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Location: Windsor CO, USA

* fun wooden toys to play and learn for children of all ages
* wooden gifts and novelties for home, office, and special occasions
* CNC Routed custom signs
* commissioned fine furniture to fit unique spaces
* heirloom quality craftsmanship
* personalizing available
* project plans and kits
* 30+ years experience

Everything we make is custom and by hand. We are a small, family-owned business located on the front range in northern Colorado, about 45 minutes east of the world renown Rocky Mountain National Park. All work is done here in the United States; no job or portion of a job is done Overseas. We strive to keep our workings Green and Carbon Neutral.

The idea for Original Approach started out of a lifelong passion for woodworking. This is a labor-of-love passion of mastering materials and techniques, the pride of knowing no corner was cut, no quality was ever compromised, and every piece was the finest it could be.

"American Owned, American Made, Heirloom Quality".

-- Engineer by day, Woodworker by night, Original Approach LLC, Windsor CO,

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added project Cutting Board 06-09-2010 07:54 PM
added project Piggy Banks with original Post Office Box door 06-09-2010 07:53 PM
added project Flag Memorial 06-09-2010 07:52 PM
added project Rocking Horse 06-09-2010 07:51 PM
added project 12-wheel articulating pull toy 06-09-2010 07:49 PM
added project Trivet 05-25-2010 08:52 PM
added project Bulldozer toy 05-25-2010 08:50 PM
added project T-slot toy 05-25-2010 08:49 PM
added project Spinning Toy 05-25-2010 08:48 PM
added project Motion Toy 05-25-2010 08:48 PM
added project Game Cabinet 05-25-2010 08:47 PM
added project Bookcase under bay window 05-25-2010 08:46 PM
added project Bowl 17 05-25-2010 08:44 PM
added project Bowl 18 05-25-2010 08:43 PM
added project Cheeseball Platter 05-21-2010 08:35 PM

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 12-10-2009 09:03 PM

Hello Mike,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#2 posted 12-10-2009 11:03 PM

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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#3 posted 12-10-2009 11:29 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

To get the most feedback on your projects, it’s best only post 1 or 2 at a time. This way you will get feedback over several days and from a wide variety of members.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D.

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#4 posted 12-10-2009 11:52 PM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 12-11-2009 01:13 AM

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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#6 posted 12-11-2009 03:44 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 12-11-2009 08:13 AM

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


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#8 posted 12-11-2009 01:37 PM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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Mike Pientka

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#9 posted 12-11-2009 09:00 PM

I participate on several other woodworking forums but this is the first time I’ve received a Welcome-Aboard from anyone other than the automated system. THANK YOU ALL !

-- Engineer by day, Woodworker by night, Original Approach LLC, Windsor CO,

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#10 posted 12-11-2009 10:10 PM

Ahoy Mike! Glad you are here!

I am sure you will make lots of frineds and learn many skills and techniques from the many talented people here.

Reading your recent review and your obvious CNC knowledge, it is apparent that you will have much to teach us as well.

Welcome to Lumberjocks


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#11 posted 12-12-2009 07:42 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!


-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#12 posted 12-12-2009 11:53 PM


You will find to be helpful, informative, supportive, and inspiring.

I bring A long list of experience creating, Furniture, Custom Furniture, Chairs, Occasional Chair, Dining Chair, Upholstered Rocking Chair, Wood Seat Rocker, Wood Seat Rocking Chair, Custom Rocker, Handcrafted Rocker, Personalized Rocker, Tables, Coffee Table, End Table, Side Table, Accent Table, Dining Table, Entry Table, Bistro Table, Bar Stool, Stools, and the list goes on.

I will keep an eye out and try to help you when I can as my time is limited. I check my In box on a regular basis and I will respond as soon as time allows.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#13 posted 12-21-2009 07:15 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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#14 posted 12-04-2010 08:05 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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