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I wasn't sure where to post this but thought this might be the appropriate place. Hope I was right.

I'd like to thank all of you nice people who welcomed me to LJs the other day. I was actually shocked that within five minutes of registering I was receiving welcome messages from members. Over the years I've belonged to many different forums but I have never received anything but the obligatory welcome from the bot!

I had been lurking here for a couple of weeks just reading the posts and looking with awe at some of the fantastic work you people do and finally decided that I could learn a lot here. You are some of the nicest, talented, informative, and surely the most encouraging group of people I've run across on the internet.

I look forward to one day posting my own projects here once I learn and perfect some of the skills that you clearly possess.

Thank you again,

Ken DeChello
 

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Welcome Ken. I started in this woodworking game with some tools and a desire to learn and make acceptable things. I soon found out that all the tools in the world can't make up for knowledge, and here is where I come to get that. To learn. And these great people here willingly share their experince and knowledge with no expectation of return. How great that is!

All the best to you, and I am anxious to start seeing your projects.

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Ken, I felt the same way when I came here. One of the great things I like about woodworkers in general is how they're always willing to share what they've learned and learn more from others. Like you, I am always amazed at the incredible talent and love for wood of so many of the members here. Though I'll have to warn you, I found it highly addictive here because there is always one more beautiful project to look at or one more helpful tip to learn.

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Duane,

I've been the remodeling business for many more years than I'd care to admit and have always had the basic woodworking tools. I've built a couple of things over this last year including a fireeplace surround and most recently a kitchen island/butcher block kitchen work station. I like the arts and crafts/mission style and generally work with oak.

Since joining this forum I've made a couple major tool purchases for my shop, namely a 13" dewalt planer and also an older craftsman 6 1/8" jointer. I read every post I could find from you guys before I bought those tools by the way! I've always had a table saw, small drill press, compressor and all sorts of nail and brad guns, bench grinder, 2 routers and small router table, and small scroll saw in my little shop and lots of handtools from my days working in the field for my job. I'm very comfortable using tools as I've been at it for almost 40 years!

I'm now looking to upgrade my table saw from a BT3100 to the Ridgid 3650 if I can find one on Craiglist for a reasonable price. I've also been searching for 14" bandsaw as well. I'm patient so as I continue my search I'll just keep buying lumber and making projects to practice what I learn and hopefully get better.

I've subscribed to Woodsmith and ShopNotes and picked up a couple other magazines as well to get me started down the right path as I think they have some pretty good little projects that use a lot of different types of jointery and techniques to practice. I'm going to rethink my workbench and probably make some sort of hybrid using ideas from a few different benches that I think would work well for me.

As I move forward with these things you can count on me to ask a lot of questions and ask for guidance as well. I hope you all can put up with me.

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"As I move forward with these things you can count on me to ask a lot of questions and ask for guidance as well. I hope you all can put up with me."

Welcome, Ken!

As a new hobbyist woodworker, myself, I can assure you …. they never seem to run out of patience … or answers!!

Good to have you aboard!
 

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welcome to LJ's ken .
glad you chose to stay ,

we have been looking ,
for someone that can play

de chello , ( LOL ) !

like for that ' cookies ' ceremony we just had ,
pull up a stump , and set a spell .
 

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Hi Eagle,

Yes the boxer is mine, Her name is Abby. Fantastic dog. I also have a American Bulldog puppy (about 80#s of puppy), another great dog.

Patron, you must be LJs resident comedian! Looking forward to your next show… Nice to meet you too. ;-)
 
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