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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-30-2012, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Greetings from Western Australia

Hi all, I just want to introduce myself as a new member.
I live in Mandurah Western Australia, have recently retired from my life long career as a Structural Engineer.
I started life as an apprentice Carpenter and Joiner, studied hard and long and gained my first degree in Civil Engineering and went on to study for a Master of Engineering Science in Structural Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
I am married, two adult children, no grandchildren as yet and have a life long interest in wood working. I am currently a member of a local woodturning club.
My workshop is not too big (only 5.7m x 7.5m or 18'-6" x 24'-6") in which I have a table saw, lathe, Hammer A3-31 planer thickneser, drill press and 14" Jet bandsaw
and Powermatic PM701 morticer (on its way). I have a ducted 3hp cyclone dust collection system with the cyclone outside in a separate enclosure with twin pleated filters a la Bill Pentz.
My interest in routers goes back about 12years when I bought my Makita 3600BR router and learned about the use of template guides (bushes) and have used them quite a bit to make a morticing jig and other jigs including a template for bed brackets.
As I am about to build a router table I have recently bought a Dewalt 625EK var speed router and intend to buy the Woodpecker Unilift to compliment it.

Well I hope that gives a bit of background.

All the best
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Welcome to the forum John from me just up the road in Rockingham WA and I'm sure from all other members. You really are well set up with size of shed, tools and experience. Just one thing John, in a day or two your great introduction will have fallen off the pages, never to be seen again by most members so how about putting it all in your public profile where members wishing to answer any of your future posts will have easy access to see if they know more or less than you which will of course determine their answer. It will also stop American, Canadian, British, French, Greek and Japanese etc. members from suggesting sources for purchasing items for which you've asked for quoting their respective countries. Photo-shoots showing HOW a member has made a project are so much better than a simple show and tell so I hope you have a camera John!


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G'day, John, welcome to the forum

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John, when you said Makita router it warmed Harry's heart; they are his favorites. Welcome.

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Welcome! Although I'm stuck in the UK, I'm an honorary member of the "Bridgetown's Grumpy Old Men" woodworking club in WA (we spent 6 weeks in WA and would have loved to have just stayed permanently, but I think the Oz government would have had something to say about it!)

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 11:57 PM
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John I'm in Brisbane. I have the woodpecker in a table I made myself although I have the big Triton in it. You will like the Woodpecker once it's installed. Installation is a bit fidly getting it perfectly level with the top but worth it in the end.

Best regards Jeff
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