|Workshop by Shopsmithtom||posted 03-10-2007 06:17 AM||3888 reads||1 time favorited||15 comments|
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Well, it’s time to post a couple pics of my shop and of the Shopmiith machines, since they make up the substantial part of my shop. The workshop area itself is in my basement and takes up about a 12×16 foot area. The shopsmiths give me the ability to have more tool capability in a small area. With them I have: table saw, shaper, drill press, lathe, 12” disc sander, drum sander, jig saw, bandsaw, belt sander, and horizontal boring machine, but that’s not why I use them.
I use them instead of separate tools (which I have used, incidentally) because I grew up with the “smith” and it’s simply been a part of my woodworking life from the start.
My oldest machine, a 10ER, was my dads and I learned woodworking on it. I now use it primarily as a dedicated dado saw & I’ve added a second table to it & mounted a router under it.
10ER # 2 is my “low speed” machine with an infinite speed range of about 600 rpm – 6500 rpm, but I use it between about 600 and 1500 rpm for the disk sander and the lathe. I bought it as a couple of boxes of rusty parts & restored it.
Even on these 55 year old machines, it only takes 1 to 2 minutes to change over to a
My newest machine is a 1986 Mark V, 510 that’s been shortened to about 34”. I use it as a table saw & may put a belt sander on it too. Next newest is a 1962 Mark V that is used mostly as a grill press, horizontal borer, for my jointer and bendsaw, and shaper.
My two workbenches are not fancy, but useful. One is a Sjobergs and the other, mounted on Shopsmith caster sets, for mobility, came from a retired guy in the neighborhood.
I’ve been told by lots of woodworking “purists” that a combo machine can’t work as well as separate ones, or be as precise, but here’s what I believe: (and I really don’t want to start a debate, here) Working with (and loving) any style tool is a mindset. There’s no best type except in your own mind, and no one can change that except you, and precision is not in the machine, it’s in the woodworker. There, that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it. -SST… which, of course stands for shopsmithtom
-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you