JoeWoodworker Veneer
The Official Website of this Non-Professional Woodworker ™

I'm a very average woodworker who really appreciates the craft. I enjoy everything from small lathe work to large furniture pieces. My shop consists of the basic tools that most other woodworkers use. I love to talk "shop" and I spend a lot of my time goofing off with other craftsmen.

What good is a talent if it is not shared? That's why this website exists. I think we are called to share our gifts and talents. Someone once said to me that the way we treat others is the most tangible and meaningful expression of our faith, and I try to live that out. I'm not a super-Christian and I typically don't go around quoting the Bible, but here's something I truly believe... "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace."

The website is here to share information with fellow woodworkers who are looking for project ideas and basic veneering skills. If you haven't seen the veneering section of this website, be sure to check it out. The veneering part contains the most visited pages within my site.

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that my woodworking is the result of talent and if you've ever seen some of my projects, you might agree. But occasionally, I end up with something half-way decent. There is a link to my "gallery" of projects at the top of this page.

How did I get started in woodworking?
In the late 1980's, the facility where I worked was undergoing a large remodeling project. The owner of the company was infuriated with the contractor because of countless failed deadlines. Finally, the owner had a huge argument with the contractor. It must have been a ferocious conversation because the contractor left in a hurry and never came back. When he left the jobsite, he left behind a bunch of tools. The owner let me take a few of them home. One of these tools was a jigsaw. The saw sat in my parent's basement for a year or so. One evening, we were cleaning out the basement and I had to decide if I wanted to keep the jigsaw or toss it out. There happened to be a small pine board on the floor that was also to be thrown out. I grabbed a pencil off the floor and drew a pig shape and then proceeded to cut it out with the jigsaw. I loved it! Within days of that event, I bought a few small woodworking tools and later, I ended up buying larger tools and building larger projects.

The Stuff You Didn't Care To Know:

Current Residence:
  Forest Hill, Maryland
  27 years to Christine, my high school sweet heart
  woodworking, eraser collecting, and anything related to cars
Years Woodworking:
  Archbishop Curley High School
Towson State University, B.S. Business Administration
Favorite Webhost:
  ChemiCloud    (their staff is incredible)
Favorite Wood:
Favorite Veneer:
  Walnut Burl
Favorite Tool:
  My vacuum press (of course!)
Favorite Bands:

I am a long time Rush fan but I've recently switched gears and have really been getting into MercyMe and Third Day.

Yes, Joe is a practicing Catholic
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