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Location: North Central Illinois

I have been doing wood working for most of my life, got started in High school and it just came natural to me. I served my time in Viet Nam, 1966 to 1967, I married my High School sweet heart before I went to VN and came home to the American dream and remodeled our home to be my first major wood project. One thing led to another and before you knew it I was hooked big time, making furniture and small projects. My first wife died suddenly 13 years ago and i drifted aimlessly until I met my wife of today, we then set forth remodeling her child hood home to blend our two households, I am currently completing the full remodel of the kitchen, made it bigger and gutted it to the studs. The cabinets are all quarter-sawn White Oak with 1" thick face frames and doors, all in Craftsman style. As soon as this is complete, i am moving my shop into the large 1 car portion of our 3 car garage, I say large as it is 35 feet deep so the one car portion will make a nice permanent work shop, once moved into that, I am building my Rubio style work bench, and I am strongly planning on following Tyvekboys design for the split top. Then I have to build a new Queen size Cherry Craftsman bed frame. I cut the tree down, had a friend with a saw mill cut it all into 1 1/4 " thick planks and have been air drying the wood for several years now. I also restore old furniture and have several 100 + years old pieces in our home with deep family history. One project waiting to be saved is a chest of drawers my GG Great Grandfather brought to Illinois in the early 1800's and dunked into the Illinois river when it fell of the raft and they rescued it down stream and was in the family for many years after. Unfortunately my Grandfather used it as a tool chest in his work shop and it is abused badly, my uncle took possession of it in the 1960's and only stored it until it came into my possession several years ago. And have a 120 year old meat counter made out of Qtr Sawn White Oak in our dining room that we use as a side board.

-- Jim B

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Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 11:47 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
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#3 posted 10-31-2012 12:26 AM

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


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#4 posted 10-31-2012 04:18 AM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 12:57 PM

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

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 04:04 AM

Always nice to see somebody else follow us down the rabbit hole. Impressive bio btw.

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