Shopsmith Redux

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Project by pashley posted 03-25-2008 06:37 PM 4382 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend gave this ShopSmith for nothing. It was given to him out of some barn. I figured I could use it at least for a decent lathe….

The paint is the “hammered” type you find at home improvement stores. The rest is oil and a wire wheel!

-- Have a blessed day!

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 06:46 PM

Hope you find a new home for that blade on the end… That looks scary. Great find!

-- He said wood...

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 07:03 PM

I restored a very similar unit, mine was a 1955 mark 5 just like yours… Its a great tool, but mostly I just use it for a sanding disk, a pen lathe, and a drill press… It was a lot of fun to restore. I didn’t keep the green though, I use the hanmer finish paint and went with silver… the belt guard I did in the black, just to pay homage to the two tone.

Nice work!

-- Chuck [Elgin, IL]

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 07:15 PM

What’s also nice about this machine is the ability to do horizontal boring.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 07:40 PM

YAY…another SS owner…great job on the re-finish…beautiful…I really like the green…your photos are really clear on the re-finish…I bought a 2003 last year and love it…btw…WELCOME TO LJ’s…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 07:42 PM

Great cleanup job. Looks nice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 07:44 PM

The clean up looks like it is coming well. It appears you do need quite a bunch of parts though. Every thing you will need is on E-Bay.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 08:56 PM

I also have a SS and it now needs rebuilding a second time….I wore it out as a lathe…lol
Mine is a 1953-55 but it was a sweet machine. Nice job on the refurbish.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 03-25-2008 10:45 PM

Very nicely done. I love to see old tools like this put back into service.

Great post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 03-26-2008 12:24 AM

I recently recieved my father-in-laws old 10E Shopsmith. I looked it up…it was made in 1948. Nice unit and still functions well. I’m looking forward to cleaning it up as well, but still undecided as to what color to paint it. I mean, Battleship Gray just is too drab, ya know?

And Thos is right about Ebay. The ShopSmith company built these things to retrofit each models parts. So finding pieces should be easy.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#10 posted 03-26-2008 01:13 PM

I’m not sure how much research you’ve done on your SS (or about the Mark V model in general) but you’ve got the Model 500. The 510 or 520 table systems offer a much larger, expandable, table surface. Both of those can be had on eBay, though the 520 is harder to come by used. -And both fit on any Mark V model, no matter when it was manufactured. Even the 500 table system I think you’ll find makes a beauty of a drill press.
One of the first things I would do, though, is upgrade the quill to double-bearing. A fairly reasonably-priced upgrade that is also quite easy to do.

-- † Hops †

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Chuck Vosburgh

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#11 posted 08-20-2009 03:48 AM

Beautiful job! A beautiful classic that you can use :)

-- Chuck,

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#12 posted 08-20-2009 05:20 AM

Lots of hard work looks great.


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