If you have a passion for it, by all means go for it. I was using my Dad's Mark V two decades before YouTube was started, so unfortunately I didn't have access to it as I was learning. As someone with a bit more experience than a beginner, I can tell you the types of content that I find helpful are as follows. From a Doug Reid YouTube clip I learned to push in on the rip fence before locking it down (510 or 520 fence systems). Maybe this was in the documentation somewhere and if so, I somehow missed it. So tips and tricks like this, that may be commonly known on the forum, but keep coming up so could be some good content to put into video format. I also find the Nick Engler videos residing on Shopsmith Academy to be very helpful, e.g. when doing maintenance, adjustments, etc. The content in these videos is superb and Nick's style as an educator is very inviting, but unfortunately these videos can be hard to watch sometimes due to the low res quality (makes it hard to see what he is doing sometimes). I am not asking anyone to infringe on these videos, but if similar content could be created in a higher res video, I think it would be highly useful to many Shopsmith owners (even if they were just a supplemental addendum to Nick's videos). I also worry that someday this site and the Shopsmith Academy site might be retired leaving only the videos available on YouTube, so it would be good to have more content out there. There might also be rather obscure topics that could be covered. For example, I bought a new speed reducer last year and I have seen somewhere on the forum or in other places on the internet that supposedly these can be disassembled and lubricated to prolong their life. Topics like this where you show how to do items like this, that come up occasionally on the forum (and are not documented well) would be invaluable. Another useful thread, since there a few professional restorers and quite a few amateur restorers of Shopsmith equipment who reside on this forum would be to cover topics specific to restoration, e.g. cleaning rust & oxidation, polishing waytubes, headstock repair, etc., etc. Lastly, there are quite a few Shopsmith tools that are more arcane and could be highlighted on the channel so that more users are aware of them. Personally, I never knew about the pattern sander until it was highlighted by Alan on the forum a while back. Another item a little less known are the table extension brackets (555997) which seems to have vanished from the latest print catalog. Highlighting some of the Shopsmith products could be helpful to inform more owners about them.
Just some random thoughts here. I tried to offer areas that could be of interest for beginner to advanced. If any of these interest you great, if not that's okay. Wishing you well on starting your new YouTube channel...
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