Shopsmith Mark V (500) Restoration Project

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Project by DaveH posted 01-18-2009 12:12 AM 21406 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just picked up this 1953 Mark V. It was my Dad’s and it is the saw I used for my first wood project. Not sure how I’m going to use it but I’m just starting a complete restorationl. I’ll post pictures when it’s done.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 12:15 AM

These are very popular and many a man and woman have made great stuff on them and of course it was your dad’s so I wish you everything well with it make sure you learn to use the lathe on it many a good thing can be made better with a bit of turned wood on it kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 12:28 AM

I think you have a fine start for some future woodworking projects. I also have a Shopsmith as my main equipment. I purchased it new back in the 70’s and it has served me well and reliably ever since. I recently upgraded it to the 520 version and really like the bigger tables and support system.

At various times in its life; my Shopsmith has generated income, done home improvements, built furniture, built a deck, installed hardwood floors and too many other things to remember. Right now it is building a new home for all of its special purpose tools and accessories. Since it has done so much to improve my life, I thought I would return the favor for a change.

I will be posting this as a project in the very near future.

Good luck with your refurbish and may it have a long life and many heirlooms for future generations.

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 12:44 AM

I’m guessing I’ll primarily be using the saw for lathe work and as a horizontal drill. I have stand alone equipment for the rest of the capabilities. I’m doing the restoration primary for the memories.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#4 posted 01-18-2009 01:14 AM

Good luck with it. Having it in the shop would bring back some memories. I am embarking on the same quest with a different tool, a Powermatic 20” band saw.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#5 posted 01-18-2009 01:34 AM

Good luck on the restoration…any equipment should be well-cared for or restored…I’m working on a double brace and bits removing rust…and years of neglect…your Shop Smith will look brand new when you’re done…and it’s still, probably very usable.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 01-18-2009 04:23 AM

Not sure if you know but Shopsmith has videos available on how to restore a Shopsmith .free on the web.

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#7 posted 01-18-2009 05:10 AM

A versatile machine…
Good luck with the restoration work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 01-18-2009 05:06 PM

Hey Dave, this looks very familiar to me! Take a look at my project:

-- Have a blessed day!

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#9 posted 01-18-2009 05:09 PM

Your Dad’s venerable work horse deserves your loving restoration.
I’ve had mine since the mid 70s and, except for one 4 month hiatus, it’s been in use at least once a week. Since I retired 3 years ago, the old gal has been working every day.
My twin sons’ Jr. High had 3 of these machines in their woodshop. They were ahead of the game when it came to using those machines, as they had been working with me for a few years before.
they are already squabbling about which one will get it when I’m gone.
Have fun!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 01-18-2009 05:41 PM

I have a Super Shop and i use it as a lathe, disk sander, and horizontal boring machine. I am afraid of the table saw… That is why I have a separate cabinet saw.

-- making sawdust....

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#11 posted 01-19-2009 11:54 PM

looks good! I was fortunate enough to find a used 1996 model year Mark V, so I didn’t have to do nearly the restoration and very little maintenance! I hear these things are a blast to restore though, and frighteningly simple to restore (with a little elbow grease). HAVE FUN!

-- Jace - - - --

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#12 posted 01-20-2009 06:17 AM

I just finished restoring a couple of this vintage machine. I know a couple of great sources of parts, schematics, and general rebuilding info on that vintage machine. The “greenies” are unique in a couple of ways even though they work pretty much the same as later mark 5’s. If you’re interested, send me an e-mail on this site & I’ll hook you up. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#13 posted 01-21-2009 02:04 AM

Dave, great old machine I don’t have a greenie yet but still looking. I have a 510 I bought new in 95 and a Brownie from 1963 I got about a year ago and working on. As you can see I like the old ER’s and have 6 now and my picture was of my latest rebuild. Love to see what yours look like when you are done and if you have not gotten on the SS forum yet please join us. Thanks for the invite to your site.
Broken Arrow OK

-- Bill, Broken Arrow OK.

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#14 posted 04-22-2009 03:26 PM

I’ve been a SS owner for – oh, I don’t know – maybe 27 years or so. Although I now have a shop full of other stand-alone machines, I started with the SS in an eighty square foot room! Hardly enough room to swing a cat (so to speak).
I still use it often. It stands, most of the time, set up as a sanding station with a 6×48 belt sander, a little drum sander and a 16” flat disc sander, all ready at the flick of the switch.
I also think it’s the best drill press I have ever used for woodworking. The lathe setup also gets used from time to time. The band saw attachment is on its own powered base now.
No matter what other tools I will own, I’ll keep the ol’ MK5 goin’!


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#15 posted 04-22-2009 04:20 PM

Dittos. I too have a shop full of machines but the Shopsmith is really a great addition. In fact, I have 2 Greenies now that I have rebuilt the headstocks on. I just finished de-rusting and polishing the bench tubes and polishing the aluminum parts on one. Need to finish the painting and I’ll post some pictures.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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