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Blog entry by john_md posted 01-01-2009 06:18 PM 824 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear LumberJocks,

I just joined LJ this morning and wanted to post a quick blog introducing myself (as recommended by my welcoming email). My name is John and my LJ nickname is John_MD. I live in Maryland and am a middle school band director. I have no significant experience in woodworking but am hoping this website will help me to learn. I am currently trying to complete my very first project, which is also the birth of my woodworking journey. My wife and I purchased two Amish rockers for our porch in the Spring. Throughout the Summer, we frequently wished we had a little table between them for drinks and such. After some internet surfing, I found a simple plan for an end table that I thought I could handle. Using some scrap 2×4’s and plywood left in our garage from the previous owners, I began to create my first project. I am almost done – I need to paint it (white to match the rockers) and attach the top.

I am sure that I’ll be seeking a lot more advice than giving it, so I hope that’s okay. I’ve been viewing this site for a few months now and have been very impressed with the work posted by everyone. It has been an inspiration to see what people can do with their spare time and imagination.

Take Care,


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#1 posted 01-01-2009 06:37 PM

Welcome John, I am new myself but everyone has been so friendly I look forward to meeting a lot of great people.

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#2 posted 01-01-2009 06:48 PM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Happy, that you have chosen to join the family. In working with wood, everyone here at sometime, started with the first project. That’s the first step, so now you are probably already hooked. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.
You may ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences. If you need an answer to a woodworking question, someone here probably has the answer and answered as a friend would.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#3 posted 01-01-2009 06:49 PM


Welcome to LumberJocks! This is a great place to learn and share!!

Looking forward to seeing the table and chairs together.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-01-2009 07:13 PM


We all learn from and contribute to one another as we are able. Having a diversity of talent here is one of the unique and rewarding aspects of this community. The only prerequisite is that you have a love of and enjoyment of wood.

Welcome. It is good to have you on board.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 01-01-2009 07:44 PM

Welcome to LJs John.

Nice to meet you. Shoot some photos and show us what you are doing.

There is the WoodWorking show at the Maryland State Fair Grounds this weekend. Maybe I’ll see you there.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-01-2009 10:09 PM

Welcome to LJ’s John. Grab a seat and search your heart out. There are a lot of fantastic, very talented and sharing folks here. Most of them will gladly encourage your development as a woodworker. Have a Happy New Year!

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#7 posted 01-02-2009 03:22 AM

I only joined end of 08. just look around you will find what you want and if you cant find it just ask, someone out there will know.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#8 posted 01-04-2009 03:59 AM

John: welcome and if you see something that you’d like to do ask the author. We are all ready to help you down the primrose path to Woodworking Heaven.

-- 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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#9 posted 01-04-2009 04:05 AM

Welcome to the fold, John.

We all started with “no significant woodworking experience” and I personally remember that point being the most satisfying of my woodworking career. There’s a lot of great people on this site, and there’s never a shortage of knowledge when a dillemma arises.

Good luck!

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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