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Blog entry by SST posted 08-18-2009 10:09 PM 7419 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all, let me preface this by saying (yet again) that I am not a Shopsmith collector. (I’m not a plane collector, either, but that’s another story)

I did, however, trade some carving basswood for a non running Shopsmith. Since I already have 2-10er’s (if you’re not a Shopsmith guy, you can check my previous tool review of a 10er for reference) and an old “greenie” mark 5 shorty in the shop (cut down tubes) that I use mostly for running the jointer & bandsaw, I really didn’t feel I needed another in my fairly small shop.

My first thought was to simply upgrade from the greenie to the newer, 1983 model to run the peripheral tools, but the 1958 greenie runs every bit as well as the 1983, so it seemed a shame to relegate it to parts storage, so I decided that if one headstock is good, then two would be better. The result saves space, but still satisfies the “Tim, the toolman Taylor” in me.

I mounted the headstocks opposing each other so that I have a left side power coupling at each end of the machine. (The right side couplings still work for the table saw & disc sander) That way the bandsaw & jointer can stay hooked up if I choose. This is the way it will get the most use. I give up the lathe & drill press functions, but one of my other machines will handle them.

By the way, if you wonder why Shopsmith owners get less woodworking done than separate tool guys, it’s not because of the change over time…it’s because, instead of woodworking, they spend too much time playing with their tools. (yeah, I know, but I just couldn’t resist) -SST

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

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#1 posted 08-18-2009 10:30 PM

awesome… and yes, you have too many SS…. I’ll send you my address, so that you can be relieved of one. I always wanted one for the boring/drilling/lathe functionality. I think it’s a great machine to have for those.

really nice setup on the double-header. that thing must weigh a ton – literally.

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#2 posted 08-18-2009 10:59 PM

Now THAT’S usin’ the old bean. Great idea.


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#3 posted 08-19-2009 01:30 AM

I don’t think it weighs as much as one on my old 10er’s. The old ones have cast iron parts & the mark 5’s use aluminum. But it’s still a bit on the heavy side. Thank God it’s on casters. -SST

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

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 01:42 AM


A few years back I photoshopped a second headstock on a machine with a story about how to run them in tandem… of course it was a story for April Fools day but I got a bunch of takers on the idea and photos. Think of two sanding disks together in the middle and them both touching and matching speed to provide twice the power….

So now you come along and show a two head machine, is it for real? Have to say it looks real.

How about a name for it like a “5&V” or a “V&5” as in one machine is a Mark 5 and the other a Mark V.

I can also see you need a helper so you can rip on one saw while the helper molds an edge on the second machine…. or maybe….

Let us know how this works out for you.

-- Knight of the Shopsmith

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#5 posted 08-20-2009 04:27 AM

what are you doing with all the wasted space…you could easily two-tier this baby…come on man,..challenge yourself…with a ladder and another tier of headstocks your floor space would be the same…

OK…you are amazing…great stuff…now put this bad boy into a video so all those single function machine owners could see how great we have it…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 06-25-2013 07:47 PM

I am about to do the same thing. I have a Greenie and a Goldie, but i am going to have them facing opposite directions. That way I can round a piece of wood between centers on one side, and with a chuck on the other side finish bowls or a chalice! My tubes are full size so I should have plenty of room, plus the extra weight will help in stabling my Frankensmith!

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#7 posted 08-23-2014 01:45 PM

I have employed dual carriages but never dual headstocks. The configuration is similar to having a couple Shorties only these remain connected. I see no probable issues with this at all so long as you do not need the drill press of lathe functions.

Just thinking out loud now: If you coupled them together on the back side and powered only one of them would the idle one be running in reverse?

I just noticed that this is an old post but interesting anyhow.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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