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Astreja

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07-06-2021 11:40 AM

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Hi! I’m a sixty-something Canadian who has been playing with wood since age eight, when my dad showed me how to use a hand drill, a hacksaw and a few other hand tools that were lurking in the basement. (Power tools came later, in my mid-teens.) I’m here to improve my cutting and joinery, and to make a transition from “close enough” to precision work.

My main shop space is the basement of a house that I like to describe as “the newest hundred-year-old house in the neighbourhood” because of the extensive renovations and upgrades. Current project is a very odd-shaped cupboard (think “triangle with one of the corners cut off”) that fits under the bathroom sink.

A few of my other interests: Astronomy, gardening, knitting, and playing clarinet. (Be forewarned: If you get me talking about clarinets you may not be able to get me to stop. I have five of them.)

Pleased to meet you all!


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John Smith

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#1 posted 07-06-2021 11:54 AM

welcome to the forum, Astreja.
seems like you have a lot of interesting projects going on.
we love to see photos of projects in the works as well as completed projects.
and many of us work in spaces much smaller than a basement – so we understand that part.

-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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Dark_Lightning

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#2 posted 07-08-2021 12:10 AM

Welcome, Astreja!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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rtbrmb

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#3 posted 07-08-2021 01:13 AM

Welcome to LJ’s..I think you will find the group here is very helpful with any questions and also inspirational with their completed projects.

Can’t wait to see some of your completed projects.

Bill in MI

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pottz

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#4 posted 07-08-2021 01:20 AM

yes welcome.i too decided about 10 years ago to up my game and start pushing outside of my comfort zone,to do projects that scare me.it has paid off,i guess, ask the other jocks,they may disagree-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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CWWoodworking

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#5 posted 07-08-2021 01:28 AM



yes welcome.i too decided about 10 years ago to up my game and start pushing outside of my comfort zone,to do projects that scare me.it has paid off,i guess, ask the other jocks,they may disagree-lol.

- pottz

Don’t listen to this guy. He knows nothing. (Dripping in sarcasm)

Welcome!

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pottz

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#6 posted 07-08-2021 02:08 AM


yes welcome.i too decided about 10 years ago to up my game and start pushing outside of my comfort zone,to do projects that scare me.it has paid off,i guess, ask the other jocks,they may disagree-lol.

- pottz

Don’t listen to this guy. He knows nothing. (Dripping in sarcasm)

Welcome!

- CWWoodworking


LMAO your too kind my friend.also,he doesn’t know [email protected]#T either-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Dark_Lightning

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#7 posted 07-08-2021 02:19 AM


yes welcome.i too decided about 10 years ago to up my game and start pushing outside of my comfort zone,to do projects that scare me.it has paid off,i guess, ask the other jocks,they may disagree-lol.

- pottz

Don’t listen to this guy. He knows nothing. (Dripping in sarcasm)

Welcome!

- CWWoodworking

LMAO your too kind my friend.also,he doesn t know [email protected]#T either-lol.

- pottz


Jeez, pottz, it’s spelled $#!t. 8^D Astreja is an internet friend of mine, btw. Smart as a whip, and probably won’t spend a lot of time here. She’s a polymath, to say the least. But I’ll let her bring that on.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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pottz

20075 posts in 2197 days


#8 posted 07-08-2021 02:25 AM


yes welcome.i too decided about 10 years ago to up my game and start pushing outside of my comfort zone,to do projects that scare me.it has paid off,i guess, ask the other jocks,they may disagree-lol.

- pottz

Don’t listen to this guy. He knows nothing. (Dripping in sarcasm)

Welcome!

- CWWoodworking

LMAO your too kind my friend.also,he doesn t know [email protected]#T either-lol.

- pottz

Jeez, pottz, it s spelled $#!t. 8^D Astreja is an internet friend of mine, btw. Smart as a whip, and probably won t spend a lot of time here. She s a polymath, to say the least. But I ll let her bring that on.

- Dark_Lightning


not aware it was a lady, my apologies.sounds like she can handle herself.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Dark_Lightning

4806 posts in 4322 days


#9 posted 07-08-2021 04:09 AM


yes welcome.i too decided about 10 years ago to up my game and start pushing outside of my comfort zone,to do projects that scare me.it has paid off,i guess, ask the other jocks,they may disagree-lol.

- pottz

Don’t listen to this guy. He knows nothing. (Dripping in sarcasm)

Welcome!

- CWWoodworking

LMAO your too kind my friend.also,he doesn t know [email protected]#T either-lol.

- pottz

Jeez, pottz, it s spelled $#!t. 8^D Astreja is an internet friend of mine, btw. Smart as a whip, and probably won t spend a lot of time here. She s a polymath, to say the least. But I ll let her bring that on.

- Dark_Lightning

not aware it was a lady, my apologies.sounds like she can handle herself.

- pottz


Nothing to apologize for, buddy! Just yanking your chain about the spelling of cuss words in this sorry posting system! And yes, she can handle herself quite well on the internet.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 07-27-2021 03:54 PM

WOW, with an old house like that there must be tons of project waiting to improve things from the past to make them more accessible and user friendly and stronger too!

By the way, what is a collector of clarinets called?
have you seen this site? :http://test.woodwind.org/clarinet/BBoard/read.html?f=1&i=65334&t=65334
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Astreja

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#11 posted 08-01-2021 05:15 AM

Hi, Jim! (waves) Yes, there’s always lots going on around here. My current project (which I’m blogging) involves some finish carpentry in the bathroom. putting doors on a weirdly-shaped space under the sink counter. I’m also replacing the oak trim in the main floor hallway, but that’s on hold for a while—there’s a plan afoot to get a new staircase installed first.

Most of my other projects are more in HomeRefurbers territory, but I already have two more woodworking projects lined up. I’m about to start on a bit of lathe work for a toy telescope, and there’s a a cat-ravaged coffee table that could use some some TLC—new legs, mainly.

I don’t know what a clarinet collector is called, but I occasionally hang out at the clarinet BBoard, especially when I need some expert gear advice.

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JCamp

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#12 posted 08-01-2021 12:13 PM

Welcome aboard. Sounds like you’ve got a running start. I’m looking forward to seeing your projects. As far as the clarinets go, there are several wonderful luthiers on here that make guitars and such. Also 5 doesn’t mean you have a problem, I use to have 6 guitars. Now I’m down to 4 and 3 mandolins. That doesn’t even include my archery collection. Lol

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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