Woodistry Shop Tour
One of the companies whose tools I use has a slogan: "Quality
is contagious". I use high quality equipment, and I
believe my work reflects that.
The centerpiece of my studio is a high precision Austrian made Felder KF700S Pro saw/shaper which weighs in at about 1800 lbs. These machines are built with both accuracy and safety in mind.
Since it's a European saw, it comes with a splitter which tracks the blade movement and is very (about 1/8") close to it. This is extremely important for safety reasons. The slider is also very close to the blade - about 1/8" away - which insures smooth and precise cutting. Cutting panels on this machine is fairly easy.
I have two flavors of benches designed by Ian Kirby - a maple topped bench with a douglas fir base and a MDF veneer press bench. To be honest I don't currently do a lot of veneering. If I did I would probably invest in a vacuum bag veneer press. That was what Ian actually recommended to me when I spoke with him here in my shop.
Of course, studying under Ian Kirby I developed a love of hand tools, so I have an ample assortment with plenty of Record hand-planes.
Tommy and Bobby