The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

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The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by Pepik » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:18 pm

So I've luckily inherited my Grandfather's ShopSmith Mk I through my Dad (Mom and Dad downsized their living arrangements some years ago - I had a full basement and interest, etc). We recently cleaned and lubed it up, replaced the drive belt that's far older than I am, and are acquiring the correct Live tail end adapter (since the original Mk I presupposed if you were turning wood, your let the static pin spin inside the wood itself, which of course always scorched the contact point so you had to include for extra wastage and potential heat-cracking through the center-line of the piece) for the Buffing Mandrel I asked for and received for my recent B'day.

Now that things are coming together nicely, I'm starting to look forward into acquiring a self-centering Chuck that would fit the drive shaft of the Mk I (which is damn close to the current Mk V/VII). I have aspirations to take things one step further than merely restoring/buffing estate pipes.

Something to look into at the Chicago Show I'm quite sure. I may need to inquire with one of our Artists if I could get some blasting done on spec for my far-flung-future-project of turning some Morta into a purty ole pipe, or two...

Given this activity, and the soon to kick-off new Train-set build out, I think I'll have enough wood scraps to build that enclosure for the Ionizer I picked up to remove the ghost aromas/sanitize some of those Estate pickups I snagged off of eBay. My Hobby to-do list overfloweth, and that's good I think.

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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by John-Boy » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:23 pm

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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by Pepik » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:31 pm

Got wrapped up in including URL references, forgot to mention I'll be including pictures anon. I still need to find where I put the original Chuck when I get home from work later tonight, and move the current train set out of the way to get a decent snap of the rig. Perhaps tomorrow when I'm cleaning up the basement a bit more to make space for the 18' x 14' layout and get the rest of XMas decorations down inside the house.
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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by John-Boy » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:36 pm

Pepik wrote:... I'm cleaning up the basement a bit more to make space for the 18' x 14' layout...
Will there be a thread for this?
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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by FredS » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:14 pm

My grandfather and I built a lot of stuff in his shop which was build around his ShopSmith Mark I. I was the only one in the family who ever worked with him in his shop, but when he died, my uncle took all his stuff (I'd moved away) and sold it and never even had the courtesy to offer any of it to me. For sale or free.

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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by Pepik » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:16 pm

John-Boy wrote:
Pepik wrote:... I'm cleaning up the basement a bit more to make space for the 18' x 14' layout...
Will there be a thread for this?
When I have something to show - of course.
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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by John-Boy » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:18 pm

Pepik wrote:
John-Boy wrote:
Pepik wrote:... I'm cleaning up the basement a bit more to make space for the 18' x 14' layout...
Will there be a thread for this?
When I have something to show - of course.
Baseline the project, baby.
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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by Pepik » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:09 pm

John-Boy wrote:
Pepik wrote:
John-Boy wrote:
Pepik wrote:... I'm cleaning up the basement a bit more to make space for the 18' x 14' layout...
Will there be a thread for this?
When I have something to show - of course.
Baseline the project, baby.
So I've co-opted the original Model Train thread here: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=36826&p=1028515#p1028515

"nuff said on this thread 'bout it.
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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by FredS » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:10 pm

John-Boy wrote:
Pepik wrote:
John-Boy wrote:
Pepik wrote:... I'm cleaning up the basement a bit more to make space for the 18' x 14' layout...
Will there be a thread for this?
When I have something to show - of course.
Baseline the project, baby.
John Boy is one of those guys who makes lists just because he enjoys the thrill of checking things off. Even if the only thing he checks off is "1. Make List" he feels like he made progress.
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Post by John-Boy » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:16 pm

FredS wrote:
John-Boy wrote:
Pepik wrote:
John-Boy wrote:
Pepik wrote:... I'm cleaning up the basement a bit more to make space for the 18' x 14' layout...
Will there be a thread for this?
When I have something to show - of course.
Baseline the project, baby.
John Boy is one of those guys who makes lists just because he enjoys the thrill of checking things off. Even if the only thing he checks off is "1. Make List" he feels like he made progress.
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Post by UncleBob » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:22 pm

Man, I am jealous. I always have wanted a Shopsmith model 10ER.
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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by Pepik » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:18 pm

Got the right ends for the Mandrel - used it to some success on an estate pipe cleaning it up and polishing.

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/edit - hmmm - looks like I took some terribly, terribly out-of-focus shots.
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Post by John-Boy » Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:52 am

Nice. Let's see the pipe.
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Post by JimVH » Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:33 am

This thread gives me a tingle. More pics of the machine, please.

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Post by Bloodhound » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:39 pm

they do take up space...but what a cool tool to have. I agree I would love to see pics of the pipe and pics of the entire unit
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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by Tatanka » Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:51 pm

FredS wrote:My grandfather and I built a lot of stuff in his shop which was build around his ShopSmith Mark I. I was the only one in the family who ever worked with him in his shop, but when he died, my uncle took all his stuff (I'd moved away) and sold it and never even had the courtesy to offer any of it to me. For sale or free.

I hope you get many years enjoyment out of piddling with yours.
FredS, this is truly a sad story! I felt emotions of sadness and anger imagining what you must have felt like. How insensitive of your uncle to not even ask if you wanted the equipment. Surely he knew you worked with your grandfather!

"O would some pow'r the gift te giee us, to see ourselves as ithers see us. It would fra many a blunder free us . . and foolish notion."

I am truly sorry for this loss...........more the sentimental and love you would feel each time you used it, than the mere possession. :(
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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by FredS » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:56 pm

Tatanka wrote:
FredS wrote:My grandfather and I built a lot of stuff in his shop which was build around his ShopSmith Mark I. I was the only one in the family who ever worked with him in his shop, but when he died, my uncle took all his stuff (I'd moved away) and sold it and never even had the courtesy to offer any of it to me. For sale or free.

I hope you get many years enjoyment out of piddling with yours.
FredS, this is truly a sad story! I felt emotions of sadness and anger imagining what you must have felt like. How insensitive of your uncle to not even ask if you wanted the equipment. Surely he knew you worked with your grandfather!

"O would some pow'r the gift te giee us, to see ourselves as ithers see us. It would fra many a blunder free us . . and foolish notion."

I am truly sorry for this loss...........more the sentimental and love you would feel each time you used it, than the mere possession. :(
I truly don't want to hijack Pepiks thread, but. . .
I learned a valuable lesson over this deal when I was just 21 years old. Since I left home at 17 I've understood that my parents, my grandparents, my brothers, nor anyone else owes me a thing in this world. If they die and leave something to me then that'd be great, but it's fine if they don't. I can't lose what I never had. I've seen families damaged (sometimes beyond repair) in squabbles over estates left behind. There's never been a lot of money in my family, and my 75 year old father is the only ancestor still alive. And he's already given most of what is valuable to us boys, so I don't expect any issues when he kicks it.

Also, I do have an old Montgomery Wards scroll saw that belonged to grandpa. I swiped the motor and flex shaft off of it a few years ago to use for the spindle motor of an engraving pantograph I made. I think of him every time I engrave a pipe.
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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by UncleBob » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:00 pm

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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by UncleBob » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:49 pm

Does anyone else here own a Shopsmith?

Someone in Lubbock is selling this:
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They want $1200--too dang high! But it is sweet!
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Re: The ShopSmith Mk I lives again

Post by Thunktank » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:41 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:49 pm
Does anyone else here own a Shopsmith?

Someone in Lubbock is selling this:
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They want $1200--too dang high! But it is sweet!
No, I don’t have one, but they’re intriguing. The guy I bought the DIVCO from had one and tried selling it to me for about the same price that one is asking for. I don’t know which is better for me, one multi tool like that or my current system of individual power tools stored on shelves. I tried the radial arm saw for a while, but way too inconvient to set up for most jobs.

I’m planning to acquire a three car garage in McKinney in a year or two, I might want one in the third garage. Maybe by then he’ll come down in price.
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