My Take on the Restricted Space/Budget Shop.

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Blog series by shipwright updated 03-22-2016 01:02 AM 5 parts 47487 reads 117 comments total

Part 1: The Space and the Tool List

01-04-2012 07:22 PM by shipwright | 9 comments »

When we bought a winter home in Green Valley AZ. in 2007 it didn’t take me long to realize that I couldn’t spend half of the year without a shop. The problems were that there wasn’t any space for one except the semi-enclosed carport and it’s hard to justify the price of “two of everything” good quality tools. This blog is about the solution I arrived at. For starters here’s the space I had to work with. The bench is 26” x 8’ and ...

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Part 2: The Beating Heart of the Shop

01-05-2012 03:34 AM by shipwright | 40 comments »

There are two institutions to be given credit for how well I have been able to equip my shop for so little money and in so little space. They cannot be separated. They are ShopSmith and Craigslist. I was for most of my life one of the “pros” who have all the tools and looked down my nose at multi-function tools in general and ShopSmith in particular. I was wrong. If you can justify the money and have the space, fine, you don’t need to consider them and can go on in bli...

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Part 3: What Can You Turn Out in a Shop on the Cheap?

01-06-2012 12:21 AM by shipwright | 9 comments »

All of the stationary stuff that I described in the last post cost around $1500 or less with a little shrewd horse trading and not really a lot of looking on CL. I said that my investment might be as high as $2500. The rest is all standard stuff like drills, sanders routers, grinder etc. and far too boring to go into. The main gist here is that you can do it with quality tools and still not spend a fortune. Maybe more importantly, it needn’t take up a lot of space. The ShopSmith come...

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Part 4: Garage to Shop in 2 1/2 Minutes

02-11-2015 12:48 AM by shipwright | 14 comments »

This is a fun little video I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. It is what I do every morning (with slight variations) when I’m in Green Valley. In this case I needed the belt sander first but it could just as easily have been the bandsaw or one of the other SPT’s. I always set up the SS for table saw when I first pull it out. That accounts for a couple of extra moves in this case. I was going to do another one when I put it all away tonight but you can just run t...

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Part 5: We've Moved ...... My New Smaller Shop

03-22-2016 01:02 AM by shipwright | 45 comments »

The low Canadian dollar made this year a great time for us to downsize our investment in Az. real estate…. and we did well! The best part is that we like the new place even better than the old (more expensive) one. The other best part is that I got to plan and build a new shop to replace the pieced together, make shift shop/garage that I had been using. This one is all indoors and will be heatable in the cold months too, It is smaller but so much better laid out and organized that it...

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