over the years I've been involved with the craft at various levels. Just a few years ago I finally went full bore and built a reasonably equipped heated and air conditioned shop.

After messing around with various projects for awhile I decided to focus in on building bookcases. This has turned out to be a good fit because my other passion is books. I have hundreds of books that were piled into gimcrack Sauder termite barf, throwaway furniture, so I thought why not combine the two interests and build my books a respectable home.

So, I tell people that I'm like the guy that bought a $20,000 bass boat to save money on fish! I could have easily bought some very, very, very, nice bookcases with the money that I've put into the shop, but wheres the fun in that?

I decided to specialize and learn about barristers because they are modular in design and thus allow me to expand them as I continue to buy more and more books. My current goal is to build enough to house my current collection. I estimate this number to be around 22 barrister boxes.

I'm blogging on LJ's though this process so stop by and check it out!

-- Craig, Springfield Ohio

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added blog entry Barrister Book Case Tutorial #14: New Plane and Bench, and fixing the doors. 09-27-2009 08:08 PM
replied on Check is in the Mail 09-27-2009 02:23 PM
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commented on Arts & Crafts Night Stands #6: Almost Done! 09-20-2009 10:00 PM
commented on Adirondack part 2 09-20-2009 09:48 PM
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#1 posted 08-28-2009 06:51 AM

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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#2 posted 08-28-2009 07:27 AM

Welcome to LJs were there are great people,great projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy.


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#3 posted 08-28-2009 11:16 AM

“Welcome to LJ’s” ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#4 posted 08-28-2009 12:26 PM

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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#5 posted 08-28-2009 01:39 PM

Hello Scarcraig01,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#6 posted 08-28-2009 03:59 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 08-28-2009 07:40 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. It is a GREAT place to get ideas for your projects and help when you get stuck. There is a ton of information to help you along the way.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 08-28-2009 11:36 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . 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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#9 posted 08-29-2009 03:42 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Looks like another woodworking neighbor, I’m from Beavercreek. I look forward to seeing your projects.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#10 posted 08-29-2009 11:32 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#11 posted 08-30-2009 09:34 PM

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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#12 posted 09-02-2009 02:08 AM

Welcome to LJ, it’s a great site with a lot of great people. What I like most about it is how much it’s rekindled my enjoyment of this hobby.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#13 posted 09-20-2009 10:10 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.Great place hope you enjoy yourself!

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#14 posted 08-21-2010 12:48 AM

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- Gary D.

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