small workshop ideas #2: Shopsmith, Miter Saw and Wood buy

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 04-14-2017 11:40 AM 2888 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Worshop Number 5 is the one car garage 13 by 21 and space is like everyone …use every inch. I have found a $15 nice deal on scrap from a furniture company that sells strips and I bought the load finally. It took three trips to get it to my home/ driveway. 3 inch wide, 2 inch wide all hardwood and then the too small except for fires pile. So for 3 days I have been with the miter saw cutting lengths and prepping everything and storing. My plan was to cut most to 4 ft. lengths of the good stuff, anything already at 6 ft. keep, cut some at 3 ft and 5 ft. of the 3 inch and 2 inch. and all the fire to small lengths and wrap in duct tape to get under control. So far I have given away four bundles of fire wood to a friend and have 7 in the trail blazer waiting to go…somewhere. There are piles in my basement, stock in the garage and tall standing in the shed I share with the church. 2 barrels have small stock. Now the wood base and boxes for the miter saw worked great for portable stand. I set it right at the garage door, one day on the workmate outdoor, in this picture on the Shopsmith and with my dust hose I have quite a barrel full in my separator. All in all very pleased with my $15 load and thinking of projects, tables and blanket chests and some gifts.

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 01:46 PM

I like that kind of deal!

Looking forward to see what you make of it.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 06:15 PM

All that great wood, now get er done LOL :=]
Run that Shopsmith till it’s red hot.

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 06:23 PM

Heck of a HAUL!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 04-15-2017 11:27 AM

It’s hard to pass over a deal like that. You have your work cut out for you for sure! All hardwood nice! Like a dream come true!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 04-15-2017 06:04 PM

Here it comes. One busy week. A big total of over 50 each 4 ft. pieces, 3 ft, and 5 ft pieces all 3 inch wide.
In 2 inch wide most I cut at 3 ft. and counted about 50 some pieces. Anything that was 6 feet already I put into the shed and that was about 25 pieces. Bundles of 2 inch are in the basement and shed maybe 4. In the small strip pile I saved a dozen inch wide for poles of some use all 8 ft. and the rest went into bundles and bundles of firewood. I counted 5 I gave away and just for lack of space and time the trunk of the trail blazer has maybe 8 bundles most 2 ft. Two barrels are full of short cut offs ready for fires, last night was fire number one and it burned bright and hot in the wire burner. See my project of the 5 ft. Bench. I am ready to remake my Adirondack chairs from the pine of 20 years ago and it seems they may end up in hardwood. I already glued strips together for one project and trying to list more when I can. More than I can think of for the dollars…tired of cutting wood believe it or not.

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 03:42 AM


-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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