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I first got into woodworking back in 2003 when one Saturday afternoon while channel surfing the tube I happened to stumble across a show on PBS called the “New Yankee Workshop”. Man, I was hooked and always glued to the TV on Saturday afternoons from that point forward until the show was sadly canceled. I loved every minute of Norm and his projects. I was also inspired by other woodworking shows such as “Woodworks” with David Marks and lately I love watching the “Woodsmith Shop” and have several of their shop jigs on my todo list.

I soon began converting our two car garage into a workshop. I bought my first table saw off eBay for about 100 bucks. It was one of the cheap made overseas versions and only lasted about 6 months before my x father-in-law gave me an older model Rockwell table saw. That thing was old and dirty but solid as a rock and the electric brake didn’t work or lacked one so the blade would take about 2 minutes to spin down but I lived with it. With that saw I could now start to think about making some fine furniture projects. But the saw did not have extension wings to handle wide sheet stock so I eventually upgraded to the Ridgid TS3650 model from Home Depot and that is the saw I still have to this day and have no plans to upgrade that one.

So, for several years I built many projects from simple bookcases, picture frames, kitchen gadgets, to built-in bookcase with a window seat in each of my kid’s rooms that took up the entire wall, similar to the library system with some modifications that Norm did on one New Yankee episode. I also made so many dang jigs that I had not put them all to the test yet but they are there and waiting. Of course, I made all the typical rookie woodworker mistakes but fortunately they were not too expensive since I was a believer in using maple or birch plywood, poplar and some red oak plywood in most of my projects. I did use cherry, maple and oak on some of the smaller projects I did because it was typically more expensive than my budget would allow at the time.

I bought a Jet lathe and got into wood turning spindles and pens. I must have made tons of pens and gave them to all my neighbors and coworkers. It’s a great feeling when you see someone using a pen that you made. So in time my skills got better and my mistakes were less.

Glad to be part of this great community full of talented woodworkers. I will post pictures of my completed projects as I complete them.


-- Dan - A good day in the wood shop is finishing up with all your fingers still attached!

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#1 posted 10-16-2012 03:54 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy!

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#2 posted 10-16-2012 12:22 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 10-16-2012 02:56 PM

Thank you all. Glad I found this site. So many great projects and talented woodworkers. I can’t wait to get my garage shop setup once again and start on my next project.


-- Dan - A good day in the wood shop is finishing up with all your fingers still attached!

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#4 posted 10-16-2012 03:58 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 10-16-2012 04:08 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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