I need heat, and better dust collection too, so the cyclone and gas heater get my votes. So do books, so I can be woodworking when not in the shop
I'd love a SawStop PCS--The nicked tip of my right middle finger is a constant reminder of how potentially dangerous the table saw can be if misused or incorrectly used, and I have been leaning to this option over the Delta or Powermatic versions because of the safety feature.
Oh and I forgot to vote for a Rigid Spindle Sander
I am a handtooler, and one that I have been coveting is the Lie Nielsen Chisel Plane. I was surprized not to see it on the poll
Time, Time, and more Time to do more woodworking is at the top of my list, but after that:
LIe Nielsen Low angle Jack Plane
Veritas Shoulder plane
Tom Figden's new book
Additional diamond stone
Oh and did I mention more time for woodworking?
This is the style that first drew me to woodowrking. I have visited Craftsman Farms, the Gambel house, and would love to receive this book to make some of those pieces for my own home.
I have worked a lot with plywood and have never really felt I understood the material well enough to predict how it will work in a piece. I'd love to have this DVD to see what I can learn.
I would like to endorse and second Dan's Thank you. Recently, I was going through a slump in my woodworking and Fine Woodworking and Fine Woodworking books helped me out of it; theu are one of the touchstone sources of information for me. I lucked into a full set of FWW early on in my adventures in woodworking, and the ever growing (and groaning) shelves that hold them have been a huge resource for my woodworking. Keep up the good work.
Under the somnolent effect of too much turkey, I happened to thinking the deep thoughts of the directions I would like my woodworking to take, and a greater emphasis and reliance on handtools looms large in that vision. I have a similar plastin bin setup as JLYoung, so I too am excited about Tom's project. I also am short of space, and I was wondering if a picture or plans of the bench hook approach might be included, if only to convince us space-sparse folks what we would be missing if we didn't spring for the full on bench.
My wife and I recently entered into a discussion about "high" art vs "craft" art, and why there are so many art museums, but so relatively few crafts museums. . We had visited a contemporary gallery here in Denver and noted that for us, some hint of the artist's intent vis-a-vis materials selection, craftsmanship, and functional purpose really made the difference between a piece speaking to us or not. I have always been interested in the tensions inherent in the division of furniture design and construction into the "art" or "studio" furniture approach, in which the maker looks to address form from a perspective in which functionality is less a concern, and more traditional, craft-driven approaches, where function and aesthetic demands are equally balanced. I am looking forward to delving into this set, as it follows a FWW tradition in exploring and illustrating these tensions.
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