About Jacob

I am a Shopsmith aficionado who now specializes in Shopsmith Mark V headstock repairs and tune-ups. I began as an avid woodworker who loved Shopsmith equipment. I first used my father’s 1962 “brownie”as a young teen. I always wanted my own but never got one until I inherited his after his death. It required a lot of work and had missing items so my first repairs were to it. I became a first rate fan of the machines. I restored that old brownie and I began buying other used Shopsmith outfits to obtain parts and accessories. I would fix them up and sell them and repeated the process 64 times over a 4 year period. Doing this I got pretty good at fixing Shopsmith headstocks, bandsaws, jointers, jigsaws, etc. I repaired tools for other locals in my area as well.

In June 2007, I first offered my repair service on ebay. In the first six months I repaired 65 headstocks. Each year the number of rebuilds has been increasing. In 2010 I repaired 180 and average 15 a month regularly. I learned even more doing so many in a short period of time. This allowed me to be able to distill my process and film it to teach the well equipped Shopsmith owner how to change their own bearings, etc. Now I have my own repair videos for sale and have sold over 3,000 of those as well. I have to date repaired over 1,600 units for the US Shopsmith community (February 2018).


I enjoy carving and scrollsawing in my personal 20×24 workshop. I own and use a Shopsmith Mark V model 520 and a Shopsmith Mark V model 510. I have also owned and used the original Shopsmith machines, the 10e and 10er and the Sawsmith radial arm saw.

This website is a natural extension now. It is meant to supplement my ebay ads, my Facebook Fanpage and to offer extra info to my customers.


My workshop, 20×24

When I am not working, I am probably riding my bike or hiking. I love outdoor adventures like this.

2 thoughts on “About Jacob

  1. Just a note to thank you for your informative videos on YouTube. My 1984 shopsmith turned into a hummer in the middle of a project. Thanks to you I was able to track down the problem to fried pigtails at the windings in the GE motor, exactly as you said common problem with this motor. Runs great again, when I need parts will be contacting you…many THANKS!!

  2. Wanted to thank you for the quick turnaround time of your repair and also answering some questions of mine. You are
    a valuable resource.
    Thank You

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