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12 years 9 months ago #1329 by retired1
retired1 created the topic: New Shopsmith User
Hello All,

I'm a relatively recent Shopsmith owner and user. I bought mine in February 2004 and have enjoyed it ever since!

I'm new to woodworking and had to learn everything from scratch. When I say everything I mean everything! From cutting a 2x4 to dovetail joints. When I bought my SS I didn't even know it was necessary to put a finish on a piece!

I'm happy to say that was a year ago and I'd like to think I can now cut a board straight and I have the knowledge to at least IDENTIFY some of the more common joints. But hey, we all have to start somewhere, right?

Oh, also, for you Vets out there, I'm retired Army and I work for WW Grainger. If you've heard of the place then you know what kind of fun I'm having working there!

Take care!

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12 years 9 months ago #1348 by Jerald Lee Kramer
Jerald Lee Kramer replied the topic: New too
HI,
I'm a newbie also, I got my Shopsmith as a Christmas gift from my wife in 2003. It is indeed a pleasure to work with. Prior to my Shopsmith, the only woodworking tool that I owned was a 3/8" drill. So, everything I do is a learning and mostly great experience for me. I have made some things that have turned out very cool, and I have also made some really elegant fire wood.
I'm also retired from the military, 4 years active and the balance with the Washington Air National Guard.
I work for the Physical Plant at Western Washington University.
My suggestion, if you haven't tried it is to set up your SHopsmith in lathe mode. I've made some pens, oil lamps, and turned boxes that have all went over well.
Take care and hope to hear from you soon.
Jerry Kramer

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12 years 9 months ago #1349 by admin
admin replied the topic: Re: New Shopsmith User
Oil lamps? i would like to have some more info and maybe a picture or two of how these turned out. I don't think i have ever seen a wooden oil lamp. Very cool sounding. I will have to add that to my things to try out. :D

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12 years 9 months ago #1400 by GunzUp
GunzUp replied the topic: New Too
I just bought my SS510 at an auction. The poor thing had been abused to the max. I am having to rebuild the whole innards. It's a truely learning experiance. It's a very clever design. I have taken quite a few pictures of the critters innards if anyone is interested in seeing them. I am missing quite a few things too, but mainly wanted it for the lathe and joiner. Drill press may come in handy too. also would like to buy a bandsaw for it. Can anyone tell me how well that attachment works? Looking forward to learning more.

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12 years 8 months ago #1406 by neal
neal replied the topic: Re: New Shopsmith User
Two of the most helpful things that I did to learn about my Shopsmith were
1. Attend a traveling WoodWorking Academy
2. Attend 1 or more of the classes put on at the Shopsmith factory
I took the Basics and the Beginning furniture making class
By far the classes were the most enjoyable. Maximum class size is 4-6
and there were only 2 of us in the beginners class. A bit pricey but for the almost individual attention it was well worth my time and $$$. I want to take more but with other responsibilities and starting a new job it is not
feasible at the moment.

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1 year 9 months ago #11663 by jems7471@gmail. con
jems7471@gmail. con replied the topic: New Too
Where do you live I have a m5 for sale in Cincinnati with what you are missing plus, if interested let me know Jack

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