Since I really don’t need another Shopsmith in my shop but can’t seem to stop buying & restoring them, I have a constant need to find friends or relatives who need/want one for their shops. Thankfully, that hasn’t been a problem so far. This latest machine will go to a friend who’s in the furniture repair & restoration business.
This machine dates to 1962 by the serial # and while it’s 48 years old, is basically the same as the most recent units. It was in the back corner of a barn covered with dirt, grime & some rust. I wish I had taken my camera to get a pic that way, but the pile of parts will have to suffice as a before pic.
Thankfully most of the parts were there, but it was non-running. Most machines that have sat are reluctant to start up & shouldn’t be anyway. There’s something about 1/2 century old congealed grease in the bearings that just screams “don’t mess with me”, so I don’t. I don’t worry about that because almost all that these machines need to run like new are new bearings in the motor & headstock and a good clean & lube. New paint helps but is not necessary unless you want to impress your friends. (so this one got painted)
So, after the paint, (I stayed with the original colors even though going gray would make it look like a newer machine) new bearings throughout, and a re-grind on the jointer blades (with the help of another Shopsmith & simple jig) the finished product looks like this. By the way, I used Rust-oleum hammered finish that was almost a dead on match. They also have a color that is right on for the old “Greenies”.
There you go…just another day in the life of…Shopsmithtom
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