Shopsmith Restoration #6: Stripping and Cleaning

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 03-29-2010 12:35 AM 7086 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have spent the last several days down with a nasty bug as did most in our house, so the work slacked off a lot. Anyway – so on to more stripping and starting the cleaning.

Here is the inside of the headstock with a bucket of bits.

I have found that the speed control sheave assembly needs to be replaced – the wire loop is supposed to be fixed in the end of the shaft with a bearing. Bearing is gone and the wire is near worn through.

Headstock completely dismantled and brushed off – original colour still shows in some areas.

I pressed out the nameplate rivets from behind, and can reuse them.

I had to use a lot of penetrating oil to remove stuck items and there were some areas of old gummy grease, so I needed to degrease all the parts for a decent clean up (except the bearings)
Check out the oils on this casting

and the grease in the quill gears in the previous post.

How to degrease?

Find some plastic baskets and place small parts in them. Then place basket and larger parts in bucket and smother with degreaser



Brush them and rinse thoroughly. The baskets help them dry out.
. After


I am using a new (to me) paint stripper that is much gentler to the skin that those I have used before, and it has no unpleasant vapours.
Just paint it on and leave it for a few hours. The scrape and hose off.


Here is the first part painted

Note the red patch on the thumb knuckle? Skin does NOT beat wire wheel in drill !!
There are lots more pictures, but that’s enough for now.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

6 comments so far

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 01:59 AM

Pretty cool. As I remember, this Shopsmith was really a bucket of bolts. It is going to be fun to see what you can do with it. The bigger the challenge, the better the chance for unusual success. Will keep watching.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 02:36 AM

Truly amazing Zak! Keep up the good work.

Have the guys over at the Shopsmith forum been able to help you?

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 05:42 AM

Hang in there. From the pics, this may be the biggest mess I’ve ever seen in a shopsmith. The good news is that any really worn parts are pretty reasonable on ebay or from a couple of “shopsmith guys” out in the world. The rest is just elbow grease, and the end result will be a really nice machine. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#4 posted 03-29-2010 06:52 AM

SST, My son-in-law was gifted a 2000 Shopsmith Mk V. It has the lathe, table saw, drill press. sander, and bandsaw. However, he has no instruction manual/s for it. It came set up as a lathe, with all the other parts in boxes. Do you, or anybody else, know where we could get the manuals, either electronically (.PDF, etc.) or hard-copy? I am visiting them in Hermiston, Oregon from Bakerswfield, CA this week, and am trying to get it up and running.

PG-Zac, I am watching this one closely! Hope I don’t have to go this far on ours. Keep up the good work.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#5 posted 03-29-2010 09:42 AM

8iowa - The SS forum has been a great help. I’ve found the the members of that forum to be as helpful and knowledgable as the LJ forum members, just with a different focus.

SSTom - I have already bought several items from eBay, and from ShopSmith Inc. As I get further down the line I am finding more items that need replacing.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#6 posted 03-29-2010 09:59 AM

mate she’s going to be a beauty when you have finished ….

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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