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Restoring a Shopsmith 10ER

The pictures on this page show Robert Challman’s restoration of his grandfather’s 10ER. As you can see, he did a great job of removing the surface rust, and here are his own words describing his methods:

"My way tubes were very rusty as you can see from the before and after pics. I wire wheeled, sanded (Coarse, then fine), Steel wooled (Coarse then fine), then polished with Blue Magic (Polish for alloy/aluminum auto wheels), then several coats of wax. If I look close I can see some wire wheel marks. But only because I know they're there. I think I'm going to try the 3M Stripper wheels for the MarkVII Tubes. Though they aren't nearly as bad as the ER's were. BTW, the Blue Magic (or any aluminum wheel cleaner) is GREAT for cleaning up the tables. It takes some elbow grease, but boy do they look nice when done."

Robert took a step that many skip. He primed the parts before he painted.

This shot was taken halfway through the restoration of the planks.

This is the totally restored 10ER. However, Robert added one clever improvement…

Using parts from the original fence and some aluminum extrusion he obtained from Industrial Profile Systems (Parker), he made his own fence. He bolted the original fence base hardware to the extrusions, then added the end caps.

The new fence is great for holding featherboards, which greatly improves the safety of the 10ER.

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