Shopsmith ER10 to Drill Press

I restored this 1950s-era Shopsmith ER10 about 12 years ago and since then have used it for a wood lathe, disk sander, drill press, and horizontal boring machine (fancy way of saying drill press on its side).

ER10Whole

Shopsmith ER10

About four years ago I purchased an early 1960s Shopsmith Mark V for $50 and since then the two have been sitting side-by-side in my garage. I bought the Mark V because it has a stronger motor, better speed control and it has a rolling base. This one happens to be a “Goldie,” which was only sold for three years.

Goldie - needs restoration

Goldie – needs restoration

Two Shopsmiths side-by-side is dumb. The idea was to make the ER10 into a drill press and possibly a milling machine, but year after year it wasn’t happening – until now. I was inspired by this found with Pinterest,

but felt a base would be better than trying to attach it to a wall. The new base is 1-1/2″ angle iron welded and a 1-1/2″ pine top (with linseed oil and wax finish).

Now it’s time to get that Goldie running. It really just needs cleaning and repainting.

CuttingMiters

Cutting 45deg angles (miters)

CutPieces

Everything’s cut

LayoutForWelding

Layout for welding

Base

Finished base

PreppingER10

Prep’ing for permanent mount

BaseUpperSupport

Base and upper support

Mounted

Everything’s on and bolted down

AllTogether

All together

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