|Workshop by Ron Messersmith||posted 02-24-2012 05:36 AM||4032 reads||3 times favorited||10 comments|
I recently switched the workhorse of my shop from a MiniMax CU 300 Smart Machine to the SawStop system.
The main reason was because I am switching my focus from furniture to small boxes and toys. The SawStop is more suited for this activity. I also like the quality I see in the saw and the ability to incorporate the Incra fence system with the saw.
My shop is located in a 24×48 building. Primary machinery includes: a 5HP Industrial Saw Stop with Incra Ultra Fence Systrem”, scroll saw,
a Laguna 18” Bandsaw, a Bosch Chop Saw, a Jessem Router Table, a Powermatic Model 3420B wood lathe, a Jet Mini Lathe, and a Legacy Model 900 Ornamental Mill.
Most of my portable tools are in the Festool Family and I have accumulated 45 years hand tools and jigs.
I’m a believer that in order to make a living at woodworking, you have to be involved with repair and restoration. My shop is set up to enable me to handle most any woodworking task requested, from antique restoration to custom woodwork. When I mention woodworking as a profession, I am not including the cabinet making profession. I am not a production shop. That type of woodworking is not what I enjoy doing. I’m very careful when I describe my business to potential customers. I tell them that they would be able to get a kitchen remodeled much cheaper by a production cabinet shop set up for large volume case work. My shop is set up as a woodworking shop. While I have a pretty decent inventory of machinery, much of my work is done with hand tools.