Shopsmith Power Tool Owners
Here at Shopsmith,
our mailbox is constantly stuffed with great letters from Shopsmith Power
Tool Owners, talking about how they use their tools and what they think
about them. Here are some excerpts from just a few of the thousands of
letters we’ve received from the members of our Shopsmith Family of satisfied
owners throughout the years. We hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much
as we have.
Man highly recommends
Shopsmith’s Traveling Woodworking Academies
via e-mail . . .
training (Shopsmith’s Traveling Woodworking Academy) last week in Huntington
Beach, CA. It was my second and I learned so much. Doug Reid is a great
instructor and always brings a fresh approach. It was the fourth of these
academies for one of the attendees. He said that no matter how many he
attends, he still learns something new each time. So, if you have never
been (to one of these academies) or haven’t been to one in awhile, it
might be worth going to the next one in your area.”
Son and son-in-law renovate rusty MARK V for retiree
of Louisville, KY writes . . .
“(In 1978) .
. . my son and son-in-law came upon an old, rusted Shopsmith that had
been purchased by a neighbor in 1955. When the neighbor passed away, his
spouse stored the Shopsmith in their garage, where it was neglected for
years. I have been doing carpentry nearly all my life. My son and I had
gone to several Shopsmith seminars here in the Louisville area. I knew
how nice they were.
Unknown to me, my son had a friend at Shopsmith, who said they could recondition
the headstock of the old Shopsmith, so it was sent in for restoration.
In the meantime, my son and son-in-law renovated the carriage. They spent
hours removing the rust on the base and repainting it. They then purchased
the needed items for the headstock and related components, got the headstock
back and re-assembled the machine.
The two, knowing how much I had talked of Shopsmith presented the machine
to me under spotlight. My son recalls how ecstatic I was when I caught
sight of it. What a delight!
I have since treasured my Shopsmith. At 75, I’m still an avid carpenter
and use my “rescued” Shopsmith for everything.”
Ohioan still owns
MARK V he purchased in 1954!
of Clinton, OH writes . . .
“My first Shopsmith
was a Model 10-ER that I purchased from my hardware employer. I was one
of the (company’s) tool salesmen when we were invited to the unveiling
of the new model in Cleveland. When I first saw the MARK V, I turned green
(with envy). I thought I could never sell my 10-ER once such a great machine
hit the market. But, I went home and sold it quickly and deposited the
money with my employer to buy the first (MARK V) in the store.
We had built a display area around the Shopsmith (in the store), including
a clock showing the one-minute change-over using all of the accessories.
It was the best in the country. When The Saturday Evening Post printed
an article on Dr. Goldschmidt (Shopsmith’s inventor and founder), they
took a picture of me and our display.
My MARK V (serial no. 273718) was purchased in 1954 and I still use it
constantly. I owned a business for 32 years and bought two more (MARK
V’s) to use for building and maintenance. It’s a wonderful machine. Every
household should have one. I sure can’t live without mine !