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Shopsmith #1: My 1958 Shopsmith Mark V

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Blog entry by GreaseMonkey2275 posted 05-01-2015 12:56 AM 1396 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Apr-12-2015: After building my military shadow box with a friend of mine and using his Shopsmith for a few parts of the project, I decided that I wanted one for myself so I picked up a 1958 Shopsmith Mark V and am in the middle of restoring it. The motor when I got it would barely turn and now it runs like a champ (amazing what blowing out 57 years of sawdust can do!). I replaced the original v-belt and three of the four bearings; as soon as the gilmer belt arrives I can start putting the headstock back together. I have about a third of the parts painted and I will soon start removing the rust from the lower tubes. As soon as I get some pictures downloaded from my phone I will upload them.

Apr-30-2015: It’s been a little over two weeks since I posted anything about my Shopsmith restoration and I can honestly say I am nearing the home stretch. While reassembling the headstock I found a crack in the control sheave so once that arrives I can finally get the headstock back together. I happened to come across a Magna Bandsaw which is in pretty good condition for a 1956 but it still needs some TLC. I just ordered some blue urethane tires for it today which ought to quite things down since it is only running on one tire right now. I also started tearing down the Magna Jointer; lots of surface rust and I’m sure the bearings are shot since they are covered in sawdust that looks like its wicked all of the lubricant out of the bearings.

-- Jake



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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 10:35 AM

That sounds awesome. I love the old machine restores. If you can, snap some pictures so we can all live vicariously through you

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 05-01-2015 02:24 PM

Jake,
I applaud your work to bring this venerable SS back to life.
I’ve been using my own SS for many years and have kept it up with new parts when they were needed. The one thing I found about the motor was the centrifugal start switch on the end of the motor. If dust gets caked between the points the motor won’t start up right. Knowing this has helped me to keep the original going all these years.
I replaced the bandsaw with a stand-alone Grizzly because I didn’t care for the lack of adjustments on the SS accessory bandsaw.
Hardly a day in the shop goes by without using the SS at least once and usually several times because I keep it set up as a sanding center. I have the 12” disc and the 6×48 belt sander.
Don

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 04:29 PM

Here are some pics from the beginning when it first arrived to where I’m at with it now.









-- Jake

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#4 posted 05-01-2015 05:32 PM

Very very cool. You really brought that back to life! Nice work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 05-01-2015 05:50 PM

She’s getting there but I’m anxious to get the last part I need for the headstock in so I can fire her up!

-- Jake

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#6 posted 05-01-2015 05:51 PM

nice work

don

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#7 posted 05-03-2015 11:17 PM

May 3, 2015 – What a roller coaster weekend of emotions; I walked out to the garage Saturday morning to continue the restoration of the Magna Jointer when I decided that my bench needed to be cleaned off in order to continue. While I was cleaning up my wife came out to the garage with a package that came in the mail; my rebuilt control sheave! I stopped what I was doing and started putting the headstock back together. A couple of youtube videos later I plugged it in, flipped the switch, and nothing happened. The motor just kind of stuttered but never fully turned on… I rechecked my wiring, made sure I hadn’t over-tightened anything, and flipped the switch again…nothing. So I took the motor back out of the headstock and started troubleshooting it. I opened up the relay, cleaned the contacts, ops checked it and the relay worked like a champ. The next thing I checked was the capacitor and it zeroed out with the ohmmeter so I knew it was good to go. That left the motor, the one I had said before “ran like a champ”...I took it apart and blew even more dust out of it and found out that I have a couple of bearings that should probably be replaced since I’m in it this far (I’ll take care of that Monday). I put the motor back together and wired everything up again only to flip the switch and hear the motor hum (not in a good way). Now the motor just sits there, it doesn’t even turn! Needless to say I am going to stop by the local electric motor repair shop and have the experts take a look; hopefully the motor does not need to be rewound but after this weekend that will probably be the case. Hopefully there will be some good news tomorrow that won’t reach too deep into my wallet!

-- Jake

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#8 posted 05-05-2015 11:03 AM

If it looks like a (fill in the blank), smells like a and sounds like a it probably is a _.
That last post looks to me like an unabashed commercial.
It certainly has nothing to do with refurbishing a ShopSmith.
Just to put a fine point on it, the poster seems to have left no profile for us to see.

DDWWB

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#9 posted 05-05-2015 02:46 PM

I don’t know what that was but thank you to the administrators for removing it.

-- Jake

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