|Workshop by fatman51||posted 05-16-2013 08:20 PM||1463 reads||0 times favorited||3 comments|
My work shop is in the front half of an old trailer house. I have an old livery building, 12×40 that is slated to become my workshop eventually, but for now, everything is packed into a 12 by seventeen area. My ideal workshop would be wider than 12 feet, say 20 by 24 but it is hard to justify constructing a new building when I have buildings available.
In any case, the long, narrow shop works out well with my old Dewalt Power Shop 1400 radial arm saw, which does a great deal of precision work, including thickness planing. I would love to replace it with the Power Shop 1501 but I have no complaints about the tool i have. The old Craftsman table saw was chosen for its fence system. I have two fences, one set up for the table saw and one set up for the attached cast iron router table. The saw is on its second motor and second arbor but it does a nice job. The old Atlas 6 inch joiner was chosen because it is a very nice, heavy, old tool. I chose the old Shop Smith 10 ER because I need the versatility in a tight space, the lathe, drill press, and sanding disk get used frequently. I have never used a nicer drill press for woodworking. I have the scroll saw for the 10er and I do use that occasionally. The old 12 inch Craftsman(king Seeley) three wheel band saw has very good after market tires, a 1/2 horse Powr Kraft motor and it does an unbelievably good job for what it is. I can even re-saw small boards with it, though I would like to replace it with a 12 inch two wheel model. The other bench top tools are there to serve a function, 4 inch delta belt/disc sander, old Rockwell ribbon sander, Craftsman Bench top drill press, Ryobi portable router table, and my bench grinders. All of these tools, as with my collection of hand held power tools and hand tools were carefully chosen for their purpose.
The factors that lead me to choose a tool are: economy- cost verses return, economy-floor space verses need, economy/quality-cost verses anticipated lifespan of tool, and lastly the quality of work that I think I can get from a tool with a minimum of fussing around.
I hope that my fellow viewers enjoy seeing my little shop as much as I enjoy looking at the much nicer setups on display on this website.