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04-09-2010 08:23 PM

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Was sitting here planning the layout for my new shop. When I got to thinking about how to lay out the different tools that I have. It got me thinking about how many different tools I use on a daily bases for one thing or another. The only machines I don’t flip a switch on daily are the lathe and scroll saw. I don’t even want to mention the different hand tools that would probably fill a wheelbarrow. So my thought was if I had to downsize my tool inventory what tool could I do without if had to? My mind started racing cause I love all my tools. Man I’ve come a long way from the days when all I had was a hammer, a jig saw and a tape measure. What could you do without?

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#1 posted 04-09-2010 08:52 PM

For me, the first tool to go would be my scroll saw. I’ve never become a true scroller and I am sure I never will. After that, I would have trouble betting rid of any major tool.

I currently use 2 band saws because I had changing band saw blades. One is a heavy duty 18 inch BS that I use with a 3/4 blade for resawing and other heavy duty stuff. The second is a small BS that I use with a 3/16” blade and a Carter stabilizer for more intricate work. In theory, I could give up the small one.

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

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#2 posted 04-09-2010 09:08 PM

3 years ago I had a shop that was 26’x36’ with 9’ walls and an open loft area of 20’x20’. I sold my house and now have a 22’x22’ garage with 7’ high wallls. talk about 10 of sh—in a 5 lb. bag. it took a year to throw away most of my custom cabinets and reorganize things to fit. I still have my lathe in storage and not sure if i will ever get it in here. I do have a 6’ legacy ornamental machine so it made the lathe all but obsolete in my shop. other than that, i wouldn’t give up reorganizing untill i got everything in the “5 lb. bag”. The only other thing I gave up was counter top (& workbench) space. the only flat space I have is my workbench (30”x72” and tablesaw top, oh, and the small areas of open floor space.

here’s a quick list of all power tools
TS with router table built in
2 HP dust collector
small air compressor
lumbercart with plywood and long board storage
lower mechanic’s tool box (30”x72”) mitersaw on top of this
lots of clamps and handtools
and last but not least a refrigerator

so who could give up one of their kids?

-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 05:33 PM

Maybe you should decide what you MUST keep instead of what you can do without. That approach usually works better for me.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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