About Shopsmith RepairWoodworking Academy

Welcome to Shopsmith Repair, a Factory Authorized Repair Center for Shopsmith machines.  We’re committed to providing the most quality repairs along with expert advice to anyone who needs it. Officially I began working with Shopsmith in 1984, although my experience dates back to the 1960s. In 1993, I became a master woodworker, and I began teaching the skills of the trade for Shopsmith.

Now I provide Quality, Expert, Factory Standard Repairs for any Shopsmith Equipment.

A MessageFrom the Owner

“Here at Shopsmith Repair in Raleigh, we are your go-to shop.  We specialize in repairing Shopsmith headstocks and attachments.  For years, we were the primary Authorized Service Center for the East Coast, with only a few others in existence (incl. Utah, Alaska, Canada and UK), some only accepting older machines.  With my 50+ years of Shopsmith experience, I can comfortably say that I am a top expert in the field.  My experience allows me to build my knowledge and tools, along with my natural aptitude for mechanical engineering.  I offer the most affordable service/repair while still offering top quality.  If you’re looking for an authorized professional with commitment to value and your experience, then look no further.”

-James Hopp

Honest, Quality Repairs

Decades of experience combined with a genuine desire for you machine to run problem free for years to come is what gives Shopsmith Repair the edge.

Authorized Repair Center

Recognized by Shopsmith as one of the very few authorized repair centers in the world (one of only two in the US). Having worked with all Shopsmith machinery, owner James has the expertise and confidence to give you long lasting repairs on your machine.

Ongoing Committment

Even after the repair or overhaul is finished Shopsmith Repair offers a 2 year warranty! This gives you peace of mind when you trust Shopsmith Repair with your machine.

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Customer TestimonialsWe put you first!

2018 by Mike Violette

2018 by Mike Violette

2018 by Mike Violette

5 Star Review
5-stars-beveled

James rebuilt my Shopsmith 510 powerhead and it runs like it came out of the box. I have used it for a few projects so far and very happy with the service and the quality of the work!

2019 by Bruce Carlson

5 Star Review
5-stars-beveled

Thanks to James for his timely and cost-efficient repair to my drive motor. This video was the answer to keeping my Shopsmith running. It was time to change the drive belt. When I open the Shopsmith up I saw the motor wires looking just like the one in this video. James was the man to fix my problem. Thanks again James.

Thanks to James for his timely and cost-efficient repair to my drive motor. This video was the answer to keeping my Shopsmith running. It was time to change the drive belt. When I open the Shopsmith up I saw the motor wires looking just like the one in this video. James was the man to fix my problem. Thanks again James.

Thanks to James for his timely and cost-efficient repair to my drive motor. This video was the answer to keeping my Shopsmith running. It was time to change the drive belt. When I open the Shopsmith up I saw the motor wires looking just like the one in this video. James was the man to fix my problem. Thanks again James.

2018 by Dan Hays

2018 by Dan Hays

2018 by Dan Hays

5 Star Review
5-stars-beveled

My unit is like new and I am very pleased with the service provided. I would recommend the Woodworking Academy for their expertise, reasonable repair costs, and going the extra distance for customer satisfaction. Bravo!

My unit is like new and I am very pleased with the service provided. I would recommend the Woodworking Academy for their expertise, reasonable repair costs, and going the extra distance for customer satisfaction. Bravo!

My unit is like new and I am very pleased with the service provided. I would recommend the Woodworking Academy for their expertise, reasonable repair costs, and going the extra distance for customer satisfaction. Bravo!

2017 by Gerald Smith

2017 by Gerald Smith

2017 by Gerald Smith

5 Star Review
5-stars-beveled

I purchased a Shopsmith Mark V on Craigslist and wanted to make sure it was operating correctly! James took the time to go over how to use the different functions of the Mark V! When I returned to pick it up he went over the repairs with me! I am extremely pleased with the work that was done! I would highly recommend James! Since having the work done I have turned about 15 bowls on my lathe!

I purchased a Shopsmith Mark V on Craigslist and wanted to make sure it was operating correctly! James took the time to go over how to use the different functions of the Mark V! When I returned to pick it up he went over the repairs with me! I am extremely pleased with the work that was done! I would highly recommend James! Since having the work done I have turned about 15 bowls on my lathe!

I purchased a Shopsmith Mark V on Craigslist and wanted to make sure it was operating correctly! James took the time to go over how to use the different functions of the Mark V! When I returned to pick it up he went over the repairs with me! I am extremely pleased with the work that was done! I would highly recommend James! Since having the work done I have turned about 15 bowls on my lathe!

2019 by John Fuller

2019 by John Fuller

2019 by John Fuller

5 Star Review
5-stars-beveled

James,

Just wanted to let you know I received my headstock yesterday and to thank you for the quick turnaround. I've been using it ever since I received it. It is running like a new machine! Thank you again.

James,

Just wanted to let you know I received my headstock yesterday and to thank you for the quick turnaround. I've been using it ever since I received it. It is running like a new machine! Thank you again.

James,

Just wanted to let you know I received my headstock yesterday and to thank you for the quick turnaround. I've been using it ever since I received it. It is running like a new machine! Thank you again.

2019 by Charles Roach

2019 by Charles Roach

2019 by Charles Roach

5 Star Review
5-stars-beveled

When I began having speed control problems with my 40 year old Shopsmith, I was lucky to find a repair facility 80 minutes away in Raleigh, NC. I called Mr. Hopp, made an appointment, and took in the head unit. James called me in a week telling me what was needed and made the repairs quickly. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable about the machine and personable. I have no reservations recommending James if you even need Shopsmith repair work. My unit runs like new.

5 Star Review
5-stars-beveled

Dear Woodworking Academy, the quill you sent is to my liking. It is very nice and I am very happy with my parts.

2020 by Mark Zalewski

2020 by Mark Zalewski

2020 by Mark Zalewski

5 Star Review
5-stars-beveled

James - thank you for the work on the headstock. The unit works like never before. It is too bad I had not yet found you years ago as I had another company service the unit years ago and was not very satisfied with their work.

James - thank you for the work on the headstock. The unit works like never before. It is too bad I had not yet found you years ago as I had another company service the unit years ago and was not very satisfied with their work.

James - thank you for the work on the headstock. The unit works like never before. It is too bad I had not yet found you years ago as I had another company service the unit years ago and was not very satisfied with their work.

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