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Blog entry by John posted 05-13-2010 02:38 AM 899 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all Im a rookie when it comes to woodworking but would like to tinker with it now that at this stage in my life I have some time. Will put some DJ flight cases together first because that is what I do at this time DJ and Karaoke and the equipment need a good home for protection and safty.

Looking at a shopsmith because lack of space and I always wanted one from say the 1970 and just never did get one.

Now as far as exspertise goes have none only what I took in shop as a kid and from all the TV shows I watched like Mr chips,The new Yankee work shop, And Im sure there were others its to bad wood and things are so high in price now and look had a house and all that now just a mobile home and working out of a shed and in the driveway.

But its great to be alive and a chance to try and do some things with wood.

-- John Mississauga Ontario

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#1 posted 05-13-2010 02:44 AM

Hey John
Welcome to Ljs
I would suggest taking a evening woodworking class just for safety purposes.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-13-2010 02:47 AM

Wecome John, you will find alot of nice people and really great tips here.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 05-13-2010 03:43 AM

Welcome as well, there a lot of folks here that will give you all kind of advice about the that tool.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 04:47 AM

there are a lot of us that have shopsmith’s including myself. great tools i do have a table saw outside of the shopsmith. everyone here is so good to help out with information don’t hesitate to ask. the suggestion about safety is a good place to start. I will offer one warning about shopsmiths be extra weary of dangers with the tool. depending on the model the table saw function can have the blade open under the saw top which is dangerous if you are not careful. what model are you looking at? i think the newer mark Vs have a guard under the saw table top. I have an older 10 ER model which doesn’t. welcome to LJ and the world of woodworking. check out some good info there.

-- Got Wood?

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#5 posted 05-13-2010 05:45 AM

The mark v or 510 there are some ok prices I guess 500 to 1000 better then new price and yes I think there is a blade guard under the table

-- John Mississauga Ontario

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#6 posted 05-13-2010 06:43 AM

WElcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 02:05 AM

Welcome Rookie. Woodcraft stores usually have some beginner classes.

I suggest you try and take a few. It will point out some safety issues.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 02:23 AM

Yes ok will look around any help would be good.Was looking at the kreg pocket hole jig and like that a lot.
I just purchased a ssmkv with bansaw,jigsaw,jointer,beltsander,chesels,dado blades and other stuff for I think a very good price and will pickup this weekend.Not sure howto use it all and space is also at a limited.
We will see how it works out.

-- John Mississauga Ontario

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#9 posted 06-02-2010 11:41 PM

John, like you I always wanted a shopsmith too so when I retired – just this week, I bought a used one – just too many good used ones out there to pay full price for a new one. I got a 510 with the band saw, jointer and belt sander. So far I’ve used a lot of the options and it’s great. One thing you’ll find is that SS has unique fittings – like for saw blades – their saw blades have 1 1/4 inch arbors but you can buy a 5/8” arbor assembly to use your other blades on it. Same goes for lathe attachments – again you can by adapters to make others products fit. Good machine – I like mine.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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#10 posted 06-03-2010 12:04 AM

Hi John925 yes I see that went to all tools the place in canada that is left for ss owners to get parts or what ever from in canada.
I have played with it a bit oiled and cleaned up some was not in bad shape at all for a 21 year old machine it works and looks fine. I did get a 5/8 arbor for other blades and also a stacked dado blade and arbour came with the extra stuff. The one I ended up with was a mark v not a 510. There is a good looking one in london Ontario I almost went to get but found one in Kitchener Ontario it was closer to home.

-- John Mississauga Ontario

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