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Blog entry by Craig posted 06-29-2009 08:38 PM 1080 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’m a long time surfer of the site, and finally decided to join…

I started off 17 years ago making speaker boxes for my cars…Now I’m a little older and have no need for the big speakers anymore, but have a need for garden furniture, cabinets, etc. My skill set is still probably considered to be beginner as my “shop” is my patio under my deck, which limits the tools I can use (mostly hand tools), but I am becoming more and more surprised with what I can make with just a chop saw, jig saw, drill, and circular saw. With some clamps and some jigs you can do a lot…Call me a McGyver Lumberjock if you will…

I do not have any “good” pictures of my latest projects yet, but will take some over the next couple of weeks and get them posted. (you will soon see my Stereo Cabinet / Book Shelf I made out of plywood and pine, my first shot at a table top humidor, and my latest project I finished this weekend, an adirondack chair).

It takes me a little while to complete projects, as I have to wait for a couple of sunny days to work (no roof over the shop), but as soon as I get some more stuff completed I will post it.

I look forward to every ones comments once I get some stuff posted.

-- Wood working is my relaxation, until nothing fits or works out right...Then it's just like work!

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#1 posted 06-29-2009 08:41 PM

Welcome craig. We have lots of fun here.

-- 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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#2 posted 06-29-2009 09:02 PM

Welcome, I am sure that you will come to love the site as most of do. It is a great resource.

-- Hope Never fails

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 06-29-2009 09:05 PM

Super, everyone has something to offer. Welcome.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Kent Shepherd

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#4 posted 06-29-2009 09:24 PM

There is a lot to learn here. Make yourself at home.


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#5 posted 06-29-2009 09:28 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Craig! Lots of friends with lots of talent!

I look forward to your projects and posts.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#6 posted 06-29-2009 09:43 PM

Welcome Craig from one newbie to another, also a long time surfer whom decided to join must be the day for joining lol.

-- SAEPE EXPERTUS, SEMPER FIDELIS, FRATRES AETERNI - "Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever"

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#7 posted 06-29-2009 10:10 PM

Welcome aboard….As another somewhat newb, I have found my joining of LJ to be one of the best things I’ve done for my hobby….great folks!...great advice!....and some damn fine woodworking!

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 06-29-2009 10:16 PM

A warm and genuine welcome, Craig.

It would seem many of us are fairly new here. Not a problem.
The site is so good it’s gaining newcomers by the score each and every day.

My work space very often is the same as yours. After we built our house the first thing we did was pour a concrete patio under the full length of the deck above. I have some inside space but prefer the outside to neutralize the noise and dust.

Best o’ luck.

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Don Newton

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#9 posted 06-30-2009 12:33 AM

Welcome Craig,

Actually, whether you realize it or not, your situation causes you to proceed at a slower pace. That is EXACTLY what a “Newbe” should be doing! Keep at it and when the opportunity for a better shop arises you will know exactly what you need. Post some pictures!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#10 posted 06-30-2009 07:02 AM

Hey Craig Welcome
look forward to your projects.


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#11 posted 06-30-2009 01:50 PM

Thanks for all of the warm welcomes. I did not have any time last night to snap any photos of my projects (I was actually staining the deck), but I promise some time this week I will at least get something up on my project page.

Again, thanks for the welcomes!!

-- Wood working is my relaxation, until nothing fits or works out right...Then it's just like work!

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#12 posted 06-30-2009 06:00 PM

Welcome aboard to the best woodworker community on the net. You have the good fortune to have some very talented members in your own area take the time to search them out, their a great group of contributor to this site. Stay safe in the shop and enjoy your time with the community of sawdust inhalers…LOL Blkcherry

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