chapmanruss wrote:As you can tell by now I have had a lot of time to think about the Shopsmith Model 10E and 10ER. This isn't all just recent thoughts about them but have gathered in my head over time as I have owned many of them and been able to compare them.
There are instructions for making a bench that came with the Model 10’s. At first that was the only option until the metal Shopsmith Bench Ends came out. The make your own wood bench calls for it to be 60” long. The early instructions for the Metal Bench Ends also call for 60” long 2” x 8” boards. Later instructions for the Metal Bench Ends call for 57” long 2” x 8” boards. So why the different lengths? It has to do with the Base being made shorter and the change in the Headrest. The pre-drilled holes in the top of the metal bench ends not only have the four smaller holes for attaching the 2” x 8” boards but the larger centered hole for the base and the other two larger holes for the headrest to mount through. Using the correct length boards for your era of the Model 10ER (base and headrest) made the setup correct for the length of the way tubes exposed on each end. All Model 10E Shopsmiths had the same larger Base and 4-hole mounting Headrest. So did the early Model 10ER. Only later Model 10ER tools had the smaller Base and 2 hole Headrest.
The early Shopsmith Metal Bench Ends were not pre-drilled for the Retractable Casters. The Retractable Casters came out after the Bench Ends. One nice feature of the Retractable Casters was they were designed not only to work with the Metal Bench Ends but could also be mounted to the legs of the wood bench Magna supplied plans for. They could be easily be adapted to pretty much any wood bench too.
Just a nit pick, but the tube exposure on the tilt end is determined by the vertical position in drill press mode regardless of the long or short tilt base.
The length of the boards determines the position of the head rest to set the tube exposure on that end.
That is unless you let the bench boards over hang the metal legs on the sides and ends. A Skip Campbell-ism. I did mine that way. A 1/4" if I remember. It looks a lot nicer to me. Then you have to set the legs to the proper distance under the boards. Actually looking at the picture it might be 1/2" overhang.