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I have been a hobby woodworker since I graduated from high school in 1957.
Most of that time, I have had some sort of wood shop that I moved every time I moved. I did that a lot during my 23 years in the USAF. Several years before I retired from the AF, I purchased all of the major equipment I have in my shop today.
I have a nearly complete Shopsmith shop that has been built around a Shopsmith Mark V Model 510 that has now been upgraded to a 520. In addition, I have a Jointer, Surface Planer, Bandsaw, Belt Sander, Power Station setup as a Sanding Station and a miriad of other power and handtools.
I chose the Shopsmith primarily because I had to "keep it small, keep it mobile". I am no longer so mobile as I once was and I am no longer so cramped as I once was but I am hooked. I would not give up my Shopsmith unless I was told that I could never cut, sand or drill another piece of wood in my lifetime. Even then, I could not give it up because I have groomed three potential shop owners of my own. The kids and grand kids use the shop nearly as much as I do. This is a well built machine that I expect to last at least another generation or two.
BTW, my schedule and woodworking needs have first priority in the shop.
Most of the time.
-- Making Sawdust Safely
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