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Location: Crossford, Fife, Scotland

I am 61 years young married with three children a son and two daughters and one grandchild, Steven, Melanie and Laura and the newest arrival to the Graham family my grandson Hayden. i retired a year passed April 2008 as an electrical engineer and clerk of works for health reasons, I was planning on retirement and had been collecting woodworking tools and machines to set up a small workshop in my double garage approximately 36m sq, will post photos if i pluck up the courage probably not the best laid out workshop.
I have always had an interest in working with wood, mostly buying houses tearing them to bits rebuilding them just how my dear wife Carol-Anne of 39 years liked, then we move and start all over again,my wife complains she has lived on a building site for nearly 40 years but this is our final move after my latert project 80 m sq addition to our cottage "Hazelwood".
When I left school I wanted to be a carpenter but I was given a card to go as an apprentice electrician, you did not question adult decisions in these times, when my time was out I spent the next 25 yrs in maintenance within the Health Service, working my to become an Estates Officer, then 12yrs within the Education sector, finally closing off my employment in the private sector as consulting engineer / clerk of works.
Since retirement I have enrolled in a cabinet making and furniture restoration course which is full time 3 days a week over two yrs, the class has mixture of ages from school leavers to coffin dodgers like myself which throws up some interesting challenges for the tutors, because of my life experienes and staff shortages at the college as a mature student the young ones approach myself and others for help and advice, which I find very rewarding, not all the young are bad.

As for my projects I have not managed to make a great deal yet due to external matrimonial pressures from my beloved, only two mirror frames, one contempoary, one mission style, the current project an "oak bookcase with 4 drawers and 3 adjustable shelves", a wedding gift for my eldest daughter Melanie, based on her description and my design, I will need to get a move on the wedding is 21 August this year.

Hope to start some serious work after the wedding and our trip to the big apple, anyone know of any good tool shops in NY city? I just cant help myself I blame the medication ha! ha!.

Awe-Ra-Best to all fellow lumberjocks.


-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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#1 posted 03-27-2009 02:18 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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Todd Thomas

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#2 posted 03-27-2009 02:32 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 03-27-2009 02:41 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- Gary D.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-27-2009 03:00 AM

Hello Bbbb,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#5 posted 03-27-2009 03:15 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 03-27-2009 05:28 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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#7 posted 03-27-2009 12:16 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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#8 posted 03-27-2009 02:14 PM

Welcome Bbbb, glad you’ve joined us!

-- Bill, Florida

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#9 posted 03-28-2009 11:49 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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#10 posted 06-19-2009 03:26 PM

“Welcome to LJ’s”……Enjoy the experience…......even though I am 84 days late…Mate.!!

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#11 posted 06-19-2009 10:17 PM

Welcome to LJs there are lots of super folks here,great projects plus outstanding woodworkers enjoy.


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 06-25-2009 11:49 AM

You’re just as welcome now, as you were 90 days ago!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 08-29-2009 02:13 PM


in new york at the moment any fellow lLJ’s recomend any good tool shops within striking distance from PARK CENTRAL HOTEL 870 7th Ave at 56 street, only got until monday and would love to get my hands on some lie neilson stuff.

Hope someone can help

-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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#14 posted 03-20-2010 02:15 AM

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

-- Gary D.

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#15 posted 03-28-2010 05:55 AM

Hi there,
Congratulations on your first anniversary of being part of the LumberJock community… something to be very proud of…

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

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