Small Shop build in AZ ( from moving it?) #7: The New Shop AZ

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 12-05-2019 03:35 PM 444 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well lets be invitiing. Its a shed shop or Hals Wood Shop 10 feet from the house, a ranch on a slab. With the double doors open here is a starting inviting view. This is week one of developing the Shop. What are you expecting the Norm Abrams shop..remember him or recall Jay Bates starting in an apartment in where he was working he made some good projects in next to no space and basic tools..worth the revisit. This is my shop #6 after 2 small basement shops I could touch the floor joists and 2 exterior garage shops in PA and then a one car in the basement shop. Now I get to use my space experience and open the doors to not be totally enclosed most of the time or foolish enough to think in Arizona you want to go into a small shed at Noon in June…are you not thinking?? Thinking here is what tools do the most, what organization fits HOW you work not how many tools you have, what do you make, too big a project and you can move it outdoors and put up a canopy most times ( like it rains 35 days a year here, OK they do heat here but not freeze your butt off and run the wood stove. ) Now I had one or two real opportunities in my real life having to work in those small spaces and small budgets. With that I had bought a Shopsmith for the quality and what it could do. Please check out utube …garage to shop in 2 and half minutes by Paul Miller…aka Shipwright and his comments on his blog how he was impressed with what the tool could do as he set up his shop #2. Now I sold my First Shopsmith this November in PA after 20 years due to cost to transport and it had many accessories. What a sad feeling. But I was already shopping Craigslist in Phoenix for another and had great fortune to find another with excellant part and condition for almost what I had made on my old 510 model. with bandsaw and jointer. So prepped with the basics of a Shop…table saw jointer drill press lathe and jointer in a small space things were off to a good start

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#1 posted 12-05-2019 03:42 PM

Looking Good! It’s not about how much space you have. It’s about how you use it.

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

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#2 posted 12-05-2019 04:25 PM

Ya might wanna insulate and get an AC! Otherwise, you’ll be just an Oct. to April, woodworker. Spent 18 years in Coolidge. Only took one summer to convince me to AC my shop.
One nice thing about the SS. You can roll it outside for those long rips.

-- 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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