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Forum topic by RossJ posted 12-04-2013 12:17 AM 2097 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2013 12:17 AM

Hi all, I’m a new member.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

I bought a vintage Shopsmith 10E, and would like to oil, polish, refurbish however is needed, and bring it to full and happy operating status.

As far as how to do this, any advice would be greatly appreciated. I went online and got a PDF of the Operating Manual. Haven’t read it all yet, but it is here. Hints about oils, belts, polishes, etc. all appreciated.

Mine came with a (really old) jigsaw attachment, which actually looks like it was used for some of the woodworking on Noah’s Ark. Also, a (approximately) 3” tiny jointer attachment. I find nothing like it in any of the information I found elsewhere online. There were shaper bits and an adapter, as well as miter guides, live center and faceplates, etc.

So, let me know what you know. I await tons of knowledge poured out of wise old heads, and will value and use that knowledge accordingly.

Thanks, Ross

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 12:30 AM

Shopsmith has their own forum, you should find a lot of other owners there with tips for you.

I have a 10ER that I bought and started to part out once. It’s sitting disassembled in a shed collecting rat poop right now. I don’t remember there being anything odd in regards to lubrication so whatever you do to clean up other machines should do the same. I know a lot of people with little room like them a lot, but I didn’t like that big open space under the tablesaw.

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 12:48 AM

On the ShopSmith forum there is a thread by mickyd about his restoration of a 10ER.
He took it from a worthless pile of frozen rust to better than showroom condition and he documented every step. The thread is an incredible resource for anyone restoring a 10E or 10ER.

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 01:23 AM

Yahoo Groups has a pretty good ShopSmith 10ER user group.

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 01:40 AM

What Paul said
What Joe said the SS forum is a great resource for all things Shopsmith

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 05:37 AM

I, too, have a 10Er, currently on loan to a son in law. I sold off the jointer attachment—too small to be of any value except for bird houses—and the jigsaw too. It was moody.

And yes, the table saw is dangerous (at some point some owner of the company did a retrofit for that) but as a lathe, horizontal borer, drill press and disc sander, you’ve got yourself some good stuff with small feetprints.

I remember using lots of steel wool to get it in decent shape. If the ways aren’t clean, any of the main adjustments are difficult. Focus there. And you’ll want new belts is my bet.



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