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Apr 24th, 2011 at 5:53pm
 
Here are some pictures of my little shop.  I do a lot of flat work and the Jet Mini Lathe is a relatively new addition - which has essentially taken over my life.  Now I'm wondering where on earth I'm going to put that Powermatic! Shocked  Half of my shop doubles as a garage (I know...gasp..) for my wife's car so anything on that side needs to be mobile.  When the time comes I'm sure I'll find a spot.... Smiley
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Reply #1 - Apr 24th, 2011 at 6:03pm
 
Great Looking Shop!! smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #2 - Apr 24th, 2011 at 7:37pm
 
Nice use of space.  I am sure you will find room.  Must be cold there, heats on.
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Reply #3 - Apr 24th, 2011 at 9:47pm
 
great lookin shop. smiley=thumbsup.gif smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #4 - Apr 24th, 2011 at 11:26pm
 
You'll have plenty of room for the MM when you get rid of all that useless flat work equipment.
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Reply #5 - Apr 25th, 2011 at 11:50am
 
Doug -

Really nice and efficient use of space.  Looks like you've spent enough time out there to really polish the layout to maximze functionality... now get rid of most of that stuff and turn it into a turners shop! (I should take my own advice, haven taken the same "turn of interest" - sorry couldn't resist).
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Reply #6 - Apr 25th, 2011 at 4:34pm
 
Now that is an excellent well equipped and well thought out shop. Now you need to figure out how to take over the other 1/2. Wink
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Buy the wife a Smart Car and get a lot of that space back...
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Reply #8 - Apr 25th, 2011 at 9:53pm
 
John Lawson wrote on Apr 25th, 2011 at 7:46pm:
Buy the wife a Smart Car and get a lot of that space back.
I got to see one of them things a couple of week back, them things are TINY!!! Funny thing though... the hubby and wifie who was using that little thing were taller than me and I'm 5'7" and they said it was comfortable to travel in! One main problem... no room to haul wood!!!
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Reply #9 - Apr 25th, 2011 at 11:05pm
 
I've sat in one.  I'm 6' 0" and it was perfectly comfortable.  But I have no practical use for a 2-seat car with no cargo space at all.  It is one of the few things smaller than my shop.
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Reply #10 - Apr 25th, 2011 at 11:29pm
 
They have a problem with Smart cars out here.  People try to drive them to Flagstaff (145 miles) and as they top a mesa from between walls of a cut about half way, they get blown over.  I have heard of 3 or 4 getting blown right off the roadway there.

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Reply #11 - Apr 26th, 2011 at 8:08am
 
My Wife has had a Smart for two years, and loves it.  The biggest danger of the car is others acting like jerks around it. Either they are amazed and spend more time looking at the car than paying attention to their own driving or they start getting macho and "not gonna let that little thing get ahead of ME!" I have never ridden in it when at least one person has not been pointing at it.

I had to drive it once when my truck was in the shop. I pulled into a parking space and the reflection startled me, I had gotten use to looking out, and from the inside the car looks a lot bigger than it is, and seeing just how small it really is in the refection was a jolt.

By the way I am 6'2" and it is one of the only cars where I do not have to have the seat all the way to the back stops on the runners.

Personally the only thing wrong with it from my perspective is the suspension, the wheel base is so short it gives a rough and choppy ride. I am not sure if I would want to go 145 miles in one no matter what the wind conditions are, I would imagine that the wind profile is not much worse than a mini van though and the big difference between a Smart and a Van is wheel base, the width is the same they are just shorter.

Oh yeah, it still doesn't fit in the garage.
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Reply #12 - Apr 26th, 2011 at 11:19am
 
I think they are a great around town car, but their light weight and relatively high profile makes them inappropriate for open highways that are prone to high winds. 

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Reply #13 - Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:21am
 
I know my Jeep Wrangler is pretty light weight and gets blown around on the road a good bit.  Can't imagine a smart car and how much it would get blown around.  Would be a nice little run the errands car though.  At least as long as you didn't have to bring anything of size home.
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Reply #14 - Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:26am
 
Rev, you can fit 3 whole grocery bags in the front seat.  Without blocking the side window.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

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Reply #15 - Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:34am
 
Only if no one is riding with you.
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Reply #16 - Apr 28th, 2011 at 8:45am
 
Well thanks guys.....I mentioned this "solution" you all suggested (Smart Car) to my wife.  I'm not exactly the sharpest gouge on the rack......anyway, she politely said "no."  Grin
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Reply #17 - Apr 28th, 2011 at 10:30am
 
One of their web videos shows them putting a full sized clothes dryer in one, and still having room for a passenger, there is more space behind the seats than my Nissan Frontier King Cab has.

The big optical illusion to the car is that it is all inside. There is a three inch wide steel roll cage that the body is hung on and the interior is on the other side of the cage. It is almost like,  insulation is between because it is a lot quieter than I though it would be.

There is no dead space areas between the interior and exterior, Like fender wells or wide curves to make the car look bigger.  I don't like the fact that there is no spare tire, instead they give you a can of freon with goop to seal punctures, but the car is not meant for long trips, it is a city car and for that it is real good and a lot of fun.

Not that I doubt you Jim, but since you posted this yesterday I have done three or four different searches for a report on that. I also asked my wife about it, she spends a lot of time on the Smart Boards, and neither of us can find reports on this. There are a lot of " it looks like it could get blown over" posts on boards but no newspaper or TV news reports that I could find, I am not saying that they are not there, but I could not find them. Having ridden in the car I just don't see it. The car feels very stable and does not get blown around much with trucks or other large vehicles passing. On the open roads with a strong cross wind it tracks very well, but, I am sure the wind is worse in AZ than here in Dallas. 
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Reply #18 - Apr 28th, 2011 at 11:31am
 
JimQuarles wrote on Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:26am:
Rev, you can fit 3 whole grocery bags in the front seat.  Without blocking the side window.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

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Reply #19 - Apr 28th, 2011 at 12:10pm
 
While nowhere near as small as a Smart car, I got my daughter a Honda Fit.  It's little and cute, and we discovered it can hold 18 (yes, eighteen!) 1.5 cu. ft boxes of books, as well as the driver and a passenger.  Of course, it was kind of unhappy going up the hills.
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