28 Nov. 1977|
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Slowly but surely, I continue to raise from the dead all the accessories on the old man’s ShopSmith.
Though it seems to be a point of contention with shop dwellers the world over, the ShopSmith that lives at my place still continues to prove that it’s up to whatever task I lay down before it. They do almost everything you might need for a woodworking project and a friend of mine has wanted one since the 80′s.
I would have taken a look at the ShopSmith and concluded it was an omen directly from the cosmos that this house was meant to go to a woodworker.
I’m close to a dozen projects into since I set it up and it hasn’t missed a beat yet — except for snapping a 20-year-old belt on the band saw. So when a brochure for the new Shopsmith PowerPro computer-controlled headstock arrived in the mail last week, my jaw went slack. As many have pointed out, there are better jointers in the world, and you do pay a setup cost in time with each tool swap — but for the sheer bonus of having one, the ShopSmith pays out in spades with each project.
However, when she went shopping for project houses I had to laugh at the above shot: a Mark V sat quietly in a corner.