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But when you became a cabinet maker you were not working in a 12'x24' shop were you.

The Shopsmith mentioned earlier is an ideal woodworking tool for anyone who is hindered by the lack of space. For the home hobbyist, a well equipped shop with a Mark V or Mark 7 as its base can produce just about anything one might want to build.

Yes, I am a Shopsmith owner and I harbor some bias.
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But when you became a cabinet maker you were not working in a 12'x24' shop were you.

The Shopsmith mentioned earlier is an ideal woodworking tool for anyone who is hindered by the lack of space. For the home hobbyist, a well equipped shop with a Mark V or Mark 7 as its base can produce just about anything one might want to build.

Yes, I am a Shopsmith owner and I harbor some bias.
I harbor some bias on Shopsmith also. I owned one for a while(didn't buy it, it was given to me) I set it up, played with it for a while, and sold it for $50-75, don't remember, don,t care! Also have a couple of friends who each bought one at a show years ago. They both promptly returned them. Think if I had to do all my wood working on one, I'd find a different hobby! Apologies to any one who has and uses one, but I found it neither safe nor accurate.

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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I harbor some bias on Shopsmith also. I owned one for a while(didn't buy it, it was given to me) I set it up, played with it for a while, and sold it for $50-75, don't remember, don,t care! Also have a couple of friends who each bought one at a show years ago. They both promptly returned them. Think if I had to do all my wood working on one, I'd find a different hobby! Apologies to any one who has and uses one, but I found it neither safe nor accurate.
If you sold it for that low, you lost out on a good deal more money.
When I first got my shop, I bought a decent used Shopsmith, with several accessories, can't recall the cost, something over $500 I think. I found it quite safe, at least as safe as any other power too, and quite accurate. It was a minor PITA changing from one function to another, and eventually, I figured out how to put standalone tools in my shop. So, I sold the Shopsmith at a modest profit, and bought standalone tools to replace it. I know of a number of woodworkers with large shops who have Shopsmiths - usually for horizontal boring. Others, use all functions on occassion, even tho they have 'big boys' tools.

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Hi Steve, great to hear your latest on the new shop you intend to buy and set up. I am not the lay out guy since I am a welder and enjoy it so much. What I can help you out with is visualization of your space. I have been using a google Cad program to do so this past year and can make anything you need to get a good idea what will work and what won't. I am interested in building furniture as well, should you need steel components for any of your projects. I could do this for you at no charge, just gaining valuable information vicariously, should you be interested.

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