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Collet chuck comparison with good news for Shopsmith owners.

Collets or collet chucks are an excellent way to hold small pieces and with good tools the work can be removed from the collet and reinstalled with little loss of concentricity. The split wire chuck was developed by US watch manufactures in the...

shopsmith Brownie

i hope this is viewed worthy? i consider the Shopsmith Mark V tool system to be a worthy group of tools, i started out with a mark 2 version of the system back in 1988, and i never thought the system was much until i upgraded to a Mark V...

Simple Jigs and Techniques #3: Table Saw Sled Mod for ShopSmith

I just posted my new table saw sled, inspired by kiefer’s versatile version. There is a problem, however, with using such a sled on a ShopSmith and that is simply that because on a SS the table tilts, the line on which the saw blade intersects...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #6: Sander in action video

I finally got around to doing a video today for those who wanted to see this little sander up and running. It also covers the often asked question about how you hand feed one of these without catastrophic accidents involving the subject piece...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #1: How little can I get away with building?

This blog was originally written in November 2011 I’ve just returned to my winter home / shop in Arizona. At home I have all the tools and lots of space but here I have 1/2 a garage and a much smaller budget. That’s no reason not to have all...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #5: Test drive, she works a treat!

Well, the velcro kit arrived yesterday afternoon but just as I got it installed a friend showed up and made me go golfing so I didn’t get to try it out until this morning. The results are better than I had hoped. It adjusts quite easily either...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #4: Tuning up

So I went out to the shop this morning, all set to get the sander all tuned up and ready for the velcro kit which should arrive today. Unfortunately I didn’t get to do much tuning up because everything was OK. First I stuck a straight edge on...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #3: Finishing up the build

When I left off yesterday I needed elevators and the skirts for the dust collector. I decided to go with two elevators for the ability to micro adjust for very thin cuts leveling marquetry. If you don’t need that sort of accuracy then a single...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #2: Structurally complete, down to details

*OK, I’m about *10 hours in now ( maybe 8 productive and two wasted on one bad measurement….don’t ask) and I have the structure built and mounted. Everything fits and it is very stable. The drum spins almost perfectly true and the dust collection...

My Take on a Small Budget/Space Shop #3: What can you build in a small low budget shop?

All of the stationary stuff that I described in the last post cost around $1500 or less with a little shrewd horse trading and not really a lot of looking on CL. I said that my investment might be as high as $2500. The rest is all standard stuff...