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Old Nov 28, 2009, 04:28 PM
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Tools - cutter, sander, drill combo

Years ago recall seeing television advertisements for work centers that had a table saw, sanding disc and drill all in one neat (albeit cheap) device. I was think this might be a useful item for foamie construction. I googled it but cannot find any trace. Does anyone know what these things were called or if they still sell them?

I think the table saw was an inverted jigsaw, and the sanding disc has a platform so you could hold pieces at right angles to the disc?
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Old Nov 28, 2009, 04:36 PM
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Old Nov 28, 2009, 07:58 PM
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Shopsmith??

http://www.shopsmith.com/
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Old Nov 28, 2009, 09:41 PM
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A friend had a shopsmith. Probably the biggest gripe against it is the set up time for a given tool. If you have to switch between tools, it can get very tedious. Couple that with a really high price. If you are just doing modeling and other small projects, you can get a scroll saw, small benchtop drill press and small disc sander for fairly cheap. It will take up about the same amount of space. If you have the space, toss in a small bandsaw and you will have a nice shop for modeling for a LOT less than a shopsmith.
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Old Nov 28, 2009, 10:13 PM
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the one I saw was more of a toy, but would be durable working with foam
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Old Nov 29, 2009, 07:00 AM
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If you are just doing modeling and other small projects, you can get a scroll saw, small benchtop drill press and small disc sander for fairly cheap. It will take up about the same amount of space. If you have the space, toss in a small bandsaw and you will have a nice shop for modeling for a LOT less than a shopsmith.
This is what I did. Works great! Also if one tool breaks you only replace that tool but mine has been working fine forever. You don't use them all that much at a time.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 12:58 AM
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is it worth mounting a jigsaw upside-down under the bench and using a thin blade to do the work of a band saw? Not ideal I know, but various woodworkers around the net seem to have done this.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 02:41 AM
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more like a poor man's scroll saw. You would need to make a hold down and a blower to clear sawdust away would be very useful.

Decent (though not great) scroll saws can be had for <$100. Harbor Freight has one for $79.
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 05:47 AM
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My little 10" band saw is one of the most-used power tools I have on the bench. I had a local blade repair house make me a combination blade so I can cut wood, plastick or metal (32tpi, IIRC)
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Old Nov 30, 2009, 06:08 AM
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I Loves my little Dremmel and my router and other attatchments, these things are very versatile for working with foam
I also have one set up with a flex shaft which is also very handy.
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