A dining room wood shop

A couple years ago, I bought an abandoned house with an attached general store, built in 1911. I’ve been gradually fixing things up and learning a lot in the process. I’ve been doing more woodworking and a lot of research, and I’ve decided to start documenting what I learn here in the form of a blog.

My primary woodworking tool is a Shopsmith Mark V. The Shopsmith is a multipurpose tool that functions as a table saw, lathe, disc sander, drill press, and horizontal boring machine. There are also numerous attachments, such as a bandsaw and jointer, that can be mounted on it and powered by the Shopsmith headstock. The Shopsmith is often maligned because of the compromises inherent to a multifunction machine, but I’ve been very happy with it. If I had a two car garage that could serve as a dedicated workshop, I’d love to have a big cabinet saw and the walls lined with industrial tools, but my shop is in the dining room. I can’t work as quickly as I could with a full size shop, but the Shopsmith is completely capable of doing professional quality work. For a shop as small as mine, it’s the only practical option.

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On the opposite side of the room from the Shopsmith is my workbench. Right now, it’s just a sheet of MDF on a pair of saw horses. I’m planning to build a more permanent workbench and have been looking at a lot of plans, but haven’t decided on anything yet.

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gsmcten's picture

Re: A dining room wood shop

Tom,

Your Shopsmith is Very Cool.

Steven Smile

Tom Owad's picture

Re: A dining room wood shop

Thanks, Steven. It's entertaining to read forum discussions about them. It seems everybody either loves or hates them. Mine has the table/fence system that was introduced in 1999, and it's a vast improvement over the original that ran from 1953 to 1984. Everybody tends to think of the original, since they're so plentiful. The table saw is still its weakest function - and I'd certainly rather have a good cabinet saw - but it's better than the typical consumer-level table saw that you'll see on display at Home Depot.

gsmcten's picture

Re: A dining room wood shop

Tom,

You really need to talk with my Brother-in-Law, Bob.
His father was a Cabinet Maker and he taught Bob.
He makes a mean cabinet. lol

Steven Smile