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Location: Kansas City, Missouri

I rediscovered woodworking about 9 years ago thanks to a rainy Saturday and Norm Abrams. I was bitten by the bug and have not slowed down since. It took me a while to build up my tools. I had what I need to work on "old" cars but nothing for woodworking. My wife has been very understanding thru all the turns my new hobby has taken me. I hadn't made anything out of wood since 7th grade woodshop with Mr Grun.

In the years since I have done much to expand my knowledge but I'm still some where between a beginner and intermediate in my skills. For my 50th birthday, in September 2008, my wife gave me a week at the Kelly Mehler School of Woodworking in Berea, Ky. I got to take part in Christopher Schwarz's first class on building the Holtzapffel workbench. This was a great learning experience and I got a great workbench out of the deal.

About 4 years ago I found and then joined the Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild. It is made up of a bunch of great folks of all woodworking skill levels. And they are ready willing and able to share great amounts of knowledge. After a time as the newsletter editor, then Director of Communication, I have moved up to Vice-President of the Guild. I kind of jumped in head first. But I wouldn't change a thing as I made alot of good friends.

My wonderful wife has allowed me to build a shop, to persue my hobby, in our backyard. It is operational, but far from complete. I have insulation, walls, and heat to install before winter gets here. They can be kind of cold here in the Midwest and I don't want anything keeping me from my hobby.

I look forward to meeting new folks to share info with here at

-- KCkevin

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#1 posted 07-14-2009 03:02 PM

“Welcome to LJ’s”……The best place to enhance your skills and knowledge.

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#2 posted 07-14-2009 03:56 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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#3 posted 07-14-2009 05:17 PM

Welcome to the shop. I look forward to seeing your projects and I hope you enjoy the site. There is alot of good information available from both professionals and amateurs who are willing to share their craft. God Bless!

-- Rusty

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#4 posted 07-14-2009 06:28 PM

Hello Kchevin,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#5 posted 07-14-2009 11:13 PM

Welcome aboard !

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 07-14-2009 11:26 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- 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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#7 posted 07-15-2009 01:01 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 07-15-2009 02:22 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 07-15-2009 03:31 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and fantastic woodworkers.Enjoy


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#10 posted 07-16-2009 12:17 PM

Welcome to LJs.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 07-24-2009 07:20 AM

Hello and welcome to LJs.
I am relatively new to LJs myself and a lot newer to WW than you are. I envy the space in your shop. My wife is very understanding as well, or at least keeps her doubts to herself.
I take classes at the Brisbane School of Woodworking in Australia and I am currently working on a workbench. It is going to be a functional project only, as I will then move onto a dining table. Hence I will not be spending the time making my own bench vice. Yours is very nice and I wish I could devote the time, but when you pay by the day every day counts.
Good luck with everything and keep enjoying the woodworking.

Cheers Doug

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#12 posted 07-25-2009 02:21 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

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 07-25-2009 03:56 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#14 posted 07-10-2010 04:22 AM

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- Gary D.

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