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Location: Houston, Texas

Woodworking has been a hobby of mine since I was in 6th grade and could take woodshop as an elective (I'm now in my 50's). My dad had a radial arm saw, planer, and band-saw in the barn (as well as a self built lathe). My dad would pick up scrap wood from the cabinet shop discards, which became my stock to build all sorts of (what I would now term junk).

My earliest "real" project was when I built a jewelry box from raw to complete product. My Dad had some black walnut trees, so I took the dead limbs, cut them to boards, let them dry, band-sawed them to thinner boards, finished the raw wood, and then used that material to create my first "real" piece of work to be proud of. During the process I learned (this was high school years):
1. raw black walnut will stain your hands black for a very long time.
2. it is not good to hold your hands too close to the saw blade when using a decorative cutter on a small piece - I've got all fingers, but that piece of wood sure sailed!
3. If you create a fine piece of work, give it to someone who really appreciates it.

From there I've gone on to build a myriad of things: multiple entrainment centers, a game room, jewelry boxes, desks, ….

I enjoy the process of figuring out the design and then building it. Although it's a key part, I hate the process of finishing (pre-stain, stain, varnish).

I've only had a 2-car garage to work from, with the expectation that 1 car will fit in the garage at any point in time. A challenge, but I think I've adapted well.

-- slydog, Houston

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#1 posted 05-25-2014 05:20 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
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