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Location: Western Washington

I'm an IT professional by day, and a woodworking hobbyist by night.

The term router in my vocabulary has two meanings, it's either a computer networking device that bridges two networks together measured in MBp/s, or a tool that is used to spin a machined metal bit to produce detail in woodworking measured in HP.

I am a homeowner, and I've done some remodel projects (Bathroom/Laundry). I've also made a few pieces of not-so-fine furniture for around the house. A small table for holding a printer, a fish tank stand for a 30 gallon tank, and some bookshelves for my Aunt. I also built myself a monitor stand for work, and then my co-workers wanted one, so I ended up building about 6 more. Most recently I made I myself an end-grain cutting board.

I may do 1-2 "large" and several "small" projects throughout the year. I live about 30 miles from Crosscut hardwoods in Seattle, WA and they have a vast selection of wood at reasonable prices.

My current situation for woodworking does not lend itself very well to doing projects as most of them have to be completed outdoors under the cover of a 2-car car port. At the start and end of each project I have to pull my tools out, work on my project, and put it all away. Living in eastern Washington we have wet spring/fall and cool winter (I say cool as I'm from the New England area) so I need to constantly care for my tools.

Everything in my "shop" has to be mobile. It is less than ideal and I look forward to building my own shop in a year or two. I won't follow the Shed Of Doom model for shed-building though. I'm leaning more towards something like a small but efficient space: due to the size and geography of our lot it does not lend itself to anything much bigger.

Tools I currently own:
A 2nd hand 10" 1960's Craftsman Table Saw
A 2nd hand 6" 1960's Craftsman Jointer scored for free on CL
A 2nd hand 10" Craftsman Radial Arm Saw
A Ridgid set of battery operated contractor tools
An Assortment of random hand tools and small power tools.
A ShopVac
- A Bosch MRC23EVSK router (just ordered a new one and got $85 off)

Tools on my wish list (no particular order):
- A 12-13" Planer
- A Woodworking Shop to work on projects
- Dust collection, I'll probably start with some sort of chip separator on top of a 5-gallon bucket run by my shopvac (something like:
- Workbench/assembly table (may be my next project).

Why did I join lumberjocks. . quite simply when doing research, many of my web searches landed here, perhaps it is indexed better, or just a very active forum. I figured I might as well join and "setup shop" so to speak.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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#1 posted 09-07-2014 05:12 AM

Welcome to LJ! Warning, you might get addicted ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-07-2014 12:11 PM

Welcome to the forum, B4B.

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#3 posted 03-21-2015 11:46 AM

Welcome to LJ.
Looks like a good set of used tools.
I ran a remodelling business for 10 years with exactly what you have , the 10 craftmans table saw, the jointer and the radial arm.(Other than rigid, I used corded tools).

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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