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My shop is mostly my driveway in front of my packed to the gills garage. I would never post a picture inside the garage people might have nightmares after seeing it.

Tool wise I have two shopsmiths machines one I got new in 1976 and a second I got off ebay as a basket case. Since they are shopsmiths they have been upgraded with two bearing quills and 520 table systems. I also have most of the parts to a third system which is a 500 minus the headstock. I have three kids and hope to pass one on to each one.


Make that three shopsmiths. The 500 minus the headstock now has a headstock. Actually I still have some of the jigs I’ve made for this version and most of my woodworking years have been with the smaller table and well I kind of miss the old set-up which works well for a lot of the woodworking that I do.
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I decided to add another shopsmith 500 to my collection. This one is living in the UP of MI and is near being operational. I’m not sure of the actual age, it was built in the ‘73-’78 time when there are no records that match serial number to year. It had some rust and other issues I had to work with but the only things left are to paint the final coat on the legs and the alignment. Other then waiting for the paint to dry it is only hours away. It as missing a few items some of which I’ve ebayed, the rest will come as I find them for my price. For those counting that is number 4.
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Yet another Update:

After getting a 10ER for my brother a while back I knew that someday I wanted to have one in my shop too. So when I saw I could get one for $42 and free delivery well the wife wasn’t happy but got it. Going to take some TLC and a few $$ to get it working again. Looks like this one is from 1952. As my wife pointed out that is 5 of them.
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Yes another Update:

The remote location shop in the UP of MI will be expanded with a shopsmith bandsaw soon. Got a used one and will be doing what ever is needed to get it working before my next trip that way. Starting price was good and depending on what parts might be needed and time will tell if it was a good deal or not.
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Yet another Update: (5/21/12)

I was notified today that my powerpro do it yourself upgrade shipped today. I have the dual tilt upgrade waiting in the wings so I will do the upgrades at the same time. Now I just have to pick which machine is going to be upgraded.

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Update: (10/20/12)

Added a Shopsmith lathe duplicator to the shop. It is one from 1996 but new in the box. I have assembled it and did a trial mount. Still get the excitement of a first use coming soon….

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As far as attachments I have the 6” belt sander, strip sander/sharpening system, strip sander setup as a strip sander, jig saw, scroll saw, speed reducer, miter pro, cross-cut sliding table system, rear support table, extension table brackets, miter gauge extensions, sharpening guide, mortising and tenon package, biscuit jointer, router package, miter pro, shaper package, oscillating drum sander system, drum sanding package, conical sanding disk, inflatable contour sand drum, table vise, universal lathe tool package, table height adjustment stop collar, ring master, incra miter express with incra 1000hd, incra 2000 miter gauge, Nova G3 chuck, 3-lever drill press handle, jointech complete sawtrain system, and all sorts of smaller items included with the shopsmith. In addition I have the older shopsmith items including he over arm router on a router system table and a Joint-Matic.

My shop also has a converted flat belt long bed 4” jointer, a 6” jointer, a drum sander, a band saw, bench grinders, dust collection system and 6 other router tables (one incra ultimate equipped and that is not including the jointech and shopsmith stuff… a router crafter, and bunches of other power and hand tools. Almost everything is on wheels and can be moved without to much effort. Now picture that and add some wood storage, a motorcycle, freezer, and lots of cardboard boxes of storage items, two work benches, and lots of tool storage cabinets all in a two car garage. Yea no room to do much inside and then picture living in the midwest with long cold winters of no shop time. Spring is here, sure nice to be woodworking again.

-- Knight of the Shopsmith

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 03:34 PM

I can well understand your situation. I tried to use my shop as a combination shop/ garage for a long time. I would shuffle my tools around (everything is mobile, of course) and park my truck in there at night while doing all my woodworking in the driveway. Eventually I just gave up and now my truck has been consigned to the weather. It did give me more room for additional tools!! And, despite the occasional yelling for “tracking sawdust into the house”, I can now use the shop during the winter. (As long as I remember to clean up the dust after I am finished.) :)

Wow, 6 router tables!! That is a nice collection of tables. A friend of mine had 8 tables in his shop because he was convinced it was better, once an table was set-up for a particular operation, to leave it alone rather than constantly readjust a router table to fit a particular need. But, of course, he had the shop space to do this as well. Out of curiosity why so many?

It does sound like you have a nicely equipped shop with plenty of tools to work with.

Thanks for the pictures. It was nice to visit your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 03:49 PM

Wow! You’ve got a lot of neat stuff! Thanks for sharing. Many years ago I used to live in Naperville.

Winter is hanging on but take heart, the days are getting longer. I can hardly wait to head North to my “Workshop in the Woods”.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 10:51 PM

I love the table set up on your “Smith”. I lived in the St. Charles area for a year after college (a long time ago) and don’t remember winter being all that bad…I thought it was spring already in your area. Around here, we usually have 9 months of winter and 3 months of kinda bad sledding. Thank God my shop’s in the basement.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 11:07 PM

It is really good to have you on board here, Ed. You have probably been lurking here and already know this but in case not, I want to be one of the first to tell you that this is also a fine group of friendly woodworkers. I am certain you will enjoy the comradery here.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 02-24-2009 01:26 AM

Hi Ed,
Here’s lookin’ atcha!

-- 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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#6 posted 02-24-2009 06:41 AM

Its great to see the Mark V set up in the different configurations, especially the Jointech router table.

As an ex-central Illinoisan I feel your pain but sawdust making is right around the corner.

We’ll see you around the site!

John aka pinkie

-- John, Nor-Cal,

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