Hello from Arkansas
I have been working in wood since I was discharged from USMC and going to work for Nothrop Corp in 1968.
My first shop consisted of a $29 Sears benchtop tablesaw, a Sears circular saw, a $29 Sears router table, a $29 dovetail jig with a 1/4” comb, and a Sears router. I still have and use this equipment to support my teenage hobby of beekeeping. A friend gave me a Sears wood lathe.
In 1978, I added a Delta 10” 5 hp Unisaw, a Dewalt 720 Powershop radial arm saw, a Delta floor mounted drill press, and a Delta 14” bandsaw.
Later additions are a 6” Grizzly jointer, a Delta 12” planer, a Porter-Cable biscuit joiner, a Porter-Cable router table, several belt sanders and several additional routers.
I enjoy designing projects; work benches, boxes, etc. In addition, I go through my old woodworking project books making new plans that eliminate errors in the original prints. One interesting example was a porch glider that wouldn’t glide because the pivots weren’t properly dimensioned. Because of this, they would bind.
I have designed projects for several people. I do this without charge because I have fun doing it.
My most current project is a new router table. I’ve been through several evolutions design-wise, but have settled on one that is based on a design published in American Woodworker and I've included some of Patrick Spielman’s devices; split fence, horizontal router mount, inverted pin routing fixture. These are all described in Spielman’s 1988 Router Jigs & Techniques book.
With the special prices Rockler has this month, I ordered their package #1 laminate table and a group b insert. I don’t think I could make my own top and insert for the sale price. I can now finalize the design.