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Location: Santa Clarita, CA

Woodworking began for me in an 8th grade industrial arts class. I made a serving tray, didn't understand how to use a plane at all ... and moved on. Woodworking really began for me in college. I worked in the scene shop of the theatre at the University of Missouri, and learned basic carpentry skills.

I built a plywood bookcase for our first apartment ... then a picnic table for our new house ... and woodworking then became a part of our home. I've made quite a bit of furniture over the last 25 years, including our kitchen cabinets, an entertainment center, desk, and more.

Skills keep improving, but I am a LONG way from having the skill to match my eye. It is about the journey....

2009 projects have included keepsake boxes, an occasional table and a blanket chest.

2011: Redwood outdoor buffets, Entertainment center, candle centerpieces.

2012: Credenza/entertainment center, baby cradle, BattleShots!

2013: An outdoor shed, baby blocks, routed bowls.

2014: Cheese boards, cutting boards, picture frames, bookcases, retail & craft fair display pieces, candle holders.

2015: Oh, so many cutting boards, cheese boards and serving pieces!

2016: Year 3 of Mrs M's Handmade saw much more of the same ... along with a purpose-build display pieces for Mrs M.

2017: Year 4 of Mrs M's Handmade saw much more of the same (see a pattern here), along with a rolling cabinet/storage piece for my booth. New display pieces happened as well. I hope we've gotten it right this time!

2018: After a furious end to 2017, I'm dedicating part of 2018 to making my shop more efficient. I've rented a storage space, and moved out the clutter - as well as the 3-shelf, 3'x8' lumber rack. The shop will be more efficient, less claustrophobic by April. I hope.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 01-01-2010 10:22 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 to 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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#2 posted 01-01-2010 10:29 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 01-01-2010 10:43 PM

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


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#4 posted 01-01-2010 11:07 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 01-01-2010 11:59 PM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 01-02-2010 06:40 AM

Hello Henry,

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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#7 posted 01-02-2010 07:03 AM

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

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 02:29 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 01-02-2010 04:44 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. It is a GREAT place to get ideas for your projects and help when you get stuck. There is a ton of information to help you along the way.

Enjoy your time here

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#10 posted 01-06-2010 06:56 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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#11 posted 12-26-2010 07:04 AM

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary and happy holidays! I look forward to your posts.

-- Gary D.

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