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Update: 8/17/2017 I have moved to Windsor, CO! Updated pics coming soon. (Once the re-organization is complete)

I am still using 1 Part of my 3 Car Garage. I do share with with my truck and my wife’s Car, I can expand out to where my truck and her car are normally parked but everything needs to get cleaned up and put away each night. Unless it’s a big project and we agree that leaving the vehicles out is better.

This is my 1955 Shopsmith restored in 2012

Here is a before pic.

I inherited this Shopsmith from my Dad in 2001 after they sold the house I grew up in and he didn’t want to mess with moving it. My dad received the Shopsmith from his Father -In-Law (My Papa) in 1970. I still remember the ride to Arcadia CA to pick it up. Papa was the original owner and I still have the “Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone” 1st edition that came with it. I learned power tool wood working on this machine.

Special Purpose Tools for the Shopsmith

4” Jointer 1950s original (Blades need sharpening)
Jigsaw (precursor to the modern scroll saw) 1950s Original
11” Bandsaw with 6” resaw capacity

Most of my tools are either inherited or hand me downs acquired for the right price. (Labor to rehabilitate them)

Here are some more pics after a recent reorganization and general cleaning.
Starting with the left side of the shop
Is a worktable (Hand me down from my son who, once he moved had no room for this and another (not pictured) All I had to do was drive 2 hrs to pick them up.

On that table is a 1939 Dunlap 9” x 45” midi lathe This is also a hand me down from one of my son’s friends. He said it was Grandfathers. It also came with a decent set of Craftsman Chrome Vanadium Turning tools.

In the center is a shop made tool stand/work table that holds my Craftsman SCMS. Material was leftovers from a library upgrade project. It is 1 inch thick particle board covered with Formica. It does the job of holding tools and providing a flat work surface. I may end up cutting this in half and making 2 mobile tool stands.

On the right is my Shopsmith and storage cart

The Shopsmith Special Purpose Tool (SPT) storage cart was originally a standalone Jigsaw stand and storage, I needed more storage space for SPTs and I needed a motor for the Dunlap, So I reconfigured this cart to serve strictly as storage. The cart was originally constructed n the 1950s By Papa.

On the opposite side of the shop (Not pictured) is an old dresser that was left in this house when we moved in. I use it for hand tool and miscellaneous storage. There is also my Craftsman tools chests with various other small hand tools, wrenches, screwdrivers etc. I also have a folding ping pong table that serves not only a s a great recreational item but a folding assembly table and sheet goods storage.

I am mostly a home handyman and hobbyist woodworker making small projects.

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 08-08-2012 06:47 PM

How can I delete something??

-- - Terry

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 01:49 AM

Terry—You can edit your profile and workshop, adding or deleting whatever you wish.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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