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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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Incra Gauge (My Most-Used Tool) vs the New Woodcraft WoodRiver Offset Gauge

06-25-2020 08:18 PM by MrGrowthRings | 4 comments »

Here’s another old video of mine on a tool that continues to be the most used too in my shopl: The Incra Gauge. Most people know the Incra Jig and fence and even their fine miter gauge, but I am surprised at how few visitors to my shop have no earthly idea what the Incra Gauge is for. In this vid I walk you through most of its uses and while I was at it I did a comparison of it against the then-new Woodcraft WoodRiver “Offset Gauge”, or as I like to think of it, their Incra ...

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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #1: The Essential "Shopsmith Toolbox" (Old vs New)

06-25-2020 07:59 PM by MrGrowthRings | 0 comments »

I was about to type “A couple months ago…” but now I see I posted this video on the “Shopsmith Toolbox” in Dec 2017! Well anyway, this is another video that I shot as an aid to Shopsmith tool owners who might be in need of the go-to tool for the Shopsmith, which is a 5/32” Hex Wrench, or as some call it, an Allen wrench. Click the link below to check it out. Here’s the video link: https://youtu.be/Jd1aduaBvzc

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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #3: The Shopsmith Mark V 5-Point Safety Check (+1)

06-25-2020 07:51 PM by MrGrowthRings | 0 comments »

Using the Shopsmith Mark V, or any of the Shopsmith multi-purpose tools for that matter, can seem daunting at first, but with a little practice it’ll become second nature, just like driving a stick or avoiding Yoko Ono music. There are a couple must-check items on the tool that I double-check every time I use mine. I’ve uploaded a video to my “MyGrowthRings” Youtube channel that is worth a look, if you are just getting introduced to Shopsmith woodworking. Here&...

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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #2: Using the Shopsmith 5-Piece Safety Kit (Push Stick, Fence Straddler, Featherboard, Push Blocks)

06-25-2020 07:36 PM by MrGrowthRings | 0 comments »

I’ve written a fair amount about the Shopsmith Safety Kit on my Blogger blog, but while I’m at it I figure that this blog deserves a little attention too. I recently posted a video on my “MyGrowthRings” Youtube channel on the use of Shopsmith’s Shopsmith 5-Piece Safety Kit, which has been a standard part of every Mark V sold since the mid-1980’s. That hit includes an excellent Push Stick, a Fence Straddler, for pushing narrow boards through the saw, a Feath...

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Small Shop build in AZ ( from moving it?) #8: New Shop part 2

12-05-2019 03:59 PM by oldguy2 | 1 comment »

Part 2 The end wall of this Shop is 8 feet wide the length is 16 feet. Planning is crucial. Of these photos I am showing already I had too much going into the shop and will have to plan , how I work. But this is week 1. I show in the last pic tool boxes on the floor and frames on the studs. I planned a 16 inch bench for tools and items on a bench not a building bench. The tools came from an opportunity to buy out a contractor who moved and all these are separates plus a...

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Small Shop build in AZ ( from moving it?) #2: Selling My Arm...Selling My Shopsmith, Not in the Club anymore.

10-15-2019 01:56 PM by oldguy2 | 3 comments »

Well the big sale happened. I got 3 nice calls for My Shopsmith on the Craigslist ad. At least no scammers, had that before on a $100 workbench, and the sale was a nice negiotiation. So the new owner had a Shopsmith before and wanted another. Now for the Non club members you buy one for space , features, and quality . Quality..ever hear of one burning out, maybe an old green one but they are still coming up on sale lists, watch out they are likely dying and it was a 3/4...

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Need a Good—Looking Coat Rack? You'll Have This One Done in a Few Hours

11-28-2017 01:46 PM by ScottBelleri | 4 comments »

I built this simple DIY coatrack in less than one day, using just a 2×4 and a hardwood dowel. I happened to have a drill press on my Shopsmith so I used that, but a drill with a drill guide (about $20 from Harbor Freight) can do the job just about as well. This project can be done easily with simple tools, really just a table saw, drill with drill guide, and sander. I used epoxy to glue the dowels in just in case they weren’t tight enough. They went in with some resistance, b...

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Home Made Tools and Jigs #3: Shopsmith Tool Rest Upgrade - Cheap, Easy, and Very Effective

09-26-2017 11:53 PM by Jerry | 14 comments »

I know all of you Shopsmith owners out there that do any turning quickly get frustrated with having to set the tool rest position with an Allen wrench, it’s tedious and fidgety. Shopsmith’s solution, the Universal Tool Rest is predictably expensive at over $200.00. My solution was to make two wooden handles, tap them with a 5/16 X 18 tap, and screw a 5/16 X 18X 3” screw into the hole, which is about 1 1/4” deep. This makes adjustments very quick and easy compa...

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small workshop ideas #4: Hey What's in your.... SMALL Workshop ?

09-23-2017 11:32 PM by oldguy2 | 0 comments »

Sept. 23,2017 This is a current workshop tour and comments. My home page tells some so here is a picture update..somehow I can’t get the pics to change there. This is a one car garage in the basement. Featured is a classic workbench 27 wide by 52 long 1.5 thick hardwood. It has built many projects and only 31 inch high just good for my 5’5” height. Next is the pegboard wall that is 12 feet long.holds most simple hand tools. more hand tools are in the tool chests b...

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