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Location: Somerset, UK
Website: http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

I'm retired from running IT and a small electronics shop at a spring-making company for 30 years.

I have always fiddled about with electronics and DIY, but unlike my father, could not plane wood flat/square to save my life. Having a little more room now to accommodate power tools - which largely solve the flatness/squareness problems - I am getting involved in some woodworking projects that move me from a 'carpenter' towards a 'joiner' ( but slowly).

Using designs by John Smith (http://www.johnsmithbusker.co.uk) I constructed a street busker organ which sounds like this http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk/topsypics/djorgansundon.swf

Later, I made a larger version -Topsy - which is displayed in a video here http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk/collection.html

Topsy employs MIDI and a Palm Vx to store music rather than paper rolls. I use these for charity collections with local groups and my Rotary/Inner Wheel clubs. (More details on my website)

My dream is to have a decent-sized workshop rather than part of the garage and a home-built shed - 24 ft by 4 ft 6 ins (more like a railway carriage) - but my wife vetoes the idea of commandeering most of our small garden (yard).

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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Max

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 05:01 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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#2 posted 10-15-2010 05:35 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 03:18 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 look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership

-- Gary D.

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 07:37 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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TJ65

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#5 posted 10-16-2010 11:30 PM

Hey welcome.
You will love Ljs, and by the looks of your projects you will fit in quite nicely.
I think you should slowly add to your collection of tools and just quietly take over that shed of yours! I am sure your wife wouldn’t mind all that much!!!! :-)

-- Theresa, https://www.facebook.com/derrymore/

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 12:50 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
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 01:09 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….Enjoy the experience.

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Don Johnson

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 12:21 PM

Thanks for all the comments – they make me feel very welcome.

To TJ65: The shed is all mine, but as you can see from the Workshop pictures I have now posted, it is only suitable for making parts – not assembling anything of any size – but its cozy!

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#9 posted 10-17-2010 06:48 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#10 posted 12-12-2010 07:46 PM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a little over a year ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…

Wisty

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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