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Location: Toronto Ontario

I've made my living as a cabinetmaker for some 38 years now, inhaled a lot of MDF dust and suffered a slew of ill tempered foremen and bosses, but also made quite a few good things for people and had some pleasant and exciting times doing what I love to do. In a good shop now.

My father was a pretty good amateur woodworker when he had time (six kids), he taught me things and left me his machines and tools and the skill in my hands. I'm showing my young daughter(11) a few moves now; she has built six small projects so far. She is also the main focus of what I do after work, which is, just playing around and reading with her and then more woodworking. I like furniture and wood games mostly as well as kites.

While most of the commercial and residential projects we make at work are rather generic, i.e. boring, I'll sometimes post the occasional one that is extra ordinary and that I have made exclusively. These are shown to display unusual design (not mine), innovative use of materials or simply what you can do with pots and pots of money. You may find some inspiration in them or merely want to see what you can do with pots.

Before posting this I have browsed through hundreds and hundreds (14760 so far) of your past projects and noticed skill levels from the very rough beginner to some that are much more accomplished than myself. When I show my work and make my comments I'll try to keep both in mind. I knew nothing when I started.

Oh , and one other thing; I hold no truck with dovetails, ugly little things.


After reviewing the recent gun threads I have blocked 60 or so LJ's who seem to love guns more than they love life itself. They can look at my stuff but I'm not interested in anything they have to say.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 07-25-2011 03:32 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 07-25-2011 04:12 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#3 posted 07-25-2011 04:57 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 07-26-2011 09:50 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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Sam Shakouri

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#5 posted 08-01-2011 05:54 AM

Welcome, gene, to Lumberjocks. You will surely enjoy the company as much as I do.
In few weeks time, I will write about my double layered bowl. Thanks for the comment.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 02:45 PM

Hey – Welcome to Lumberjocks ! Lots of great ideas, info, inspiration, and support here (as many will tell ya – the site is quite addictive).. Enjoy…

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 05:25 PM

My muse.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#8 posted 08-08-2011 04:45 PM

Hello, welcome to the site. I like finding other Candaian LJ’s. I first saw your ladder and was amazed it’s fantastic. Can’t wait to see more. No pressure.

-- Anthony

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#9 posted 09-14-2011 03:54 PM

Hello and welcome to LJ’s! This forum is very friendly and all are welcome to participate in what ever level or interest they may have with wood. My newbie status to woodworking has been welcomed with open arms, even if some of my techniques and approach to the craft are unorthidox. The family of members here are full of inspiration and encouragement and many have a great amount of expertise to share, so don’t hesitate to show off your projects, large or small, as each has something worth acknowledging.



-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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T. D. Reid

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#10 posted 12-27-2011 07:49 PM

Thanks for your comments! My wife is a Veterinarian and has already filled it with medical books and I get a quarter of one shelf for whatever I’m currently reading. LOL. Next up is a twin bed in the craftsman style for my youngest son along with a night stand. Todd

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#12 posted 04-08-2012 01:11 AM

fantastic projects. I know I could learn somethin from you. Keep on makin dust. Look forward to seein more o your projects

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 07-25-2012 01:37 PM

There are few LJ’s around here that keep me coming back for more. Your posts inspire and challenge my work to be better. Thanks.

-- Anthony

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#14 posted 12-31-2012 05:46 AM



-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#15 posted 06-02-2013 04:40 AM

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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