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Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

I retired at the end of 2006 - I'd been working as a part time tutor for the previous 3 years.
I manage to spend about 20 hours a week woodworking.
My first love is making decorative boxes, and I also like turning. During 2007 I've taken up woodcarving and its going to take a while before I become anywhere near a competent carver.

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#1 posted 12-25-2007 09:17 PM

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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#2 posted 12-25-2007 11:48 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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#3 posted 12-26-2007 01:27 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

If you want to see some carving look up Roger Strautman's projects.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-26-2007 04:55 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 12-26-2007 05:39 PM

Welcome to the forum! We’re glad you’re here.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 12-26-2007 09:21 PM

Hey! Welcome to LJ!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 12-26-2007 10:58 PM

Welcome to LJ’s (Enjoy)
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#8 posted 12-27-2007 09:57 PM

Hi everyone – thanks for all the words of welcome.
One enquiry was about the pivot details.
The pivots are made from African blackwood which I turn myself – I finish them at 4 mm which is as large as I dare go bearing in mind that the lid is 10mm thick – just enough room for some error in drilling. I use the skew for turning the pivots – this leaves a burnished finish that needs no sanding. I make lengths of about 2 1/2 inches long – any longer the timber flexes under the pressure from the skew and I can’t control the diameter.
The back of the lid, at the top, is rounded on the router table. I use a 9mm roundover bit – this give clearance for the lid to open without jamming against the back of the box. I drill the hole for the pivot 9mm forward from the back edge of the lid and it just allows the lid to open beyond the 90 degrees. I arrived at this on my third box using this type of lid after some trial and error on boxes 1 and 2.
Hope the above helps – if you need further details let me know and I’ll try to help.

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#9 posted 12-27-2007 11:16 PM

Hi David, this is a great site, I’m glad you made it here, I’ll be looking for more of your work. Boxes are one of my favorite.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 12-29-2007 09:14 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. show us some more of your work and add your wit and wisdom to the forums.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 12-30-2007 12:31 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 03-01-2008 12:14 AM

A belated Welcome, David.

Thank you for the kind comment on my Shamrock box.

-- -** 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 03-04-2008 07:41 PM

We welcome you (a little late as well!) to the one and only LumberJocks. We hope that you enjoy your stay/visit each and every time you show up on our door step. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#14 posted 03-31-2008 12:23 PM

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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#15 posted 05-22-2008 10:09 PM

Hi welcome to LJ’s

i love the look of your boxes and its nice to see another pom on lj’s
im interested in were you purchased your darker wood from as i like the contrast between light and dark and as im learning all the time any infomation or advise greatly appreciated

and if you dont mind i would like to add you to my buddies list

andy aka pommy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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