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Forum topic by SteveKorz posted 03-28-2008 09:31 PM 1595 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2008 09:31 PM

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I thought I’d introduce myself… I’ve been in the LJ forum for about two days. You all seem like a great bunch of folks.

I’m 36 years old. I’ve been into carpentry and woodworking for about 16 years or so, but I’ve never really fine tuned any skills. Jack of all trades, you could say. Because of my job at first, I moved around a lot and never really got a shop set up. I was always building barns, houses or sunrooms, remodeling houses, etc, for other people, and my tools would always get mixed up or lost, or stay packed in toolboxes or bucket buddies, unorganized. BUT, recently, I’ve revived the shop and I’m starting to get organized. I’ve found tools in the last month cleaning the shop that I forgot I had. This site has inspired me so much in the couple days that I’ve participated in it… I don’t think it was my shop that needed revived, it was me.

I’m ready to get away from the simple “craft show” builds and the construction/remodel builds, and I’m going to try my hand at some inlay and marquetry (I hope), and some basic furniture making.. box making, etc. I’d like to build a nice solid oak workbench this summer with my last name inlayed in it, and the first names of my father, g-father, great g-father, etc. Still working on a design in my head. (well, I’d better write it down…lol)

My wife and I (married 15 years April fools day) live out in the timber north of Centralia, IL. We own 30 acres of all varieties of oak and hickory, some ash, solid woods, no field. Someday I’d like to buy a small bandmill and build a wood kiln. I’ve got lumber coming out of my ears and no way to mill it (reasonably). Maybe next year.

By employment and trade, I’m a Sergeant with the Illinois State Police. I help my Master Sergeant manage a platoon of guys. It’s a great job, and it pays the bills and lets me buy some tools here and there.

I love humor and I laugh all that I can. The only time I have to be serious is when I’m at work and dealing with the public, which is a nice balance. (If the people only knew how hard I laughed when I got done dealing with some of the crazy ones!)

Anyway, I don’t mean to rattle on… I’m looking forward to getting to know more of you better, and learning from your skills. Obviously, there are some amazingly talented people here… I can’t wait to learn from everyone…


Jen and I, and the three dogs, Bear, Kodiak, and April

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#1 posted 03-28-2008 09:47 PM

Steve, I knew Centralia sounded vaguely familiar, so I looked it up on the map. I’m born and raised in the New Orleans area, but my dad is originally from a little ways south of you in Cairo. I spent many summer vacatons visiting up in that part of the country when I was a kid.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-28-2008 09:53 PM

Cairo is a beautiful area. Hilly with rock cliffs… really nice. Centralia is a little more flat, lots of corn fields.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 03-28-2008 10:50 PM

Hi Steve,

Welcome again and thanks for the background. It is great to have you on board.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-28-2008 10:59 PM

Welcome! Sounds like you’ve got a good plan going!

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#5 posted 03-28-2008 11:10 PM

Welcome to the LJ Shop :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 03-28-2008 11:42 PM

I was looking at the picture you had posted and thought to myself, “Very attractive Lady” then I noticed you were there to. People think the same thing when I am in a picture with my children or wife. Oh, your in the picture to. You get that shop of yours up and running. Keep us posted on its progress.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 03-28-2008 11:54 PM

Welcome Steve. This is a great place to get inspired to do great things in the woodshop.

Do you fish?? I get down to Carlyle & Rend ocasionaly & can usually make room in the boat for one more ( especially if you know the lake!)


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#8 posted 03-28-2008 11:56 PM

Hi Steve , Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#9 posted 03-28-2008 11:57 PM

You have come to the right place. Welcome.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 03-29-2008 12:07 AM

Welcome Steve. It sounds like you’ll fit in quite comfortably here.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 03-29-2008 12:24 AM

Welcome, Steve. Like you said yourself, there’s a great bunch of folks here. Enjoy!

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#12 posted 03-29-2008 12:24 AM

Welcome aboard Steve

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#13 posted 03-29-2008 12:43 AM

Welcome! You’ll make a lot of new friends here among the LumberJocks!

-- The days are long and the years are short...

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#14 posted 03-29-2008 12:45 AM

Looking forward to lots of projects from your revival!

-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#15 posted 03-29-2008 01:03 AM

Welcome aboard!

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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