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Blog entry by deejay34 posted 09-29-2016 11:42 AM 753 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just wanted to post very quickly to introduce myself. I’m an engineer by training, bleeding Burnt Sienna and Chicago Maroon (Virginia Tech). I currently reside in Montgomery County, MD with my wife and two four-legged fur-babies; a soon-to-be 12-year old Siberian husky and a 15-year old orange tabby (although, I inherited him when I married my wife, so…). We’ve been in our home for almost 5-years now, and every year has been host to some type of large project (tankless water heater, new A/C and furnace, new bathrooms, etc.)...but we knew what we were getting into and are privileged to be able to put our own stamp on the place.

Admittedly, I’ve been lurking in the shadows scouring LJs for quite some time, going on over a year now. I suppose it all started in late-February/early-March 2015 when I reached a new low of boredom around the house. I had just completed the latest phase of home projects a month earlier, and I had decided to take some time off…just to sort of unwind. Well, that didn’t last too long. So, I started looking at some old woodworking magazines that my late-grandfather had passed along, and I guess I just decided that I would try to pick up where he left off. He didn’t have any fancy tools, and he didn’t build any large pieces of furniture, but he was always tinkering in his tiny basement workshop using self-learned skills to keep busy. Growing up, I can always remember looking forward to visiting my grandparents in Western PA, just so I could spend a few hours tinkering away with my grandfather…it never mattered what we were doing, we were always moving.

So, here I am today getting my first post under my belt. I’ve gradually acquired some tools over the past 1-2 years, some new and some second-hand but well-loved. I have to admit that I’ve grown rather partial to a well-loved piece of cast iron. I have a few small shop projects under my belt already, some of which I’ll post in the coming weeks. I have a few other small shop projects planned for the new future, so I’ll do my best to document the various processes with plenty of photos.

There is such a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience on LJs that I only hope that I can help to contribute in some small way. Many thanks to you all!

-- DJ, "It takes a leap of faith to get things going, It takes a leap of faith you gotta show some guts..." - B. Springsteen

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#1 posted 09-29-2016 12:05 PM

Welcome to LJs deejay glad to have you aboard ,Enjoy!


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#2 posted 09-29-2016 01:40 PM


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#3 posted 09-29-2016 02:34 PM

Welcome 2 LJ’s

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#4 posted 09-29-2016 04:13 PM

Hokies are ALWAYS welcome ANYWHERE :-) Glad to have you on the site DJ and have a suggestion for how you can develop your skills with a bite size project. We’re about to begin our next LJ’s ToolSwap. Thread is here if you’re interested. Our swaps aren’t about competition or perfection but about learning, camaraderie and sharing experiences.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 09-29-2016 04:38 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 09-29-2016 10:34 PM

Welcome aboard!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 10-01-2016 05:36 PM

Glad to have you with us

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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