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.