I am keeping this entry brief as I am a bit limited on time. I have heard many critiques of the Shopsmith over the years. I have always found it to be an ingenious woodworking tool for someone with very limited space. The tablesaw has it’s issues, which have been talked about in a million forums, but I have a tablesaw that I am happy with, what I do not have nor have space for is power sanding, a bandsaw, a lathe and a drillpress.
The primary strengths of a Shopsmith in my situation are the drill press and horizontal boring machine, the ability to add machines and the lathe. The two Shopsmiths available are the common Mark V and the original 10e/10er and each has advantages. The Mark V has more power, a better tablesaw and is more flexible with add on tools while the original is more stable as a lathe and I believe makes a better drill press, as well as being available in good shape in my area for as little as $75. These are my primary needs and so I began to lobby Dan to purchase one, as I owned the TS. We found the one pictured below for only $80 in excellent original condition. I have added the cabinet/stand to my projects as I built it together with Dan to further reduce the SS’s footprint and increase the storage. It is simple shop furniture using recycled and re-purposed wood from an older oak desk. The most amazing thing is the stability that it adds vs. a stock 10er stand. I have not yet done any turning with this machine, but I suspect it will be rock solid compared to most SS lathe setups. It is also amazing how small the footprint now is!
I have been at work in our new shop… a sneak peak of the coffee table I am making for my daughter:
It is a combination of pallet and recycled walnut over a 1/2 inch mdf base. The beautiful spalted oak was a nice bonus!
-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton