Shopsmith wood lathe

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Blog entry by Greg cox posted 02-04-2018 12:31 AM 522 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anyone have a Shopsmith MARK 5 if so anyone know anything about how to Extend the lathe table for longer turnings.Or know we’re to to buy or have one made.

-- Greg,Thomasville,alabama,http://[email protected]

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#1 posted 02-04-2018 01:58 AM

Greg I have no idea how many things your going to make but for a one off why not just add a heavy duty table out the end and mount the [I can’t think what you call it] live center section of the SS to that.
You would need to bolt or some how fasten the table and SS so they don’t move.
You would then have to turn half of it then flip the turning to do the rest.
Just my quick $.02

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#2 posted 02-04-2018 05:09 PM

When I needed to turn a piece longer than my Shopsmith, I turned 2 pieces and joined them with a round tenon joint. Not sure if that will work in your case…

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#3 posted 02-04-2018 05:16 PM

Yes that will work but I make a lot of high back rocking chairs and trying to get away from putting them together to make them tall enough. Have a 40 inch lathe but need it about 46 to 50 inches.Just don’t want to spend $800 on a 46inch lathe.

-- Greg,Thomasville,alabama,http://[email protected]

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#4 posted 02-04-2018 05:45 PM

You might get some good suggestions by posing your question over here.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 02-04-2018 09:10 PM

Mount a 2×6 to the wall in the right place with the live center in place, then clamp some plywood to the SS’s legs and mount to wall so the SS and was stay in line and not able to move.
All the adjusting is done at the head stock.
Just my $.02 one more time.
I’m looking at this from a hobby point a view.

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