From time to time I’ve read posts on the LJ forum, but this is the first time I’ve posted, or rather blogged here.
A bit of background about myself. My father was at one time a high-school shop teacher, but for reasons I can only guess (and I have a pretty good guess), he never taught me woodworking – and did little woodworking during the years I grew up. The only shop/stationary power tools that Dad had were a Craftsman, model 100 RAS, dating back to the mid-50’s and some kind of 12” planer he picked up used along the way but never bought a motor for. Some years ago, thinking I would never use it, I gave the planer away to my old pastor who had helped me pull a stump. When I went with him to his shop to help him unload it, it turned out that the pastor already had a 20” planer and a 42!!” planer. I’m thinking I may be able to get Dad’s old planer back – tho I’m still not sure I’ll want it.
My guess at why Dad never taught me woodworking is that Mom probably feared I’d cut off some useful body part (which is a very reasonable fear for any parent). So far I’ve managed to avoid that.
The 50’s model RAS I still have and use, in fact my most recent project was to build an 8-foot left extension table with a 104” Incra track on it to convert the RAS into a crosscutting station – for both length cuts and dados.
As I’ve written in my profile, I’ve been a beginning woodworker for 12 years and I figure I’ll continue to be a beginning woodworker for another year or two before I become (hopefully), and moderatly skilled intermediate amateur.
So, I’ve current got in the shop
55-year-old Craftsman RAS – with 80-tooth, thin kerf Freud blade.
12-year-old Ridgid TS2424 – with the same Freud blade,
Harbor Freight 6” joiner (still in the box – just bought it a couple of weeks ago)
HF 2HP dust collector (also still in the box)
HF “smallest DP ever” ($50 item)
Porter-Cable circular saw (I cut panels on the floor with a clamp-on guide)
HF plunge router I picked up for $50 a few weeks ago,
various other hand power tools.
I hope to aquire soon
Router Table and associated positioning system.
TS fence upgrade
TS miter sled.
OK, that’s a long post – better stop.