In a previous blog, I mentioned getting a hold of several older Shopsmiths in various stages of disrepair. My goal was to make enough on the resale of a couple to keep a couple of the accessories that came with. I have an acquaintance who expressed an interest, so this first project goes to him.
By serial #, this machine dates to about 1957, and although the before pic makes it look pretty bad, it was all there and only needed a new gilmer belt for the variable speed drive. They switched to a poly-v belt in about 1960, but gilmer belts are still available. Everything else was ok but dirty and rusty, but with an extensive cleanup and lubrication along with a new electrical cord and on-off switch, the mechanicals were done.
The rest was cosmetic. I used 2 colors of hammer finish enamel, and lots of elbow grease. (Always clean off all contaminants like oils and elbow grease before painting)
After I take a brief rest, I’ll re-do Smith # 2 and find a new home for it, and I’ll keep the 3rd one, shorten the way tubes and make a “mini” power station for some of my accessories. Then it will be time for some woodworking. -SST
-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you