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I'm Sorta a professional forum lurker. I've been around seen about chapter 3 I think. Couple of slightly depressing reasons why I decided to own to my existence but wont go into those. Wumingde means 'without a name' in dictionary mandarin (if anyone speaks mandarin and would like to tell me of some horrid-meaning slang that I don't know of I'd appreciate the knowledge). Which has to do with a) how many nicknames i have - I swear everyone gives me a new one and b) several peoples habit of calling me 'nobody' so they could tell me things that others had asked them not to tell 'anybody'. I guess its me saying that I have no True name. I enjoy reading, absolutely devour books, sewing, woodwork and a few other interesting hobbies. I may or may not post very often, but decided to register in case I wanted to comment. That being said, I love this site. I've been obsessively checking it for new posts of any kind for over a month. What other people are saying, what new parfum Mei has tried on, anything new that wasn't up two minutes ago and i feel justified in having hit refresh yet again. The story is amazing. Not only has it gotten my attention but its kept it. Having read so much I have a tendency to get bored with things that seem just like everything else I've read and This has never felt that way. Thank you for a wonderful read Ma'am. Uuu long post.. sorry. To Sum This Up: Hi everyone.

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Thanks! Nice to meet you! Good to know there's someone out there who refreshes as much as I do. Biggrin

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Probably going to have to log off in a sec just to keep myself from commenting on everything now that I have the chance. Blum 3 and then come back five minutes later....

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...although it WAS a long paragraph Wink Welcome, and I see that you've not only de-lurked but picked up a custom av Biggrin The more you post, the more bonus stories you earn, and that means you get to ask -questions-. You might as well do your part to help out the other habitual refresh nuts and join the conversation.

I don't do as much woodworking as I'd like, but I say that's because I'm still in a condo and don't have room for a real shop. My dad, however, is definitely into it--so it's something I grew up with and do appreciate. He also has an uncanny knack for getting all kinds of really good, quality old stuff that's just being thrown away. My own recent prize was one of those old teacher's desks, I estimate from the 1930s, FOR FREE when someone volunteered it as a workbench or something. At first I figured it for oak.

Strip off the old varnish, and not only does it turn out to be in fantastic condition...it's gorgeous mahogany.

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Mahogany is wonderful stuff. I would be pleased as well. I have a cedar chest in my living room. Isn't it amazing the type of stuff that people just give away? And yes I used one of my icons... I didn't feel like being a pretzel, its no fun all alone }:)

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Dad's antique cedar chest is downstairs in the family room. The walnut dining room table and desk/mail table he made are up in the living room. I'm pretty sure the wood was donated by the old guy who lived across the street as he grew out of the physical-activity phase.

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woodworking has always fascinated me, especially inlays. It's something I've always wanted to do but I have no idea where to start. Sad
Mahogany and golden oak wood is gorgeous. I can't stand the smell of cedar, but my mom has a great big ancient chest in her living room that might be cedar, that she found in Belgium. It's gorgeous, with a couple painted portraits on it.
Eh...I could go on about it for a while. Biggrin -shutting up now.-

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Where do you -want- to start? There's plans and ideas all over the internet. Wood snowflakes can be made from decorative molding with a drill press, bandsaw (or scroll saw), maybe a table saw, and a little time... http://www.kentuckysnow.com/images/Entrance2000Purpleheart.jpg is a fairly intricate example but you can make some simple ones, even 4-leaf instead of the 6-leaf there, pretty easily.

My great-grandfather made some beautiful pictures by stacking up 5-6 layers of veneer and then very carefully cutting out a scene with 5 or 6 colors in it using a very fine saw blade. Mix and match the pieces and you get parts for 4 or 5 pictures of the same scene. I did a little searching for small lots of veneer and found a couple possibilities. The bare-bones stuff to get started would only be a scroll saw and some wood clamps. A table saw would be helpful for making the frames.
Big sample pack - http://www.veneersupplies.com/product_info.php?products_id=3713
Piece parts...could get 3-4 colors pretty cheaply - http://www.rockler.com/findit.cfm?page=2214
Random site with some commentary and other good woodworking tips - http://members.aol.com/woodmiser1/veneer.htm
Wood clamps - http://www.toolsnow.com/browse.cfm/4,231.html

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I started in high school wood shop and now steal my dads tools when I feel the urge to create(we now live several states apart so thats a bit more difficult). theres probably some self-teaching books at the local library or if your US based theres probably some courses at a nearby collage (two-year collages are better for that sort than four I've found). I like the smell of cedar but I can understand others finding it a bit off, I also like the smell of paper mills so my scent glands might just be weird :P.

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