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Dave G

332 posts in 2012 days

#1 posted 11-01-2012 11:01 PM

Big picture: the skill of the woodworker is more powerful than the tool. Therefore it boils down to your own personal preferences. I’d say that if you’re like your Dad, you’ll probably like the tool.

A garage bay is plenty big enough for full size table saw and workbench and router table and lathe and bandsaw and one or two other pieces, if you’re willing to give it up entirely to the shop. I found in these tiny New England homes that I only need floorspace to fit my feet and the work floats around off the floor from tool to tool. Any ONE of those pieces could run you what the Shopsmith will so realistically you’re not risking much. (Sorry if I burst your notion about getting cheap tools.) I would wager that if you like the Shopsmith and keep working the wood you’ll go for those other tools anyway and take over the garage.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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