Small Shop build in AZ ( from moving it?) #5: Starting small AZ Shop..Shopsmith #2

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 11-25-2019 01:43 PM 892 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Welcome to Sunny AZ where at Thanksgiving it is almost 65 and you wear jeans and T shirts mid day. And a new concept to Me, I don’ t have to have the doors closed to my new shop the 8 by 16 Tuff Shed—yes it would be sorta small after one car garages that are 14 by 21—- but this is reality. I can say I have had 2 basement shops so small I could touch the floor joists and 2 one car garage shops so small is in the repertiore. This with its skylight I walked in last week and thought I left a light on. I don’t have power there yet. In the big picture half would be a building area side with narrow wall bench and main bench 8×8 and the Shopsmith and moveable tools on the other 8×8 half as the cutting side and I keep having to say ” go out and play Boy” put up the table or canopy and sand outdoors. Open the doors dummy. Now I stood and looked and no close by neighbor sees over the almost 7 foot concrete block wall. And mine is 35 feet in front of those doors and 15 feet from the end of the building, its a big back yard. Shopsmith number 2 came with good shopping again on Craigslist and not far away. The last owner kept it in great shape, its almost 30 years old, accessories from Shopsmith still in SS boxes, even some VHS project and plans. All in all, he was happy I was the buyer and I negotiated it transported to my home since I only had the Prius here. The band saw and jointer fill out the tool needs I was looking for. I wanted to show that for the space and what this will do I am looking ahead to time with grandson and son and more projects. They are 3 doors away. Also a new workbench is in pieces from the cull wood at HD, cost to me $32 for my 2×4 cedar that should look good but take some abuse. Thanks

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#1 posted 11-25-2019 02:58 PM

Looking good there!

You are getting pretty good at moving.

Maybe you should hire yourself out setting up shops for folks!


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

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#2 posted 11-25-2019 03:16 PM

This all sound strangely familiar. Too bad we missed the timing, I could have set you up with a whole shop in one shot last January.
Good luck with the shop. You’re going to love it.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 11-25-2019 03:50 PM

Assuming you are now in the Phoenix area. If so, you are gonna need a smallish A/C unit in that shed. Insulating might not be a bad idea, either. When it’s 110° in the shade, that shed will be a broiler!
A couple good lumber sources around Phoenix are Timbers in Mesa and woodworkers Source in Tempe and out off 17 in PHX. There’s more but, those are the best, IMO.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 11-26-2019 03:21 AM

Aside from the heat. I know I could never survive working in your shop. I need more space. My hat is off to you for your willingness to work in such a small space.

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