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My woodworking career began in 1977 at a small custom furniture shop in Tempe, Arizona. I earned a living building custom hardwood furniture and cabinets for around 30 years. At the end of 2012 I decided to take a break from woodworking and worked in the behavioral health field. My wife Cheryl and I decided to buy a fifth wheel RV to live in with the idea it will be nice to be able to go wherever we want after we retire and take our home with us! Well, we're still a few years away from that scenario and we have our new RV home on a beautiful lot on horse property in Tucson, so we're in no big rush to go anywhere.

The fifth wheel we bought is a 2005 and needed some interior re-designing to update it a bit and give it more of a home feeling. So, the tool and machinery buying frenzy began!! You know….."I need a table saw to do this, and you can't do this correctly without a router….and a compressor is a must have." You can never have too many tools in woodworking! Doing all the renovation work in the RV stirred some very fond memories of woodworking and how much fun it is, especially when you're doing it for yourself.

All of this led to setting up our little outdoor shop complete with an outdoor carpet for the floor, shade canopies for the roof and shade screen for the walls, with a small storage shed for tools and materials. We are fortunate to be living in a part of the country where the weather permits for a semi outdoor workshop most of the time. Our biggest threats are strong winds and the occasional torrential rain, in which case we go inside and sand, do some wood burning or putting another coat of oil finish on completed projects.

So, that kind of sums up our story of how we decided to open up the Etsy shop. We're constantly trying to think of the kinds of things that are fun to make AND other people like them enough to buy one once in a while. I have a ton to learn about marketing on social media and even here on Etsy, but that's part of what makes it exciting. I'm amazed at some of the fantastic and creative things I see on Etsy. It's very inspiring! Anybody who's reading this, please feel free to send us an email with any questions or comments. I better get back outside and do some "real work," lol!

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Hi Greg welcome to Ljs,enjoy!
Your shop shows you don't have to have a big shop or fancy tools to make items that can sell and have fun at the same time.
 

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That is a very creative work space solution. It looks like it would be nice and breezy. When I started out I had an open carport and a nearby oak tree that put out a lot of shade. I really enjoyed working under that oak. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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Hey I bet dust collection isn't a problem! That has to be a one-of-a-kind shop!
 

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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and kind comments about my little outdoor shop! It has it's pros and cons, but got to make do with you have to work with sometimes : ) Just trying to figure out where to put the overhead wide belt sander and sliding table saw! lol
 

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just shows if you got the will you will find the way.lots of fresh though sometimes I wish I had a place to be outdoors.welcome to lumber jocks.
 

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The fresh air is nice unless it's flowing at 40 mph, lol. Then it's a scramble pulling down the tarps. Keeps us on our toes though!
 
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