Last ShopSmith ER rebuild

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Project by Bill Hayes posted 06-08-2008 10:27 PM 11515 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to pick up old Shopsmith ER’s the rebuild them. Is a lot cheaper than rebuilding 50’ and 60’s street rods. These machines are really built and I was surprise to see how many others enjoy them. Right now the garage is too full and I have to find a home for some of them. But here is what the last one turned out looking like. At this time I have four more to work on in the shop and get ready to show. I have picked up several from the original owners that purchased them in 1948 and 1951.
Thanks and hope you like it.

-- Bill, Broken Arrow OK.

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#1 posted 06-08-2008 10:46 PM

Very nice. How long does it take you to restore one?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bill Hayes

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#2 posted 06-08-2008 11:30 PM

This one took me about four weekends. All the head bearinging were fine so just a clean up on the head and then painting. The legs took the longest to remove the rust and then reseal and paint.
If I can ever find a bead blaster at the right price it will really speed it up. Spent one weekend just buffing all the parts so they would look good.
Thanks for looking

-- Bill, Broken Arrow OK.

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#3 posted 06-09-2008 01:52 AM

That is really remarkable. It most be gratifing to bring about those changes.

-- If you have gone through a whole day without learning something new, you wasted it.

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#4 posted 06-09-2008 02:34 AM

It is very relaxing andwhen I am done I have just as much fun using them as making them look good. I guess saving them from the scrap pile is why I do it and also seeing how much I can bring them back to original. Wife cannot see why I need so many but most started in boxes and pieces before I started putting them back. Now I have four set up and that doesn’t count the full shopsmiths I have. I have a Brownie anniversary from 1961 and the one that started me on all of this I bought new in 1994 a MkV 510 model
thanks for the comments.

-- Bill, Broken Arrow OK.

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#5 posted 06-09-2008 04:10 AM


This is very impressive. There is something very gratifying about restoring old machines from a rusty state to the gleaming condition it once was.

I hope you can blog the process of restoring one in detail.


-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#6 posted 06-09-2008 05:23 AM

Very nice restoration. It looks as good or better than my 520. Great job.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#7 posted 06-09-2008 05:49 AM

wow…make sure SST see’s this!!! Great Job on the restore…I also own a 520…and love it…but there really is something cool about restoring an old machine…thanks for sharing this!!!

I think we need to get a little LJ SS forum going—-there are quite a few of us here!!!

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#8 posted 06-09-2008 06:02 AM

Seriously nice work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 06-09-2008 04:16 PM

I too own an old 10E that I recently acquired from my father-in-law. It works, but is in poor shape. I too enjoy rebuilding old machines and am looking forward to restoring this one. Nice job Bill!

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#10 posted 10-16-2008 01:29 AM

Hi Bill, I was just wondering if you are looking for anymore Shopsmiths? I have one and have no clue what is missing but just want to get rid of it. If you are interested get back to me.


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#11 posted 10-20-2008 02:08 AM

I would love any Shopsmith anyone did not want. I love to work on them and put them to good use. Just get back with me and I will see if you are too far away to make the trip or not.
Just let me know you can try my regular email
[email protected]

-- Bill, Broken Arrow OK.

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#12 posted 11-11-2008 04:47 PM

Wow, what a difference….i did one as well, see my projects

-- Have a blessed day!

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#13 posted 02-01-2009 09:22 PM

I just stumbled across this post. Great job. Having the same “smith disease”, I can really appreciate the work you did. We’ve got to keep preserving these old machines so that the next generation still has some good tools to work with. -SST

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

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#14 posted 02-08-2010 12:48 AM

I just recently came acrossed one of these. I am still trying to figure it out. hope to make a lot cool stuff with it!

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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