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Posted on Trying to build my first Garage woodshop

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#1 posted 05-25-2017 09:24 PM

Edward, have you considered a used Shopsmith, the 5 in one tool that many have started on. That was my first woodworking piece of machinery (still have it, and in fact just used the accesory bandsaw on it it about 30 minutes ago), and from there, I decided what else I needed (I got a separate Delta contractor’stable saw and an Enlon jointer in addition to the Shopsmith). Some people only have the Shopmith, and do not feel the need to supplement it with other machinery. If you are not familiar with the Shopsmith, it is a table saw, a drill press, a horizontal bore, a disc sander and a lathe in the basic form. You can visit the Shopsmith website for demonstration videos and details.

The Shopsmith would be perfect for limited space. As I understand your post, your portion of the space is only about 6.5 feet wide. You can get them used in good condition for very little money. I’ve seen them as low as $200. A good set up with an additional bandsaw attachment might go for around $500. For under $1000. you can get even more attachments like a belt sander, jointer or strip sander, all made by Shopsmith. Of course, you could always buy new.

On the other hand, if you have the room for them, nothing wrong with stand alone machinery. Grizzly is a fine choice.

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