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Hands-On Archives

Below is a list of Hands-On issues that have been collected.


2000 Archived Issues

September/October 2000
 The Grandfather Clock -- Part 1
 Gumball Machine
 The Dancin' Duck Puppet
 Frame and Raised Panel Construction
 Safety, A Matter of Respect November/December 2000
 The Grandfather Clock -- Part 2
 Toy Crane
 Build a Chess Set
 Six Easy Steps to Squaring a Board
 Dust Collection--It Shouldn't Be An Option!



2001 Archived Issues

January/February 2001
 The Grandfather Clock -- Part 3
 The Porch Swing
 The Kite String Winder
 Vertical Drill Press Set-ups
 Drill Press & Horizontal Boring Tips March/April 2001
 Roll Around Barbeque Cart
 Patio/Deck Table
 The Pecking Chickens
 Wood Storage Tips
 Troubleshooting Worktable & Carriage Problems

May/June 2001
 Curio Cabinet
 Pot-Holding Garden Planter
 Kitchen Pasta Tools
 Gluing-Up Tips
 Table Saw Service Pointers July/August 2001
 Butcher Block/Microwave Oven Table
 Gourmet Bird Feeder
 Recipe Box and Interlocking Play Logs
 All About Saw Blades
 Band Saw Service Pointers

September/October 2001
 Colonial Dry Sink
 Hanging Wall Desk
 Child's Pounding Bench and
 A Wooden Toy Top
 Finishing Touches--Pt. 1
 Table Saw Safety
 Jointer Service Pointers November/December 2001
 The Heirloom Rocking Horse
 The Child's Chalkboard
 Desktop Bookshelf
 8-Bottle Wine Rack
 Finishing Touches--Pt. 2
 Using Extension Cords Safety Tips



2002 Archived Issues

January/February 2002
 9-Drawer Workshop Toolbox
 Child's Desk and Chairs
 Candle Sconce and Desktop Pencil Holder
 Finishing Touches--Pt. 3
 Safety is Your Decision
 Speed Changer Troubleshooting March/April 2002
 The Garden Bench
 Wren and Blue Jay Bird Houses
 Tapered Planter Box
 Finishing Touches--Pt. 4
 Ladder Safety
 Disc Sander Service Pointers

May/June 2002
 The Tall Bookshelf
 The Folding Party Tray
 The Mug Holder Shelf and Baseball Equipment Holder
 Finishing Touches--Pt. 5
 Workshop Fire Safety
 Lathe Tailstock & Tool Rest Service Pointers July/August 2002
 The Four-Poster Bed
 The Sunshade Sandbox
 The Secret Compartment Paper Towel Holder
 Finishing Touches--Pt. 6
 Safety Dos and Dont's
 Keep Your Thickness Planer Running Smoothly Service Pointers

September/October 2002
 The Toy Train
 The Cold Frame
 The Toy Puzzles and Kitchen Helpers
 Using the Shopsmith Mortising Attachment to Drill Square Holes
 Using the Shopsmith Safety Kit
 Mark V Wedge Locks and Way Tubes Service Pointers November/December 2002
 The Pembroke Table
 The Cheval Mirror
 The Child's Sled and Climbing Bear
 Scrap Wood Secrets
 Horizontal Boring Machine Setup and Safety
 RUST - The degeneration of tools and how to deal with it



2003 Archived Issues

January/February 2003
 The Classic Rolltop Desk - Pt.1
 16-Drawer Apothecary Chest
 First Class Letter Box
 Should you have a Thickness Planer?
 MARK V Service Pointer
 Hearing Protection March/April 2003
 The Classic Rolltop Desk - Pt. 2
 Keyed Corner Jewelry Box
 Colonial Spice Cabinet
 Basic Techniques for Faceplate Turning
 MARK V Quill Feed Maintanence
 12 Valuable Lathe Safety Tips

May/June 2003
 The Wall-Hung Curio Cabinet
 Mobile Potting Table
 Pencil and Stamp Holder
 Furniture Joinery
 MARK V Speed Change Mechanism
 Safety Do's and Dont's July/August 2003
 The Knock-Down & Store-Away Table
 Home Shop Workbench
 Rolling Pin & Dried Flower Vase
 Clean Cuts - Pt. 1
 Bandsaw Service Pointers
 Horizontal Boring Safety

September/October 2003
 Queen Anne Living Room Tables
 Covered Wagon Toy Box
 Tilting Shelf Sewing Thread Holder
 Clean Cuts - Pt. 2 Lathe Tool Sharpening
 MARK V Miter Gauge Service Pointers
 Safety First! November/December 2003
 California Dream Toys
 The Mantel Clock
 Christmas Tree Ornaments
 Clean Cuts - Pt. 3
 MARK V Saw Guards
 Proper Workshop Lighting



2004 Archived Issues

January/February 2004
 Designing, Remodeling & Creating a New Kitchen Pt. 1
 The Wooden Utensil Rack & Knife Block/Cutting Board
 The Gallery Rail Paper Towel Holder
 Clean Cuts - Pt. 4
 Keeping Your MARK V Running Smoothly
 Router Safety March/April 2004
 Strip Laminate Bending
 The Turned Hall Tree
 Two Great Kitchen Gift Items
 Clean Cuts - Pt. 5
 Troubleshooting the Shopsmith Lathe Duplicator
 Safety Cans for Flammable Liquids

May/June 2004
 Hanging Glass Door Cabinets
 Outdoor Duckboards
 Adjustable Plant Shelf
 The Ins and Outs of Using Woodturning Chisels
 Shopsmith Jigsaw Troubleshooting
 All About Respirators and Dust Masks July/August 2004
 Antique Quilt Display Rack
 Heart-Shaped Display Stand
 Duck Napkin Holder
 Hardwood Information You Should Know Pt.1
 MARK V Alignment
 New Woodworking Glues
 Safety Lessons I've Learned

September/October 2004
 Living Room Sofa Table
 Nob Hill Cable Car
 Two-Shelf Telephone Stand/Side Table
 Hardwood Information You Should Know Pt.2
 Disc Sander Service Pointers
 Stepped Dowels
 Safety Lessons I've Learned  

2005 Archived Issues

January/February 2005
A Gift For Your Kitchen
Outdoor Deck Chair
Bandsaw Boxes
Hardwood Information You Should Know - Pt 4
MARK V Vertical Drill Press & Horizontal Boring Machine
Safety Lessons I've Learned July/ Aug 2005
The Heirloom Cradle
The Spirit of St. Louis Airplane
Making All Purpose Wooden Boxes
Properties of Cabinet Lumber
Bandsaw Service Pointers

March/April 2005
The Sheltered Swing
Turn-Of-The-Century Medicine Cabinet
Puzzle Power
Basic Joinery - The Mortise-And-Tenon
MARK Vas a Table Saw
Safety Lessons I've Learned September/October 2005
The 9-Drawer Tabletop Storage Chest
The Flying Tiger Toy Airplane
Verticle Paper Towel Holder and Bread-Shaped Cutting & Cheese Boards
Disc Sanding Tips
Jointer Service Pointers

May/June 2005
The English Flip-Top Chair-Table
Oval Magazine Rack
Laminated Wooden Domino Set
Joinery - Solving the Puzzle
MARK Vas a Table Saw Nov/Dec 2005
Pendulum Cradle
Candle Stand
Pull-Along Dog / Salt and Pepper Shakers 



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Unfortunately Shopsmith, Inc. is a shadow of its former self.   I drive by home office/factory a few times a year.  What used to be their whole building barely has their name on a sign.  They don't even have a factory store any more.   I had a friend who when he lost his job became a demo/sales rep and did really well.   Was one of their top sales guys, then he got laid off.   It's been a few years since I've even seen them at the Ohio State Fair where they used to have a tent.


Back in the the day, it seemed like you as a hobbyist had few choices -- Delta, Craftsman, and Shopsmith.  Hitachi and Makita moved in during the '80s, then Grizzly, Jet, Laguna, Sawstop, Dewalt, and a plethora of Taiwanese and Chinese mfrs making under various labels varying only in color and trim.   Amazon offering lots.  Even the local Parks Planer company is out of business now. 


Not saying any of it is bad, but it's a more competitive environment now.  To make matters worse for them, widows and heirs are selling them for way less than new and they don't seem to wear out.

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