Recently, I switched my main shop workhorse from a MiniMax CU300 Smart Combination Machine to the 5 HP Industrial Saw Stop Tablesaw. My reason is pretty simple: I am changing my major work from furniture to small boxes, bowls and wood toys. I a...
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Location: Poulsbo, Washington
Website: Messersmith Woodworks.com
I have been a woodworker for over 45 years. I am a retired Navy Submariner and have operated woodworking businesses in Hawaii, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio and now Washington State. My woodworking business income is primarily from furniture repair and antique restoration but I also manufacture a line of furniture in many styles, toys, jewelry boxes, Windsor chairs ect.
My favorite woodworking projects are wood toys and my signature toy is the American style steam locomotive. That is why I call myself, Jupiter. The Jupiter is an American 4-4-0 locomotive that took part in the Golden Spike ceremony when the Central Pacific Railroad met up with the Northern Pacific Railroad at Promontory, Utah in 1869. I make miniature models of the Jupiter as one of my toys. I have recently changed web site hosts so my website may not be accessible right now but I hope to get it up and running soon.
I joined this forum because I am planning on building a Pennsylvania Spice Box and I discovered a blog recently by a member who is in the process of building one similar to what I will attempt. I just joined a few minutes ago and hope to learn a lot from the group.
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I haven’t posted in a while. Thought I would just set a goal in writing so I might be shamed into actually accomplishing it!! My goal in the woodshop this year is to complete 300 wood toys and boxes. My problem is that each toy and box ta...
Woodmaster Model 725 Combination Moulder Planer. This machine is a fantastic shop machine or a complete business in itself. It is a 25” thickness planer, moulder; drum sander and gang ripper. It has variable infeed from 0 to 16 fpm. ...
I have many woodworking machines, tools and jigs for sale. I will be listing and describing each in this blog. I am located in Poulsbo, Washington which is located in Kitsap county, West of Seattle. 1. Leigh FMT Jig with Porter-Cable Mod...
I am writing about what it’s like trying to make a living as a woodworker. I have to consider myself a professional woodworker since it’s all I do since retiring from the Navy and then from the Nuclear Power Utility industry about 12 ...