I’ve had the privilege of living through what I believe has been the golden age of home-shop woodworking. When I started out, I worked in a professional cabinet shop and had access to power tools that the hobbyist often found too expensive to be practical. But over the years, versions of those pro-shop tools have been reengineered for home-shop use. Not only was it fun to see those tools being developed and sold — I had moved into the world of how-to woodworking publishing — but also to watch the quality of those tools improve over time.
Where are we now? The home-shop world of woodworking tools has a scope of products that are simply amazing — so much so that our options can be overwhelming. And even now, the quality of many of the offerings continues to improve. (For one example, check out the article on Nova’s new Neptune lathe in our upcoming February print issue!)
I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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