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Location: North Logan, UT

I am an aspiring woodworker. Mostly self taught, I read a lot of blogs and magazines picking up what I can.

I'd love to build furniture for a living, but haven't found a way to pull it off and still feed the family. Thank goodness my wife is supportive and allows me to spend some money on tools, wood and other costs of the obsession.

For the last 16+ years I've made my living in the IT industry. Mostly I am focused on Quality Assurance Automation and performance testing. I only do this since it pays the bills and comes easily to me. I find woodworking more challenging and fulfilling all around.

I built my first woodworking project when I was 18. It was a corner china hutch for a girlfriend. I modified a plan I found in a magazine for a corner cupboard, adding doors to the bottom 1/3, an etched glass door to the top 2/3's, glass upper shelves with a light in the top for illumination. It turned out well. I suppose what got my juices running in the beginning was watching Norm with my father religiously every week growing up. Once I actually got to handle wood and build the hutch I was hooked.

It wasn't until 2005 that I was in a situation where I could buy some woodworking machines. I started out with some Harbor Freight tools (some of which I still use quite a bit), then I purchased a decent table saw from Steel City, followed by some Festools, Jet Drum Sander and spindle sander, etc. I suspect I will continue to upgrade my tools over the years without ceasing... there's always a better way. Lately however I have gained an interest in hand tools and have purchase 3 decent Veritas planes which I use all the time. I hope to buy a slow speed grinder and a couple more planes... that will most likely turn out to be several planes no doubt.

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 01:50 AM

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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#2 posted 01-11-2011 02:29 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

Please enjoy your membership

-- Gary D.

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 04:01 AM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 04:32 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 04:16 AM

Welcome to LumberLocks, Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 05:18 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….Enjoy the experience.

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#7 posted 02-03-2011 06:59 PM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a little over a year ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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