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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #4: You Are (Probably) Waxing Your Shopsmith Wrong!

07-06-2020 04:15 AM by MrGrowthRings | 4 comments »

In order to get the most out of our Shopsmith Mark Vs and other shop tools, it’s wise to give them an occasional polish with a good furniture grade paste wax. But what is the best wat to apply it? In this video we’ll run through the most common things I wax on my Mark V and I’ll offer a few tips that I learned while I was the Academy instructor at the Shopsmith Factory Showroom in Dayton, Ohio. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/k7yRjr06_Z0

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Shop Notes #4: Planer Fun

01-17-2018 04:48 PM by Steve | 1 comment »

I dug into my planer yesterday as part of my January shop rehab. Over the course of the year, I occasionally scrub off the pitch buildup on the rollers, inspect the knives and lube up the moving parts. Annually, though, I dig out the manual and check off the bigger items, like cleaning the drive chains and inspecting the v-belts. On pulling the gear cover, I discovered that a bolt holding one of the drives had come completely out. The gear didn’t come off the shaft, thank goodnes...

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Regular Meintenance: Important, Tedious, Necessary

07-10-2016 05:09 AM by CraftyCantrell | 0 comments »

New post is up on my regular blog covering cleaning, maintenance and alignment of the ShopSmith base unit. Please check it out by clicking here

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Shop machine rust clean up. #1: Rockwell Delta jointer

06-27-2016 05:14 PM by Trapper brandenburger | 0 comments »

Sometimes my shop is lucky enough to inherit tools from other shops when they either close up or upgrade their machines. When this happens, if it’s a machine we can use, they are often in rough shape and in need of cleaning and maintenance. This Rockwell Delta jointer for instance needed a good cleaning on the deck, a new power cord, and new blades. In this post I’ll show you how an old time carpenter tought me to clean the metal deck of a shop machine. Start by soaking the ...

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Odds 'N' Ends #3: DeWalt DW735 Planer Blade Rotation

01-23-2016 05:25 PM by ThomasLightle | 2 comments »

Note: I was going to narrate this video, but I think it speaks for itself, and I really like how the music synced up to it, so I left it as-is. You can voice your opinion below about this different format. I ran a couple thousand feet of yellow pine through my planer for the past 6 months and it was time to rotate my blades before tackling an upcoming project using red oak. If you have seen my previous video about cleaning blades, you know how nasty yellow pine is. I took the opportunit...

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Whirligig Renewal -Fiddler

06-14-2015 09:26 PM by Dave Rutan | 9 comments »

One thing is sure, if you leave something outside 6 months of the year, it’s going to need maintenance. My very first whirligig, the fiddler came in last year looking pretty sad in the paint department. His bow arm also needed some repair. So I removed the arm and made a new one, using the old as a pattern. Even though it’s made of thin plywood, it has held up pretty well due to my using oil base paint on it. Now that I have a thickness planer I’m likely to just use s...

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Current Project #24: Repairing the Gilligig

05-22-2015 10:51 PM by Dave Rutan | 1 comment »

The whirligig that I made for my daughter has proved to be a high maintenance toy. It’s my fault really, because I thought I could get away with using normal everyday plywood for the wings. Well, they delaminated and ended up not working, looking very funny and then the brass shaft broke. What you see in the photo is actually the wreckage of the third set of wings I’ve made. This time I’m going to use pressure treated solid lumber for the wings and that should fix tha...

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Burnt-out Motor

05-27-2013 06:12 AM by chidwickschool | 3 comments »

I’ve always known that I really should be blogging about my woodworking life, but sometimes the thought of starting yet another project (demanding a lot of my time) in the face of so many other things that have immediate priority, has seemed foolish. Indeed, at this very moment I could choose from a list of 20-30 different things that I could work on that would be a smart use of my time. From finishing my home addition (painting, flooring, tile, trim, cabinets etc) to over-due cu...

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New State, New Shop #7: Brush Your Teeth!

07-13-2012 01:27 AM by DrPuk2U | 2 comments »

Been quiet for a while. Quite busy with traveling and some other non-wood activities. But I haven’t been idle. Made some progress on shop tasks as well as some honey-dos outside the shop. Continued working on my Holtzapffel bench – learning a lot about how to use the tools I’ve got. I have completed the top, legs and stretchers – or least roughly. A little flattening and trimming to do, but I am thinking of that as part of assembling the frame. I’ll get to that as soon...

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Random shop notes #2: Other people working.

08-04-2010 11:22 PM by AnnaEA | 0 comments »

Today’s been a day of other people working—I had a guy from the community maintenance staff looking at my down spouts, and there will be an electrician coming in a couple of hours to give me an estimate of what it’ll cost to run a couple of dedicated circuits for my shop and tell me if I need a sub panel or not. That’s right – my 84 square foot patch of the basement is going to get all gussied up with some dedicated circuits! One for lighting and charging un...

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