I decided I wanted a fixed base router to use with my dovetail jig. After some research I decided that the Hitachi M12VC was the one I wanted. New ones were available on e-bay from $99 to $203. I bought the $99 one with free shipping. To...
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Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
I have toyed with woodworking for many years. Recently, I retired from my professional career (I was an actuary) and now I am spending a lot more time in my workshop.
I build custom furniture and smaller projects. I do a lot of turning because I enjoy it so much (and I am reasonably good at it).
I try to embrace the concept that I am not creating beauty - I am revealing the beauty that is already present in the wood. Most (not all) of my work is designed to show off the beauty of the wood. I am particularly fond of some exotic woods (Padauk, Bubinga, Cocobolo, and others). Usually they have a lot of beauty to show off. On the other hand, they are expensive so I often use them as a featured item on a project that is built primarily with more cost efficient wood (e.g. Cherry box with a Cocobolo top).
I am "anti-hardware". I make wooden hinges and use them in boxes. I take special pride in making a significant item with no screws, nails or other hardware such as a cradle I made recently.
I am also "anti-plan". I much prefer to do my own design. I admit that, on occasion, I will reference a plan when building something but I never really follow the plan. I want to do my own thing. I am often influenced by a picture I see and I may try to replicate the item but always with some of my own touches. I like to push the envelope and challenge conventional wisdom. Who says a cutting board has to be a rectangle?
I simply like wood and I like being creative.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.
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I am already anti-plan. I don’t like making anything by following someone else’s plan. Figuring out how to make it is half the fun and I often change my mind about a dimension or joinery technique during the making process based on ...
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