To follow up on the aforementioned sad state of affairs: I have the home shop up and running again. It’s not perfect yet and there’s still a ways to go, but I did manage to make room for two big pieces of gear — Chuck’s big Delta planer and my father’s ShopSmith have both come to live with me.
It’s a super-sweet turn of events, but I quickly found out I know precisely zip about setting up the eight tools the ShopSmith’s got going for it — so I’ve been poring over manuals to learn how to calibrate this hunk of wood-mangling hotness. Also, I need to drop a 240 plug in the shop for the planer.
Speaking of the planer, here’s a handy tip for you folks setting up your own home shop: Suggesting to your other half that you’ll just run an extension into the laundry room and unplug the dryer when you need it — not a good plan. Who knew?