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Location: Parker, CO

The actual shop cat is Bosco, a tuxedo Norwegian Forest Cat with a definite and refined sense of style and taste. He supervises from on high (a shelf top) as I destroy expensive hardwoods.

I'm a retired IT manager. I started as a junior enlistedman in the Navy at 18 and ended at 56 as a technical team manager with graduate degrees and lots of other stuff that have no bearing on my current life. IT was a good ride for much of the last +35 years, now I'm a part-time semi-skilled furniture maker with too many other side interests.

I have done rough carpentry, fine carpentry, and some limited fine woodworking. I have a fairly typical small, cluttered, garage based, home shop well equipped for smaller projects. It does have dust collection, mostly 1990s-2000s-ish Delta/Porter Cable/Benchdog tools, all on wheels, with a nice bunch of older hand tools including refurbished Stanley planes from the old Liberty Tool in Maine. I take classes when I see something good offered, and have no trouble sleeping in my pickup shell if I feel the urge to go somewhere.

-- ShopCat

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#1 posted 08-07-2008 09:30 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 08-07-2008 09:45 PM

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 08-07-2008 11:26 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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#4 posted 08-08-2008 01:37 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#5 posted 08-08-2008 01:49 AM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 08-08-2008 02:28 AM

Welcome to LJs!! Glad You Have Joined Us!!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#7 posted 08-08-2008 04:09 AM

Hello John-
Welcome to LJ, you will probally find this place is more project oriented then SMC. The forums dont move as fast and every body seems real friendly and helpful.

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#8 posted 08-08-2008 11:55 AM

Hello ShopCat,

Welcome to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking journey.

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

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#9 posted 08-08-2008 01:24 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! It’s a great place with great people, and, oh yeah, there’s the woodworking! Have fun and keep safe! :)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#10 posted 08-08-2008 03:38 PM

Welcome to LJs. Good info and good people here. Have fun!!


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#11 posted 08-09-2008 11:53 PM

Welcome to LJs


-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out

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#12 posted 08-10-2008 04:58 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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#13 posted 08-10-2008 10:32 AM

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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#14 posted 08-10-2008 11:30 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#15 posted 08-26-2008 04:19 AM

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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