Poll

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

Male
Female
Professional Woodworker (main income from woodworking)
Semi-Professional Woodworker (some income from woodworking)
Hobby woodworker (little or no income from woodworking)
Furniture Making
Rough Carpentry
Craft Items (cutting boards, boxes, etc)
Boat Building
On-Site Woodworking
In-Shop Woodworking
Turning/Lathe Work

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Offline Matthew Schenker

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Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« on: March 13, 2007, 10:38 AM »
Let us know more about you and the kind of woodworking you do.  You can vote for more than one choice (in most cases).
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Offline VictorL

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2007, 09:58 AM »
Hmm… Interesting data.
Males: 20%, Females 0% (Who are remaining 80%? It scares.      :D)
There are 2 times more hobbyists than combined professional and semi-professional woodworkers.
Can you add another poll: If you are hobbyists, what are you doing for life?

Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2007, 10:07 AM »
This is a weakness with any polling where people can make more than one choice!  The software doesn't know whether you want a percentage of total choices, or a percentage of voters.

To get true percentages, a poll needs to allow people to make just one choice.  But sometimes, we have many choices.

So, don't worry, the gender identity of our members is intact!

Matthew
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Offline Mirko

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2007, 03:43 AM »
What is the significance of chosing, Male or female??
I mean you can only choose one, why are these there?

This remindes me of a boy that lived down the street from me in my home town.. this would always crack us up.
If You ask the kid... "what do you want to be when you grows up"
His answer would always be... "A Man" ???

As far back, that I can remember, I always said I would be a chef when I grow up. ??? I guess I liked food, oh well.

Becoming a cabinet maker had its ups and downs, I contemplated leaving the trade when my apprenticeship was over.
I learned pretty quikly that,  "Journeyman" did not mean much, if you stay at the shop you apprenticed at.
Those old guy's do'nt just start respecting you over night!

The "journey" has been good so far, it seems I will never know all there is to woodworking, but i'm fine with that.
If this Trade was easy, I would'nt have put up with it for this long.

People know that i'm a JourneyMan Cabinet maker, I just do'nt know that i'm a man yet ;)

I want to be a man when I grow up...


Mirko




Offline bill-e

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2007, 09:02 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).
I don't see a Turning option :)

Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2007, 09:08 AM »
I don't see a Turning option :)

Good point!  I just added it.
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Offline bill-e

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2007, 09:24 AM »
I don't see a Turning option :)

Good point!  I just added it.
That's great because I love to use this lathe for my turning ;)

Offline Peter Teubel

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2007, 09:52 AM »
Nah...This is the lathe you want to turn on!

Offline ejantny

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2007, 09:56 AM »
With those two lathes I'm almost crying.

I love turning wood pens, I've sent some pens into Freedom Pens in the past.

The second Festool lathe reminds me of OneWay lathes. (sigh)

Offline bill-e

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2007, 09:56 AM »
Nah...This is the lathe you want to turn on!
But it's white...is that the Gold Anniversary Edition?

Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2007, 12:30 PM »
Peter and Bill,
Are those lathes UL approved?
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Offline Peter Teubel

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2007, 06:10 PM »
Peter and Bill,
Are those lathes UL approved?

Ya, sure.  Un L imited

Offline bill-e

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2007, 03:47 PM »
Interesting the number of turners out there.

Offline ejantny

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2007, 09:05 AM »
Interesting the number of turners out there.

One area of woodworking that is a complete joy to do.

Offline Talisker2

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2007, 11:40 AM »
I am a computer tech. by trade but now retired and doing some consulting. I have been a active woodworker and home re-modeler (my own) for the last 10 or so years. I bought my first Festool, a ATF55  and a MFT 1080 table last year and have lusted after more tools ever since.  Yesterday I bought the Domino and CF22 and the 5" Sander.  Can't wait to get off work to play with them.  I pick up the extension handle and hose this afternoon.  I am in the middle of a kitchen restoration and remodel in our home of 30 years and also in the process of putting down about 1000 sq. feet of ##%&$ Bruce 3/4 prefinished oak planking. Not impressed with Bruce, but am going to make it work.
Jim Flood

Offline Rob McGilp

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2007, 06:02 PM »
Interesting the number of turners out there.

Are they like Shakers?

Offline Per Swenson

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2007, 12:09 PM »
Hi all,

Seeing as I havent been around for awhile...

I am sure there are a bunch of people who have no

idea who I am. My Family feels the same way.

Ima NJ based finish carpenter who knows his way around

MDF moulding and Phenoseal caulk.

Although every once in a while I manage to step in some stuff.

You can look here...  www.swensonz.com

Right now, tail end of 2007 (cause I'm hungry) we've been framing, rocking,

high end closets, low end kitchens, and put another bath in so we can sell this joint,

kinda stuff.

Truth be told, although I work in a economically insulated part of NJ,

the builders are scared and so are the home owners. The buyers on the other hand.....

Catbird seat.

Per
« Last Edit: November 04, 2007, 12:10 PM by Per Swenson »
Party like its 1929. It's the American way.


There outta be a law banning sesquipedalianism on

internet forums.

www.swensonz.com

Offline Tinker

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2007, 05:16 PM »
Per, i read this from your web site:

>>>Twenty years ago if ya would of tried to sell me a bottle of water for a buck,
I would?ve laughed in yer face. But through clever marketing a Nation, no scratch that
a Planet bought this gimmick. Flippin Lemmings.

Now it turns out the Backlash is coming.
No, not from the water, though most of it has been tap all along.
Come on I know people who if the marketers slapped a label on
a jar of pond scum, saying it was organically enhanced and green!
They would have to have a case at their next trendy/hipster din-din party.<<<

I thought you might get a kick out of this. (oh yeah, I'm the third one to read your site.)  I like your style

Just about 50 years ago, i was just starting my own business as a mason contractor.  My very first helper was a cousin from back on the farm.  we had grown up together, but he was a few years younger and had seen somewhat harder times than i had been thru.

We were doing a small foundation for a friend of mine.  It was a hot day and we had both emptied our water jugs.  Cuz saw a jug setting on the stonewall nearby and went over, took a good slug and started cusing.  The owner asked what was the matter, and Cuz told him that was lousy water in that jug.
 
"no wonder.  That was an old jug of water, or whatever, that had been sitting out in the shed for many years.  my wife was going to throw it out."

"Shucks," replied Cuz, "I've tasted polywog water that tasted better than that."
Tinker
Wayne H. Tinker

Offline Paul Farrar

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2007, 06:18 PM »
Need to add the choice: Repairing/remodeling your own house

Several reasons:
1. I can do as good, or better, a job as most of the locals, but not as fast.
2. Cheaper.
3. I can do it when I have spare time, and don't have to take off work to let workers in.
4. Always have a good excuse for not doing something else.
5. Get to buy neat tools. This somewhat negates #2, but only by about 1/2, and only the first time I do something.

Offline Garry

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2007, 12:24 AM »
Describe myself as a woodworker.  Hmmm....



WA-NA-BE

  :-[
http://www.avidhome.com  You're only young once, but you can be immature forever!

Offline AndrewDS

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2007, 08:41 PM »
I am a woodworker as a hobbiest only, although I also like to do home improvement type things.  I enjoy woodturning, making toys, furniture, and small things as well.

Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2007, 10:42 PM »
Andrew, welcome aboard!
Check out my new blog, The Green and Dark Blue Blog.

Offline ORGramps

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2008, 12:05 AM »
I'm a retired exam prof and computer type who enjoys woodwork as a hobby.  I've come from "all thumbs" to where with the Domino, a 150 sander and the CT22e plus a few other tools (table saw, band saw, jointer and planner), I have been able to make a few decent looking bookcases and a mantel for our house (and still have all thumbs and fingers too).  A couple years ago I picked up a used Conover lathe and built a mount for it from a laminated beam.  I have fun in my shop and am now able to spend more time there.  I especially like to build toys-simple ones like small cars and doll cradles.  My biggest challenge there was an eight car train modeled from "Toys That Teach." 

I have had the pleasure of being invited to setup two woodworking shops in central Africa (Daystar University in Kenya and one in Goma, Congo.  The latter was after a major 2002 eruption resulted in a lava flow 8' high that went through the city (450,000 population) and destroyed about 75% of it and 25% of the homes outside.  Over 75 schools were destroyed.  The Goma shop has 10+ full time workers and is still running today.  They make a lot of student desks for the new schools.  There isn't another shop in Goma that can compete with them

I appreciate a well run message board like this one.  My CT22e quit a couple weeks ago.  I put up a message here and "bingo" I had several answers from sources even beyond the US.  Festool took great care of the problem.  Replaced the Electronic module and I am back in business building bookshelves for all my old math books.  It's about time I did these as the plan for them started over 10 ago years ago when I retired from my last job, working as a consultant.  But then there are other things to do too!

One of the things that is still under construction for my shop (third garage separated from the others by a wall) is a cyclone dust collector.  I am really keen on getting the dust collected at the source.  That's one of the main reasons that I have begun to acquire Festool equipment.

Sorry to run on so long, it comes with age.  :)

Offline texan63

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #23 on: February 14, 2008, 04:06 PM »
Since I do furniture restoration as a business, I hesitated to list myself as a full-time woodworker. Most of my woodworking involves repairs (nearly always challenging) and refinishing furniture rather than building pieces.
Thanks,
Travis
Minnesota   

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #24 on: February 14, 2008, 04:29 PM »
Since I do furniture restoration as a business, I hesitated to list myself as a full-time woodworker. Most of my woodworking involves repairs (nearly always challenging) and refinishing furniture rather than building pieces.
Thanks,
Travis
Minnesota   


 Hi,

    Repairs and refinishing are most certainly woodworking.  I am betting you have some Festool sanders.



Seth

Offline Eli

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #25 on: February 15, 2008, 04:44 AM »
Welcome Travis, Andrew, Gramps, Paul.
Do nothing, stay ahead.

Offline Steveo48

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2008, 03:07 PM »
Interesting the number of turners out there.

It's the complete tool.  You need very little else to do successful turnings.

It was my first machine purchase for home.

Steve

Offline Terp

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2008, 04:18 PM »
What is the significance of chosing, Male or female??
I mean you can only choose one, why are these there?

This remindes me of a boy that lived down the street from me in my home town.. this would always crack us up.
If You ask the kid... "what do you want to be when you grows up"
His answer would always be... "A Man" ???

As far back, that I can remember, I always said I would be a chef when I grow up. ??? I guess I liked food, oh well.

Becoming a cabinet maker had its ups and downs, I contemplated leaving the trade when my apprenticeship was over.
I learned pretty quikly that,  "Journeyman" did not mean much, if you stay at the shop you apprenticed at.
Those old guy's do'nt just start respecting you over night!

The "journey" has been good so far, it seems I will never know all there is to woodworking, but i'm fine with that.
If this Trade was easy, I would'nt have put up with it for this long.

People know that i'm a JourneyMan Cabinet maker, I just do'nt know that i'm a man yet ;)

I want to be a man when I grow up...


Mirko







Mirko,
  You are a wise woodwacker & I admire you brother.   Dead on!  ;)
Dusty man

Offline Terp

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2008, 04:21 PM »
Nah...This is the lathe you want to turn on!


Help,  I had no idea Festool made THAT!
  Now I've fallen & I shouldn't get up.    :o

Will that work with my CT33?   ;D
Dusty man

Offline Scott W.

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #29 on: March 05, 2008, 09:06 PM »
Looks like a One Way re branded

One Way

Scott W.
PA, USA