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Offline Hawkeye0001

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Long time reader from Festool-Country
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:37 AM »
Been a long time reader of this forum for several years now and thought I might introduce myself and participate a bit more in future.

I've been hooked by woodworking since I spent several years in East Africa and observed the ingenuity and handycraft of the local "fundis" there (craftsman by experience, not apprenticeship). It taught me that many things can be hand made or recycled and don't need to be bought in furniture stores (where they never have exactly what you want anyway...).

Back in the old world after my stint abroad I started woodworking with my my grandfather's tools ranging from some cheap Aldi tools to some older Bosch tools (from an age when they'd still last) but soon got frustrated with their limitations and handling. First Festool was a used TS 55 EBQ followed in quick succession by a PS420, a T12 and a CTL 26 (working dust-free! - what a revelation!!!). Couple years down the line now there's seemingly very little space left between all those systainers that magically kept adding up - but hey, it's not like the money is gone: it just took the shape of tools :)

I decided early on to purchase all my Festool tools used as they still have plenty of life in them, all spare parts can be ordered with a simple phone call and the resale value equals or even exceeds their purchase value this way (plenty bargains on eBay). Not a single disappointment or failure to this date.

Most of my wood working consists of furniture; the latest projects where two display cabinet doors and a dinner table made from the remains of an ancient half timbered house, build from 300 year old german oak (that stuff is tough!).

If I'm not wood working I work as a paramedic in ze Fazerland and as a freelance helicopter pilot / instructor in Africa to fund my addiction [big grin].

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: Long time reader from Festool-Country
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2019, 10:41 AM »
Hi,

  Welcome to the forum!  [smile]

    It would be great to see some of your work!

Seth

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Long time reader from Festool-Country
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2019, 01:00 PM »
 [welcome]

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Long time reader from Festool-Country
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2019, 01:31 PM »
“a dinner table made from the remains of an ancient half timbered house, build from 300 year old german oak (that stuff is tough!).”

I’d like to see pictures too.

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Long time reader from Festool-Country
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2019, 04:17 PM »
Welcome!

...from Festool country. ;)

Offline Gregor

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Re: Long time reader from Festool-Country
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2019, 04:51 PM »
I’d like to see pictures too.
Me too.

Welcome!

Offline neilc

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Re: Long time reader from Festool-Country
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2019, 05:10 PM »
Welcome!  Nice to have you join us -

Offline Hawkeye0001

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Re: Long time reader from Festool-Country
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2019, 05:34 PM »
Thanks for the warm welcome guys!

I'll make some pictures in about two weeks time once it's delivered and has its oil finish and proper lighting.