Shop Stuff. #2: Got TS, Now for the rest

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Blog entry by rsmith71 posted 01-31-2010 10:39 PM 820 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: New (To me) Table Saw. Part 2 of Shop Stuff. series Part 3: Now what? »

I went ahead and helped a friend as well as myself out this weekend. He had a Delta Contractor Saw and needed to sell it. I’ve been making do with a Craftsman portble. I bought because up until 4 months ago the house we lived in didn’t have garage, just a carport. All my larger tools had to be portable enough to store in our laundry room. Made it hard to get motivated on more intricate projects like my game boards because every hour or two spent working cost an hour of set up and tear down. One major requirement when we decided to move was a garage or outbuilding for dedicated shop, even if small.
Now I share a two car garage with my wife’s SUV. Small space but I’m thrilled to be able to work on something till I’m tired or frustrated, leave it and pick up where I stopped later. It’ll take awhile to get organized the way I think I want it. I hope nobody here minds blatant plagarism because I’m picking up idea after idea for benches, worktables, racks, etc. Like a kid in a candy store, I want that and that and that!!
If you”ve seen my workshop so far it is soon to be unrecognizable. As quickly as I can find the time, I’m going to start redoing everything. Then, I’ve found tons of other ideas to ‘borrow’. Thanks for the warm reception here and I’ll post the progress.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#1 posted 02-01-2010 04:03 AM

I’ll give you my opinion about building your shop. You are certainly free to totally dismiss my ideas.

Obviously, you have limited space. If that will be the case for the foreseeable future, I would recommend buying a good used Shopsmith. I would also recommend buying a good, yet modestly priced table saw and I would recommend building a mid-sized workbench. It does not look like you have much working surface in your shop.

Those 3 additions and the tools you already have should do you nicely for quite awhile.

I think ShopSmith does a pretty good job at a number of things – but not as a table saw. It could be your lathe, big drill press, and horizontal boring machine. With available accessories, you could have an acceptable belt sander, jointer, and bandsaw. You should be able to get by with the 510 version. Good used ones are available on e-bay and Craig’s list.

I only recommend ShopSmith when space is an issue and I always recommend not using it as your table saw. Yours looks like a situation where it would be a good fit.

You also need to get a little better organized. Build some storage units for the stuff you need (think about some overhead storage) and get rid of the stuff you really don’t need. A mid-sized workbench with storage underneath would be a good start.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 04:09 AM

hey Robert
You didn’t start with the saw your started with a much more important tool Talent

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#3 posted 02-01-2010 07:29 AM

Thanks Jim.
Rich, I’ve looked at ShopSmiths over the years and I don’t think it’s for me. They are great machines for those who like them, I’m not knocking them. I just see another direction for me. And I never dismiss the input of other craftsmen, the man who won’t listen won’t learn. I have a layout in mind for what I want to do with the space and if turns out it didn;t work, well it won’t be the first project of mine that went south in a hurry.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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