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My walk-out basement shop is 360 square feet. The problem is, I have about 600 square feet worth of equipment crammed into it! Much of which is not yet in service.

Back in 2012, when I started getting more serious about woodworking, I began equipping my shop with Shopsmith equipment. The current Shopsmith stable includes a Mark V model 520 with jointer and speed reducer, a bandsaw on a Power Station, a stand-alone overarm pin router, a Pro Planer, and a jigsaw on a power stand. All of that is in service. A vintage Shopsmith 10E, a 10ER, and a strip sander are awaiting rebuild – the 10E will be a dedicated drill press.

Also currently in service are a 2HP cannister dust collector, an overhead air filtration unit, and a 10/20” drum sander, all from Jet.

Machines awaiting commissioning include a new Powermatic PM2000 cabinet saw, a new Jet 14” bandsaw, and a 1970’s vintage 3 hp DeWalt 3516 14” industrial radial arm saw. At about a third of list price, the deals on the new machines were just too good to pass up, even though the shop wasn’t ready for them yet.

Also awaiting rebuild are two 1950’s vintage Dewalt MBF 9” radial arm saws, a 1940’s vintage DeWalt MMB 8” RAS, and a 1930’s vintage 6” x 60” long-bed jointer. In mid-rebuild is a very pretty early-40’s Craftsman 10” x 52” lathe, manufactured by Atlas Press. As you can probably tell, I really like “old arn”.

Plus the usual assortment of handheld power tools, and a growing collection of vintage handplanes and such.

I have a computer layout that says all this stuff will actually fit in my shop, along with a couple workbenches, a 400 board-foot lumber rack, and even some room to work. But the current reality is that much of it isn’t where it needs to be, so it can be pretty hard to find enough room to work.

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll


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#1 posted 03-27-2019 10:23 PM

sounds like some very cool tools dennis but we gotta see it too believe,show and tell here.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 03-28-2019 12:56 PM

Thanks for the welcome, Larry!

I found a few decent pics of my equipment, and uploaded them. The overarm pin router is rather interesting. It has a Porter Cable 690 in the overarm, a big 3-1/4 Triton undertable, and that nice Jessem fence & guides. There’s not much you can’t do with that setup.

I’ll update the pics as I get my shop organized, and the rest of the equipment in service.

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#3 posted 03-28-2019 02:15 PM

Welcome 2 LJ’s Dennis …. great tools and a GREAT SHOP :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 03-28-2019 02:43 PM

thanks for the pic’s dennis,i really love that dewalt RAS ive used radial arm saws since i was in middle school,seems many here though frown on them as a dangerous tool but mine gets used every time im in the shop.that pin router is interesting too never really looked into them.well looks like youve got what in takes to make some serious dust,enjoy the forum.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 03-28-2019 04:30 PM

Yes, RAS’s definitely have a bad reputation. Which is great for those of us who appreciate them … we can buy industrial-grade, solid cast-iron RAS’s for about the cost of a good blade! But if you buy a flimsy RAS, or put an aggressive table-saw blade on it, or don’t align it properly, or simply don’t know how to use it properly, they can indeed be frustrating, inaccurate, and/or unnecessarily dangerous. There’s a lot of bad information on YouTube on how to use them.

The RAS in my photo is a 1976-vintage DeWalt 3516, with a 3 hp motor, 14” blade, and 24” crosscut capacity. My strategy is to do most crosscutting on an RAS, and then I don’t need a wide footprint for crosscutting on the tablesaw.

And thanks for the welcome, Tony. My shop has the potential to be great, but right now it’s a cluttered MESS!

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#6 posted 03-28-2019 06:29 PM

Looks like a lot of great tools…..wheels man, that’s the answer…..wheel in what you are going to be using and out what you are going to use next time….
Thanks for showing….Welcome to LJ’s

-- Mike

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#7 posted 03-29-2019 12:22 AM

Thanks Mike, I’m a wheel guy too. Just about everything in my shop is mobile. IF I can find room to wheel it, that is. In nice weather, the patio just outside of the French doors is a wonderful place to work. Unfortunately, the door threshold is about 2” above the shop floor. The Shopsmiths aren’t too hard to get outside, but the big machines are a whole different matter.

But once everything is in it’s proper place, only the planer should have to be wheeled out to use. Unless I need full access to the lumber rack, anyway. Then a few small machines need to be wheeled out of the way.

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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