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IShallShallac
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Hello World!
My name is Lucas and I am a student at UNCC. I study Computer Science (see first line) and recently started doing a little woodworking on the side. I am purely in it for the hobby and have no hope of trying to make a career out of it or anything, I just love working with my hands. As a computer Scientist, I work a lot with the abstract. Computer code is not something you can exactly put your hands on and mold to however you see fit (at least not in a literal sense) but wood is!
I was inspired by my dad who is always building things. Mostly just decks, porches, sheds, and stuff like that. I'm pretty sure he knows almost nothing about finishing, but I am determined to prevail where he has not. I would say that I am relatively serious about woodworking as a hobby (I did buy a band saw), but I would not go as far as to call my self anything other than a beginner.

Sorry for the super long intro! Cannot wait to get to know some of the members of the community.
 

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Welcome to the forum from another coder --- well, former coder ... no one's paid me to do it for a long time. I now manage those who do it, although I do a lot on my own as a hobby.

You'll find that whatever questions you have about woodworking, somebody on this forum will have the answer and if they don't, I'll just make something up. :smile:

P.S. Take a look at the site linked to in my signature and give some thought to the code that had to go into maintaining and frequently updating a site with over 120,000 files.
 

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Welcome SweetLou

Hi Lucas,
I'm pretty new here to. I am a student at Meridian Community College. I am actually studying for my contractors license. I find that woodworking can. Be addictive. Any way, welcome from Meridian,MS.
 

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IShallShallac
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Hey Phinds, thanks for the reply.
I am currently taking a database management class using Microsoft SQL so I can appreciate any sort of large data collection, whether it be pictures, videos, or any sort of information. Awesome link by the way, its amazing how many different woods are actually out there. I'm hoping to graduate this December with my Bachelors in Comp Sci and the promptly start a career in software engineering or something similar. What ever I can do to make enough money to buy a jointer, a router (with table), and about 12 other expensive pieces I want. HAHA

Lucas
 

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It is indeed addicting. I have had a few run in's with actual addictive substances, luckily that part of my life is over, but I found that hobby's (or careers in your case) that involve building and working with your hands can be a wonderful way to cope with just about any type of problem. I don't want to say its replacing one addiction with another, but I guess I just did.
 

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Hi from Chelsea, AL. I'm sure a lot of your carpentry experience will transfer directly into your wood working world.

BTW, I got my Ph. D. in CS back in 1978. I think we used undergrads in place of core memory at that time. I retired in 2009. The world of CS and Information Science has changed a lot since I did my dissertation. I worked all over the scene. Just a warning; if some body gets a a degree in almost anything except EE or CS, the change is slow and easily worked with. With EE and CS, everything you know that is 18 months old is gathering dust or soon will be. A degree in EE or CS is just an introduction to a lifetime of change and learning.
 
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