Just saying hi. I live in the desert in SoCal and have always wanted to get into woodworking. Have a small, but very well equipped shop and am really getting into what you can do with a router. Have a Bosch 1617, Rockler table and lift. Making my first cabinet style tool stand for a sander. Have a DadoWiz and really interested in any suggestions to get best results without destroying downcut bits. Really getting clear that good woodworking is all about precision. Have a really good jointer and planer and that made my first serious project, a table saw outfeed table, fit firmly and exactly. My wife backs me, even hired an electrician to run a 60 amp sub panel to shop in the back. Looking forward to learning from more experienced people.
hi Tom, looked at your bio, and so far you have no real desert address, only that you are probably in the USA. Would be helpful if you were more open about where you actually live. I live near Victorville off of the National Trails Hwy 66.
I included info on 7 species of Desert Rats that actually live in the desert.
Desert Woodrat Species
Neotoma lepida - Desert Woodrat: Found in the Great Basin, Sonoran and Mojave deserts from southern Oregon and Idaho, south through Nevada, western and southern Utah, and southern California to Baja. This Woodrat sometimes appropriates the burrow of a ground squirrel or Kangaroo Rat, and will fortify the entrance with sticks and cactus spines. It is 8.5 to 15 inches long, buff-gray above, gray below, with hind feet white.
Neotoma albigula - White-throated Woodrat: Range includes the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts from extreme southeastern California, across Arizona and New Mexico to west Texas and south to Mexico; also in extreme southern Utah and Colorado.11 to 16 inches, brownish gray above, white or gray below; feet are white. Generally chooses the base of a prickly pear or cholla cactus as the site for its home. Will more rarely use rocky crevices or underground chambers in extremely hot desert regions.
Neotoma cinera - North American Woodrat: Occupies the Great Basin Desert from extreme northern New Mexico and Arizona, north to Canada.
Neotoma devia: Found only in, and slightly north of, the Sonoran Desert of extreme western Arizona.
Neotoma mexicana: Found in a narrow strip of the Chihuahuan Desert of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico, south to Mexico.
Neotoma micropus: Found in the Chihuahuan Desert throughout New Mexico and western Texas, south into Mexico.
Neotoma stephensi: Found only in a small inter-desert region of central Arizona.
-- A.R. Royo