Over the weekend I made a lot of progress on the shop clearing out two more steel shelving units, leaving only one to clear out and move out. As part of the continued purging, I decided to dismantle my second Shopsmith, give away the bench (I love FREE signs on stuff – it’s how I get rid of SO much stuff!!!) from the Shopsmith. I am keeping my first Shopsmith, for now, but as I acquire more tools I begin to think that the 6 foot long by 30” wide machine is a huge space drain for its few uses. Right now, it will serve as a jointer for my shop, primarily.
There is enough space for me to actually do a bit of woodwork like building the bench I need as well as the “Lazy Susan” project that will hold four of my benchtop tools.
3. Drill press
4. Belt/Disc sander
Once I have those two benches built, my next project will be the “Murphy Bed” for my table saw. Until I can get my hands on a nice cabinet table saw like a Delta Unisaw or a similar high quality cabinet saw, the little Craftsman saw I have in the pictures.
I have a lot of ideas, and I could probably spend two years building cabinets, storage, etc. and never make any “pretty” and creative things. So, instead, I will build the benches and other stuff I need to begin to make some fun, interesting and creative items, and in-between I will continue making some of the shop stuff I want/need.
The shop is fully measured, so are the tools, so now I can begin sizing the shop areas and see where things will fit best and give me good “flow” through the shop.
Here’s a few pictures of the shop area and some of the tools that will eventually be placed about the shop floor, on benches, in cabinets and so on…
East end of the shop – rollup garage door
West end of the shop – reloading bench right now…
Lathe (1951 Craftsman) & ShopSmith 10ER (1953?) on the north wall
Tools, tools and tools…
Next weekend, yes, Christmas weekend, I will be building the “basic” bench and will begin on the “Lazy Susan” bench too.
Have a great week and keep on making sawdust!
-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/