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I've been a member here about a year now so I thought I should put in some information about myself.
I have always had in interest in working with wood ever since high school. In the past I have not had the resources (money, space) to develop my interest. I've always had a home to work on so I have done quite a bit of construction work mainly updating or remodeling something. At 48, I'm now 54, I moved into a new home with an unfinished basement and when we finished it I added room for a small shop although it was small it was bigger than any work area I have previously had. It's about the size of a one car garage. When my father-in-law gave me his old band saw and lathe it rekindled that urge for building things. I determined if I had a table saw, router and planer in addition to what he gave me I could build about anything or so I thought. I had buy in from the wife so I went shopping. I already had a drill press plus I purchased several power tools so by the end of the first year I had a functioning shop. It's been growing ever since.
One of the main concerns we originally had was how to manage the dust generated. After researching what systems were most efficient we chose a cyclone. I found a bunch of industrial fittings and pipe being sold on Ebay by a school that was tearing out their old system for a fraction of what new stuff would cost. I was able to run lines to every corner of my shop for about a tenth of the cost of new. That industrial stuff is EXPENSIVE. The cyclone went into my furnace room adjacent to the shop where the air compressor is located. I was able to run the main line through the rafters with branches coming off the main line for all the machines. I plan to post pictures in the future.
Since the first year I've been building up the shop and making projects. As I learn more techniques I've tried to increase the complexity of the projects I do. I enjoy designing as well as building.
I think this website is a great resource for people like me as I have used it extensively for advice on building as well as buying new tools. I love to browse the Projects and the Tool Review sections. I am in awe of some of the work here and I plan to upload some of my projects as I continue to grow in this hobby.
-- Kent B
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