Dimitri M Dimitri M is offline
- My Shop
Some detailed information about my workshop.
- Power Tools
- Routers: Trend T11 (what a waste, a huge machine with wobbly handles!), DW 621K(european) - my gem, it will even dance on sand and rocks when necessary; Bosch GKF600 with both bases - good, but very noisy and no speed control. Bosch GOF 600 (ancient but fearless). Drills (AEG - overworked, Bosch GSB16RE), radial arm saw (DeWalt 720 - a hero of all times that will also rip very well), table saw (chinese - not worth the money), jigsaw (the big one from Bosch), electric plane (Parkside, a brand marketed by German supermarkets Lidl), belt sander (Hitachi - proved to be VERY good), sabre saw(Parkside - Lidl), the big random orbit sander of Bosch - updating the list slowly, be patient - it is extremely boring to go find what model that old carcass is ??? I like old, overworked, but sturdy tools - they are to do the job, not to spend my weekends polishing them!! recently, I found out that I will not live for 100 years and bought some rather good power tools to enjoy them while I can.
We have a saying in Greece, "the bad craftsman blames his tools" - I added another line to it: "the good craftsman does not rely on bad tools".
- My Shop
- The garage just recently converted, and now I am facing with fear the fact that i must spend more time doing things for the workshop instead of for the house. The weather is improving and I am doing more and more of the work outside. Older friends here remember my photos under the lemon tree or a very productive vine!
My workshop is the most untidy place in the known world (excluding my study room)! Its main purpose is to allow some space for all unfinished projects that have accumulated over the years, and yet permit some maneuverability in order to finish at least some of them!
- Woodworker Information
A few details about myself.
- A nearly 70 y.o. orthopaedic surgeon with interest in woodwork since childhood. In maturity, I found that the smell of sawdust relieves (more than anything else) the stress from operating. Fixing broken bones shares a lot with woodworking - depth gauges, drill bits, hammering, tools and techniques and so many other details. Of course, bones are alive while wood is dead when we put our hands on them.
A few useful and unusual bits of furniture made over the years, with gross
technical means initially, with merely adequate recently, relying more often in original thinking rather than routine cutting and gluing. If I were to make money out of my woodwork, I would be a total failure - I hate making sawdust, and construct everything to last for 100 years.
Wood types are not many in Greece- especially local ones. Living on the wonderful island of Crete, I found cypress in abundance, and have been working exclusively with it for more than 12 years now. I am very happy with what I managed to make up to now. Cypress will split, warp and sometimes be harder than iron, so it has been very interesting, painstaking and finally rewarding to make it obey and yield its beauty. I developed a whole system of using dowels both for strengthening cypress and for joining bits together, and I found how to make dowel application fast easy and 100% accurate. Free edge furniture has been my goal, technique and pleasure to look at for all these years.
I envy the woodworkers in the US for the technology at their fingertips, and love them for the feelings in their heart - I experienced a lot of it while mentioning my woodwork in a gardening website 15 years ago.
Please be kind with me - my ignorance in woodworking is far more than my knowledge as I never received education on it, but as the years pass experience lets me add details from unusual sources and hints from other fields.
- Rethymno, Crete, Greece
- Wodworking: making furniture by using materials, plans and techniques that will overcome my ignorance and technical incompetence and provide answers to specific problems .
Not woodworking: ... reading, photography, cooking, stamp collecting, gardening, computerwork ... (too many hobbies to remember them all)
- Favorite Router
- DeWalt 621K, with Trend router bits mainly, and especially router dowel drill bits
- Woodworking Experience (Years)
- more than 30
- First Name
- Dimitri M
"if you think it is important, you will find a way;
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- Dimitri M
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