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Shopsmith Mark V Restoration

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Project by Heath posted 04-07-2010 09:43 PM 5802 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a budding Shopsmith enthusiast and this is my 3rd Shopsmith (the other two being older Model 10ER machines). This one wasn’t in too bad of shape when I got it (last picture), but I still decided to tear it down and completely refurbish it. I enjoy rebuilding old woodworking machines (I also have a couple vintage jointers and a lathe in my collection) and when I do, I like to give them a personal touch. I don’t like for them to look like everybody else’s machine.

I’m also a huge New Orleans Saints fan and had decided to go with a paint scheme honoring them about half way through their historic Super Bowl season. The only change I made to my design after the Super Bowl was to add the Super Bowl XLIV logo.

These are fun machines to use, and now that I’ve got it looking so great I can’t wait to get it all dirty from use!

-- "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso





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Swede

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 10:05 PM

Nice Restore Job. Do you know what year it was made?

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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Heath

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 10:19 PM

This one was made in 1986. So it’s relatively young and new compared to my other tools. I also have two 10ERs that were made in 1949 and 1950 by my best guesses.

-- "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso

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MedicKen

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 10:24 PM

Nice job!!

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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DaddyZ

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 10:28 PM

Excellent !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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richgreer

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 10:37 PM

I have a soft spot in my heart for ShopSmith. I began woodworking with a ShopSmith many years ago. I still have that original ShopSmith but it is now only used for a few miscellaneous tasks. Nonetheless, ShopSmith is a great beginners tool and for many, it is all you will need. It’s pure American and very well engineered.

I really like seeing a well restored ShopSmith original. Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 04-07-2010 11:00 PM

I deffently donĀ“t know this mashine
but it seams to me you have make a excelent job
on this one , it looks brand new to me , and your
painting job looks great too

congrats with the very fine restored mashine

Dennis

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Rick Boyett

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#7 posted 04-07-2010 11:24 PM

WHODAT Say dey gonna beat dem Saints now WHODAT!!

It looks great man..

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I post there as RickBoy…

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OregonBurls

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#8 posted 04-07-2010 11:27 PM

That looks nice! I have one rotting away in my back yard.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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Heath

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#9 posted 04-08-2010 12:26 AM

WHODAT!! I’ll check out the site, Rick.

-- "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 04-08-2010 01:59 AM

Excellent restoration. I had a shopsmith for many years and it was an extremely useful machine. I used it freqquently because of its portability and flexability when I was restoring some boats. Lost it during Katrina.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Rick Boyett

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#11 posted 04-08-2010 02:54 AM

Oh man, all us Cajuns, Creoles, and just plain crazy Louisiana folk are gonna start come out of the woodwork..

Heath, I guarantee that you’ll become very popular over at SR.com if you post up pics of that Shop Smith. Obviously every Whodat is going nuts over anything with a Fleur-de-lis on it..

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Shopsmithtom

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#12 posted 04-08-2010 04:04 AM

Great job. I’ve restored a bunch of Shopsmiths & have one 10er at my summer place & 2 10er’s, a MK5 and a MK5 “shorty” in my home shop. I think I enjoy putzing with them as much as I love building stuff with them. A question, though, since I haven’t gotten my aluminum parts to look as nice as you have. What steps do you take in polishing them up?

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

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Broglea

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#13 posted 04-08-2010 06:30 AM

Like Shopsmithton said – How do you get that aluminum looking so good?

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Heath

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#14 posted 04-08-2010 07:02 AM

richgreer, the Shopsmith is a great tool for a beginner. But it’s also a great tool for an experienced woodworker. It has tremendous versatility.

oregonburls, you too can bring a Shopsmith back to life! Seriously, they’re actually very easy to work on and restore to great working order. The hard part is just the cosmetics.

Shopsmithtom and Broglea, the aluminum polishing was perhaps the most time intensive part of the restoration. Each part was sanded with 220 grit, then 400 wet, then 600 wet. Other aluminum polishers go through a greater array of grits, but that worked for me. After sanding, I went through a three step polishing process using black polishing compound on a spiral sewn wheel, brown compound on a cotton wheel, and white compound on a flannel wheel. It’s important to thoroughly clean each piece with acetone or mineral spirits between compounds so you don’t cross-contaminate your buffing wheels.

I mounted the buffing wheels on one of my Shopsmith 10ERs. In fact, I’ve found that the best tool for restoring a Shopsmith is another Shopsmith!

-- "I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso

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Shopsmithtom

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#15 posted 04-08-2010 02:53 PM

Thanks for the polishing update. When I get some time, I think I’ll go back & do mine that way. I agree as to using a Smith to restore another one. I’ve used one of my 10er’s with a wire wheel setup to clean up rusty tubes from other machines. -SST

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

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