my vintage Shopsmith markV

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Forum topic by jman95 posted 03-29-2016 02:58 PM 649 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2016 02:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shopsmith vintage equipment restored

A few weeks ago I came across a Shopsmith markV on craigs list. The ad stated shopsmith for parts only not working $125. It was the machine no casters was missing the inspection plate and the drive hubs on tail side of head stock. The top tubess had 50% rust and bottom tubs 90% the paint looked very bad plus it had varnish and about three other colors splshed alll over it. Not to mention someone had mixed and spilled apoxy all over this thing. It had the main table end table and the tailstock and tool rest for lathe and thats it. So I had got a good deal on a complete unit with bandsaw and jointer a few months back and was on the look out for a cheap machine alone as I did not need all the extras. But learning from my dad a second machine is nice as it stops a lot of tearing down setups when working. Now I am a huge SS fan as my dad bought his first when I was 4yrs old so not having a big shop either it was a no brainer for me. Not to mention my dad was proud and I got to buy back some childhood.. The man said the motor runs but it won’t do anything. Also this is 3 hrs from my house one way but in oklahoma I don’t see to many cheap deals so I jumped in the car and went. When I got there the guy goes its already broke down its in my trunk which was odd because the photo was together but it wasn’t like he just pulled the head stock off. he torn the head stock down and had lost all the screws thats what I scene right away. The motor had no end on cord but he said it does work. Well it looked like it was all there so I pay him and leave. Getting home I seen the pully set on motor was froze tight and would not slide and thought thats whats wrong it set for 20 plus yrs and froze up. (and it was) So I took that alll apart and oiled the bearings in motor when I relized the start cap was missing. No pro I have one put it on and motor runs great. Now I take the whole head stock down clean all bearings and the inside real good. the poly belt was about to breakbut v belt looked good. Bought new screws put together and ordered the belt hubs and inspection plate. Used daily a few weeks then just could not take the ugly. So I torn it all the way down and pollished the aluminum knobs and went to get some machine grey paint when I was like Why does it have to be grey? A friend of mine use to have a chopper painted a cream white with green and thats when it came to me this is thee colors I want. I do not own a sand blaster so a brass wire wheel on my other shopsmith and a lot of time and I got it clean. I two toned it the belt and motor pan white and headstock carrage and endplates green while doing the legs white. the tilt under the table I did white and the lathe rest and tailstock. Lubed everything real good and installed the new belt as it went back together. I think I will do my jointer and band saw the same color. The other machine will be the creme white and maybe a light brown that way the jointer will still match. Not sure yet but I think I wan’t them different. It came out good it kinda has a 50’s vibe to it you know like when people took pride in what they made. Not only does it work but it looks good doing it. Man those times are gone now.


Anyhow I need to get a set of casters sometime but other than that I could not be happier. I hope you guys like. Also I enjoyed this and am thinking about doing up a few and selling them so if you are interested or live close and want one redone I would be open to it. my email is

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#1 posted 03-29-2016 03:13 PM

A guy on the Shop Smith forum did one just like that!!!!!!!LOL

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#2 posted 03-29-2016 03:18 PM

Very Very nice job!!!
I’ve been heading in the same direction found a old SS and cleaned it up and all was good but it was sooo ugly with the stained tubes and all but found a very clean 510 for $400 and drove 300 miles round tripe to get it.
There’s just something about them when their all shiny and new looking. lol
Just love the mods you’ve done to yours may have to take a second look at my oldy and paint her up.
She purrs like a kitten so why not.

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#3 posted 03-29-2016 03:21 PM

Looks good. I like the color combination you used.

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 03:22 PM

Oh yeah, almost forgot…


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