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.

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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
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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

  :-[
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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   

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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

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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

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:)
cheers

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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?
Thanks,
Matthew
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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.
Cheers,   
               Frank (Festool connoisseur)

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

Offline Acrobat

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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!.
cheers
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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.

Belated happy winter solstice to you!

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.
When I die, bury me at the hardware store.

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

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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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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« 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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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« 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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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« 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.

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« 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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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« 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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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« 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]

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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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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.
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #60 on: March 11, 2013, 08:36 PM »
welcome tiger,
your wife is really making you work for her understanding.


Thanks Alan!  She is a pretty good slave driver....but at least she lets me buy tools.   ;)  If she doesn't, I'll just hold her projects hostage.

It's great to hear from you.  Talk to you later!
Russ

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #61 on: March 16, 2013, 10:00 PM »
Hello to All

Mikel here from the Vancouver, BC area. Gender Male.
Make my living building homes. Presently on #95,96 and 97 right now.

Served apprenticeship with Canwest Interiors where we did large scale renovations and in house cabinets.
Then it was on to Fineart Woodworking where we build literally anything and everything.
We build furniture, manufactured mill-work, timber frame structures, restored wooden boats, build curved and elliptical doors, mantels, cabinets and many other items.
Everything was done in house and we had to see the project through from start to finish.
But due to severe allergies I had to look at getting out of the shop. Can remember the 18' sliding door being open just a few inches and
the sun's rays beaming in and seeing all of the saw dust airborne.
An opportunity arose and was able to get out of the shop and started doing millwork and cabinet installation on sites.  
One of the builders for whom I was doing a cabinet installation (Poggenpohl) coaxed me to leave the installation of cabinets business and join
him in the building of homes.
 
Was skeptical at first but had nothing to loose. This gave me an opportunity to put my skills as a cabinetmaker
and the days of Canwest to use in building homes.
25 years later and I still love building homes. Went on my own 19 years ago.
Second best decision that I have ever made, building peoples dream homes.
Building the best possible product and spending their money doing so.
The homes that we build typically take between 1.5 years to 4 years to build.

Oh yeah, best decision was marrying my Wife, the boss.....

Found out about Festool after hiring a German carpenter many years ago who used this brand almost exclusively.
Back then no one sold Festool in Canada, luckily now there are several dealers and now own several of their tools.

Hands on for me now is for my own place and on an Island retreat that is ongoing.
Am a tool junkie, love great quality tools and Festool fits the bill and love the dust collection feature.

In my world I have a saying that I still use to this day that I got from my boss at Fineart.

"Never enough time to do the job right but always enough time to do the job twice"

Words I live by.

Take care,

Mikel

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #62 on: March 16, 2013, 11:08 PM »
Hi Mikel,

 Welcome to the FOG!  [smile]

 


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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #63 on: March 17, 2013, 12:31 PM »
Thank you Seth [thanks]
Forgot to post that FOG is a daily site that I visit. It's an addiction... and a good one.
Love to read about new ideas, the videos are very helpful and there is always something to learn.
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #64 on: April 09, 2013, 07:32 AM »
Matthew (good name)
I am unable to select the vaious options on the list, I am guessing that is what we are supposed to do or am I getting it wrong?

Regards

Matthew
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #65 on: April 09, 2013, 08:05 AM »
I took a look at the poll and to me it looked like the voting was locked somehow.  Try again.  If you don't see any check boxes to the left but do see remove vote to the right then you have already voted.  In that case you can click remove vote and then choose the options again that best describe you.

Hope that this helps.

Peter
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #66 on: October 24, 2013, 01:46 AM »
I'm new here, just started a few posts tonight.  I am awaiting arrival of a TS 55 REQ at my local Woodcraft.  I did post to the thread "what was your first purchase?"  It was a pair of clamps!  $40.  Will probably never spend that little again if the receipt has the word Festool on it.

I am close to retiring, so I am gearing up to do some serious woodworking. I've had a pretty complete wood shop for years, but now I am rethinking some tool choices.  I was going to upgrade my contractor style saw with a SawStop, but have delayed that decision in favor of a track saw.  I started building cabinets for my shop, and the breaking down of plywood will be done with a track saw.  I may still get that SawStop, but I suspect a few Festool purchases will come first.

Over the years I've made furniture, lots of "craft" items like cutting boards made from laminated segments of different hardwoods.  I've done lots of carpentry work in the home and I am currently remodeling our study.  A couple years ago I bought a lathe and I've made about 40 pens, a handful of wine stoppers, and a number of reversible screwdrivers employing segmented handles. (I buy the plastic handled reversible screwdrivers from Home Depot and cut off the plastic handle and replace it with a turned handle.)

I work part time at a product development company, and build a lot of custom products.  I am fortunate to have access to several CNC routers (a ShopBot desktop model, and a large model that will take 4x8 sheet goods.). I suspect that I'll be building my own large MFT at some point using the large ShopBot to mill the top.  I also use an Epilog laser, which is an amazing tool for unique woodworking projects.

My tools:  Craftsman radial arm saw ( my first major tool, purchased in 1976), Ryobi BT3100 table saw, Ridgid 6" jointer, DeWalt 13"planer, Powermatic 14" bandsaw, Delta 10" bandsaw, Delta 12" workbench drill press, Rikon 12" lathe with bed extension, router table and numerous routers, plus lots of power hand tools. Just recently added a Laguna 2HP dust collector to replace multiple (and generally ineffective) shop vacs.

Lee

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #67 on: October 24, 2013, 07:04 AM »
Welcome to the forum!  Once you get your hands on the TS55-REQ please let us know your impressions.  It's interesting to read different perspectives, especially when a different workflow is involved (taking the tool to the work piece vs taking the workpiece to the tool).  We are here to help if you have any questions!

Peter
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #68 on: October 29, 2013, 12:13 AM »
Serious hobbiest for 25 years now

"Outstanding wood shop student" award in 11th grade.

Software consultant as a vocation (b.s. Computer science, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ,1986)

Also an amateur luthier (guitar builder) hoping to make it my retirement business .

I've built nearly all our furniture (arts & crafts, frank loud wright ) myself.

Also built my own passive solar straw bale house.

Oddly enough, my results as luthier far surpass my other furniture projects.

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #69 on: October 29, 2013, 01:55 PM »
"Describe Yourself as a Woodworker'

Ummmmm... Clueless! [crying]    But trying! [embarassed]
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #70 on: January 05, 2014, 02:29 PM »
Hello!

First off, I'm new to FOG. It's been said that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.  Well ... I have Festool Acquisition Syndrome.  It's much like Nikon Acquisition Syndrome, only the toys are heavier and they're green instead of yellow.

I don't have an extensive background in carpentry and woodworking, but I spent a fair amount of time growing up in my Dad's woodshop, picking up tips and skills from him.  He's been a professional woodworker for 30+ years and currently specializes in furniture restoration.

At this stage, I'd describe myself as a rusty hobbyist who is looking to get back into it in order better outfit my home with many more and better organization options.  My first project is to build out a copy of the Paulk table so that I can then work on building cabinets for the garage, laundry room, and some built-in shelving for my office.

I've spent the last three months building my wish list and (finally) pulled the trigger on some new Festool gear.  I ended up getting:

(First purchase)
TS55REQ
CT26

(Second purchase)
OF1400 with the LR32 kit and a 1400 Holey rail
RO125

(Third purchase)
Carvex 420 (cordless)

I'm stilling eyeballing a Domino, but I think I should wait until I get a little bit of sawdust on each of these tools first.  ;D

BTW:  Bob Marino is awesome.  I made my first two purchases with him.  Everything arrived in a timely manner and was amazingly well packed.  My wife had to ask me to move out to the garage for an hour while I stomped out all the bubble wrap like a little kid. 

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #71 on: January 05, 2014, 02:54 PM »
Welcome to the FOG!   You have a great start, and a great wife.  My wife normally has the fun with the bubble wrap stomping!

Peter
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #72 on: January 10, 2014, 02:36 PM »
I just received my Christmas present.  (Paid for it myslf but the present was that THE BOSS did not complain. ::))
I finally weakened for the Domino 500 and the Systainer full of the domino tennons.
Got it from Uncle Bob.

There was so much Bubble Wrap that if the box had come thru any flood areas, they could have strapped it to the underside of the truck and floated across any washouts. [scratch chin]  Now, I just have to learn how to operate my new toy. Looking forward to the new skills involved.
Tinker
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #73 on: May 06, 2014, 08:31 PM »
Hi friends,

I stumbled on this site a year ago, when I was looking for something about Erika by Maffel. Anyway I do not know English well. I apologize for that but it will not prevent me from occasional contributing.
I would like to say that I really like the fans of group here. From pure enthusiast brand Festool to heavy professionals I belong to the first category. I started renting a modest space about 90 square meters, where i am starting to build my work. Except practical things for the household i got the ambition to produce more atypical shape design pieces. Despite my language skills I will try to speak throught my photos instead of writing. I will be grateful for all of yours reactions.

Good evening to all.
I have several boxes Festool, one MTF, four guide rails and big taste to play. )))

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #74 on: May 07, 2014, 07:47 AM »
I'm a woodworker.

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #75 on: February 07, 2015, 06:00 PM »
Hi everyone! My name is Holt and I am a simple carpenter. I work at an exhibit shop in Greenville, SC and have experience doing residential cabinet installs. I've been working on my carpentry skills and have decided to purchase a TS55/CT26 combo as well as a Rotex150! I'd like to start building furniture on my own in the next year and I believe Festool will assist me well.


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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #76 on: February 07, 2015, 08:17 PM »
Hey all-

Just joined a couple days ago and trying to jump in. Self employed professional carpenter/woodworker for 12 years. Mostly historic style and restoration, I believe design was perfected a long time before any of us were around. 

I came up under old school New England hardasses, and learned to do an awful lot with hand tools first, and got a terrific education in scribing and fitting. Still work a lot with reclaimed material, 18th and 19th century flooring, paneling, etc, and reproducing it for newer work.

It's been fun bringing in modern technology with traditional joinery, and some hybrid techniques, like gauging varied thickness stock (ie rough sawn back with a hand planed face) but using an HL 850 as a rabbet plane. Track saws for fitting tapered 200 year old flooring.

Lots of built ins, period paneling, one offs, and general house carpentry and joinery. Some exterior work like mahogany decks and cedar porches, timber frame barns and structural restoration. Do a little bit of everything with houses, I like variety and challenges.

1000 sq ft shop, about to scoop up another 500 sq ft adjacent, mix of stationary shop machines and festool as well as a good collection of working historic tools. Prefer to be a woodworker more than a machine operator.

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #77 on: February 10, 2015, 12:48 PM »
Hey Everyone,

I'm a hobbyist that writes software for a living. In the past year or so I've started buying tools to build some workbenches for the garage so my son and I would have a place to tinker. We recently bought another house and I decided to tackle some bigger projects. My 1st project is redoing all of the closets in the house. I discovered Festool while watching some tutorials on YouTube and immediately bought the TS55 REQ along with a number of other tools. I just wish I had discovered Festool before making some of my earlier purchases. This forum has been a great resource and I want to thank all of the contributors.

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Travis

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« Reply #78 on: March 31, 2015, 10:12 AM »
FUN, yes fun.

No boo hooing, I am a dis-abled veteran in a wheelchiar. I am doing all the work I can on my new ADA house and when it came to  making the cabinets for the kitchen i accidentally discovered 2 things. I really get great joy from the finer details in woodworking and that Festool's products make it safer and easier for me to produce quality things.  The freedom to work on my own especially with the track saw is priceless. I can't lug a huge piece of ply nor can i cut a perfectly straight line due to tremors form nerve damage but i can lay down the rail, drop the saw in and literally roll forward in my chair along with the saw. I have to laugh reading this as it must be a sight to see but  bottom line, never give up and thank you Festool for continuing to allow me to live with grace and pride.

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #79 on: March 31, 2015, 12:33 PM »
Hey redtailvet,
My hat goes off to you.  You have a great attitude.
Back in '55, I had an operation on my torn up knee.  It was service connected, so i was treated at the VA hospital in West Haven, CT. I was in with a whole crowd of guys, many had been in korea, as had I. They were a happy bunch, and while in recovery (in those days, they kept us around the hospital for a few days for what nowadays, they kick you out the same day.  While I was there, I met an EX-GI who was a little older and had been injured working on high voltage electric lines on a civilian job after he had gotten out of the service. He had lost both arms from the burn and had been amputated to 1" nubbins on each arm.  That was when a lot that was being done on prosthetics was more on the experimental side of a good thing.  They were having a lot of trouble with fitting as the knobs they had left him with were actually too short for any attachment.  Even tho he was left with a big problem, he was very upbeat and good humored more than should have been expected.

A day before i was to go home, I found out he was supposed to go back to Brooklyn Navy Hospital for new measuring.  For whatever the reason, he could not get a ride the day he should go, or maybe not back, whatever.  Since I felt I could be available, i offered to help out and next day, the first thing I did when i got home was to hop in my car and head back to the hospital and transported my friend to Brooklyn.  I was totally surprised at what i saw down there.  even tho I had been a combat medic in Korea, i had never seen so many amputees with any where from a hand to four appendages missing.  There were maby 15 or 20 amputees in that ward.  I don't say i felt sorry for the nurses on that ward.  I don't think there was one in the lot who was unhappy, but they sure had to be aware of what was going on around them.  Those guys were, even for a bunch of GI's, the craziest and most happy go lucky bunch.  They were driving those nurses absolutely crazy with their antics. 

I am sure there must have been some problems when they got out in the world, but they sur were manufacturing some wild times in that ward.  I remember especially one vet who was quadruple amputee.  The VA had set up an Oldsmobile for him to drive.  he would climb into that car and pull a lever to lock himself into the driver's seat.  there was a valve bank in front of him not unlike the valve controls on some of the construction machinery i operated a few years later. I don't recall if he used foot pedals for braking, but the car was automatic.  In those days, the "Auto trannys" were not so snappy as they are today and he was complaining that he could not spin the wheels as he would take off with engine roaring. 

I did manage to converse with several of those vets before I had to return my friend back to Connecticut. That day was an eyeopener for me. 

I'm glad for you that you have found a way to keep yourself busy and have such an upbeat attitude.
Tinker
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #80 on: April 06, 2015, 10:36 AM »
Hey Tinker,

Indeed you have spent time amongst us, LOL. First welcome home and thank you. The attitude is pretty similar too, what they gonna do send us to Korea:)  I don't say "it is what it is" as that's throwing in the towel. It is what You make it, no pun intended. I was blessed to have a incredible people and friends thru out my journey and too this day. If only I had been a General my pension would allow me to buy more but I'm happy to save my pennies and get the best.

I once gave a talk to guys heading overseas to let them know that there is life after. Somewhere along the way I decided to take my chair of a "cliff", basically blew the thing apart and almost wet my pants laughing.
It was awesome and defiantly lightened the mood:)

Be well

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #81 on: May 07, 2015, 08:28 PM »
Hmm well I work with it but I am not rightly sure that it is considered wood anymore.

closer to cardboard or squashed hamster bedding IMO. I'm not even sure it grows on trees anymore.

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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #82 on: May 17, 2015, 01:10 PM »
Describe Yourself as a Woodworker?

No, I wouldn't, really.

Impecunious toolaholic, maybe.
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #83 on: May 17, 2015, 01:51 PM »
Describe Yourself as a Woodworker?

No, I wouldn't, really.

Impecunious toolaholic, maybe.

I guess we all are, once we run into Festoys. ???
Tinker
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #84 on: July 28, 2015, 12:36 PM »
I guess I am a professional wood worker but sadly most of my time is spent making sure we have work/bidding, getting projects we have done on time, getting our vendors are paid and making sure we get paid from our customers.  Thus is the life of a shop manager.
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #85 on: July 28, 2015, 04:59 PM »
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #86 on: August 21, 2015, 12:26 AM »
Greetings- My primary workshop power tool is the router. My router table setup is pretty solid (PC 7518, Incra PRL-v2, Incra LS-25, Wonderfence) but I "needed" to upgrade my plunge router. I tried getting by with my single-speed fixed-base Craftsman and cheapo pawn-shop routers with what you might consider "predictable" results. About a year ago, I bought the DeWalt DWP611 fixed/plunge kit and the dust collection attachments. It's a pretty capable little router, especially for the price.

I picked up a used/older Festool jigsaw some months ago and have been very pleased with it. I've been very curious about the OF1400 but the price... oy. Well, the same guy that sold me my 1st Festool sold me an OF1400, a guide rail, and a pair of clamps yesterday for a nice price that I couldn't refuse. What an amazing plunge router. It just needs a little cleanup/TLC.

So far, I mostly build speaker enclosures and plaques but I'm learning how to put my Incra positioner to better use for doing box/dovetail joinery. I'd like to start making furniture and eventually replace Pottery Barn as my wife's primary source.

I didn't have the advantage of growing up with a woodworker to apprentice under. I'm learning a lot via YouTube (Matthias Wandel, Frank Howarth, AskWoodMan, WoodWhisperer, and many others continue to be my teachers. What a fantastic contribution to the craft all those people make. Books are very helpful too, but watching someone show you how is ideal.

Someday when I get some time back I'll get back into flying R/C aircraft.

cheers,

Adam
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #87 on: August 21, 2015, 03:09 AM »
im not a woodworker, I just enjoy festool and started my collection 1 year ago. to justify my tool addiction i would have to make things out of wood.
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #89 on: August 21, 2015, 05:38 PM »
Working Student

Paradox?
Exactly! [wink]  I get paid to do woodworking, quite well.  I consider my work "studying" to be better every chance I get.  I used to be a construction worker.  Meaning i constructed things other people designed.  I study about trees, different techniques, finishes, design and just about anything I can.  I CAN do plumbing, elec, tile, drywall, paint...heck, i can even install hvac.  But i'm shooting for expert in wood working as I lay on my death bed....if there's something after this life, we can decide if I made it or not!  (not likely)
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Re: Describe Yourself as a Woodworker
« Reply #90 on: May 15, 2016, 08:06 AM »
Genius.