Pre Shop Smith, shop Smith

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Pre Shop Smith, shop Smith

Post by Maddogfl » Wed Nov 24, 2021 11:40 pm

It 2018 I picked this old tool up in an antique store for a song. As it sat, in the store, it would have been suicide to plug it in based on the condition of the cord. I bought it because I thought it was cool, and I still do. The thing has been in my way in my workshop ever since. Today, I decided to start fixing it up. Yep, I have too much time on my hands. ;) It is a Stanley Handyman. It is one of those tools that do a lot of things but none of them particularly well. It has a 6" table saw that does not retract, (and no guards) a grinder, disk sander and a joiner. It even has the original protractor/fence.

I put a new cord, grounded this time, and a saw blade on it, plugged it in, expecting arc'n and spark'n, smoke and sparks, but it worked. It is about the scariest tool I have ever seen, with all four tools running at once. What ever you use, you need to put your other hand in your back pocket to keep it out of another rotating object. The OSHA man would go insane looking at this tool. The previous owner was probably called Stubby after running this machine.

I am going to do some restoration to the old tool and set it up as a conversation piece. When I started disassembly I saw that the massive 1/3 HP motor was dated 1956. When I get 'er done, probably about nest Tuesday, I will put up some new pics.
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Re: Pre Shop Smith, shop Smith

Post by rea1eye » Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:13 am

Interesting tool. Never saw one like it before.

What years was it produced?

Bob

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Post by Reverand » Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:51 am

I had a former co-worker who loved his. It was a bit newer, had some guards, and a whole passel of accessories and attachments.
I have never used one, myself.
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Re: Pre Shop Smith, shop Smith

Post by Maddogfl » Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:12 pm

rea1eye wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:13 am
Interesting tool. Never saw one like it before.

What years was it produced?

Bob
The motor had a 1956 date on it. Trying to find any information about these tools on line is very difficult. I had never seen one either.

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Re: Pre Shop Smith, shop Smith

Post by marinaio61 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:33 pm

First project might be to make some custom guards!

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Re: Pre Shop Smith, shop Smith

Post by Maddogfl » Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:40 pm

Here is the "After." Rust gone, new belt, new grinder on the way, greased, oiled and ready to take a finger. Before you ask, the top was painted blue as was the rest of the machine, except for the under side that was painted black. That color is a close enough match for the Stanley blue.

I am going to devise a guard for that blade.
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Re: Pre Shop Smith, shop Smith

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:00 pm

My last job before I retired was working at a contractor supply/power tool shop. One of the manufactures of table saws had a special once where you could trade in any table saw and get $200 off a new one. Someone traded in one of those Stanley's and bought a new saw. I would have liked to buy it, but per my employers agreement with the manufacturer sponsoring the sale, all the trade ins were impounded and put on a truck to send off to be destroyed. You really did a nice job restoring that one.
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