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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #25: Shop-built Shopsmith Speed Reducer AKA: Jackshaft

07-06-2021 09:30 PM by MyGrowthRings | 0 comments »

That’s right, it’s easy to make your own speed reducer for powering your Shopsmith bandsaw, jigsaw or scroll saw at a slower speed than normal for use with metals, plastic, and even stone. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/5ZNIDkewy0U Don’t miss the links in the video description to the original 1960 articles that inspired it.

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Installing 2 Brands of Urethane Bandsaw Tires on a Shopsmith Bandsaw: Sous Vide Everything?

02-22-2021 10:09 PM by MyGrowthRings | 0 comments »

I finally got around to installing new urethane tires on a couple of my Shopsmith bandsaw, but just to make it fun I decided to test two brands: The Blue Max and Polytech. I’ll be the first to admit that this was a totally different experience from installing stock rubber tires and I look forward to responding to your Questions, Comments & Cheapshots in the mid-week follow-up, so be sure to type something in the video comment section. Here’s the video: https://youtu.be/MIcn...

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Installing Carter "Upgrade" Blade Guides on a Shopsmith Bandsaw. Are They Worth it?w

02-22-2021 09:47 PM by MyGrowthRings | 0 comments »

I just installed Carter Products’ ball bearing blade guides on my Shopsmith bandsaw and am curious if you’ve done the same and what your impressions are. The retrofit was incredibly easy to do, but I did have an issue with the head of the guide wanting to rotate on the shaft that mounts it to the saw. I posted a video on Youtube of the process: https://youtu.be/P-Uzrpp-nEQ

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Crib for Granddaughter #3: Holes, Holes, Holes

11-03-2020 10:37 PM by GrumpyCub | 1 comment »

This post likely will not be as exciting for the casual follower, it basically covers the drilling of numerous holes. The crib has two sets of holes that need to be drilled at this point. Set #1 – Mattress support bracket holes. The inside of each leg will receive 4 holes. A brass insert will be inserted into each hole so that a bolt can be threaded in to hold the mattress support. Here I am just showing the holes drilled into the rear legs. This picture shows the co...

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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #19: Horizontal Boring on a Shopsmith Mark V

10-20-2020 09:44 PM by MyGrowthRings | 0 comments »

A horizontal boring machine is one of those tools that few woodworker even consider, because with the exception of the Shopsmith Mark V, most other options are large and expensive dedicated tools. Any time I am drilling into the edge of a board for joinery I always go to this simple set-up. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/MCOs47th1lo

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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #18: Homemade Thickness Sander; lathe-mounted or Shopsmith mount surface drum sander

10-12-2020 07:41 PM by MyGrowthRings | 2 comments »

Building a surface sander for your Shopsmith (or any wood lathe) is a pretty simple and straight forward project. Several people here and on the Shopsmith Forums https://www.shopsmith.com/ss_forum and in the Shopsmith Owners Facebook Group have shared their versions, so I figure it’s time to share mine. I started with the basic design shared in R.J. DeCristoforo’s version of the book “Power Tool Woodworking For Everyone” (PTWWFE) but after building a segmented ring pro...

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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #17: SUPER EASY Ripping Support for your Shopsmith or other small DIY Table Saw.

09-25-2020 09:38 PM by MyGrowthRings | 0 comments »

Ripping lumber (sawing the length of a board) can be challenging enough as it is, but add gravity on the outfeed side of the saw to the mix and things can get dicey fast. This super-simple to build and easy to use shop-made accessory fence will earn a place in your shop the first time you use it. This fence any many other jigs and fixtures you will see on the “My Growth Rings” Youtube channel utilizes the inexpensive and easy-to-make “Bittner Nut ”, which was cover...

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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #16: A Response to Stumpy Nubs "Table Saw Blade Guard Myths BUSTED!" & How To Use Shopsmith Saw Guards

09-25-2020 09:33 PM by MyGrowthRings | 0 comments »

James Hamilton AKA: Stumpy Nubs posted an excellent video this past weekend talking about safety and saw guard use among Youtube content creators and the myth that using guards is somehow unmanly. In this video response (of sorts) I go over how to install the modern Shopsmith Mark V and Mark 7 upper and lower saw guards. It’s not difficult and it could save your hand. And doing miss what happens at 5:55, when I do a real-time conversion of the Shopsmith Mark V from Drill Press to t...

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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #15: STUMPED? Q&A's from "Stupid Bandsaw Trick, Resawing & Straight Sawing with the Shopsmith Bandsaw"

09-23-2020 09:32 PM by MyGrowthRings | 0 comments »

“STUMPED? Q&A” is a mid-week video series on the “My Growth Rings” Youtube channel where I answer questions, comments and cheap-shots from the previous weekend’s video. In this case, I answered questions from the “Stupid Bandsaw Trick, Resawing & Straight Sawing with the Shopsmith Bandsaw” video. In many ways these STUMPED episodes are better than the original take on the subject. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/AHYdzX3kPso

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Getting the Most out of your Shopsmith #14: Resawing and a Stupid Bandsaw Trick: Twisting the blade on a Shopsmith Bandsaw (On purpose!)

09-23-2020 09:26 PM by MyGrowthRings | 0 comments »

As I promised in the previous video on the “Business End of the Shopsmith Bandsaw” in this video I cover the use of the bandsaw fence for straight cuts and for resawing, and while we are here we did a stupid bandsaw trick that the Shopsmith bandsaw can do by twisting the blade. And the reson for twisting the blade? I forgot to mention it in the video! It’s to allow the saw to crosscut wider boards. https://youtu.be/5lqzmibP3vg

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