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Simple Shop Cabinet with a Twist... Twisted Purpose?

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Project by Tim Royal posted 11-21-2014 05:01 AM 2287 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Shopsmith is much revered or much reviled. There seem to only be 2 opinions on the subject. I think they can be a very effective machine, but I really don’t like the table saws for more than some minor work since the tables are small and the tilt system is awkward to say the least. I already have a table saw as you can see in my blog entries, but needed some additional power tools without sacrificing space.

Enter the Shopsmith 10er. The 10er we have provides our small shop with a mediocre 8 1/2 inch table saw, a good drill press, large 12 in. disc sander, lathe and horizontal boring machine all for $80!! Yet even this machine is too large for our shop, hence the choice of a 10er over a Mark V and this project. The 10er also has a cult following of guys who get a lot more out of them than they were originally designed for.

My buddy Dan and I built a small shop cabinet for lathe chisels, misc and blade storage using recycled wood from a desk. This cabinet is exactly the same height as our remodeled stand. We then pulled the original boards off the 10er stand and placed them in storage for posterity then shortened the stand by nearly half, leaving just enough space open on the top to place the drawer cabinet then added locking casters after remounting the machine. This gave us a very mobile base and a great deal more storage. The real bonus is the tiny footprint and the fact that with the machine laid out for it’s horizontal functions it is actually far more stable than the stock setup or a Mark V!

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton





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BAKTHAVATHSAL KADAMBI

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 09:25 AM

WOW! i loved the concept and the way you built it. Thanks for sharing the idea. Do you have a detailed blog on this project? or a Youtube of its working? please let me know. I always look for multipurpose work tables as most DIY workshop is short of space all the times.

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 02:05 PM

What a great idea. Taking up too much space is not a complaint you often hear about SS but in your case it is an issue and this is just plain clever. I well know the some love it-some hate it thing. I used to be one of the latter and am now one of the former, so much so that I can be like a reformed smoker sometimes.

I have a fully stocked stand alone shop at home in BC and a ShopSmith based garage shop at my winter place in Az and I find that I can do everything here (Az at the moment) that I can at home with all those tools.

Great thinking on this one.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Tim Royal

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 06:29 PM


WOW! i loved the concept and the way you built it. Thanks for sharing the idea. Do you have a detailed blog on this project? or a Youtube of its working? please let me know. I always look for multipurpose work tables as most DIY workshop is short of space all the times.

- BAKTHAVATHSAL KADAMBI

Bakthavathsal-
Thanks for the compliment. I have to admit I approached this with a concept, tape measure, the stock I had on hand (the drawers were well made and so I wanted to reuse them) and basically designed the whole project at the tablesaw. I can take measurements if you wish but the height especially will vary as not all the 10ers use the factory casters (mine didn’t). I can measure it over the next couple days and give you some basics.

Grace and Peace, Tim

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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Tim Royal

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 06:38 PM



What a great idea. Taking up too much space is not a complaint you often hear about SS but in your case it is an issue and this is just plain clever. I well know the some love it-some hate it thing. I used to be one of the latter and am now one of the former, so much so that I can be like a reformed smoker sometimes.

I have a fully stocked stand alone shop at home in BC and a ShopSmith based garage shop at my winter place in Az and I find that I can do everything here (Az at the moment) that I can at home with all those tools.

Great thinking on this one.

- shipwright

Wow, thanks Paul! I have my eye on your thickness sander as my next SS project as it should work just as well on the 10er and I am also going to try and incorporate your wagon vises into the top of my tablesaw station since I have nowhere to put a traditional bench for my hand tool work. Mounting vise hardware to such a station is problematic, but your solution has had me thinking and planning for awhile. That design is on paper and I’m hoping that it is well thought out! We’ll see as it moves into reality.

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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