8 headstocks rebuilt so far in February, 2016

Greene, GA, 1979 machine
Ippoliti, FL, 1982 machine
Rotondi, NJ, 1989 machine
Hamilton, NY, 1983 machine
Harrison, IL, 1988 machine
Buchs, WI, 1979 machine
Piper, GA, 1955 machine
Lehman, NC, 1984 machine

2 on hand to rebuild and 3 more incoming for next week.

Here’s a thank you email from one of my recent repair customers:
“Hi Jacob, My headstock arrived yesterday in fine shape. It runs beautifully!
Thank you for such excellent service! Doug”

I had a close call in my shop wiring recently. Melted outlet. I don’t know if it was defective, or if the connecting wire slipped out some.


21 headstocks rebuilt in January, 2016

Hopefully amongst your resolutions for 2016 is to do more woodworking! Get your machine working like a top, send it in now before it gets super busy, or order repair parts and do it yourself.

Davis, OR, 1990 machine
Hutcheson, NC, 1980 machine
Keelean, MI, 1992 machine
Strunk, VA, 1986 machine
Fox, TN, 1983 machine
Schiffer, TX, 1980 machine
Lawhon, NC, 1982 machine
Beatty, FL, 1985 machine
Smith, MO, 1985 machine
McPhetridge, CA, 2004 machine
Pritcher , SC, 1984 machine
Klevmyr, CA, 1985 machine
Dolson, TX, 1962 machine
Schanche, GA, 1959 machine
Hankins, KS, 1987 machine
Halbadier, NV, 1985 machine
McEntee, NJ, 1984 machine
Reay, WI, 1981 machine
Capeling, MI, 1957 machine
Roberts, NC, 1983 machine
Cleaver, VA, 1983 machine

2 more on hand ready to rebuild.

Feedback from 2 recent customers:

“Thanks for the work and thanks for getting it done so quickly.   I hadn’t had time to do much but inspect to make sure no damage from shipping and today I got home from work a little earlier than normal, so I mounted the headstock and turned it on.    Wow, it sounds like my brothers machine (he purchased his new) so I am really happy with that.” Roy

“My experience has been incredible both in 2011 and in 2016. I took my Shopsmith to Jacob in an unusable condition and watched his mechanical genius at work. Back to new in 3 hours. He had on hand all parts needed and had me back in business the next day. You can’t go wrong. Roger”

Example of damage to both the control sheave and the quadrant from continuing to use the machine after a control sheave bearing failure, despite what had to be horrendous metal on metal screeching noise.


Badly worn and damaged poly v belt from a recent repair, caused by idler shaft misalignment.

155 headstocks rebuilt in 2015!

2015 was a good year for my little business. I rebuilt 155 headstocks despite taking off most of July, and half of December. Plus of course lots of component repairs, a few hundred video sales, publications and parts sent all over the country. And despite thinking I have seen it all, new things crop up from time to time to keep it all interesting.

I have now rebuilt 1,200 headstocks since I began specializing in them nearly 9 years ago.

I have uploaded 9 new videos to youtube this week since it was quiet. I now have a total of 22 public troubleshooting and repair videos, and 7 private repair videos for parts customers. See the YouTube page here for a list of all the videos.

Headstocks rebuilt in December :

Holmes, VA, 1985 machine
Carriles, LA, 1985 machine
Oliphant, MI, mid 1970’s machine

3 on hand, 3 more on the way. Get yours in before the winter’s repair rush.


This website was viewed from 87 different countries in 2015! Over 50,000 hits. My YouTube videos have also had more than 50,000 views total.

13 headstocks rebuilt in November, 2015

November had a quiet start and finish here! Be ready for last minute craft projects and gift making. Send in your headstock now. See my page for details on how to ship it economically yet securely. I have a typical one week turnaround.

Headstocks rebuilt in November:

Upton, GA, 1983 machine
Hasel, OH, 1956 machine
Rodriguez, VA, 1993 machine
Harry, NC, 1993 machine
Davis, VA, 1981 machine
Robbins, AL, 1981 machine
Bonzek, VA, 1977 machine
Stout, PA, 1990 machine
Moorehouse, MA, 1985 machine
Gilsdorf, NE, 1957 machine
Marshall, MN, 1985 machine
Annis, MD, 1984 machine
Proehl, CO, 1985 machine

No more machines on hand to repair. One on the way. I could be working on yours next. Send yours in now!

Dust kills bearings, motors, and gunks up your sheaves, preventing them from moving well. Worse, dust gets in your lungs and can kill you, too. Use source dust collection for your health and your machine’s longevity.


Here’s a disintegrated bearing from a motor in a recent repair.


Here’s a destroyed control sheave from a recent repair.


15 headstocks rebuilt in October, 2015

Urback, WA, 1986 machine
Shelton, TN, 1979 machine
Dodge, MA, 1995 machine
Carlson, MN, 1985 machine
Klinger, PA, 1979 machine
Losey #2, GA, 1956 machine
McCall, WY, 1958 machine
Shea/Zambrano, IL, 1985 machine
Edwards, VA, 1981 machine
French, MN, 1989 machine
Smail, IL, 1983 machine
Loper, FL, 1984 machine
Holtmeier, CO, 1984 machine
Sherman, CA, late 1970’s machine
Tollefson, TX, 1956 machine

2 other machines on hand to rebuild. Get yours in now so you are ready for your fall and winter projects.

A “thank you” email from a recent repair:
I just mounted my headstock. Sounds better than ever. Great job. John


A recent greenie machine repair, painted at customer request.


A recent repair, painted by the customer with appliance paint. Not bad looking!

18 headstocks rebuilt in September, 2015

Wagner, SD, mid-1960’s machine
Scott, PA, 1983 machine
Allen, GA, 1980 machine
Ventresca, PA 2005 machine
Sheets, OK, 1979 machine
Daly, TX, 1982 machine
Bawcom, VA, 1981 machine
Freeman, LA, ’80s machine
Weber, NH, 1982 machine
Leroy, PA, 1982 machine
Anderson, MD, 1995 machine
Antolik, OH, 1984 machine
Dodge, MA, 1981 machine
Underwood, GA, 1980 machine
Stoltz, CO, late 19 70’s machine
Ketteridge, WA, 1981 machine
Forbes, CA, 1955 machine
Ryan, MA, 1956 machine

5 more on hand to fix; 3 on the way here, send yours in now.


Some previous owner made a creative attempt to repair 2 broken ears in the casting behind the speed control on this recent repair. But, the casting was also badly broken at the idler shaft interface so I replaced the casting.


My belt inventory. Most machines need belts either due to wear, damage or simply from age degradation.

16 headstocks rebuilt in August, 2015

Weinley, IN, 1970’s machine
Greene, IL , late 1970’s machine
Losey, GA, 1982 machine
Holscher, GA, 1979 machine
Martinez, TX, 1983 machine
Turner, PA, 2001 machine
Gosling, OR, 1981 machine
Grogan, PA, 1981 machine
Singleton, GA, 1992 machine
Stetson, CT, 1991 machine
Scanlin, MI, 1990 machine
Motor work for Bunch, NC
Allen, OK 1990’s partial unit
Salyer, VA, 1982 machine
Schimelpfening, TX, 1987 machine
Stambaugh, PA, 1991 machine
Cox, VA, 1990 machine


Inner workings of the clutch in one style of Greenie drive sleeve. Greenies had 3 variations of the drive sleeve, and there were 2 in poly v drive machines.


A finished project photo from a recent customer. Such beautiful work, I am glad I could help this craftsman keep working on such fine projects.