My Take on the Restricted Space/Budget Shop. #4: Garage to Shop in 2 1/2 Minutes

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 02-11-2015 12:48 AM 2977 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a fun little video I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. It is what I do every morning (with slight variations) when I’m in Green Valley. In this case I needed the belt sander first but it could just as easily have been the bandsaw or one of the other SPT’s. I always set up the SS for table saw when I first pull it out. That accounts for a couple of extra moves in this case.

I was going to do another one when I put it all away tonight but you can just run this one in reverse and imagine me sweeping up under the SS for a minute or two. The one thing that SS is bad at is dust collection on the TS. The dust collector gets the fines but a fair bit of the heavier sawdust escapes. .... no big deal.

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-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 01:16 AM

Shopsmiths are great! Yours seemed to roll really easy…do you have the upgraded wheels?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 02-11-2015 01:27 AM

looks like you have it down to a science…your legs are looking pretty buff there paul, lots of walking the green huh…i have to say watching you move and do all you did, made my back hurt…lol…i will never take a good back for granite , thanks for the morning walk…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-11-2015 01:47 AM


I have to admire the innovation and effort it takes to do what I know you can do, with a Shopsmith and the limited resources you have in Arizona. To me that says dedication to the craft and working with what is available. I love it. In my life I have worked out of closets, carports, garages, borrowed buildings, whatever I could find to help me do what I wanted to do. I gave away my Shopsmith many years ago, because I found it frustrating to try to change over to different tools, yet I know that it CAN be a very versatile machine for someone in a limited space. I preferred to have dedicated machines for various functions and worked to that end and I will say I am grateful for the privilege of having that situation. I totally appreciate the thought that went in to having 2 locations for continuing your woodworking passion. I am faced with something like that right now as my wife and I are planning a cross country RV trip and I am wondering what I am going to do on the way? I joked about taking up whittling again. Hey maybe I can come visit you when we come through Arizona. Nahhh you’ll probably be back in Canada.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 02:03 AM

Man you’re just to dammed organised Paul :)
I can see why it’s no problem for you to play in your “winter over” shop, guess we wouldn’t have expected anything less form you mate, well done

BTW: great video really enjoyed a peep so to speak

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 02-11-2015 03:33 AM


You have it down to a science! Something to be said about a tool that does it all in the hands of a master.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 02-11-2015 04:16 AM

It takes me longer to turn the lights on and figure out what I am going to do and I just hope the Elfs didn’t make some changes over night .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 02-11-2015 10:40 AM

Sweet set-up Paul. I wish I could wear shorts in the winter!

Ken Two good alternatives for an RV would be scroll sawing and figure carving.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-11-2015 11:54 AM

What an efficient setup Paul :) But wait, where’s the Chevy? ;)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#9 posted 02-11-2015 12:40 PM

Large or small, it’s all good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 02-11-2015 01:13 PM

Great video and well planned and organized shop. I would probably have started off by backing over the camera. Sure beats doing without a shop at all when away from the main shop! I get withdrawal symptoms after about a week away.


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#11 posted 02-11-2015 02:46 PM

You certainly are set up nice. And yes, it is nice to wear shorts in the winter. The trade is I don’t have a cool place to go to in the summer. I wouldn’t show a picture of my “shop” right now, it’s just piled with stuff, and no cars can get in.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 02-11-2015 09:21 PM

Bravo….. nicely done.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#13 posted 02-11-2015 10:57 PM

The order and purpose of your daily routine is evident in everything you post including the blogs.
I’m more along the routine of Mr. Kiefer.
Thanks for posting,

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#14 posted 02-18-2015 09:43 PM

Paul, I think that you are my biggest inspiration on LJ’s and that is saying something since this site is so inspiring in general! Even though your skills far exceed mine, you always make things seem accessible to this poor schlep… LOL. Great video and I really enjoyed the whole blog series as I have all of your bogs and projects.

-- -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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