|Project by Tim Royal||posted 11-21-2014 05:01 AM||2548 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
The Shopsmith is much revered or much reviled. There seem to only be 2 opinions on the subject. I think they can be a very effective machine, but I really don’t like the table saws for more than some minor work since the tables are small and the tilt system is awkward to say the least. I already have a table saw as you can see in my blog entries, but needed some additional power tools without sacrificing space.
Enter the Shopsmith 10er. The 10er we have provides our small shop with a mediocre 8 1/2 inch table saw, a good drill press, large 12 in. disc sander, lathe and horizontal boring machine all for $80!! Yet even this machine is too large for our shop, hence the choice of a 10er over a Mark V and this project. The 10er also has a cult following of guys who get a lot more out of them than they were originally designed for.
My buddy Dan and I built a small shop cabinet for lathe chisels, misc and blade storage using recycled wood from a desk. This cabinet is exactly the same height as our remodeled stand. We then pulled the original boards off the 10er stand and placed them in storage for posterity then shortened the stand by nearly half, leaving just enough space open on the top to place the drawer cabinet then added locking casters after remounting the machine. This gave us a very mobile base and a great deal more storage. The real bonus is the tiny footprint and the fact that with the machine laid out for it’s horizontal functions it is actually far more stable than the stock setup or a Mark V!
-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton