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Location: Canton New York

I'm a retired RN having worked 35 years mostly in Public Health. I was a woodworker for 10 years prior to that working mostly in my own shop. I kept my tools when I changed careers and added a few over the years with the vision of returning to woodworking when I retired. In the old days I made large pieces but now I'm not really interested or motivated to do heavy work so I make clocks, jewelry boxes, keepsake boxes, spice racks, lamps etc. I also have started making stringed instruments and I hope to focus on that more as I evolve. My shop used to be a turn of the century carriage barn but currently I have about 2/3 of what was supposed to be a 3 car garage. My contractor screwed up and I lost about 100 square feet so I wound up with 20x28. I recently upgraded the electrical to add an additional circuit (4) so I have enough outlets to plug in everything without tripping breakers. There is also a 220 circuit for my planer and shaper.
Now that I'm finally settled and enjoying myself my wife is on my case to move to be out of the north country and to a more (in her view) tolerable climate and also to be closer to family. Salisbury Md. is most likely where I will move and moving the shop and lumber is going to be a major stress. The upside is I can probably work year round as temps here for Jan. to March can run well below freezing and well into the minus temps in Jan and Feb. Currently my shop has a corn stove so in winter its a process to start the stove and get the shop that has 10ft ceilings up to a tolerable temp.
I have been following Lumberjocks for a couple of years but have been too busy to take the time to join but now, my wife just had hip replacement surgery and I have assumed all her responsibilities, the dog /meals/housekeeping/yard work/shopping-- etc. and so no shop time.
I'm envious of some of the shops I've seen. Some folks seem to do everything right and everything high end. I try to be pragmatic and work within my means so my shop is pretty modest but functional. So the run down on tooling 12 and 14 inch band saw. 6" jointer, 2- 10inch table saws (one dedicated to cutting slots in fretboards), compound miter saw, 2 drill presses (one is radial), shaper, 2 router tables, 12" disk sander, overhead router, duplicator, CNC machine, duplicator, 6" stationary belt sander, osculating drum sander, 16/32 drum sander, 6" pneumatic sander, 15" planner, 12"planner, small lathe, horizontal boring machine, pneumatic frame nailer. I bunch of routers and jigs etc. I have been making more effort to control dust with several collectors dedicated to one or two machines each.
If I were to do it over I would do things differently as I have learned from experience. I'm happy to discuss and and share my experience with like minded woodworkers. I'll post picks of the shop later today to give a better idea of what I use and some things I've made since retirement.

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commented on Le bureau des chasseurs 07-19-2018 12:37 PM
commented on inlayed boxes 07-16-2018 02:27 AM
commented on V Carve Jewelry Box 07-16-2018 02:12 AM
added project V Carve Jewelry Box 07-15-2018 01:36 PM
commented on Clock 07-14-2018 11:46 PM
commented on Lamp cherry 07-14-2018 11:40 PM
added project Lamp cherry 07-14-2018 06:12 PM
added project Clock 07-14-2018 05:37 PM
added project Small Keepsake Box 07-14-2018 04:51 PM
added project Cut off-- scrap wood clock 07-14-2018 03:55 PM
added project Wall Clock 07-14-2018 02:36 PM
added workshop Dustygreg's Workshop 07-13-2018 05:39 PM
signed up Dustygreg's Profile 07-13-2018 02:43 PM

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