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Location: Verona, Kentucky

I bought my first wood working tool when I was 12 by saving up my allowance. A craftsman scroll/jig saw, I think it was less than $20. I remember when I got home with it and got it out of the box, my father gave my mother one of those "why did you let her buy that?" looks. After convincing him I could use it without severing any appendages, I made a replica of a fort for my 6th grade history project.

I won't say how many decades later, I'm still using it to make things out of wood. I prefer my bandsaw but every once and awhile you just need to use a jig saw to cut something out. I don't make replica's of forts anymore, but I think I have made a few projects with other future 6th graders in the family. The latest being whirligigs with my nephew.

About 5 years ago I was just finishing up the remodel of the house across the street. I had finally talked my father into retiring and coming out to live in the country. I'm not so sure moving him into the house across the street was such a good idea - but that's an issue that has nothing to do with woodworking. Unless. . . , I could build a wooden casket and then figure out how to talk him into trying it out and. . . :)

Anyway, about 5 years ago I decided it was time to take my carpentry skills to the level of furniture maker. I started to put together a shop by reading the magazines and figuring out what I needed vs what would be cool to have. So, about 4.5 years ago I'm standing in the middle of a shop with a cabinet table saw with a router table extension, a 20" planer, 8" jointer, 14" bandsaw (w/a riser block), a delta mortiser, a mini lathe and a dust collection system thinking "Now I need to learn the best way to use all of this stuff." And that's when I signed up for my very first wood working class - "Sculpted Rocking Chair" at the Marc Adam's School of Woodworking. Those of you who are familiar with this class will appreciate the statement that this was like "diving into deep, deep water miles from shore and the only swim stroke you know is the dog paddle." But, thanks to being fortunate enough to start out taking classes at a great school with awesome people, I not only survived - a few months after the class, I finished my chair.

Four years and about a dozen week long wood working classes later I can say to just about any project and mean it, "I can make that." Now the task is to develop the skills to make anything I want to make and make it beautiful! Wish me luck.

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#1 posted 01-02-2009 11:42 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 01-02-2009 11:58 PM

Hello Wood_wench,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be a rewarding and enriching part of your woodworking journey.

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

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#3 posted 01-03-2009 12:20 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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#4 posted 01-03-2009 12:54 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 01-03-2009 03:27 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 01-03-2009 03:31 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Take care and work safely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 01-03-2009 11:25 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#8 posted 01-03-2009 03:36 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 01-04-2009 02:54 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 01-04-2009 04:36 AM

Hay Welcome to LJs Its a Great Place

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 01-06-2009 02:43 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 02-02-2009 02:25 PM

welcome to LJ. Hope you can find the passion again.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#13 posted 02-02-2009 04:19 PM

Welcome, glad you’ve joined us!

-- Bill, Florida

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#14 posted 02-02-2009 08:35 PM

Hello Wood_wench,
the doors are raedy now

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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#15 posted 02-03-2009 05:03 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks glad you joined the rest of us sawdust freaks :-) Enjoy the site and don’t forget to do some woodworking ;-)

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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