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Multi Purpose Woodworking Machines
Multi Purpose Woodworking
Using multi purpose machines for
My first venture into serious woodworking led me to a local
Shopsmith store. It was here that I became aware of all the accessories
available to these well made and engineered pieces of equipment. I know many professional woodworkers, just fell
off their chair. So I will pause here to allow them time to get up...............
Buying A Multi Purpose Woodworking Machine
Okay, that didn't take too long. I left that store about $ 5,500.00 lighter.
That was about twenty years ago. I purchased the main machine, a belt sander, a band saw, a jointer, a free
standing 12" planer, a dust collection system, and an assortment of blades, and accessories.
For a period of five years or so, That was the only machinery I hade, with
the exclusion of a Radial arm Saw. I had a 12", man eating Craftsman saw, which I paid about $ 50.00 for. It
seems as though, after the previous owner had used it to shorten several of his fingers, he no longer felt the
need to have it. Check under tools and equipment for the story on that adventure.
The shopsmith proved to be a precision made, and very capable machine! With
careful planing, The changes between accessories could be made without too much interruption, to the work flow,
and being very limited on shop space, it was ideal. We managed to built many fine projects for client's with the
set up. I did buy "power stations" to allow me to use the accessories, without changing setups on the main
machine. (This helped considerably), in both time and irritation.
I continued to used this equipment until I was able to build a "real" shop.
I must say that while I loved my shopsmith, it is now very rarely used. We still use it as lathe, for the
occasional turnings we do.
We also use it on job sites, where we buy rough lumber, and need to make a
lot of millwork. This use saves us considerable time and money, as most of the building we work on are very old.
and wall thicknesses are not uniform. The ability to custom make millwork on site, is a big
It's kind of comical when we bring these machines to a jobsite, as there
is invariably a number of other contractors working on the same building, on different floors. They always laugh
at us when they see these tools being brought in.
It generally takes about a week before these other contractors are showing
up at our jobsite, rather feebly, wanting us to machine a doorjamb, or piece of custom trim for them. (we do
bust there cajones a little, prior to doing it for them).
While these machines have there short comings, they remain a valuable asset
to us. The table saw design is somewhat difficult to get used to, especially in ripping miters, but the slight
irratation is quickly forgotten, once the piece is completed.
I have found their accessory machines to be well engineered, and the use
of the power stands make them more practical to work with.
Written by: Lee A. Jesberger © 2006 -
Inventor of: Ezee-Feed Systems ®
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