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Project by socrbent posted 04-07-2012 06:31 PM 1969 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are the 3 accessories I made to help use the 56 ‘greenie’ Shopsmith as my lathe – tool holder, platform and leg extensions. Leg extensions brought the lathe up to a height I like and the castors make it much more mobile in my shop. Added a straight throw lever on the right end to stop it rolling while turning. I used some scrapwood to make the platform and tool holder.
I inherited the Shopsmith from my dad. It was in sad shape having set many years in an unheated chicken house that Dad converted to his shop.

-- socrbent Ohio





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stefang

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 11:22 AM

looks great except for the rusty bed bars on the bottom. Wonderful machines.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Florida_Jim

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 02:20 PM

It looks like it’s not a “greenie” any more.
How do you like your variable speed upgrade?
Is it worth the cost?

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shipwright

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 02:41 PM

Ahhh, I see Power pro here. I’ll add my request to JIm’s. Is it worth the money ?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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nobuckle

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 03:42 PM

Ingenious upgrade. The Magna Tool ShopSmith was my first serious woodworking machine. It was in pretty rough shape when I got it but after some TLC I had it up and running in no time. I have since permantly mounted it to be used exclusively as a lathe. I’m glad to have it.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Paul M Cohen

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 12:53 AM

I also have to PowerPro upgrade and love it, especially for turning. The ability to go down to 250 RPM make is a great lathe. The 2HP motor also is makes it a great table saw for cutting wide dadoes with the very heavy Dadonator blade.

I did the DIY upgrade and sold all the left over parts, it brought the cost of the upgrade down to a few hundred dollars.

-- Paul, Beaverton OR, www.TravelbyPaul.com

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socrbent

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#6 posted 04-09-2012 02:58 AM

I haven’t done enough turning yet to really know the benefits of the Power Pro headstock. But when I was choosing between buying a dedicated lathe or using the Shopsmith, I narrowed my wish list down to the Nova DVR or upgrading the Shopsmith. When I learned that the Power Pro uses the Nova motor and electronics my choice turned to the Shopsmith upgrade. Like Paul above I converted it to 220 to get the full motor power. The Electronic speed control is a real plus to me along with the reversing. This was a less costly way to go while still keeping a tool inherited from my dad who taught me to turn when I was a teenager on his green Sears lathe back in the early sixties.

The old head stock had bearings that were in bad shape. In fact it was seized up when I first brought it into my shop. The speed control was patched together and the wiring was in dangerous condition.

I was able to swap headstocks at the warehouse in Dayton Ohio which was only a 40 minute drive.

-- socrbent Ohio

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