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8iowa

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 01:20 PM

Many years ago I started with a few hardware store tools and worked on the kitchen table in our small apartment. You know, at the time I didn’t feel disadvantaged. In ‘83 I purchased a Shopsmith model 500 with the bandsaw and 4” jointer. I only had 1/2 of a small garage to work in.

I suspect that the “inherited” Shopsmith mentioned above was a 500, with it’s small table. There has been considerable improvement in the tool since the era of the 500. Many Shopsmith’s on the used market today are the model 510 with the larger table, two floating tables and connecting tubes. This has transformed the Shopsmith into a big “jig” that can be configured many ways depending on the sawing requirements. With a helper, often my wife, I can rip 4’ x 8’ sheets of plywood.

Take a look at used 510’s, better yet a 520 if you can find one. They often go for under $1000 and often include some accessory tools such as the bandsaw and jointer. If you have any questions concerning a machine that you are considering send me a PM. I’ll be glad to help.

All this being said, Christopher Schwarz and his “Lost Art Press” have “infected” me with hand tool working. I now have a nice collection of older Stanley hand planes that I have re-furbed. The cost was minimal. Even my $9 Ace Hardware backsaw gives good service.

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