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post #1 of 12 Old 10-01-2011, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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New to the forum, but....

I'm Dan, from the far out cornfied burbs of Chicago.

Been in the construction industry since 1982, as an architect/builder/building commish/ real estate(buy & sell) and in general a hobbyist.

I'm a Christian and take it seriously. Everything is secondary to my faith.

The hobby side has been on the far back burner. Lets face it. When you work in the field all day, the last thing you want to do is come home and do more. You get burned out quick.
With the bad economy and a lot of time on my hands these days, it has allowed me to get back into the scene a little. I'm basically an automotive resto hobbyist (to break the mold) , but have always had a propensity for making some modern furniture, and design them on paper as well (my architectural training comes in very handy, there).

As of late, I found some hollowed out logs and have had the idea of cutting them into 2 ft and 3 ft tall sections, debarking em, clear coating and glass tops. You know.,, Coffee and kitchen tables. Some are as wide as 42" and I left one on site that was 70"+. It was just too heavy to move and work. The sides are ! 5" thick, and I picked up about 25 ft worth of length, in various cut lengths.

Well, I had no clue as to how to prep and cure logs for making furniture,, and I searched the internet looking for forum sources to glean info from. I found you all. and what a blessing it has been. I have learned SO MUCH in just the last few days.

Many thanks for those who chimed in and helped. I'm on my way to making these logs work, and I plan to sell the bulk of them, finished out.
Then who knows what is next. I had been making furniture out of car parts.
Engine block coffee table, anyone?

Dan O'

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Welcome Dan O'! I am new to the forum as well and what a small world I am from the far West corn filled burbs of Chicago too. I have been in the construction field for about 10 years, mainly commercial. Hope you enjoy the forums!

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Have been so far, Jason.
Yup, I'm north of Barrington , IL., by about 10 miles. Construction has been dead, eh? Designed commercial and residential. Nothing going.
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I know your area, I used to attend willow creek. I currently live out in Cortland with my wife and son. Work has been very slow he past few years but we are surviving. Great to have a local yokel on here haha.
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Thanks Cabinetman.

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Been to Willow once for a event. Car show.
Don't know Cortland.
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Hello I'm a new member, and I need help!!! My husband and I, are fixing our house up to sell. we bought a swing patio door from an individual, we thought we had a good deal, but!! we did not notice that the door opens the wrong way!! it is a dobble door, left hand center, we need it to be right hand center. does any one know how to switch the doors?
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the other thing is... I don't how to check for an answer to my question!!!!!
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the other thing is... I don't how to check for an answer to my question!!!!!
If you start your own thread, just keep an eye on it.








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Don't know how I missed it, but welcome to the forum. I, too, live in the chicago suburbs, west of the city in Saint charles. just east of Cortland.

Amen to your Christianity, brother.... After all, weren't Joeseph and Jesus Carpenters?

Welcome to the forum.

Like most of us, we have many hobbies, that keep us busy. Glad you found us, and don't be shy about posting any pictures.... We all love pictures. You know what they say.... A picture is worth........

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I used to be fairly indecisive, but now....... I'm not so sure.
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Welcome From Texas !!!!

Welcome to the forum Brother. !!!
Lot's of great folks here bouts.

Tools are like guns, You can never have enough.
Where did I put that tape measure???
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Ah, 20+ minutes south of me.
I'm east of Crystal Lake.
Seems like there are a lot of fellow carpenter/christians here,,,who even admit it.
I feel at home in this forum.
Noticed even Jesus dried up a tree....wonder what they used it for after the fact?

Texas Sawduster.
Thanks as well.

It's all been quite informative and helpful.
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Measure twice, cut once?
Or is it...
Measure once, cut it a bit long, see if it fits, or shave it a bit.

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