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Location: Bloomington, IL

Woodworking has been a love of mine since I was 14 years old. Like so many other people I sat on the couch wide eyed as Norm Abram turned a pile of wood into some amazing piece of furniture. That sparked a creative side in me and I’ve been dreaming and building every since. My humble beginning started in a small shed behind my parents home. In there I used a jig saw and an old metal working vice to make my first projects. Something out of Country wood projects if memory serves. A few years later my uncle purchased me a table saw and my Mom helped me clean out a room in my grandparents abandoned farm house for my fist shop. A 10’ x 10’ room with one outlet doesn’t sound like much but I was in heaven. I worked in that shop every chance I got. I purchased a router and started making every type of shelf and mirror you can think of. Most of these shelves still hang on my parent’s walls today. In high school I decided to go the building trades route instead of the college prep path. I spent the first 4 hours of my junior and senior year building a house and it was the most fun that I ever had in school. That training allowed me to start into a carpentry job right of high school. Since I was finally working I purchased a lot of my first tools. A bench top Jointer, a Jet 12” planner and a air compressor with trim guns.
Woodworking took a back seat for me in 2001 when I decided that I wanted to go back to school for computer aided drafting. I worked full time on job sites during the day and went to Robert Morris University 4 nights a week. I hardly had time to breathe much less pursue any woodworking projects. So my tools pretty much sat until I got out school and got my first job in computer aided drafting. I had just started thinking about buying a house and setting up my woodshop again when a telephone call brought with it an opportunity to move and go to work for a civil engineering company. Well that call landed me with a good job but a one bedroom apartment and once again my tools went were in storage.
So that brings to me to where I am now. My wife and I live in a small house that we are remodeling and I now have a small basement shop. My tool collection has grown a lot in the last few years. In the coming weeks I’ll post all about my favorite tools and the challenges of working in a basement workshop.

-- Jason Leinberger,

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 09:15 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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#2 posted 10-02-2011 11:39 PM

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

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 12:37 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 01:14 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

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#5 posted 10-03-2011 10:02 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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#6 posted 10-04-2011 05:24 AM

welcome to lumberjocks. you will find this community really accepting and always willing to give helpful advice. great review, you got me wanting to buy the plunge saw.

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 05:46 AM

Welcome to the site. It’s a great place

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 10-06-2011 02:47 AM

Jason, Welcome to LumberJocks. A great story you have posted and I look forward to seeing the future posts. I too have a basement and and try to catch as mush time as I can there.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 10-11-2011 01:48 PM

Jason, welcome to LJ’s.

Glad to see another fellow woodworker from Illinois. We share simular stories growing up, loving woodworking and drawing, only I gave up the idea of being an architect for the “big money” of a union carpenter.

At 54, the ol’ body wishes I finished college and stuck to the office…......NAH! not true. I love cabinet making too much. I can’t sit still either.

Lots of cool people here and a few fiesty ones that love to raze you and tease a little.
But we are family and now… are one of us!

Look forward to your projects and blogs.

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