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It has recently become apparent to me that we really have two groups of people in the Router Forums, those who do woodworking for a living (and those who are enjoying a well-earned retirement by spending many hours with woodworking) and have fully equipped shops, and the second group, of which I am a member, those who have day jobs not related directly to woodworking, and spend only a few hours a week at most doing woodworking and may own only one router and perhaps a power saw of some kind, and might not even have a permanent shop.

Would it be worthwhile to have a "Woodworking Professionals" subforum, from which us weekend hobbyists could learn much, and ask questions, try out ideas, etc.?

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I'm researching the building of plantation shutters for the interior of our new home. I've spent 42 years as a professional boat builder in high end yacht construction so I have good skills and understanding of woodworking. If anyone has info on milling slats, let me know. Thanks, Gary
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I am in the hobbyist group and am trying to fill my small shop with the best and affordable tools... I enjoy getting knowledge from this site

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I'm researching the building of plantation shutters for the interior of our new home. I've spent 42 years as a professional boat builder in high end yacht construction so I have good skills and understanding of woodworking. If anyone has info on milling slats, let me know. Thanks, Gary
Hi Gary,
Here is a set of bits from Woodline to make all the parts for Plantation Shutters. There is also the instructions on making the shutters & the jigs you need to make in building them. Norm Abrams built some on his show New Yankee Workshop & there is a DVD available. I have this DVD & it is filled with lots of info you could use in building your own. The wood slat material is available thru some wood mills & all you would need to do is cut to length, build the rest & assemble.

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Woodline USA - Plantation Shutter Set
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New Yankee Workshop - New Yankee Workshop Collection - Plantation Shutters

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My feeling on the different types of woodworkers should make no difference. It would put some of Us in a higher class if We did that. My guess is that You still have one finger that can push a button. and i You have no interest in one group, or another. push! I enjoy all My woodworkers, it makes no difference. This is how We who don't know to much are fed and learn from You who have a lifetime of it.

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My feeling on the different types of woodworkers should make no difference. It would put some of Us in a higher class if We did that. My guess is that You still have one finger that can push a button. and i You have no interest in one group, or another. push! I enjoy all My woodworkers, it makes no difference. This is how We who don't know to much are fed and learn from You who have a lifetime of it.
I very clearly see your point, and I do not disagree with it. I started this thread as a result of looking at the profiles of some members who had particularly insightful posts. I was thinking of perhaps an opportunity for discussion of paycheck-earning woodworking, the needs and methods that might be different from us weekend hobbyists. I do want to reiterate that I do also have the concern of an official two-tier class system, which I do not want.

Thanks for your thoughts. I value them.

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It has recently become apparent to me that we really have two groups of people in the Router Forums, those who do woodworking for a living (and those who are enjoying a well-earned retirement by spending many hours with woodworking) and have fully equipped shops, and the second group, of which I am a member, those who have day jobs not related directly to woodworking, and spend only a few hours a week at most doing woodworking and may own only one router and perhaps a power saw of some kind, and might not even have a permanent shop.

Would it be worthwhile to have a "Woodworking Professionals" subforum, from which us weekend hobbyists could learn much, and ask questions, try out ideas, etc.?
I agree that Pro's should be able to talk to other prq" while letting us amatures look in.
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Makes no difference about two different classes of people either full-time or part-time woodworkers. It is a learning experience for all of us to hear all the opinions, methods, and advice from all without regard to what class they fit in! I enjoy reading the forums and this is my first reply to any post with more to come as I read more of the forums!
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I will 2nd. Marc's post

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Makes no difference about two different classes of people either full-time or part-time woodworkers. It is a learning experience for all of us to hear all the opinions, methods, and advice from all without regard to what class they fit in! I enjoy reading the forums and this is my first reply to any post with more to come as I read more of the forums!



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