I have been riding motorcycles for over 25 years, but I hurt one of my feet on a desert ride back in September. Since recovery is taking longer than expected, and since I am also musician, I have been looking to build a couple electric guitars during the time I would normally be riding. I happened to mention it to my friend Aaron, who is also a musician, during a conversation about motorcycles. He told me he had a Shopsmith in his storage container and that I should come get it. So, long story short, last weekend I drove two hours (Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe) and picked it up!
Machine is a 10er, serial number R38228. Any idea what year, 1951-53? I'm kind of bummed to not have the band saw. That's actually what started the conversation. A neighbor has one, so I may just run over there to use his when I need to.
Now, back at home, I find myself a little lost. I never took shop class, so I don't have "woodworking experience" so much as I have general homeowner experience. I used to build stuff when I was a kid, but nothing complicated or nice, per se. So, that said, what the heck is all this stuff? Obviously the scroll saw is a scroll saw, but most of the rest of it I am not sure. It all came in bins, so I laid it out and chalked the floor with letters.
Me and Aaron
Heh, that was fun!
Resting, sorry about the box blocking the casters, they need a little tuning but work okay.
Tools Pt 1
Tools Pt 2: The Sequel
EDIT: I have downloaded most of the relevant manuals. Thanks to everyone who has done such a great job preserving documentation for these machines! Also, a fun thing happened the other day. My friend's wife saw a picture of it and said, "I think that's what we used in high school when I took shop class." So maybe I should just have her come over and show me how everything goes.