Shopsmith Restoration #2: The Treasure Trove

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 02-16-2010 10:36 PM 3396 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: An offer I couldn't refuse Part 2 of Shopsmith Restoration series Part 3: Unpacking - Terrible Condition »

As you may know, I have been gifted a Shopsmith but it needs restoration.

Well, This afternoon we loaded the Shopsmith and the second “spares” machine in our bakkie (pickup) and drove it 2.5 hours home. Most of the trip was in rain, with almost half of the drive time spent peering through a rain storm worse than I have seen in the last 5 years. At times the visibility was down to about 3 car lengths.

I’m not worried about any rust from the trip, because this is how my new toy has been stored for the last few years

The Shopsmith


Its Legs


The Shopsmith Clone made in Taiwan.

Tomorrow I’ll unload the machines and take better pictures for posting (if there is sun).

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 02-16-2010 11:20 PM

What you have is NOT a shopsmith. It’s an import copy that (I think) was sold through Menards in the 1980’s as a “Woodmaster”. As I remember, many parts are close enough copies as to be interchangeable. Good luck on the restoration. I’ve restored several Shopsmiths…some that were real basket cases, and it’s very rewarding when you’re done to use the machine. -SST

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

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#2 posted 02-17-2010 01:27 AM

It looks as if you have your work cut out for you.This machine was obviously neglected for a long time. I had a Shopsmith back in the 70’s and it came in really handy since I would take it to the boathouse alot. The multifunction part was quite handy, even thought it was a hassle between setups. After many years of hard use it became primarily a horizontal drill and a lathe. I definitely got my moneys worth out of it. I remember paying around $800 for it.
good luck on your restoration..

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 02:08 AM

I’m a little confused. Did you say that you have obtained two machines? The first picture does look like a Shopsmith. If so that is the machine you should concentrate your restoration on because the older model 500 is still supported by Shopsmith Inc. in Dayton Ohio.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 02-17-2010 01:29 PM

ShopsmithTom & 8iowa – I have 2 machines.

One is a Shopsmith and the other is a Master Shop.

My next post shows the two machines and the sad condition they are in.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#5 posted 02-17-2010 01:31 PM

Good luck.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#6 posted 02-17-2010 04:18 PM


There is a lot of restoration and “experts” on the Shopsmith forum;

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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