Olaf Gradin

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Location: Gainesville, GA

I'm a professional, father, friend, husband, and eccentric in an expanded community in northeast Georgia where I live, work, and play. Woodworking is but one of my hobbies, though probably the one I've put the most money into.

I worked with my step-dad into my late teens in his garage shop. He maintained his own woodworking business and was fairly successful in the venture. I cut my teeth on Red Oak because that was all he ever used.

From my experience as his apprentice, I have learned to have an unusual dislike for Red Oak, and I have realized that I like the process of the craft even better than the results.

I am a fan of the Arts & Crafts movement; especially so of the American artisans that popularized the movement here, and who's timeless designs still inspire craftsmen today. I have a fondness for hand tools, but also recognize where a machine tool is just smarter! Between Tage Frid's practical approach and the inefficient wonders that grace magazines such as Fine Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine, I am seeking to balance my designs with function, form, and frugality!

-- It takes a viking to raze a village. &mdash Blog'r:

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commented on Table Saw Accessorizing 01-04-2016 02:30 PM
commented on Refinishing: Dining Room Table 01-04-2016 02:25 PM
commented on Composter 01-04-2016 02:22 PM
commented on Ikea Bunk Bed Hack 01-04-2016 02:15 PM
added project Ikea Bunk Bed Hack 01-13-2014 04:21 AM
commented on Djembe Meticulous 04-10-2013 12:35 PM
added project Djembe Meticulous 04-10-2013 03:31 AM
added project Pinewood Derby Trophies! 04-10-2013 03:06 AM
replied on Drum Making....tried it? 03-19-2010 07:25 PM
commented on Spoon Carving 03-19-2010 07:14 PM
commented on Shop Flooring 03-19-2010 07:10 PM
commented on Eye Candy 01-31-2010 06:39 PM
commented on Composter 02-10-2009 07:29 PM
commented on "Thunder Head" Djembe Drum 12-17-2008 04:35 PM
added project "Thunder Head" Djembe Drum 12-16-2008 06:34 AM

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#1 posted 11-21-2007 10:34 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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Olaf Gradin

73 posts in 5333 days

#2 posted 11-21-2007 11:41 PM

I’ve been “lurking” for a while, but finally decided to join after reading a highly discussed topic on hand planes.

-- It takes a viking to raze a village. &mdash Blog'r:

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Greg Mitchell

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#3 posted 11-22-2007 01:00 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 11-22-2007 01:19 AM

Welcome to LJ! I am looking forward to seeing your work. This is such a great community and I hope you enjoy it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 11-22-2007 08:30 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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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 11-22-2007 02:38 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to you, and welcome!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#7 posted 11-22-2007 04:53 PM

Hey! Welcome to LJ! I’m enjoying reading your bench blog!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 11-29-2007 04:03 AM

We’re glad your here! Welcome!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 11-14-2009 04:22 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock. Thanks for your posts and participation.

-- Gary D.

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#10 posted 11-14-2009 06:42 PM

Congratulations on your Anniversary. Hope you have many more on LumberJocks. We appreciate your posts and projects

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

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#11 posted 11-20-2010 12:36 AM

Well, another year has rolled by. It must have been a really fun year because it seems like yesterday when I congratulated you on being a LJ for 2 years. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- Gary D.

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