|36" Harbor Freight Wood Lathe
Bought this in the summer of 2011 at the Harbor Freight store in Sarasota, Florida. Assembly was a bit challenging, but it runs smoothly, and as several other woodworkers have indicated, it's one of those special Harbor Freight deals that's actually worth much more than the price. The only quibble I have with it is that it will not run slowly enough to do larger pieces. The slowest it can go is 600 rpm.
Bought it direct from Grizzly in late 2012, as part of a conscious effort to upgrade my shop and get serious about this hobby. It was delivered to the garage of the house in Roswell. Getting it into the basement shop alone was an adventure. I rolled it down the side hill to get it into the basement door on a dolly, by myself. It fell over in the yard. Nothing broke. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than smart.
|Bench top 10" Drill Press
Bought this at Lowes the summer after I got the Delta table saw. It works, but it's small. I haven't noticed any sloppiness in the motion, bu tthen I'm not hypercritical about these things. It has a laser guide that I almost never use.
|Crosscut Jig #1
Very useful. Made it as a quick and dirty solution in early 2009, approximately.
|Delta Contractor's Table Saw
Bought in January 2008 primarily so I could make a set of blocks for Liam, who was only 18 months old at the time. I used it for four years in the garage of our house in Florida. As of 2013, it is the only table saw I've ever owned. This was the catalyst for me getting into woodworking as a serious hobby.
|Dremel Scroll Saw
Bought this at a big box hardware store back in the early oughts, long before the table saw, the first of my 'real' woodworking tools. When I had to cut curves prior to getting my bandsaw in 2012, this was how I did it. I've never had any trouble with it, but I've never really worked it hard either.
|Lie-Nielsen Medium Shoulder Plane
Bought it straight from LIe-Nielsen via the website. It actually has a slight blemish. the paint on the port side area where the company name is displayd has clearly been touched-up with after-the-fact black paint. But functionally it's fine. I use it a lot for sizing tenons and fitting pieces to dadoes.
|Oscillating Spindle Sander
Bought it at Home Depot in Sarasota, FL in about 2008.
|Stanley No 8 Hand Plane
Purchased it on ebay in 2011. It was in nice shape. It seems to be a No. 7, which places it in the 1892 to 1899 date range.
|Wall Hanging Tool Cabinet
Built it from the Fall of 2012 to the Summer of 2013.