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Check all the options that best describe yourself and the woodworking you do:

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Professional Woodworker (main income from woodworking)
Semi-Professional Woodworker (some income from woodworking)
Hobby woodworker (little or no income from woodworking)
Furniture Making
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Offline Ned

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #30 on: March 05, 2008, 10:58 PM »
One Way that's been Photoshopped, more like.  :D :D :D

Offline Acrobat

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2008, 04:58 AM »
Let us know more about you and the kind of woodworker you do.  You can vote for more than one choice (in most cases).
Hi Matthew, great forum.
Your list has a multi-choice and asks to choose  from either "on-site" or "In-shop"? In my neck of the woods (New Zealand), when one says In-shop, its at a Professionals place of business. e.g  A mechanics shop or similar. I assume therefore you may mean at ones home? - in the "Shed" is how we would term it, or Garage or Home Workshop even.? Or am I misunderstanding this? One other wee small thing, the list of 1st 2nd or 3rd  purchases asks for how much one spent, but in what countries $? Is it US $. I'd have to get the calc out and do some currency conversions to do that........and at the rate it is now it aint happy reading I can tell you! You'd be shocked to find what we end up paying way down here!!! You guys got it good:)
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Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #32 on: July 02, 2008, 11:18 AM »
Let us know more about you and the kind of woodworker you do.  You can vote for more than one choice (in most cases).
Hi Matthew, great forum.
Your list has a multi-choice and asks to choose  from either "on-site" or "In-shop"? In my neck of the woods (New Zealand), when one says In-shop, its at a Professionals place of business. e.g  A mechanics shop or similar. I assume therefore you may mean at ones home? - in the "Shed" is how we would term it, or Garage or Home Workshop even.? Or am I misunderstanding this? One other wee small thing, the list of 1st 2nd or 3rd  purchases asks for how much one spent, but in what countries $? Is it US $. I'd have to get the calc out and do some currency conversions to do that........and at the rate it is now it aint happy reading I can tell you! You'd be shocked to find what we end up paying way down here!!! You guys got it good:)
cheers

Welcome to the forum, and thanks for responding!  Yes, "In shop" means at home.  But you can translate it as needed!
On the expenditures, I know what you mean.  This forum is international, and I considered having different polls for different currencies, but that just made it look like a mess.  So, I'm sorry, but could you do a quick currency conversion to $USD when responding to those polls?
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Offline Frank Pellow

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #33 on: July 02, 2008, 11:35 AM »
Let us know more about you and the kind of woodworker you do.  You can vote for more than one choice (in most cases).
Hi Matthew, great forum.
Your list has a multi-choice and asks to choose  from either "on-site" or "In-shop"? In my neck of the woods (New Zealand), when one says In-shop, its at a Professionals place of business. e.g  A mechanics shop or similar. I assume therefore you may mean at ones home? - in the "Shed" is how we would term it, or Garage or Home Workshop even.? Or am I misunderstanding this? One other wee small thing, the list of 1st 2nd or 3rd  purchases asks for how much one spent, but in what countries $? Is it US $. I'd have to get the calc out and do some currency conversions to do that........and at the rate it is now it aint happy reading I can tell you! You'd be shocked to find what we end up paying way down here!!! You guys got it good:)
cheers


Welcome to FOG Acrobat!

Many folks in Canada use the term "shed" rather than "shop".  For instance here is a photo with a picture of the sign over the door on my wooodworking shed:

9738-0

By the way, I carved the sign.
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Offline poto

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #34 on: July 02, 2008, 11:41 AM »
Hey Acrobat - welcome to the FOG! Where are you in NZ? Looking forward to seeing some of your work.

Cheers, Poto

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #35 on: July 05, 2008, 05:10 PM »
Hey Acrobat - welcome to the FOG! Where are you in NZ? Looking forward to seeing some of your work.

Cheers, Poto

That's a great pic Frank, I'll have to take one of my little shed soon and post it up. You'll laugh.
Thank you too Poto. I am in Auckland's North Shore, if you know where that is. This is such a good site and with all the enthusiasm here, I will need to curb my desire to buy more festools!.
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Offline poto

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2008, 03:13 AM »
Well you've come to the wrong place for that. We're the equivalent of neighborhood crack dealers. You'll end up buying tools you never knew you needed, just because everybody makes them seem so indispensible to general woodworking.

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Offline jatt

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2008, 05:46 AM »
Woodworking in my case is a bit of a loose term.  Wood butcher probably descibes me better.

My woodworking at work consists of making up bed bases for camper trailers from formply as required. 

In my own time I do general property maintenance.  As in repair work repairs to timber structures ie, verandahs etc... Most of the time its on weatherboard houses, so there is always stuff to do.

I have a fairly good variety of tools, nuthin too specialised tho in the woodworking department.

When I'm not doing that I'm helping out mates do bigger projects.  Like reno jobs and a bit of work on new houses.   Found its a good way to get more experience/confidence to tackle larger projects myself.

My next one is relocating a weatherboard house & rebuilding the skillion part on the back.  Got a good secondhand kitchen stored away ready. My biggest project yet, so it will be good challenge for me.
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #38 on: November 16, 2008, 02:34 PM »
I founded my company in Hollywood, FL in 1984 as a one man "do Anything I could get to pay the rent" Sole proprietorship. Today, I run an average of 10 crews and we travel world wide installing some of the highest end and most expensive cabinetry Architectural Millwork and casework manufactured in England and Germany.

We currently have crews working in 3 states in the USA and will be traveling to Moscow, Russia once we are finished with our current 7 month  (6 man crew) project near Las Vegas.  After that, its on to Jupiter Island to contribute to the majesty of what will be Celine Dion's new Florida Palace.

We own a tremendous amount of Festool product but still want to see the Belt Sander, Lunch box cooler built into the SYS-4, and the large rolling cart (built kind like what many flight Attendants use) come to the US ASAP!

Offline pafekete

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #39 on: November 30, 2008, 01:25 PM »
Hi,
I'm a female woodworker. I got into it 5 years ago when I got laid off from a banking job and wanted to remodel my bathrooms and kitchen. I made a bathroom vanity with lumber from Lowe's and the kreg pocket hole joinery method. My husband was so impressed he sent me to a three month course in furniture building at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport Maine (in the winter). It was an unbelievable experience and at the end I knew what tools to use and how to use them to build case goods (any box, drawer or door). I came home and bought a Delta table saw (unisaw), joiner, planer and bandsaw. I gutted my kitchen down to the studs and built a new one. So I have also become a remoldeler as well as woodworker (just for myself). I made the mistake of buying 8/4 red oak for the kitchen, resawing and planing all my 1/4" (door panels and some drawer bottoms), 1/2" (drawer sides and rest of drawer bottoms) and 3/4" (everything else). I would post a picture but I have not figured out how to optimize a jpeg down to 125 KB. I say mistake because of all the work involved and did not know red oak is not the easiest to work. Live and learn. Now I buy nothing larger than 4/4. I saw a demo of the festool sanders at a new lumber yard I found and can only say if I had not seen it myself I would have not believed the incredible mirror finish from a sander. My only problem now is what sanders to buy and figuring out the system for different applications. (more on that later in the review forum? or do I ask my questions somewhere else?) Thank you Matthew for the great review on the Rotex150.

One problem I have is when gluing up boards (with Bessy clamps) if the boards are over 3 ft long I have trouble in the middle. I've tried routing grooves with various jigs but very difficult to register the exact same place on 2 ends. So I have been sanding problem areas but this leaves dips in wood (not great for table top but console myself with the "old" look). So I am very excited about the Domino tool. I think both systems can bring my woodworking to the next level.

Anyway, I was taught to build furniture from rough lumber with regular woodshop tools but now that I have seen the festool sanding system with dust extraction and the domino I'm hooked.

Can't wait to write my own review. It's just hard to do all the research into exactly which tools to get. So this forum is great to help with that.

pafekete

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #40 on: November 30, 2008, 02:44 PM »
pafekete ,

welcome to the forum.  please ask any questions and I am certain their will be others here eager to answer.

Peter
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Offline gearup75

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #41 on: February 14, 2009, 12:08 PM »
 I have to say....I love this forum.  It has become my new crack!  I need a forum fix several times a day.
Wood is a new medium for me, as I have worked with various metals my whole life.  I bought  the C12 screwdriver as my first festool purchase and haven't looked back yet. 
     My latest career is driving truck for a crane outfit.  During the slow winters, I needed something to fill the void instead of watching "Leave It to Beaver" reruns, so I thought wood. Within 3 weeks of the screwdriver purchase, I have 11 Festool boxes and built my first cabinet.  I find working with wood so much more enjoyable then working with metal.  And so far, I can do projects the way I want...not the way the customer wants.
Don't know at this point if I want to do work for others...been there...done that!  Owned a custom bodyshop for 16 years.
     The wife doesn't seem to mind my new hobby, it keeps me off the computer and out of chat rooms.  I told her the toolman was going out of business and I got a deal on the tools.  She asked if they were at least decent tools  :D  Now she has plans for hardwood floors throughout...pantry....wall units in the den...etc.  I use this site as inspiration and guidance to see me through the Festool way
     Thanks all for your input,
                Another Festool junkie and wood newbie ;D
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Offline JoeFowler

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #42 on: March 22, 2009, 12:19 AM »
Hi
 My names Joe and I'm from Placentia  Ca and I'm a weekend warrior when it comes to woodwork, I got into Festool recently and never realized they had this kind of following, I happened on this place via google and looks like I have lots to read, I'll start with the latest posts....  Sorry if I have posted this in the wrong place as this place is pretty big, hope to get to know you all better but I'm more of a reader than a writer.

Joe

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #43 on: March 22, 2009, 03:53 AM »
Welcome aboard Joe.  Don't be afraid to ask questions as there are so many here willing to help.

Peter
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Offline JoeFowler

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #44 on: March 22, 2009, 01:07 PM »
Thank you Peter and don't worry I will

Offline Kim

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #45 on: March 20, 2010, 07:09 PM »
Male- Newbie - Hobby woodworker.

Ordered my first Festool (TS75) on March 1st and as you can see I am building my collection pretty quickly. I also have the T15+3 and MFT/3 arriving Wednesday.
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« Reply #46 on: March 20, 2010, 07:20 PM »
Kim,

I don't know if we officially welcomed you somewhere else, but  [welcome] to the FOG.

To say that you have been adding to your collection is an understatement.  Rock on!  But you need to open those rail boxes and use them  [eek].

Seriously, we are here to help you if we can.  Please don't ever be afraid to ask.

Peter
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« Reply #47 on: March 20, 2010, 07:38 PM »
Kim,

I don't know if we officially welcomed you somewhere else, but  [welcome] to the FOG.

To say that you have been adding to your collection is an understatement.  Rock on!  But you need to open those rail boxes and use them  [eek].

Seriously, we are here to help you if we can.  Please don't ever be afraid to ask.

Peter

 I contemplated cutting the bands so I wouldn't be called out, lol. I have used one them. Maybe that box isn't in the pic. I have been occupied lately but everything is definitely going to be used soon.

 [thanks] for the warm welcome

Kim
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« Reply #48 on: March 20, 2010, 07:57 PM »
We look forward to seeing you here!
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #49 on: October 18, 2010, 10:19 PM »
male

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hands on tools as much as possible , a lot

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #50 on: October 16, 2011, 10:20 PM »
Male ~Jamie

Professional Woodworker (main income from woodworking) General Contractor
Trim,Tile,Wood Flooring,Electric,Plumbing,Masonry,Rough Carpentry-not to rough, I have a fine blade on my Stihl chainsaw for trim [wink]
A lot of Home improvement.
Assorted Playskool tools and some Bob the builder vids, 
Kapex,TS75,CT26E,Domino,Kreg jig,Fein MM,Fein 6 inch sander, many Systainers,Porter Cable 6" joiner/13 inch thickness planner and Bosch tools etc.



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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #51 on: March 09, 2012, 08:37 PM »
I consider myself to be a professional cabinet maker and designer now that I have retired as a movie studio executive. However, in addition to my custom cabinet shop, I do own significant percentages of several other businesses.

Over the span from 1939 to today I have done my best with virtually all the tools used in furniture and cabinet making.

Some folks are surprised that despite a lot of CNC and conventional machines in my shop, I do not own any wood lathes, nor do I have a finishing department.

The poll was locked so I will share I am male and almost 80.

Offline jacko9

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« Reply #52 on: June 06, 2012, 07:48 PM »
Male, Semi-Professional woodworker for the past 40 years.  I primarily build hardwood furniture but, I have done kitchen cabinets, exterior doors, custom hardwood flooring, interior finish carpentry and some framing.  I haven't had a car in my two car "shop" for over 35 years and now that I'm retired from my "salary job", I can devote more time to fine furniture.  I'm going on 70 years old but, still going strong teaching a weight lifting class two mornings a week and playing golf three time a week.

My shop is equipped with a Powermatic 66 Table Saw with a sliding table, 20" Powermatic band Saw, 8" Poitras Jointer (with carbide knives), 12" Powermatic Planer (with a Byrd Tool Carbide head), 1/2" Delta Shaper, and a Drill Press.

I also have the Festool Domino 500 and 700XL machines, the Festool jig saw, RO 90 sander, ETS 150/3 Sander, 5" Bosch sander and 5 routers ranging from my Bosch 3 1/4 HP to my DeWalt trim router.

I have purchased an assortment of German spokeshaves and Record hand planes.  I also have an extensive collection of Japanese wooden planes, spokeshaves and scrapers.  I have some English and German chisels but, the bulk of my chisels are Japanese.  I use an assortment of hand saws from my Stanley rip saw, my Bow Saw, some German hand saws and five Japanese saws.

Since starting this woodworking, I have been purchasing wood in quantities that get me a reasonable price and at any given time I have 1000bf in my rack of assorted woods.

Early on I had a custom furniture business and I became so busy, I had to choose between my "day job" and becoming a full time furniture maker.  I have to say that family health care, a pension and a good secure salary won over.  The engineering job I had started with 5 weeks of vacation every year and that allowed me to continue woodworking over the years until retirement.  I spend more time in my shop now that ever and I have more respect and appreciation for this craft every year.

JackO
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« Reply #53 on: June 06, 2012, 08:41 PM »
Jack,

Rock on Dude!  Don't stand still and don't stop.

I love to read your posts!

Peter
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« Reply #54 on: June 06, 2012, 08:55 PM »
Jack,

Rock on Dude!  Don't stand still and don't stop.

I love to read your posts!

Peter

Thanks Peter, that's what I get from my mothers cousin who is a very successful artist in Hollywood and he's going strong at 90 [wink]

Offline andvari

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #55 on: June 06, 2012, 09:03 PM »
Male
Hobby woodworker (little or no income from woodworking)
Furniture Making

Basically a homeowner who has made some simple furniture. I'm nearing retirement so I'm spending more time woodworking with an eye towards all those deferred projects that will hopefully give me something enjoyable to do after I retire. Finding Festool has made it more fun because the tools are much less frustrating to work with at my modest skill level.

TS55, Domino 500, Domino Assortment, OF1400, CT36+Boom Arm, T12+3, FS3000, Parallel Guides, RO 90, ETS 150/3, Domino XL, Domiplate, LS130, RTS Guide Stop, CMS-GE, Carvex 420

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #56 on: June 07, 2012, 12:44 AM »
Male, nearing my 40's, M.Sc.EE by schooling, running internal audit & compliace as a day job. I do woodworking mainly as a unwinding activity over the weekends, mainly during the late spring - early autumn timeframe.

I've built all sorts of stuff out of wood since I was a kid with my carpenter grandad starting from toys, go carts to play houses to wooden gifts and ending with remodelling my current house mostly by myself. I did take all available courses in wood and metalworking in school, but that is very limited educationwise.

Since discovering Festools a couple of years back I've been heavily replacing my old powertools with Festoys. Primary reasoning for the transition has been the mobility of Festool because of my lack of a permanent shop space as well as the system interoperability aspect of them.

Next on the list of projects is a bunch of backyard furniture as well as some inside furniture. Maybe one day down the line I'll find the inner artist in myself and get into scroll sawing. Also I'm slowly going to find things to tinker with my teenage daughter who has lately expressed a want to learn woodworking as well as figuring out what todo with my 5yo son.
The sky's the limit in my workshop, literally. [big grin]

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #57 on: July 15, 2012, 12:27 PM »
Male,
 Semi-pro hobbyiest.

Been woking with my hands since I got out of the military 1975. I went through a apprenticeship as a MArine Machinery Mech. Did that work for 14 years or so, then I became a QA inspector.

I got into woodworking/ home remodeling 18 years  ago when I got married and bought my first home. Since then then I ve done a number of small jobs and kitchens etc.

I started buying festools roughly 2 years ago after seeing a Utube video of a internet buddy friend of mine (the late joseph fusco, RIP) using the system to break down sheet goods and cutting pieces for cabinets ( He did a utube series on the subj.)

Thats when I bought my first festool TS55 and guide rails. Ive been building my collection ever since.

Im getting to the point of retireing from my FT job and wanting to do something else, maybe full time wood working, furniture repair, closet organizers  and the occasional bigger jobs such as kitchens etc.

Anyway, thats my story and Im sticking to it.
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Offline TinyTiger

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #58 on: March 11, 2013, 08:07 PM »
Hi!  I'm Russ.  I live about 90 miles Southwest of Chicago in North Central IL.  I've been a woodworker for about 10 years, I'm self-taught, and I have A LOT to learn.  The longer you go, the more you realize how much you don't know, right?  I'm really looking forward to learning from everyone here at the owner's group.

I do woodworking for fun. By day I'm a leader in a chemical plant, which I say is just a support system for my woodworking hobby.  I have a very understanding wife with a long list of projects for me.  We bought our current house because it has a stand-alone outbuilding I turned into a shop.  If I take too long "messing around" after dinner, she tells me to hurry up and go out to the shop because I need to get busy and build her stuff.  And stuff for our daughter, grandaughter, grandson, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, etc., etc.

As far as tools go, I have a pretty well-equipped shop.  I'm not into turning and don't have a lathe, but the rest of the world is pretty much open to me.  Most of my projects are cabinets and furniture with the occasional cutting board or knife block thrown in.  I caught the Festool bug (obsession!) last year.  My current Festools are a Domino, Domino Assortment, ETS 125 Sander, CT 26 Vac, and CXS Drill.  My next tools will be an OF 1400 Router, RO 90 Sander, new version of the TS 55 Saw, and an MFT.  When my miter saw needs replacement, I'm thinking a Kapex would fit in that spot pretty nicely.   ;D

Feel free to message me anytime.  I'm really looking forward to hearing from you and learning from your experiences.  Take care and work safely.  Talk to you later!
Russ

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #59 on: March 11, 2013, 08:22 PM »
welcome tiger,
your wife is really making you work for her understanding.
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