Small Shop build in AZ ( from moving it?) #2: Selling My Arm...Selling My Shopsmith, Not in the Club anymore.

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 10-15-2019 01:56 PM 1111 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: selling the wood and tools in PA Part 2 of Small Shop build in AZ ( from moving it?) series Part 3: Can you see the wood? Move to AZ, sell your shop »

Well the big sale happened. I got 3 nice calls for My Shopsmith on the Craigslist ad. At least no scammers, had that before on a $100 workbench, and the sale was a nice negiotiation. So the new owner had a Shopsmith before and wanted another. Now for the Non club members you buy one for space , features, and quality . Quality..ever hear of one burning out, maybe an old green one but they are still coming up on sale lists, watch out they are likely dying and it was a 3/4 hp motor. For anyone who wants to think about it, Look up Shipwrights blog on Garage to Workshop in 2 minutes its a video on utube when he had his Arizona shop and his write up comments on how his respect changed for a Shopsmith quality and features. Mine was a case of house number 2 and the basement so small even my height I could almost touch the floor joists. the floor area was almost 10 by 20. I made 15 adirondack chairs in this shop and had to rip the 1×12 but carefully choose which end of the board to bring in the door first. Back to the sale. I felt the sadness of a major tool being sold off to someone else which I had owned for 20 years and even with almost 1000 in hand, just not the happy feeling. I guess I had counted on this one tool going to the new shop in AZ and still using it with my son and grandson. See the prior blog for the Tuff shed 8×16 it is small but this could do it. I am in a small group who have moved many times ( 5)contrary to many who have maybe 2 moves and are set up in their shop. I get to be cautious with my new funds and really decide what bench I want to build and how big, or what is clutter to dispose of. At 67 it is such an odd but fun feeling starting over. Yes I have been on the Craigslist Ads already for that area browsing for another, but really deciding do I have the space this time and leave myself building space ?

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#1 posted 10-15-2019 02:31 PM

Well, OG2, I hope never to move. We have 3 acres where we are and I’m 2.7 miles from work and 1.5 miles from our church and every kind of shopping and restaurants (if one wants that sort of thing) is within 5 miles, so I plan to stay here the rest of my life. The church has a cemetery too – so maybe stay longer than that – at least in body.

I suppose it is a cleansing thing to get rid of stuff and start over though. I can see that. Of course, we don’t have to move to do that.. but it’s harder to do when you don’t have to.


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

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#2 posted 10-15-2019 09:32 PM

Hey all OGs, ! I too have a home near everything I need, walk to the shops, or drive depending how may tubs of ice cream and potatoes I buy, the cemetery is just up the road, pubs restaurants are all in the shopping complex, trains and buses are also walking distance. No 4 son is 20mins away the rest of the family is 1000kls away.

I too need to do a clean up of timber and start to sell off of my gear as its getting little use as I get older and I am loosing interest in woodwork anyway and concentrating on supporting No 1 sons electric bike business.

I have some stock here now as demonstration models and its getting crowded so something has got to go.

Plus I have a helper that likes not getting sawdust all over her!

The bikes are only 50 Kgs so they are very manageable for me
Here is a road legal SUR RON L1e model.

I think my thicknesser is harder to move about!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 10-15-2019 09:44 PM

i sure hope i never have to go through it either ive accumulated way too much stuff to ever want to pack up,or always seems to go for pennies but comes back dollars,lots of dollars-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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