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Power Tools #1: Shopsmith Mark V Restoration

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Blog entry by Jerry posted 277 days ago 2839 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Please don’t laugh, I know all of you out there have “real” power woodworking tools.

I could not afford the stuff I wanted as I’m just getting started, and I thought a used Shopsmith might be a good way to get going fast.

So I bought this 1954 Shopsmith Mark V on Craigslist for $200.00. After I got it home, it promptly started making all kinds of terrible racket, and I discovered that I had bought $200.00 worth of junk, well almost.

I found a place where I could get bearings cheaply, and with a 5 year restoration of a 1974 Toyota Landcruiser under my belt, I felt no fear of tackling this project.

Motor Dissassmbly – The motor as well as the rest of the machine needs new bearings.

Some of the parts after sandblasting and ready for paint.

At this point the whole machine has been disassembled, sandlbasted, and painted. Here are
the components ready for new bearings and reassembly

The next seven pictures show the restored motor getting new bearings and then reassembled

Next the drive sheave is reinstalled, along with a new power cord. Then the whole motor
assembly is secured to the bottom pan.

The quill has had new bearings installed in this picture, and then gets a new Gilmer belt after
it’s reinstalled in the head housing.

This is the sheave driven by the motor. You can’t see it here, but it will be connected via a new v-belt.

The final assembly.

You can see it in action here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrD1ggrHIpw

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.



22 comments so far

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shipwright

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#1 posted 277 days ago

Nice job. You should post that on the restoration thread over at the SS forum.
Welcome to Lumberjocks. There are several SS fans here, myself included so you will fit right in.
What are you using for a power coupling? It doesn’t look like OEM stuff.

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

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Larry

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#2 posted 277 days ago

Like Shipwright said, you are not alone, I have a 1956 mk5 and a 10er, wish mine looked as good as yours, nice.

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jumbojack

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#3 posted 277 days ago

Welcome. Your ‘new’ Shopsmith looks great. No need to apologize either Shopsmith is still made in America.

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

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Jerry

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#4 posted 277 days ago

Thanks guys. I have a 10ER too that I’m getting ready to convert to a metal lathe…but that’s another story.

The power coupling is something I dreamed up so I wouldn’t have to spend 35 or 50 bucks for one at SS.

It’s a piece of nylon reinforced plastic hose. OD is .75, ID is 5/8. There are two steel bushings inserted with an OD of 5/8 and ID of 3/8. to stiffen everything up.

On the jointer end the bushing goes all the way to the end, there is a hole tapped and threaded for a 1/8 Allen set screw.

On the drive end the bushing does not go all the way to the end, rather just far enough to let the drive spindle go all the way in.

The set screw is tightened down on the jointer side and then covered with a hose clamp so it does not back out.

On the drive side, it’s held on the shaft simply by the hose clamp.

I was not sure this would work when I first cobbled it together, but at this point I’ve used it for several hours and it’s never failed or slipped once.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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shipwright

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#5 posted 277 days ago

That seems to be a good fix. I got two of the SS couplings with my 510 when I bought it a few years back and I’ve never managed to break one so I haven’t had to check the price. I also have a 10ER that I bought for $50 and restored.

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

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sras

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#6 posted 277 days ago

Looks like a first class restoration! It should serve you well for years (mine has)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

#7 posted 276 days ago

You may have bought an old SS in poor condition, but I would hesitate to call it “junk”.
I have a shop full of so called “real” tools, but i also have a 28 year old ShopSmith which I use quite often.
I wouldn’t part with it.
I also hesitate to do business with the company in Dayton.
I have rarely found them to be friendly and never inexpensive.
That said, it’s the good drillpress, sanding center, lathe and horizontal boring mill.
And it only takes up the floor space of a bicycle!

By the way, you did a fine restoration.

Don

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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Dan Krager

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#8 posted 276 days ago

No laughter here, Jerry, just big smiles that someone thinks the same way I did in 1975! ShopSmith is a fantastic way to get a hobby established, and I used it in my woodworking business to grow it. It was my only tool for many years until I became a dealer for Tony Fox’s SuperShop. I still have one of those and hope to be able to afford another one next year. I’ve had to walk by a couple. Don’t get me wrong…these multipurpose tools don’t replace production equipment if you need to go there, but I would hate to be without one in my small purely custom, make stuff to order, how the heck am I going to do that, shop.
What a joy to see such a thorough restore! Fantastic work. Thank you for sharing. Now to find that SS forum Jim mentioned.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Schummie

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#9 posted 276 days ago

Beautiful machine Jerry, you don’t hear me laughing.
You bring a beautiful machine back to live, a great restoration.
My compliment, keep on the good work and make some more videos.

Henrie.

-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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Bill White

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#10 posted 276 days ago

Not gonna hear me beatin’ up on SS. I had an 11” bandsaw and 4” jointer on a power stand for 15 years. Upgraded both, but they sure served me well.
Nice job on the resto.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Jerry

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#11 posted 276 days ago

Wow, I got up this AM to all these new posts. Thank you one and all for your valued comments and compliments. This was a big job and you didn’t see all the problems I had to overcome to finish it, so the compliments are very much appreciated.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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BigDumbAnimal

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#12 posted 276 days ago

Great job on the restoration. I’ve got one from 1955 that could use that kind of attentions. Your thread might just be enough to get me off my butt and started on it.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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Jerry

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#13 posted 276 days ago

BigDumbAnimal, well if you need any help or advice or sourcing for parts, let me know. The gilmer belts and v belts can be bought on ebay through this seller:

http://www.ebay.com/usr/bandsaw-tire-warehouse

and for the cheapest bearings on the planet, VXB bearings

http://www.vxb.com/ballbearings.html?gclid=CM6F4tnm_roCFY9sfgod-WQAKA

is the place to go. Bearings there are as high a quality as any you will find, but you can buy almost all the bearings you will need for a paltry price of $6.00 to $14.00 a pair, even for the biggest ones needed like on the quill.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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Jimbo817

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#14 posted 275 days ago

Beautiful job on that restore Jerry, it takes me back to 1983 when I bought my Shop Smith new. I still have it although I don’t use it much anymore, but I remodeled my first house using nothing but that Shop Smith. I always wanted to upgrade to a model 510, but never did. I doubt if there’s any machine sold today that’s going to be worth rebuilding in 50 years. Luckily a lot of the parts are still available. If your Land Cruiser restore is anywhere near the perfection of this Shop Smith I’m sure it’s beautiful also!

-- Measure twice and cut once, after you sharpen your pencil!

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Jerry

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#15 posted 274 days ago

Thanks Jimbo817. Here’s a link to the landcruiser restoration.

http://megaliquidatordirect.com/TheFJ40.com/

Here’s a quick video of the restoration showing the good parts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBisQZwyKIs

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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