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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-06-2020, 12:57 AM
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Someone once gave me a Shopsmith. I turned it into a lathe and it worked pretty well. As a table saw it was scarry. I bought the big tool rest they sell and that was a very sweet lathe. The rest of the tools I already had and were better than the Shopsmith. I finally sold it and made some good money from something that was free. I had some money invested in it and I still see the Shopsmith come up on craigslist. Some people think theirs is coated with gold. My understanding is they are still made. I live in the south were we have no basement. Up north were people have basements and limited space a shopsmith could be useful.
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There actually were some Shopsmiths that are factory painted gold, people call them goldies. I am just getting going with more serious woodworking and picked up a used Shopsmith to get started. The thing to keep in mind with the price is that there are numerous generations, upgrades and accessories that can make the used value range from low $100's to several thousand dollars. I just finished building a router table to mount on mine! Once the Urethane cures I will put it all together and post some pictures.
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