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Location: Redmond WA

I learned the basics of woodworking in junior high shop class. I started woodworking as a professional a couple years after high school in my fathers shop. Many years and shops later I got tired of working jobs that were more often plastic laminates and melamine cabinets than wood working. I also got tired of things like a lack of good health insurance and dependable income. I went back to school, learned how to program computers, and got a job at a really big software company in Redmond WA. A few years ago I bought a house with a garage and setup a small shop. So far I've mostly been building stuff for my house but have started building some small boxes with the plan of expanding, trying to make a little money on the side, and maybe eventually going back to woodworking fulltime professionally. When I started the shop I thought of myself as an expert woodworker due to my years of professional cabinet making. I quickly realized that it was the first time I had ever done woodworking without some old guy with 30 years more experience than me designing the projects and holding my hand as I built them. It was a serious eye opener. I'm really enjoying designing and building my own stuff but I have a lot to learn about design and I'm hoping to get some help from members of this site. I'm looking forward to getting feedback once I start posting some of my projects.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#1 posted 12-27-2009 06:54 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 08:01 AM

Welcome to LJs a place with great people,wonderful projects,and outstanding woodworking. Enjoy


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#3 posted 12-27-2009 03:27 PM

Hello Don,

Let me welcome you 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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#4 posted 12-27-2009 03:43 PM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#5 posted 12-27-2009 04:21 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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#6 posted 12-27-2009 05:32 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. 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.

Enjoy your time here

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

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#7 posted 12-27-2009 06:01 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 12-27-2009 08:47 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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#9 posted 12-28-2009 04:07 AM

Wow! It looks like I finally found a woodworking site where the members are trully engaged. I only registered yesterday and have already recieved 8 comments just welcoming me to the site. Thanks everyone!


-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#10 posted 12-28-2009 05:39 AM

Welcome to LJ’s Don. Can’t wait to see pics of your projects and workshop.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#11 posted 12-28-2009 09:15 AM

Welcome to LJ:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 12-29-2009 05:01 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 01-01-2010 04:58 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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#14 posted 01-04-2010 01:50 AM

Don, Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#15 posted 12-26-2010 06:43 AM

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

-- Gary D.

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