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Location: Oklahoma

Where to start? I’m retired (I highly recommend it) and living on the fringe of civilization in semi-rural Oklahoma. After graduating form Oklahoma State University in 1968 (wow, I’m old) I worked for the USAF as a programmer/analyst for several years. In 1976 we were living in Utah and my wife was homesick for Oklahoma so when my father, who was a land developer and home builder offered to take me in as a partner, we moved back home and I honed my skills as a home builder for 5 years. The economy in the early ‘80s caused me to rethink my career path and I returned to programming. Programming can be very intense and people tend to want to move on to something else. I was no different and after 12 years of being lead programmer and supervisor, I moved into the PC networking arena. I put in (off and on) 7 years as a network analyst with an east coast consulting firm. Counting my last 12 years in the government and the consulting work, if I never set foot in another airport it will be too soon!! During the consulting phase of my life, I took a year off and built our current home. One reason we built in an unincorporated area was so I could more of the work. See the pictures and wordy description in my projects. After this INTENSIVE year-long effort, I wasn’t really interested in woodworking for quite some time afterwords. Finally, last year the sawdust gene asserted itself again I was motivated to get my tools out of storage and start re-learning. Most of my tools dated from the mid ‘70s and my allotted part of the garage was not very well organized for convenience of use. I am presently involved in an ongoing modernization of my workshop and tools while simultaneously remodeling the utility room and kitchen cabinets.

-- Klpete45, Oklahoma

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#1 posted 02-08-2009 06:02 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Todd Thomas

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#2 posted 02-08-2009 06:45 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 02-08-2009 06:59 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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#4 posted 02-08-2009 10:33 PM

Hello Klpete45,

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

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

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#5 posted 02-09-2009 01:07 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! I have found the forums to be a great place to get and give advice about woodworking and I often gain new insights from the project posts. I hope you find this site as enjoyable and useful as I do.

-- Gary D.

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#6 posted 02-09-2009 05:08 AM

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 02-09-2009 05:48 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 02-10-2009 12:42 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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#9 posted 02-10-2009 11:50 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#10 posted 02-11-2009 05:34 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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#11 posted 02-19-2009 02:00 AM

Klpete45, Welcome to LumberJocks.

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#12 posted 03-20-2009 07:57 PM

Hey Klpete45, missed you on sign up day. Welcome to LJ’s. Always good to see another Okie hanging around. As mentioned above, this place is addictive and you’ll be wanting to shoot your computer so you can spend more time in the shop. :-) I know I do sometimes. I spend way to much time playing around here. But, it’s fun and well worth the effort.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#13 posted 04-02-2009 01:00 AM

Fringe of civilization? Looks like half way between Shawnee and the City to me. Just funnin with ya, I used to live in Claremore/Tulsa. Anyway welcome to Lumberjocks and getting back into woodworking!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#14 posted 02-06-2010 05:01 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary as a Lumber Jock! I look forward to more of your posts.

-- Gary D.

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