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Location: North Texas

Originally from Minnesota and now living in the Dallas, TX area. Used to build houses for a hobby but have since turned to furniture building, cabinet making, and pen turning. Dreaming of a dedicated woodshop in the woods of northern MN, but until I can get back up north, am making do with a 2.5 stall garage that is also home to a truck and a SUV. All stationary tools and benches are on wheels so I can set up shop, or tear it down in about 30 minutes, so it's not all that bad. Particularly enjoy woodworking in the cooler months when the sawdust doesn't stick to you like flies on .... Married with 12 and 13 year old sons who enjoy woodworking as well. Learned the hard way over the years that you get what you pay for. I have sold or given away more poor quality tools than I would care to admit to.

My advice for the beginning woodworker - It's not a question of if you will get hooked or not - you will! So make it more enjoyable from the very start - buy the best quality tools you can! It will save you money in the long run. Don't buy the biggest or the most powerful; buy only what you will need realistically. Buy used when you can. Read the reviews on-line. Don't buy a tool unless who have an immediate need for it (or it's an INCREDIBLE deal on something that you have been considering already). Having "cool" tools lying around that you have to come up with projects for, so you can justify having them, is a waste of money and will cause stress and make the hobby less enjoyable. Beginners often get hooked on all of the latest power tools because they can cut down on time. As you spend more time woodworking you will learn to relax and get more pleasure out of using a hand plane than a drum sander. You will get more pleasure out of building a jewelry box for your wife, daughter or granddaughter, than an entertainment center or bar for yourself. Start with the end in mind. What will your grandkids remember you by - a faded picture on the wall of someone who took them to the giant theme park in FL, or the hand-made items that you spent weeks building and refining for them? Slow down, live life one dovetail at a time!

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#1 posted 02-22-2008 07:16 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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#2 posted 02-22-2008 07:32 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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#3 posted 02-22-2008 07:49 PM


-- NorthWoodsMan

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 02-22-2008 08:35 PM

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and interesting 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 02-22-2008 08:37 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#6 posted 02-22-2008 10:10 PM

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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#7 posted 02-23-2008 01:09 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 02-23-2008 05:11 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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#9 posted 02-23-2008 09:10 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

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

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#10 posted 02-23-2008 04:29 PM

Welcome a-board neighbor, I’m in Waxahahcie, quite a few Metroplexians on here.. Enjoy the site.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#11 posted 02-24-2008 07:19 AM

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you

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

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#12 posted 04-03-2008 04:06 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 01-27-2009 01:21 PM

Welcome to LJ’s! I’m also a new B here.
I thoroughly enjoyed your commnets about buying tools, and building for those you love. Sage advice.
Ironically, I work for A. T. Cross Pen Co., in Lincoln, Rhode Island for the last 27 years! I’m a computer graphics artist, CAD/CAM programmer, hub & die maker, and former art teacher. Your pens are first quality, and perhaps when the dust has settled from my almost 3 decades with pens, I might give it a shot. I’m still in the process of building new kitchen cabinets.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#14 posted 02-15-2009 10:28 PM

Happy Anniversary this week! You will have been a Lumber Jock for 1 year. Thanks for your participation.

-- Gary D.

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#15 posted 02-20-2010 02:34 AM

Another year has rolled by. We must be having too much fun, cause it seems like just yesterday when I congratulated you on 1 year.
And now it’s time for: Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- Gary D.

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