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Location: Central Illinois
Website: lumberjocks

I am 51 years old. I have lived and grown up in and around the Peoria area all my life. Married and two kids. I am employed at the local mass transit after losing my job of 291/2 years in 2006. Would love to be retired and do woodworking/ home improvement projects. We brought an older home in 2007 that was occupied by a very elderly couple so the house needed and still needs a lot of updating/ maintenance.
I inherited an 80's model Craftsman 9" table saw from my father-in-law. Then I started a shelfing project in the garage. Me and wood never got along, I turned a wrench for a living. I discovered after the sleves, hey, I kind of like working with wood! The project was simple and looks a little crude but it was cool. So that got the ball rolling.
I am a newbie (Wood Rookie= Wookie). You guys at LJs seem very patient with beginners and have soooo many good ideas I had to sign up.
After Two months of debate, I bought a new table saw. It is a Bosch 4000. I got on closeout for $375 from the local Woodworkers Shop. Set it up on 12/22. Ripped a 1x4x8 piece of pine to 1 1/2" with less than 1/64 of differance one end to the other. I needed portability and I think it will do me fine. I was also looking at a Jet Proshop. Now I see Grizzly has a Shop Fox for $449, something new. Well That is about it for now. Glad to be a member and really look foward to communicating with all you guys. Oh by the way, I have a shop if I back mama's car out!

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#1 posted 12-16-2009 08:37 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 02:32 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 12-16-2009 02:39 PM

Hello Wookie,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#4 posted 12-16-2009 04:06 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 12-16-2009 07:22 PM

Welcome to LJs were we have great people , super projects,fantastic woodworkers. Enjoy.


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#6 posted 12-17-2009 03:25 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

To get the most feedback on your projects, it’s best only post 1 or 2 at a time. This way you will get feedback over several days and from a wide variety of members.

Please enjoy your membership.

-- Gary D.

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#7 posted 12-17-2009 03:43 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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#8 posted 12-17-2009 08:40 AM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 10:30 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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#10 posted 01-07-2010 11:33 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.Great place hope you enjoy yourself!

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#11 posted 01-16-2010 10:47 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 01-16-2010 01:47 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. It is better to go slow and accurate, than fast and mess up, even though we do learn from our mistakes. But still better to go slow, than to hurt yourself. And yes I do agree with ND2ELK this site is very addictive, since finding this site I’m on here every morning with my morning cup of Joe.. My wife thinks im crazy because I go to bed brfore the chickens, and get up before the roosters, but the best thing she supports me in keeping busy..

God Bless and keep up the craft.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#13 posted 01-16-2010 09:53 PM

Hey..welcome to the site. Glad you found us. You’re gonna like it here. Enjoy

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

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#14 posted 01-18-2010 05:59 PM

Welcome BUDDY…Its a blast on this site in the forums …depends the topics. None the less very interestiung and useful info. See ya there…

-- M.K.

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#15 posted 12-11-2010 12:50 AM

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- Gary D.

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