Woodworkers are such wonderful people!

A customer just sent me this nice gift. He makes bamboo flutes, walking sticks and canes, using a Shopsmith Mark V in his shop. In our emails and phone calls, he knew about my cycling achievements, and detailed this walking stick to commemorate my “circling the planet” (riding 25,000 miles) in the past 3-1/2 years. Thank you, Nick!

http://www.serenitybambooflutes.com

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WARNING: Vacation closure JULY 7-28

I am taking much of the month of July off, and am only accepting 3 more machines for June as of today (June 25) and they must be from locals or travel-in customers. (Cutoff for shipped in machines accepted was June 22). I need to have all machines out of here by July 3 so I won’t have any backlog waiting for me when I am back from vacation.

12 Headstocks rebuilt in June 2015

Lutz, IN, 1987 machine
Maas, MN, 1991 machine
Turner, SC, 1985 machine (drove up for the repair!)
Clarke, CO, 1960 machine
Vosburg, MD, 1987 machine
Koltunowicz, MI, 1982 machine
Kerr, NE, 1981 machine
Fletcher, LA, 1983 machine
Sabreen, CT, 1955 machine
Munson, VA, 1959 machine
Myers, NJ, 1956 machine
Brown, NH, 1985 machine

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An example of a badly worn drive belt in a recent repair. It was only about 1/4 as wide as it should have been, and prevented the machine from having proper speeds. When they get narrow, they can get bound up the the sheave and stop the motor from turning, which can quickly burn up a motor.

18 Headstocks rebuilt in May, 2015

Sheetz, OR, 1959 machine
Components for Supernavage, NC
Batt, MA, 1980 machine
Watson, FL 1980 machine
Kirks, TX, 1957 machine
Eyler, SC, 1981 machine
Tacito, MA, 1985 machine
Janeczko, NJ, 1986 machine
Harvey, KS, 1960 machine
Long, VA, 1955 machine
Selley, KS, 1954 machine
Moreno, CA, 1996 machine
LaGanga, CT, 1954 machine
Rosier, OK, 1981 machine
Good, TX, late ’70’s machine
Strahorn, FL, 1985 machine
Olson, OK, 1982 machine
Wayne, CO, 1962 machine
Wiggins, LA, early 1980’s machine

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This brownie was repainted while in for repairs.

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Parts replaced in a recent 1980’s machine

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Once every couple of months I replace a fried motor. Here is a recent example.

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12 Headstocks rebuilt in April, 2015

Simmons, VA, 1979 machine.
Thoene, OH, 2000 machine
Snow, AZ, 1980 machine
Vermette, NY, 1980 machine
Kelley, NH, 1956 machine
Marshak, VA, 1980 machine.
LaPorte, TX, 1984 machine
Smith, OH, 1970’s machine
Swart, FL, 1956 machine
Dean, WA, 1991 machine
Curtice, WA, 1981 machine
Wayne, CO, 1956 machine

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The typical machine needs both belts, quill bearing, drive sleeve bearings, and switch replaced.

17 headstocks rebuilt in March, 2015

Moran, Alaska
Cantwell, TX
Willetts, FL
Collison, TX
Hagan, VA
Blair, MN
Bratt, WY
Seppelfrick, IL
Rutledge MO
Graham, LA
Miller, IL
Crawford, OK
Czyzewski, MI
Mytnik, FL
Johns, IA
Heinz, OH
Armstrong, CO

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A recent repair, remounted on his nice machine!

Here’s a thank you email from one of the above customers:

My Shopsmith headstock arrived last Thursday.  I was very impressed with the fast turnaround – less than two weeks!  My Shopsmith was purchased in 1984 and now runs again like new.  The machine is quieter, and the speed changing is now very smooth.  Thank you for your outstanding and professional service! Bill

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Bearings are always needed on machines more than 10 or 15 years old.