This is a long story about getting a used Shop Smith.
Been getting back into wood working the last year and an working out of my 2 car garage.
I really only have half because the lawnmower and motor cycle take up quite a bit a room.
Been using a small Dewalt contractors saw which I love for it’s great fence system.
My drill press, and two sanders are HF with the Sears 12” band saw.
I’m just making very small toy parts so don’t need or want any thing bigger.
All this said we come to a used Shop Smith which I will be picking up tomorrow, YES!!!
Building my last project the Toys and Joys excavator I really needed to do a lot of drilling and some fancy drilling at that.
Drilling out a 1/4” hole in a 6” long 1/2” dowel for the hydraulics can be quite interesting work.
Just a couple a degrees off and it’s out the side, plus if it isn’t dead center it just doesn’t look right.
I got it done after trying three different jigs.
All the jigs could make one but not consistently.
But I finely figured out a way.
The whole time in the back of my mind I’m thinking if I just had my trusty old Shop Smith it would be a snap.
I have been halfheartedly looking for one on Craigslist for a while but just didn’t want to pay $500 for one at that time, now I’m not saying their not worth it cause they for!
Now to the tale of the shop Smith find.
[Turns out it was 1981 not 1977] Up date on bad memory.
Years ago 1977 or so any mall you went in would be having a Shop Smith demo and being a lover of wood working and at the time helping build Harris Dam as a carpenter, them demos would really put the fire in to you for a work shop.
So I finally got up the nerve and signed the doted lone on one.
Traded a motor cycle I had for a small 10’ by 10’ barn and started making toys and the like with my brand new Shop Smith.
I built just about all the toys in the shop smith books.
Trains planes, steam boats, cranes,air planes.
Even started a cabinet shop.
But I’m getting ahead of my self, what really got me to bite the bullet was a friend bought one before me and had it in his room still in the box.
It’s funny but I had to twist his arm to let me help him get it out of the box and put together.
So I had the fun and joy of opening and putting one together even before I got mine.
Five years later he was helping me in my work shop building things for Apple Bees and the like, and the sad thing is that saw of his was still in his room gathering dust. lol
Now you say what has this got to do with buying a used Shop Smith???
Well yesterday I got on the list and there was a SS for sale for $225.
It was in an area where my friend used to live he’s since lived in Alaska and now is in South America.
So I call to check it out and it’s the very same saw I put together nearly 40 years ago, now how cool is that!
So tomorrow I’m driving 120 miles to pick up a used shop smith I helped put together.
And know for a fact it wasn’t used for the first ten years of it’s life.
The man that has it I knew as a young boy down the street from where my friend lived.
And here’s a link on how great the ss is as a drill press, which is the main reason I want it and for some small lathe work.
Tomorrow I get a shop smith to play with and bring back to it’s old shiny self. Yahoo!!!
-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.