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104 posts in 1667 days
Location: Detroit Area
Hello fellow woodworkers! My name is Will Wilson and I am an amateur woodworker with a serious passion for making shavings and sawdust of all kinds.
I am a Mechanical Engineer by day and currently work for one of the major automotive suppliers in Detroit. I am very happy to still have my job despite the rough times in the Auto Industry. My work focuses on Airbag integration and calibration. Pretty cool stuff considering it is all over in less time than it takes you to blink.
My wife and I were just blessed with our second child - a little boy. We also have a 3 year old girl who is the light of our lives. Kids say the cutest things at this age. They sure call it like they see it....
When time permits I sneak out to my shop and practice my craft. I don't spend as much time out there as I would like but family comes first. With a newborn, there's way more family time than shop time. It's all good however because they won't be this little for long and I need to soak it up while I can.
I have been woodworking seriously for about 5 years. I started out after my wife and I got married and had to build a lot of stuff to get the house renovated. I also had to build a shop in an otherwise empty garage.
My Grandfather was a lifelong carpenter and I learned a lot from him. When he passed away I inherited most of his shop which I am very thankful for. No one else in the family really wanted that equipment and I was overjoyed to get it.
I have a 70's Craftsman contractor style table saw (boy they sure don't make them like that any more), a Delta Planer, a Delta Jointer, a Rikon 14" Deluxe Bandsaw, a little Craftsman drillpress (it's more of a toy than a drill press), a shop made router table with a Rockler top, a Craftsman Plunge/Fixed base router, a Leigh D4 24" Dovetail Jig, and a few hand planes.
I have recently gotten into hand planes and I love them. A properly sharpened and tuned up plane is such a joy to use!
I will post some pics soon. I am currently building some new cabinets for the shop to help with the ever increasing clutter.
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