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Location: In the country near Portland, Oregon

Like others of my generation, I learned very basic woodworking because wood shop was a mandatory course in high school. I built a few projects over the years, but it's really only now as I approach retirement that I've been investing more regular energy and time into woodworking. And the more I put into it, the more enjoyment I get back, so I think it's a 'keeper' for the years ahead.

My shop: a 12'x20' heated room that I built myself, within our barn.
My tools: 10" Delta hybrid tablesaw, 18" Steel City bandsaw, 6" Powermatic jointer, 12" Ridgid planer, Ridgid oscillating spindle sander, old Delta mitre saw. And a kind of elaborate but low cost dust collection system for everything.

Projects: so far, mostly, the shop itself! But also some small furniture items and some novelty bird feeders for practice. But big plans for when I'm fully retired and get the time...

Current challenge: turning logs to lumber. Our farm has 30 walnut trees, all 80 years old, in decline, and coming down on their own periodically. I'm working on techniques and tools to try to salvage this wood and use it for projects. See my blog for the latest on this!

-- Mark

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added project Blanket chest - jatoba frame, padauk tray, cedar lining, upholstered panels and seat 05-19-2011 02:47 AM
commented on Little Flame 05-17-2011 02:54 AM
replied on Arggggh - please help me: fixing failed biscuit joint, pocket screws? 04-29-2011 01:55 AM
replied on Arggggh - please help me: fixing failed biscuit joint, pocket screws? 04-28-2011 07:48 PM
started topic Arggggh - please help me: fixing failed biscuit joint, pocket screws? 04-28-2011 06:30 PM
commented on Ben's tractor bed 04-18-2011 06:36 PM
replied on Anyone want a new Porter Cable 690LR router for $86? - team up on combo deal 02-07-2011 08:20 PM
started topic Anyone want a new Porter Cable 690LR router for $86? - team up on combo deal 02-03-2011 04:53 AM
replied on Square a Table Saw Sled 02-01-2011 06:40 PM
commented on A Benchtop Bench 01-30-2011 03:24 AM
replied on Jet JML-1014 w/stand - SOLD 01-27-2011 01:19 AM
started topic Jet JML-1014 w/stand - SOLD 01-25-2011 11:40 PM
commented on Reversible Box Joint Jig - designed for Freud SBox8 box joint blade set 01-05-2011 10:29 PM
commented on Thickness sander 01-05-2011 04:23 AM

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#1 posted 03-09-2008 10:13 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#2 posted 03-09-2008 02:09 PM

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be a rewarding and exciting part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#3 posted 03-09-2008 04:31 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Enjoy Yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-09-2008 06:45 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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#5 posted 03-09-2008 11:58 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Mark. 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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#6 posted 03-10-2008 05:08 AM

Well, I’ve signed on to a couple of woodworking forums before, but never was so warmly welcomed – in fact, never welcomed at all. Looks like this forum has more members and more current activities too. So when I get some time I’ll add some profile details and pix of my shop and its various ‘inventions’ (that others have probably thought of long before). Right now I’m busy clearing a spot for a new Minimax bandsaw I ordered. Thanks guys,

-- Mark

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#7 posted 03-10-2008 05:08 AM

We welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. We hope that you enjoy your stay/visit each and every time you show up on our door step. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you. But, maybe you will have that good answer for us!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 03-10-2008 06:12 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 03-10-2008 11:32 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Come on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine. Happy, that you have chosen to join the family.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
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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#10 posted 03-10-2008 08:40 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks, you’ll meet some really great people here and gets lots of ideas to keep you busy.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#11 posted 03-10-2008 11:49 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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