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07-31-2014 01:40 PM

Hi, my name is Lisa and I live in West Virginia. I didn’t see any type of “Introduce yourself” forum so I thought I would put it here! I discovered this site while I was researching plans to layout a small woodshop for myself. I became interested in woodwork when I was in middle school and I took shop class. Something about it is therapeutic and I get a sense of accomplishment when I build stuff. My dad had a large workshop loaded with tools and when I was young I really loved helping him. When he died, I got a lot of his smaller tools (routers, saws, etc) but at the time I didn’t have the space for table saws, lathes, air compressors and such so it all was sold. I am pleased that I now am in a position where I can build myself a small shop. Unfortunately it can only be about 10×16, but I will make it work. I don’t think my needs are that great because I really don’t have the skill to make fine furniture or any thing of that sort (but I hope to improve). I love any kind of activity where you make something… sewing, wordwork, painting, etc. Lately I have been making things from pallets I can get at work. My husband is helping me get this built and I think I will spend a lot of time out there. (which is probably why he is eager to help!) I have enjoyed looking around this site so far and hopefully will learn a lot from you all.

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 01:43 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks Lisa, stick around and

have some fun.

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 01:45 PM

Gladahaveya Lisa.
We can sometimes be a rowdy bunch, but, with all the sawdust, what would you expect.

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 01:49 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks and you can get a lot done in a 10×16 shop.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 07-31-2014 01:56 PM


Particularly when you are getting started it is helpful to figure out, if you can, what type of work you most want to do and focus on doing that. This will help narrow down the tools, supplies, and skills you need to acquire to make progress.

Even if you do that, you will still spend quite a bit of time initially on shop projects. And for those I find my pocket hole jig invaluable. Work/assembly tables, storage cabinets/boxes, outfeed tables, etc. all make your shop more safe, more fun, and more productive. They are great opportunities to learn techniques.

-- Greg D.

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#5 posted 07-31-2014 02:11 PM

Welcome Lisa, you’re in a good place!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#6 posted 07-31-2014 02:15 PM

Welcome to LJs.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#7 posted 07-31-2014 02:19 PM

Best of luck to you on your new shop and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 07-31-2014 10:01 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Lisa!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 07-31-2014 10:39 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Lisa.
You have tools, lumber, commitment, ideas and backup (hubby).
You will soon have a workshop.
My own ‘shop is 16×12 (have a look),
and you would be amazed what you can squeeze in.
All the best for the future.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#10 posted 07-31-2014 11:27 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks from another WV woodworker. Best site on the net

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#11 posted 07-31-2014 11:43 PM

In one of my father to son talks some time ago, I told him, Find something you like doing, you will absorb the in & outs of what ever it is that grabs your interest, like a sponge. Contrary to something that you do not, in that you will struggle.

It sound to me, as though you have this natural desire to find that something in wood, Lisa. After your shop get it’s roof, the rest will start to flow threw your mind and out that door. As time flies on, so will you find your skills in doing so.

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#12 posted 07-31-2014 11:50 PM

I was born in Logan, West By God, Stand Up And Smile, Virginia. Relocated to Oklahoma. Grab yourself a straight jacket and jump right in. Ask ANY question ( there is no such thing as a dumb one) and you will get all the help you could ever dream of. ( along with a lot of fertilizer). Glad to see you here, we need all the rednecks we can get to make up for the damnyankees who talk fuuni. Of course some of them deeep south folk use some pikyulyer words too. Now that we is frins ast yer man does he have an extry jug of shine what he can spare til my bootleger gits ouya jail. Watch out for my evil wife, she tells lies about me bein full of…aint gonna say that…but she complains all the time about the odor in the bathroom. So one way or tother she is lieing. OK now That is a sample of what you might run into on the site. But you will find the best friends that any one could ever ask for. Again welcome to the madhouse.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#13 posted 08-01-2014 12:33 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. Jinky I did see your shop. I like it! Mudflap, your post made me laugh. Only someone from West Virginia would understand the frustration behind the (BY GOD) part. Everywhere I travel it seems folks don’t know there is another whole state with the word Virginia in it. (No, I am NOT near Richmond) Everything else you pretty much hit right on. I didn’t even know damnyankee was two words until around high school, but I like to tell people I am not a redneck (my husband is!) but I know its not true. Nice meeting you all.

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#14 posted 08-01-2014 08:32 PM

Thank you for having a look-see, hope it benefits you in future.
I had to laugh at you and mudflap “jawing”, not in a bad way ‘cos I have a connection with West Virginia.
My sister Lucy met & married an American serviceman (Navy), had 4 kids, became a US citizen, went to college. became a stenoghrapher, and worked in the WV court system for 20 odd yrs.
They brought the family up in Vienna & Parkersburg and latterly lived in Charleston before moving to South Carolina. I still have a niece in Boone County.
Yes indeed it’s a small world.
I remember Lucy having a conversation with another American lady in Glasgow Airport on her way home to USA, becoming increasingly frustrated explaining to her that she was from West Virginia and not Virginia.
Eventually she exploded, ”My God lady, do you not know your own country ????”.
She did not suffer fools, but is sadly no longer with us.
So if you have any questions Lisa, do not hesitate to ask.
Cheers,Jjnky (James).

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#15 posted 08-02-2014 03:34 AM

Welcome to LJ! Lots of good folks here willing to help.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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