New to the Forum but my connection to wood began as a Pattern Maker in a plastics company some 35 years ago. Iím no longer a Pattern Maker but over the years, Iíve continued producing furniture and home dťcor products to fund upgrades to a modest shop. My equipment covers the basics and a little more, Table Saw, Planer, Jointer, Shaper/Cutters, Small Molder, Mortiser, Radial Saw, Band Saw, Lathe, Routers/Bits, homemade/purchased jigs & fixtures, etc.
Iíve managed to establish contacts with reasonably local sawyers/kiln operators and maintain an inventory of about 1,000bf of rough lumber in the shop ranging from 4/4 to 8/4 - White Oak, Cherry, Hard/Spalted Maple, Willow, Poplar, Sassafras, and very small mix of exotics. My shop isnít huge but it is a dedicated shop and I have to admit to having things pretty good. My wife refers to the shop as Tomís play house but at least she always knows where to find me.
Iíve just completed a few custom Walnut console covers for 83 and 84 Hurst Olds ďLightening RodĒ shifters replacing original factory plastic covers. I promise to post pics. for comments/suggestions. My wife doesnít like the 7 coat Lacquer finish that she insists looks like glass instead of wood Ė but her opinion is jaded by hand rubbed finishes.
My work comes primarily word of mouth but somehow this has recently spread out of Pennsylvania into Maryland and Washington D.C. Iíve scanned many of the Forumís boards and really appreciate the work of other members who have a lot less "stuff" than I have at my disposal, and the knowledge being shared. Hopefully I can contribute something that will prove useful to others while gaining some additional knowledge as well.