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Location: Weirsdale ,Florida

I live in Weirsdale, Florida (just south of Ocala) I have a great wife of 15 years and 2 children, Cody 11 and Ashley 11, I have a small custom woodworking business (furniture and cabinets). My shop is actually in my barn. Well, half of the barn. The other half has horses, pigs, turkeys and chickens in it. I build more (or would like to build more....right now I'll take whatever crosses the shop) "High End" type projects..... no laminates or melamine ( I did a lot of that in the past and I just don't enjoy it and even though I'm very good at it, I have done enough of it to last a life time). Most of my cabinet work is built like most modern day cabinets are built and the furniture is built mostly of the joinery style (mortise and tenon, dovetails etc.......dovetails with a omnijig 24.......I really want to find the time and learn to hand saw dovetails but........well, some day). I have been in the woodworking industry for 21 years now (I'm 40). I'm what you might call a self taught woodworker ( I never attended any schools on woodworking). I went from high school, right into furniture manufacturing (as a kid I always was drawn to working with wood and as soon as I got out of school, I went looking for the first woodworking job I could find). I have learned all my skills from all the different jobs I have had over the years. Probably my favorite job was working in the Marine industry, were I built interiors and furniture in boats 100 feet, up to 155 feet in length (Broward yachts Inc, Fort Lauderdale, Florida). I learned the most about woodworking and joinery there. I got a chance to work with a lot of exotic woods there. I miss that place. I worked there twice, first for 3 years, left , started my first business for 6 years, got burned out from working 90 hours a week, and then went back (to the boat yard) for another 2 years, at which time I moved where I live today, had a 3 year run at real estate (which is in the dumps now) and decided to go back to whats in my heart (sawdust, Ha Ha Ha) woodworking and now have my second run at the woodworking business. I really feel like I'm where I really want to my shop building furniture. I'm a happy camper.
I use a combination of power tools and hand tools in the construction of all my projects. I enjoy both styles of woodworking, but I really enjoy using those chisels and hand planes.
I just started up my woodworking business for the second time back in Nov. of '08. And as mentioned earlier my shop is in my barn and a little small but very productive. I do have plans to expand my work area sometime in 2010. A definite down fall to the "barn shop" is that it is some what "open air" and can be difficult to do finish (lacquer) work when it is cold or is raining.
Currently, when the custom work is slow, I have been doing lots of aftermarket improvements to home cabinetry already in place by the General Contractor. The people always want to improve on there new home by adding to there existing cabinetry (which is pretty standard). I'm adding crown and light rail moldings, interior cabinetry pull out trays or drawers, waste bin pull outs, blind corner cabinet pull outs, full closet build outs and of course additional cabinetry (laundry room, garage and summer kitchens aka. back porch kitchens) that match what they have currently. I live only a few miles away from one of the largest retirement developments in the U.S. called The Villages. Currently they have 40,000 homes and about 75,000 residents. Even in this economy there are 200 new homes built and sold there every month. That's way Im getting so much aftermarket work right now. And that leads to custom projects.
I will post projects from the past and of coarse all the projects I'm building in the barn now and in the future. God Bless

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye" Matthew 7:3

-- Built in a Barn Bob

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#1 posted 02-18-2009 03:46 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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#2 posted 02-18-2009 03:48 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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#3 posted 02-18-2009 04:38 AM

Hello Builtinabarn,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be both an exciting 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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#4 posted 02-18-2009 05:17 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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#5 posted 02-18-2009 05:19 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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#6 posted 02-18-2009 05:20 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 to.

I look forward to seeing some of your posts.

-- Gary D.

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#7 posted 02-18-2009 05:34 AM

Hay Welcome to LJs Its a Great Place

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 02-18-2009 06:23 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

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

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#9 posted 02-18-2009 11:18 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 02-18-2009 02:10 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#11 posted 02-18-2009 09:33 PM

Welcome Bob. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#12 posted 02-18-2009 11:36 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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#13 posted 02-19-2009 07:03 AM

I like your nickname. :)

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#14 posted 02-19-2009 08:25 PM

Read my profile and you’ll see where I came up with the name. Thanks

-- Built in a Barn Bob

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#15 posted 02-20-2009 04:41 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks, you have a cool screen name.

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