Hands On
From Our Owner's

NOV/DEC 2003
Volume 46/Issue 6


IN THIS ISSUE
Project Articles
California Dream Toys
The Mantel Clock
Christmas Tree Ornaments

DEPARTMENTS
Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners
 
Academy Notes
Clean Cuts - Pt. 3 - All About Router Bits
 
Service Pointers
MARK V Saw Guards
 
Safety Tips
Proper Workshop Lighting

What's New
When accuracy counts Incra Rules

EDUCATION
Find A Shopsmith Woodworking Academy Near You

National Woodworking Academy in Dayton, OH

ONLINE CATALOGS
Online Accessory Catalog
Request Printed Accessory Catalog
Online Replacement Parts Catalog

MARK V INFORMATION
Find A Shopsmith
MARK V Demo Near You

Request MARK V Information Package

LINKS
Links Worth Visiting
Free Woodworking Tips

FEEDBACK
Contacting Shopsmith

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Shopsmith, Inc.
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Real Letters from
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.

Floridian is second generation 10-ER owner

Jim Bowes of Jupiter, FL writes...
“I've been meaning to write to you for many years - finally sitting down to do it. The picture should tell it all. My Dad, Norm Bowes, bought the Shopsmith somewhere in the late 40's or early 50's. It has moved from New York to Cleveland to Philadelphia and is finally at my home in Jupiter, Florida since Dad gave it to me in 1978.

It has never missed a beat in its 50 + years of usage (Perhaps you might sell more machines if you didn't build them so good!). The Sander, Drill Press, Jigsaw and all of the attachments are in perfect running order. If it ever dies, I'd offer it to you if you had a museum - but I'm not sure anyone will be around that long! My son's woodworking class in high-school even came to look at it - to see just what antiques look like!

 

Virginia man finds himself “in the doghouse” with wife

A. Craig Maples of Chesapeake, VA writes...
“This letter is long overdue but you'll have to understand...ever since I purchased my Shopsmith MARK V (Model 510), I have been doing nothing but woodworking and living in the garage. My wife has even complained of becoming a “Shopsmith Widow”.

As you know, often when we make a purchase these days, it's necessary for us to make adjustments for poor design or for other limitations. Quite frankly, I didn't expect the Shopsmith to be any different...but I've been proven wrong. I have used every function of the machine many times over and I haven't made the first compromise. It is a pleasure to use such a nicely designed and manufactured tool. The new models are a vast improvement over the model my father gave me several years ago (which he used for 35 or 40 years).

 

Florida man's MARK V comes out of 10 years' storage and goes right to work!

J. Conant of Fort Walton Beach, FL writes...
“I have owned my Shopsmith since 1982. I was in the military and was sent overseas in 1985. My Shopsmith was put in the garage for about 10 years while I was gone.

Prior to putting it into storage, I heavily waxed it and wrapped it up real good. When I returned and unwrapped it, my Shopsmith was in excellent shape. I then checked the belts and found them to be in excellent shape. Next, I turned my machine on and ran it from its slowest speed to its highest speed very slowly to check how it survived all those years in storage. The machine performed excellently and I found no problems.

My new neighbors were astounded when they saw what my machine could do. THANKS FOR YOUR PRODUCT! This machine has been a superb help to me in the short time that I was able to use it. I still plan to put my Shopsmith to good use in the many years ahead.

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