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I got an old 1955 Shopsmith that was very rusted and neglected to put it mildly. After lots of sandblasting, sanding, painting and replacing damaged parts I have a beautiful piece for my shop :)
-- Chuck, chuckvosburgh.com
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#1 posted 07-13-2009 06:21 PM
Wow…looks like it just came out of the factory. Do you have any before pics ??
-- Don S.E. OK
#2 posted 07-13-2009 06:23 PM
Didn’t take any before pics. Wish I had, but believe me, it was pretty sad looking. Thanks for the nice comment!
#3 posted 07-13-2009 06:28 PM
Oh no problem Chuck…I am the worlds worse about taking pictures…..there are so many projects I have done over the years…and no pics for them. I just like to see old machines redone like yours…and also see how bad the were before.
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#4 posted 07-13-2009 06:56 PM
That’s a fantastic restoration! Like Don said, it looks like it just rolled off the assembly line.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"
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#5 posted 07-13-2009 07:04 PM
Super nice, I cannot believe how good it looks for its age.
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#6 posted 07-13-2009 07:08 PM
Chuck, I have one I bought new in 1981 and it didn’t look that good straight out of the box. Great job!!!
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#7 posted 07-13-2009 07:08 PM
And I thought I had an OLD Shop Smith with it being 1984 model. It looks great real nice job in restoring it. For a tip I added a shelf on the bottom for some accessories I made out of 2×4 and 5/8 dowels it turned out to be a great addition. How did you come across this? I picked up mine from a widow that didn’t want it to go to waist by her son-in-law. Its a great tool I hope you have as much fun using it as I do with mine.
-- David '65
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#8 posted 07-13-2009 07:45 PM
Looks great, I have one almost like it I got from my Dad, I use for my lathe and love it because of the speed control!
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#9 posted 07-13-2009 08:42 PM
Epic/ Classic!!!!!!!! Blkcherry
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#10 posted 07-13-2009 08:57 PM
really terrific job, looks great!
-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/
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#11 posted 07-13-2009 09:05 PM
sweet, man. that’s WAY more effort i could ever imagine putting into it. I love what you did though – the paint job is fantastic, to say the least. the thing belongs in a museum now!
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#12 posted 07-13-2009 09:38 PM
Now there a beaut!
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#13 posted 07-13-2009 09:44 PM
Pretty as could be.
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#14 posted 07-13-2009 10:49 PM
Where did you come up with the colors they look great.
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#15 posted 07-13-2009 10:52 PM
Heck, my shopsmith is older than that one. :)
I use a Shopsmith 10-ER as my everyday and only lathe. It predates the modern ownership of the company by a while.
A little oil, and it fired right up after sitting in storage for 20 years. My Father in Law “loaned” it to me, it was his fathers. He gets the occasional pen or bowl from me in return for using it as it was meant to be used.
They sure knew how to build them back then.
-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett
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