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Shopsmith #4: My 1958 Shopsmith Mark V

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Blog entry by GreaseMonkey2275 posted 05-09-2015 04:13 PM 1540 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- Jake



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#1 posted 05-09-2015 08:15 PM

She is looking very fine…..almost sexy.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 12:02 AM

One more sweet Greenie returns to the land of the living.
Looks like a great job. There’s almost no tool I have ever restored that compares to a ShopSmith restore for sheer enjoyment and satisfaction. I’ve done a Greenie and a 10ER. ........ maybe it’s time for another one…..

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 01:42 AM

Thanks guys, it has been very cool restoring this old machine. I actually got to use it for the first time today and it worked just as great as I thought it would.

-- Jake

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#4 posted 05-10-2015 12:14 PM

It looks just like new!
Congratulations on a careful and masterful restoration.

It makes me feel like I should tear my old SS down and restore it.

But what would I do without it while it was our of service? I wouldn’t want to run my (rather well stocked with machines) workshop without it!

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#5 posted 05-10-2015 08:20 PM

I guess that all depends on how much work you need to do to it Don. Don’t get me wrong, restoring this old girl definitely took over my portion of the garage and put a halt to any and all projects but in the end I still know it was worth it. Once the restoration is complete I know I will things will return to normal.

-- Jake

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#6 posted 05-10-2015 08:34 PM

Well, What mine NEEDS is a thorough upgrade, but a teardown, cleanup and repaint would be pretty good.

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#7 posted 05-10-2015 10:25 PM

The best part about doing a restoration like this is that you learn how everything works, how it all goes together, and gain priceless insight into the how’s any whys of the maintenance routine. If and when you have a wear or failure issue you will be far better prepared to diagnose and fix it.
I’d really like to tear my 510 down but as it is in near new condition I would need a good excuse …...... like maybe a PowerPro upgrade ….... yes ….. that has a nice ring to it…...

Thanks for the thread Jake. We love to talk about our ShopSmiths.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#8 posted 05-10-2015 10:45 PM

For me, upgrades and restorations fall into two different categories. I could have spent money on upgrades but in my case I needed to get her operational before I could do anything else. Don’t get me wrong, I have quite the “list” of upgrades and even did a few minor ones along the way but I don’t see any of the bigger ones happening in the near future. Once I get this restoration complete I have a couple of projects that need to get done and the functions that I gained from the SS will definitely make things easier. Maybe further down the road I will look at upgrading the motor and switch over to the poly v-belt but that would be well after upgrading the OEM table to 510 or 520 table. I actually plan on doing all of my tablesaw work on my Delta 10”; I could see doing small projects on the SS but I have to get the blade guard before that happens! Paul, you are absolutely right about knowing the inside and out of this machine after restoring it; as a matter of fact I was talking to a friend of mine who is having an issue with his SS and I told him I think I know what is wrong just by listening to him tell me what it was doing. As soon as I get my jointer back together and the bushings back from my dad for the bandsaws blade guide bearings I’ll send out another update and pics.

-- Jake

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