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  • My Shop
    Some detailed information about my workshop.
    Power Tools
    Routers: Trend T11, DW 621K(european); Bosch GKF600 with both bases. Drills (AEG - overworked, Bosch GSB16RE), radial arm saw (DeWalt 720 - a hero of all times), 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 anothe line to it: "the good craftsman does not rely on bad tools".
    My Shop
    The basement (ground level really) that was intended to be used as a flat for elders or friends visiting and I had confiscated it and converted it to a workshop, is gone back to its original purpose - so now all my tools are in a shed (well insulated and 4 x 4 meters) and I am trying to convert it to some functional workshop. I still do most of the work outside. Older friends here remember my photos under the lemon tree, but from this year they will be under 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 to permit some manoeuvrability in order to finish at least some of the tasks!
  • Woodworker Information
    A few details about myself.
    Biography
    A 67 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 make 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, paintaking and finally rewarding to make it obey and yield its beauty.
    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.
    Location
    Rethymno, Crete, Greece
    Interests
    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.
    Woodworking Experience (Years)
    more than 30
    First Name
    Dimitri
    Country
    Greece
  • Signature
    Dimitri M

    "if you think it is important, you will find a way;
    if you think it is not important, you will find an excuse"

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  • Last Activity: 08-07-2019 02:39 PM
  • Join Date: 10-04-2011
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03-16-2019
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05-11-2016
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08-24-2015
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