I’m a little late catching up with my blog but as of May 6th the headstock is back on my Shopsmith and operating like a well-oiled machine. Pun intended…especially since it was in dire need of lubrication. Below is an updated photo of my “new” Shopsmith. Last night I finished removing all of the rust off of the bandsaw table and hopefully this weekend I will get it mounted back onto the bandsaw. I had to call in a little machine work from my dad since one of the upgrades I saw online didn’t work out exactly as advertised. I am converting the old single blade guide rollers over to dual ball bearings however after purchasing all of the components locally I quickly realized why they were using so many lock washers. The outside diameter of the upgrade bolts and the inside diameter if the bearings do not match. I could drill out the holes and re-tap them but that would only reduce the support area around where the bolt goes through thus weakening the mount. So after a quick phone call down to Arizona and throwing some parts in the mail, my dad is going to machine some bushings that will make everything work! I suppose that I could have just bought the upgrade from Shopsmith but I figure I can do it for less. I still have the jointer tore apart and am about 33% through its restoration. Yesterday I was able to get the old bearings pressed off the shaft so now I can start cleaning it up; once that’s done I can press on the new bearings and put the knives back on.