|Workshop by Shopsmithtom||posted 2556 days ago||2921 reads||1 time favorited||15 comments|
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I’m going to add a note at the top of this page to say that the pics are sadly out of date, but I can’t take any more until the shop is neat enough so as not to be an embarrassment to me in showing them. Since these were taken, I’ve acquired 2 more Smiths. One is a 1986 510 and the other is a 1960 “goldie” Mark 5. Hopefully, I’ll clean things up soon & do more pics. Now, back to my original shop description…
Well, it’s time to post a couple pics of my shop…actually of the 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, 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.
Smith # 1 (tablesaw setup) was my dads and I learned woodworking on it. I now use it primarily as my “high speed” machine (3450 – 6900rpm) as a table saw, and with a shaper attachment.
Smith # 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 sanding, bandsaw, jig saw, drill press, and horizontal boring. 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
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