Meet the Wood Whisperer, Marc Spagnuolo

Sunday, November 4, 2007 | Reader Comments | How-To

View Marc's video about how Festool help his "one man shop" work Faster, Easier, Smarter.

Marc Spagnuolo - Play VideoMy name is Marc Spagnuolo, and I am The Wood Whisperer. That still sounds funny to me when I say it! Truthfully, TheWoodWhisperer.com started as a little side project and a means of educating my fellow woodworkers in my spare time. Running a one-man custom furniture shop doesn't usually allow for much fun time. But it didn't take long before my wife and I realized we created a monster. Apparently our timing was very good. There isn't much in the way of quality woodworking programming on the television these days, and our site offers a unique, one-of-a-kind look into the workings of a real shop. Bringing some comedy and my wife into the show have been the icing on the cake. In fact, my wife probably has more fans than I do! But this unexpected mix of fun, family, and quality fine woodworking tips seems to appeal to a wide range of viewers. The site and the show are really just extensions of my life. And with a live webcam in my shop at all times, my life is becoming a completely open book. Or would that be an open tool box?

One of the greatest parts of my job is the fielding of questions from viewers. As a self-confessed power-tool junkie, I constantly get questions about which saw to buy, which sander, etc, and I love every minute of it. My favorite questions, in fact, are the ones about Festool products. When I started my woodworking business several years ago, I decided to invest in my first Festool tools: the TS-55 Circular Saw, the MFT-1080, and the CT-22 dust extractor. I knew I would be cutting a significant amount of veneered sheet-goods and I needed a system that would be easy, accurate, and fast. A panel saw is just too big, too rough, and is pretty much a uni-tasker. The Festool system, however, was compact, easy to use, exceptionally accurate, and could be used for hundreds of other tasks. Processing sheet goods is now a breeze: cut the big sheets down to size on the floor with the TS-55 and a guide, then cross-cut the more manageable pieces on the MFT 1080. For the first time ever, I was whipping out perfectly square panels in one shot, instead of 10, and my back wasn't killing me after a long day in the shop. I am sure you can imagine the time and monetary savings.

And let's not leave out one of the most important aspects of Festool tools: dust collection. As a person with a science background, I am well aware of the dangers of the dust we create as woodworkers. I plan on doing this stuff for a long time and breathing easy the whole way through. As a person who has had plenty of hands on time with numerous popular brands, I can honestly say that Festool's dust collection technology is unmatched. Clearly, dust collection and our safety is a priorty for Festool, instead of an after-thought as it is with most other brands.

My collection of Festool tool's has expanded since those early days and now includes items like the Domino, the OF1400 Plunge Router, and the Rotex sanders. And I could write an entire article on each one of those tools and how they have changed my shop for the better. Its not often that I find a tool company that seems to do everything right. I think many companies are just satisfied with the status quo and forget about innovation. Not so with Festool. My favorite thing about their tools: they always come up with features and innovations that you never knew you needed, and now you can't live without!

If you have any questions about Festool tools and their practical application in a workshop, please feel free to email me at marc@thewoodwhisperer.com or visit our site at http://thewoodwhisperer.com.

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