Shop Smith #13: Making something with my ShopSmith a mini SS

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Blog entry by htl posted 07-11-2021 07:17 PM 802 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Souping up my Shop Smith using a Dewalt 745 table and fence Part 13 of Shop Smith series Part 14: Shop Smith Mini part 2 »

Got hold of the plans for a wooden ShopSmith so going to give it a try.
These plans are for a 500 but will try to up grade to a 520 me thinks.
I can remember wanting to build one of these way back in the 80’s, so it’s just about time. lol

The plans are for a 20” long SS but need it to be shelf able so half that will do.

About 4 hours in.

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#1 posted 07-11-2021 07:36 PM

What is a Shop Smith and what is it used for?

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#2 posted 07-11-2021 07:58 PM

HTL, that is neat. Going to make a cool display once done. I have one that I use ca. mid 70’s. Still runs good, but the only thing I use it for is the lathe, drill press, sanding drums, and occasionally the shaper. It has been a great tool over the years.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 07-11-2021 08:33 PM

Shopsmith has been a great machine for the amateur woodworker lacking the space for individual machines. I had an original mdl 10ER that I bought for $100; used it for 2 years, sold it for $100 when I bought individual machines. The Shopsmith had features that were lacking in other machines. It was quality built in the USA. It could be a pain to set up as a lathe, drill press or table saw, but once set up, could turn out work as good as any purpose built machine. Today, I sometimes miss my Shopsmith for it’s unique features. FWIW, Jethro Gibbs of NCIS had a 10ER in his basement shop; I wonder if in real life, he actually does woodworking and has a Shopsmith.

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#4 posted 07-11-2021 08:37 PM

Eric I have two.
510 [1995] used mainly as a disk sander and lathe work.
500 [1982] is wall mounted as my drill press and drum sander.

Devin it would be best to do a search as it’s a long story with a lot a uses,
but one of them is not as main table saw in my case any way. lol

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#5 posted 07-11-2021 08:56 PM

cant wait to see this thing done on my CL there is a guy who has all the kewl tools that they come with 2 inch belt sander 6 inch belt sander and more :<))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 07-12-2021 01:45 AM

Tony back in the 80’s I had a small cabinet shop and did a lot a plastic laminate work around Atlanta, and back then there was a ShopSmith store there that got a lot a visits from me and my money also. lol

Need any more. LOL

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