1965 – 2003 I’ve been a casual, beginner-level woodworker since learning some basics in high school shop class, but now I find myself living on a farm with a small orchard of about 3 dozen walnut trees. A tree expert (easy to find ...
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Location: In the country near Portland, Oregon
Like others of my generation, I learned very basic woodworking because wood shop was a mandatory course in high school. I built a few projects over the years, but it's really only now as I approach retirement that I've been investing more regular energy and time into woodworking. And the more I put into it, the more enjoyment I get back, so I think it's a 'keeper' for the years ahead.
My shop: a 12'x20' heated room that I built myself, within our barn.
My tools: 10" Delta hybrid tablesaw, 18" Steel City bandsaw, 6" Powermatic jointer, 12" Ridgid planer, Ridgid oscillating spindle sander, old Delta mitre saw. And a kind of elaborate but low cost dust collection system for everything.
Projects: so far, mostly, the shop itself! But also some small furniture items and some novelty bird feeders for practice. But big plans for when I'm fully retired and get the time...
Current challenge: turning logs to lumber. Our farm has 30 walnut trees, all 80 years old, in decline, and coming down on their own periodically. I'm working on techniques and tools to try to salvage this wood and use it for projects. See my blog for the latest on this!