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Location: Southern California

Originally from Jersey, I'm now a SoCal based happily married 34 y/o father of FIVE! I'm a systems engineer by profession - managing data center operations for a large security company.

I've always loved creating with my hands, restoring classic cars, etc. I'm new to wood working, though it's already become an obsession! It all started late last year when my my wife was shopping for some home school furniture. There wasn't much of a selection, it was all very expensive, and didn't fit our design needs (needed to be functional for schooling use, but not look out of place in our home).

Since then I've been slowly adding to my collection of tools and trying to soak up as much info as possible from book, forums, and sites like this. The folks here look to be very knowledgeable, friendly, and have the passion that I'm just now discovering. Thanks for allowing me to join!


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#1 posted 07-30-2011 03:53 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 07-30-2011 04:58 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 07-31-2011 04:47 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 10:36 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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#5 posted 08-02-2011 04:01 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#6 posted 08-02-2011 06:53 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help one another with woodworking. Feel free to ask members for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

Where in So Cal ? I’m in Lakewood which is near Long Beach…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 08-02-2011 10:40 PM

Thanks, all! Everything about this hobby has been addictive to the Nth degree – and right out of the gate too! I still love old cars, but there I’m just modifying or restoring something someone else created. Having the chance to design and build things to my liking right from the start is what’s getting me here.

I live out in unincorporated San Berdoo, but my main office is in Cypress.


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#8 posted 05-08-2012 03:22 PM

welcome to the woody world and with FIVE kids yer gonna have you’re hands full as there is a ton of things to make even when those kids GROW up and soon will have families of their own—-I have 11 grand kids—-3 great grands and am forever finding new things to learn and do. Don’t for get picture puzzles of the family for xmas gifts or simple piggy banks with the kids pictures in the back—-that college money or prom savings. Do enjoy the challenge of the P-51 and add all the sounds effects——the kids are inspired to reach out and learn much much more.
The back of the easel has another panel that I used for photo’s of the child with their friends—-Call it a memory board—-that place where they can look and see all the fun they had together—another thought was to have the friends sign the easel somewhere—-it will one day become a keepsake.
Best wishes to you.

-- The price of the project can be found in the smiles of those who receive it. Some things are priceless.

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#9 posted 05-10-2012 06:28 AM

Thanks, Paul. I hardly go a day without the wife or kids seeing something and asking “can you make that”. lol At this point, my answer’s mostly “Uh, I think so.”

I get so inspired by the work everyone shares on here and even more so by the lessons, advice, and suggestions freely given.

I will be trying that easel in the next few weeks. It’s beautiful and has purpose – which is what has me so hooked on woodworking. Thank you!


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