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Hi, I went to the woodworking show in Springfield Ma yesterday with my son. We had a good time. I talked with some of the turning clubs that were there, even though Iím not a turner (yet, who knows, Iím just starting). The TrueTrac booth (I do have one of their systems), the Festool booth (oohed and aahed, appropriately), A scrollworking club from Conn I believe (they were giving items they had made to anyone who was a veteran), and I saw the Ringmaster for the first time. Turns out they have a model that fits on a ShopSmith, which is what I have. It seems very interesting, and according to their advertising, simple enough I should be able to use it LOL. I also brought home a Veritas bag full of brochures ( my kind of shopping) Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning in the winter.
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Artie I am glad you and your son had a great time. It's been years since they have had a woodworking show in Nashville. The nearest show to me is in Atlanta which is about 200 miles. I buy off the net.

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I'd like to go to a woodworking show, but I'd bet that Springfield show is probably as close as they get and Springfield is 216 miles from here.
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Sounds like you two had some fun. No woodworking shows close by here, at least none I know of. Nice to put hands on tools you're considering. The veritas tools I've gotten are elegant and incredibly well made. Nashville is one of a small number of places I'd consider moving to. Nice town. Lots of hardwood.
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Artie, didja buy the Ringmaster? I used one on my Shopsmith for a couple years. They work well and they are easy to use.
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I didn’t buy the Ringmaster, but I’m thinking it might be the next tool purchase. The Shopsmith was bought new two years ago, and I still haven’t been able to really use it, but I’m looking forward to it. Workshop is almost built (well as much as a workshop is ever really done). I really enjoyed the show, but again I am a complete newcomer to the hobby/craft/business. I didn’t think it was big enough to justify a ride of over two hours in either direction. It’s a 1 1/2 hour ride from my Son’s house, and I would probably only go every couple of years, because of that. 14 $ admission (with everyone offering a 2$ off coupon), and 5$ to park. I talk to people and learn stuff, but maybe not enough to go every year. I was thinking/hoping there would have been more woodworking machinery to look at, but I’m guessing the logistics of getting it there, wiring it up, and demonstrating it, don’t generate enough sales to make it worthwhile. I was hoping to do some dust collector tire kicking. It wasn’t advertised at all that I saw, but I had looked online to check the show schedule, only way I knew when it was.
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Which model of the SS did you buy? Mine are both MK Vs, built in the late 70s. One has a router table on one end and a fence system similar to the Incra. The brand is Jointech but, they went out of business. The other one is cut down to a shorter machine. It's used as a power station for the band saw, jointer and belt sander. And, I use it as my only drill press. I tried using the full sized one as a lathe and quickly found that turning wasn't for me.
My DC is a 2 hp from Harbor Freight. Does all I need it to do.
If you haven't already, you might want to ck out the SS users forum at https://www.shopsmith.com/ss_forum/
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@Gene Howe : how about a picture of your cut down SS? I’ve had mine since the early 80's and only use it for the band saw and drill press any more. I’ve often thought of shortening it but just give it up as to much trouble.

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@Gene Howe : how about a picture of your cut down SS? Iíve had mine since the early 80's and only use it for the band saw and drill press any more. Iíve often thought of shortening it but just give it up as to much trouble.
I'll do that Richard. May be a couple days, though.

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