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Blog entry by johngoes posted 12-28-2008 06:56 AM 1118 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I stumbled upon LumberJocks a week ago while looking for woodworking tips. Looks like a cool place to hang out. However, I was so busy finishing my Christmas gifts that I didn’t have a chance to introduce myself. I found myself amazed at how many folks submitted nice comments on my arrival to LJ.

I started woodworking in 1998, but it took six years to finish the first project I started. I did finish a couple of others between though. For the last six years I’ve been cranking out one project after another. You can see a few samples here on my flicker woodworking collection:

Woodworking pics

There’s more but I get so busy building that I forget to take pictures. My latest project was to build my first miter boxes. I planned to build three to start with, one each for my two daughters, and one for my mother. When I found out it wasn’t too hard with the miter sled I built from an FWW article, I decided to build one for my wife too. Then my daughter’s mother-in-law called and said she’d be coming to visit in a week I decided to build a 5th box. So between the first week in December and Christmas Eve I was in the shop virtually daily to build these: (only 4 here as ma-in-law got hers already…)

Boxes of Canarywood, Birdseye Maple, Mesquite, and Cherry
(I’ll leave it to you to identify what’s what)

Box Stack

Four Boxes

Anyway – I love woodworking and someday I hope to supplement my retirement income by selling my woodworking wares.

I look forward to learning from this community!

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

8 comments so far

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John Gray

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#1 posted 12-28-2008 07:42 AM

Your Walnut sofa table is great!!!! Thanks.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................



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#2 posted 12-28-2008 07:59 AM

Welcome to LJ. Your boxes are beautiful!!

-- Please bless me in woodworking, Adrian is my husband and teacher!!!

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 01:49 PM

John, those are some really nice pieces of furniture. But you have my sympathy on being “forced” to spend nearly every day in the shop!!! :)

What a winning combination!! You got plenty of shop time, built some really nice boxes that were well received by the women in your life, I am sure and even did something nice for your daughter’s mother-in-law.

Thanks for the introduction.

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

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#4 posted 12-28-2008 02:07 PM

You’ve got some really nice stuff there!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 12-28-2008 04:13 PM

Hello and thanks for the comments! I went to bed after I posted the intro because I’m a early-to-bed person.

On the Sofa Table – I saw a picture of it in the FWW gallery and decided to build one. I had a chunk of 8/8 walnut and decided to make it out of that instead of the original cherry. My I just guessed at the dimensions from the picture and went to town. My avatar picture is of me using a scraper for the first time to clean up the saw burn marks on that table.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#6 posted 12-29-2008 01:51 AM

Nice work and welcome to LJ’s

-- 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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matt garcia

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#7 posted 12-29-2008 04:59 AM

Beautiful boxes!! Welcome to LJ’s!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 12-29-2008 09:08 PM

welcome to LJ :)
there are lots of box lovers here. These will definitely touch a few heart strings.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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