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#1 posted 10-07-2013 02:28 AM

I’m basically a hobbyist, but I’ll take a commission under the right circumstances. I prefer to do what I want to do when I want to do it rather than be tied to a specific schedule.

In most cases, I break down rough lumber into pieces a bit larger than I’ll need before jointing and planing. If a piece is wider than my 6” jointer, I send it through my planer taking light cuts until a face is flat. In some cases, that requires putting it on a sled and blocking a corner or two.

I have a shop full of good tools that I could only dream of a few years ago. Many people I meet just don’t understand what it is to be a hobbyist woodworker. It’s interesting to have a conversation with people who ask when I have time for golf or tell me what a great boat I could have with the amount of money I have tied up in my shop. Some folks just don’t understand! :-)

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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