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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|commented on||Granadillo End Table with Waterfall Leg||11-26-2014 12:37 AM|
|commented on||Unique Workbench||09-12-2014 05:28 PM|
|commented on||Queen Anne style desk||09-12-2014 12:44 PM|
|started topic||Stroke||05-11-2014 02:59 PM|
|commented on||Fold-up table and ...||04-18-2014 09:29 PM|
|commented on||Prairie Lantern||02-22-2014 05:47 PM|
|started topic||What finish?||02-15-2014 04:34 PM|
|started topic||Project for a young boy||01-06-2014 12:15 AM|
|added project||Bubinga Table||12-30-2013 03:43 PM|
|replied on||DremalSaw||12-27-2013 02:45 PM|
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|started topic||DremalSaw||12-26-2013 03:20 PM|
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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 ...
A friend from my local woodworkers club just lost 2 fingers in an accident on his table saw. He has been airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where they will try to reattach one, and maybe both, fingers. His name is Roger. Please ...
My wife had a knee replacement surgery last week and now I am doing all the shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. while she recovers. I’m also taking her to therapy and running errands. I didn’t realize how much time all of t...