Hello, my name is John D'Amico, I am a retired general contractor and I’ve been woodworking since the age of nine. I was lucky enough to have a friend whose father’s hobby was woodworking. We would always hang out in his shop and help him out or tinker about ourselves. He introduced us to many different tools, one of our favorites was the lathe. He also introduced us to hand tools and as we got older and he let us use his radial arm saw with his supervision. That led me to signing up for woodshop classes all throughout junior high and high school. As I reached my late 20s and actually had some extra money I purchased a Total Shop, a less expensive version of a Shop Smith universal machine. I used that tool for many years with all of its versatility, lathe, table saw, drill press, band saw attachment, etc. The next big purchase was a Sears Craftsman contractors table saw which actually came with a Biesemeyer fence. I still have that table saw, now back-to-back with my Powermatic 2000. Diane and I moved to Alamo, CA in 2007 and I finally had space, never enough, but the dream shop was now in the works. I outfitted the shop over the years and have it pretty dialed in but there is always room for improvement. My shop is one of my favorite places to be.
I have built many things over the years and I am always seeking out new things or new techniques to learn. I have been attending the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and Time-Honored Crafts since 2006. I now have 24 classes under my belt and am headed back in September for the last class of the year for me. It is a truly magical place and I would guarantee that if you go once, you will be going back with anticipation for your next class. I have made some great memories at the school and have been taught by some of the best woodworkers on the planet.
I am looking forward to spending more time in the shop in the coming years. Over the last seven years my focus has been on triathlon and completing my first full Ironman back in 2016 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. My final race this year is in Milwaukee, WI at the Age Group Nationals on August 6th. I will be limiting my racing next year so I have more time to create new projects in the shop and perhaps collaborate with some fellow woodworkers from the club. I humbly look forward to meeting and learning from some of you in the coming months!
For the Shop Tour, I’ll give you a short introduction and my experience level. I’ll share thoughts on my next project – a Greene & Greene style set of bedroom furniture. I’ll discuss my shop layout, why it works for me and how to improve on it, and share some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years on my own and at MASW. I’ll discuss my affinity for quality and well thought out tools, and discuss sharing and giving back to the woodworking community.