I ran a brief test on the new sander and jigsaw to make a (portion of a) knife blade and a poorly-executed wooden giraffe. The tools function as expected!
This was a full teardown and rebuild of the ShopSmith jigsaw. It looks like a scroll saw, but since it has only a tensioned spring instead of a walking beam (to pull the blade upwards), it’s really just a glorified jigsaw that breaks blades and leaks oil.
There was a lot of rust on the sander that came with the rusty ShopSmith. I fully disassembled and cleaned it.
I recently acquired a “new” ShopSmith – a 1960s-era model that was in rough shape, and more or less “totalled” in terms of how many obscure parts needed replacing. However, it made an excellent donor machine and upgraded or replaced some key parts of my own 1950s-era ShopSmith.
The most useful thing about the old machine was the hinged piece at the end of the stand. I was able to use it to build a motor-servicing stand: a wooden frame to help slide the headstock onto the stand, which would then hold the motor tray. The stand itself allows the headstock casting to be held vertically for easy access to dis-assembly and cleaning.