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Location: TX

I have been working wood since the mid-80's. Got started when I was in grad school and wanted to do something besides solving equations and running experiments (I am trained as an engineer). So, I signed up for a woodworking class in one of the local junior colleges. From a large stack of Woodsmith magazines owned by the shop teacher, I picked a "Shaker slant top desk" to build for my then girlfriend (now wife:)). The desk called for various double mortise and tenon joints, turned taper legs...not something one would choose as a first wood working project. When I asked the shop teacher if I can finish it in the 8-week class, he said "sure, why not!"

Needless to say, I couldn't get the thing done in that amount of time, not to mention I didn't have the skills nor the know-how. I managed to finish building the desk, but had to resort to using a milling machine in my school's engineering shop to cut the mortises and tenons!

Since then, I have been hooked. As with many, I started as a "Normite" - heavy on using powered machines. Over time, I have picked up more hand tools and the skills to use them. I now try to do most of my lumber prep with machines, and joinery by hand.

-- Planesmooth from TX

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commented on Glass tile top end table (2011) 09-09-2011 03:25 AM
added project Glass tile top end table (2011) 08-31-2011 01:38 AM
added project kitchen cabinet upgrade (2004) 04-28-2011 02:27 PM
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replied on Is there any good lumber shop in Dallas/Fort Worth area? 08-21-2009 03:41 AM
started topic Is there any good lumber shop in Dallas/Fort Worth area? 08-20-2009 05:41 AM
commented on Desk and Credenza 08-17-2009 03:26 AM
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added project Baby Changing Table (1997) 07-25-2009 09:00 PM
added project Bookshelf (2001) 07-25-2009 08:57 PM
added project Walnut Occasional Table (2003) 07-25-2009 05:18 PM
commented on Wooden Box #2 (2008) 07-25-2009 04:29 PM
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added project Wooden Box #1 (2008) 07-25-2009 03:44 PM
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#1 posted 07-19-2009 03:27 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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#2 posted 07-19-2009 03:55 PM

Welcome aboard. Happy to have you join us at Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 07-19-2009 06:28 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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#4 posted 07-19-2009 06:44 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 07-19-2009 06:50 PM

Hello Planesmooth,

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

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

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#6 posted 07-20-2009 02:44 AM

Hello Planesmouth, Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#7 posted 07-20-2009 03:39 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! Have fun and share the knowledge.

-- Gary D.

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#8 posted 07-20-2009 10:52 AM

Welcome to LJ’s…the best site to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#9 posted 07-21-2009 06:12 AM

Welcome to LJs. Glad to have you here. Looking forward to read about how your projects go.

-- Sawing, sanding, scraping, cutting? Let Rockwell Sonicrafter do the job. & A more general blog at

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#10 posted 07-21-2009 07:05 AM

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

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#11 posted 07-21-2009 09:33 PM

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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#12 posted 07-25-2009 08:42 PM

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 07-17-2010 05:17 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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#14 posted 07-28-2011 04:55 PM

Saw your “mini page”, at the top of the home page, and checked out your projects. I hadn’t seen any of them before. All are very nicely done. Didn’t have time to comment on each one, but they all display some fine craftsmanship and design.

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