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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:01 pm 
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Pics from christmas time. My Uncle bought this Shopsmith Mark V new in the late 80's early 90's approximately. He has given up woodworking and wanted it to go to someone who would use it:

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My dad drove to GA in the fall and picked it up for 'us' he is going to 'use' it (very little, as he's not a woodworker, but wants to 'do a project')
Shopsmith Mark V with the add-on bandsaw, making it a 6 in 1 tool.

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My uncle was not a turner... the turning tools still have the factory grind and even the tip covers on them still!

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I did a little turning with it when I was down there at christmas time. I'll be ordering a couple more tool rests for it before I do much more. I'll also be building a stand to raise up the whole rig before I do much more turning on it.

I've got about another year and a half before we move down to VA, a lot of work to be done up here, but that will be waiting for me when I get down there finally.

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That is great Ned.

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hey Ned,
Since it almost there, I think it
deserves a large "you suck! "

What a nice uncle and father you have!

Enjoy the new multitool, they are amazing.

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thanks guys!

wow a 'you suck' when I technically don't even Have the tool yet!

I'm already planning on where I'll have it in the layout when I finally get that round tuit and get the shop going down there. I'm going to add a couple of things to it, there's a much better banjo I can get for making it a more talented lathe, and a speed reducer as well... so for $450 I can get a much larger/more powerful lathe than I currently have. I'll take that. That is unless the reported new power head is out by then and is in that price range (or even a little more)... at that point it would be like having a Nova lathe, fully digitally controlled.

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Latest weather reports a massive Low Pressure system right over your Uncles place. Must have something to do with you SUCKING so much. :D :D :D

Great score Ned!

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Frank,
whooshing is coming from north/western VA these days as the Mark V is in my dad's basement.

one problem, now I'm shopping for accessories for it...

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Didnt you just get done recently building your shop in NY?.... I'm guessing your work is relocating to VA? Sucks to have put all that work in getting your shop built and setup to have to move before you can really enjoy the space fully. I see the Mark V shop smith's on craigslist all the time only problem i have with them is you have to have a wall big enough to sit it along because it is a big machine.


Congrats on the tool.


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The shop is still in the works, and it is family, not work which is triggering the move. However, I'm enjoying the shop as it is, and yes, the Mark V does eat up some acreage, but for 6 tools, I'll give up 16sf

My wife and I want out of the snow belt, and my folks live in VA, so we're migrating to be with them, plus my grandfather.

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Ned Bulken wrote:
but for 6 tools, I'll give up 16sf


I'll say... that's quite a few in a little bit!

There are some stunningly good woodworkers out there (and I include Norm in that group) that started out with a shopsmith. It really is an amazing little tool- especially for those who are space-challenged.

I would love to hear more about the DVR-type headstock. as I already have a big lathe I have no need, but my curiousity is piqued.

Congrats, though I won't send a "you suck" just yet

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Lawrence,
here's the 'source' that I find most creditable: look for the OCT 7th post

http://www.nickengler.com/Forum/vanilla ... e=1#Item_0


And there are also sticky threads on all of the shopsmith owner's forums:

http://www.shopsmith.net/forums/showthread.htm?t=5156

I'm honestly hoping it isnt' smoke and mirrors and that it can come to production. The rest of the system (minus the TS) is excellent, and this would only help a struggling company if many of the owners decided to go digital. From what I've picked up on the forums, the company is pretty lean and mean right now, like Many employers/manfuacturers.

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I hear lots of good from ShopSmith owners... but it take the leap to get into it and not have dedicated tools.

If you are being gifted with one... heck... YOU SUCK!

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Tom,
the leap isn't the scary part it would be the sticker shock (though many good used units are out there (and some not so good). This one has been well cared for, and certainly falls above average for the vintage and below average for number of hours on the motor etc... I'm more worried about lack of use than it having been used too hard.

As a local (?) Radio ad campaign is touting 'free is good' (when they auction off a Ming vase and start the bidding at 'free')

I'll still keep my freestanding tools, most of them anyway definitely the TS and bandsaw, but I'm not sure about updgrading my midi yet, depends on how the addition of the better banjo for the shopsmith goes.

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Not to jump on Ned's thread

But, the guy I picked up my new TS from yesterday also had a 50's vintage Shopsmith that he was looking to move. If you are interested let me know and I can put you in touch with him.

As a side note another member of my woodturning club has a Shopsmith that he would be willing to move and it has an extra motor.

If nothing else maybe one of these units could be for parts.

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Ned,
Congrats on the 'smiths. I currently have two both greenies (pre 1960s). I bought one to use while I restored the first. Never did get to restoring the first.

Now the speed control died a horrorable death just as I was trying out a new Talon lathe chuck. :( I'm now in the middle of rebuilding the second one. Needs three bearings in the quill and drive assembly as well as the speed controller. $100 in parts and another 50 years worth of making dust.

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btw: what part of VA?


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*sigh*
I can just see it if I brought home another shopsmith right about now...

quick, someone else jump on that offer for me, please!

been reading up on the shopsmith forum and found that the shopsmith owners (collectors?) like buying second or even a third unit, and they set them up to power their add-on tools (scroll saw, band saw, jointer...).

Budget says NO right now, however, so I'll be good and not even think about them.

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Ned,
Congrats on the 'smiths. I currently have two both greenies (pre 1960s). I bought one to use while I restored the first. Never did get to restoring the first.

Now the speed control died a horrorable death just as I was trying out a new Talon lathe chuck. :( I'm now in the middle of rebuilding the second one. Needs three bearings in the quill and drive assembly as well as the speed controller. $100 in parts and another 50 years worth of making dust.

Jim

btw: what part of VA?


Uncle Jim,
funny thing, that's my Uncle's name!

I'm headed to the beautiful shendandoah valley, little town of Bridgewater (near Harrisonburg).

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