shopsmith turnings

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Project by breadly posted 01-26-2012 05:46 PM 871 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a Christmas gift a couple years ago, my father-in-law bequeathed to me a ShopSmith from the 1940’s. I guess it belonged to my wife’s great-grandfather.

I spent some time cleaning it up, and while i can’t bring myself to use the table-saw function, It’s worked great as a drill press, sanding disc and lathe.

Since I’d never owned a lathe before, i tried my hand at some turnings. First two bowls are made from 2×12 contractor grade pine. The “cup” is made from a small hunk of moldy/spalted oak i found in the leaves on a walk in the woods. Haven’t succeeded at anything larger yet.

Wifey was kind enough to provide hand-modeling services for the ‘baby-bowl’ :-)

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#1 posted 01-26-2012 05:50 PM

A cool bunch of turnings.

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 05:58 PM

Nice turnings. You need to join this forum. They are a great and knowledgeable bunch and they’ll tune you up on all the ways to use your vintage machine.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees.

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#3 posted 01-26-2012 08:59 PM

Great turning work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-27-2012 01:05 AM

Nice work. Dry pine is one of the toughest woods to turn.
Glad to see another shopsmith user around.
All the bowls I have posted here were turned on an old SS 10ER.

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