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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guy's, sounds like a conversation piece that most people are attached to. It's hard for me to believe that he wants to give it to me when he has children of his own. His son is not into woodworking though, so maybe he's thinking it is better to give it to someone who will appreciate it. And I would!

I could see using it as a band saw for sure. Does the band saw feature cut good. Right now I'm making a box for the Dr. that lets me hunt hogs on his property. I an using pieces of the firewood that I cut on his land. I want to split a slice to give that mirrored grain for the lid. The board needs to be about 5" wide to cover the inside frame of the lid when split. Do you think it would a cut a board out of a piece of oak firewood & then saw that in half? I have some really nice pieces that have some beautiful, intricate swirling patters that I think would look great in the lid. My table saw only cuts to 4 inches (once straightened & squared).

Here's another question. This firewood is about 3 months old, still a bit damp. When I saw it up, I am getting a small amount of splitting as it continues to dry (I can cut around these splits with little problem). How long do you think it will take to dry enough to not split? Can you dry it in the oven to speed things up?
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My dad had one when I was a kid. If I got one now I'd set it up as a lathe.
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I bought into the Shopsmith system when I was getting into woodworking- and couldn't get rid of it fast enough. I couldn't get decent square cuts on the table saw because the aluminum table flexes when weight or pressure is applied. I bought a Delta Unisaw for solid surface and absolutely square cuts. I did like the horizontal drill press feature on the Shopsmith, but I bought a real drill press... the bandsaw was too small to do much in the way of resawing, but it worked ok otherwise. The planer was underpowered. The lathe function was ok, I guess. It has a router/shaper function, but the quill doesn't really turn fast enough. And if the main quill gets abused, you get a lot of runout. It isn't really, in my opinion, good for serious woodworking. I replaced mine with all stand-alone tools... also, a Shopsmith that old would be tough to maintain with available parts.


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My brother-in-law has one and he says he loves it and it turns his small shop into a nearly complete functioning woodshop. All the responders agree with what he has found with the SS. Don't sell this - use it yourself or you'll regret it. Good luck.
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Thanks guys, you make this a nice forum to poke around in. You all seem to enjoy the hobby very much, glad I found it!
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I have one and had it for years. I usually leave it setup for the disc sander and the band saw. you can go on line on Ebay and find all kinds of
attachments and parts. If you get it you can decide which setup you like best. Being able to drill horizontally is a plus.
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Thanks guy's, sounds like a conversation piece that most people are attached to. It's hard for me to believe that he wants to give it to me when he has children of his own. His son is not into woodworking though, so maybe he's thinking it is better to give it to someone who will appreciate it. And I would!

I could see using it as a band saw for sure. Does the band saw feature cut good. Right now I'm making a box for the Dr. that lets me hunt hogs on his property. I an using pieces of the firewood that I cut on his land. I want to split a slice to give that mirrored grain for the lid. The board needs to be about 5" wide to cover the inside frame of the lid when split. Do you think it would a cut a board out of a piece of oak firewood & then saw that in half? I have some really nice pieces that have some beautiful, intricate swirling patters that I think would look great in the lid. My table saw only cuts to 4 inches (once straightened & squared).

Here's another question. This firewood is about 3 months old, still a bit damp. When I saw it up, I am getting a small amount of splitting as it continues to dry (I can cut around these splits with little problem). How long do you think it will take to dry enough to not split? Can you dry it in the oven to speed things up?
The general consensus is one year per inch. You can dry it faster in the oven or with heat but it will probably split worse. Dry kilns are actually a misnomer because they use high heat and humidity to cure lumber. Drying lumber is quite technical. What causes the cracking is uneven loss of moisture. The outer layers of a tree have more moisture than the inner layers so they tend to shrink faster.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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There's a store near me ALL-IN-ONE WOOD TOOLS - Wood Working Tools and Products from Shopsmith, Mark V, Hitachi, King, Oneway, Samona, Bessey (Oakville Ontario Canada) that sells Shopsmith stuff. This is the only place that I've actually seen one. It seems that there is still some interest in them. I would rather have individual machines but they look interesting, maybe even more to those with limited space.
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I have never owned one, but I did hear that the accessories are non-standard, proprietary.
The miter slot is less that 3/4" for example.
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My home room in junior high (~1955) had one.
But it also had Gates and other heavy machinery.
Way too heavy for 11-12 year old kids.
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