I am a new member of your terrific site. I spent all day Sunday reading the tool mini reviews and thoroughly enjoyed the real world style.I am a hobby woodworker and former Painter/ Decorator.
I was watching Norm and decided to bite the bullet and gear up like Norm as I thought I would really enjoy the feel of good tools and a nice new workshop. In the summer of 2004 I tried to get a Delta Unisaw ala Norm but over in Ireland they are a special order £2500($4000) Ouch! I decided as I would go to a woodworking show in Birminghan UK to see the tools up close. I saw the Felder combo ,was offered a good deal and put my money down.
I went home and organised a new shed wired up for my machine .I got it for Christmas 2004 and in Feb bought the Landis Worbench book and the beech for my bench.
In May 2005 I fell off a ladder, now I have limited mobility and need crutches to walk more than a few yards.
I still love woodworking and I am lucky I got this combo machine as the sliding table makes things much easier.
I spent over a year in bed and another in a wheelchair so I haven’t produced much but I made my workbench a few tables and a pair of speakers I’ll put the speakers in the project page.A friend came by to hear them and bought them from me.
I put the cash into a new project. I am working on a new pair of speakers now but I am very slow and have think every move out first as I cant carry much weight and can only stand for an hour .
I love wood and mostly work with ash as it is so affordable and I love the grain.As a painter I am always trying for the perfect finish.
So thats me in a nutshell.