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Blog entry by d_sinsley posted 08-15-2019 02:21 PM 331 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello,

So as kind of an introduction I am a hobbyist weekend warrior wood worker. One with very limited space and resources. I work out of a 23X30 shop which is more storage than anything else. I manage a wood shop in the remaining space and make it work. One of the things I strive to do is be innovative in how I can save space. One thing I did early on was to buy a Shopsmith MKV. I love my Shopsmith but it is giving me trouble and as such have started to look at individual tools. I might have to show all of them off someday because a fair amount of them are pieces and parts put together from multiple machines with a lot of scratch building going on. At any rate I have always had a stand alone table saw and compound miter saw. I used an old table saw stand and made a table and have built myself a nice router/shaper table. I have a lathe put together from two old ones. My Shopsmith is not running at this point and if I get it running right again will be relegated mainly to being a drill press. I also have a scroll saw and a oscillating drum sander that both fit on the stand for my compound miter saw. That allows me to store them out of the way when not in use. The newest addition to my arsenal is a dust collection system (beats the heck out of my old shop vac). That’s a lot of tool for a very small space so most all of them can be moved easily out of the way. About the only permanent fixture is the table saw. I have a nice bench to work on and also got an idea from my wife on Facebook to make a rolling folding table that rolls out of the way and then props up on a wall and the legs fold in. I store it on the face of a set of shelves.

Another thing I love to do is make jigs. My newest one is a router slab surfacing sled. I made mine more or less as a knock off of the one Stonecoat countertops sells. I have some black walnut from a yard tree that I have been playing with and this came in handy to flatten a pretty twisted piece of limb wood.

My current project is to make a 22” thickness sander/12” disc sander station. I am about half done with that. it will be on casters so it too can be rolled out of the way. Here are a few pictures of the flattening sled

-- Devon



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#1 posted 08-15-2019 02:25 PM

Here is where I am with the drum sander project

-- Devon

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#2 posted 08-15-2019 03:14 PM

I have a Shopsmith 5 and use it for a lot of things. I had the head rebuilt a year ago and runs great. There are also video on fixing them. I have all individual tools and use it for a large and a lot of special tools.

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#3 posted 08-15-2019 03:46 PM

I just had the motor rebuilt in mine. After reinstalling it something is off, acts as if the quill bearing is going bad. Something is heating up and you can smell it and it runs rough. I have been on the ShopSmith forum and am aware of the tutorials on them so I do believe I can get it running when I sti down and take the time. Its most likely a belt alignment/tension problem as it worked fine until the motor went out and now is rough after going back in. That tells me the problem lies with the mechanic (me) and not the machine. I have not given up on it. that is not the only factor in having individual machines but was kind of a last straw. I will get it running again and it will be used for those uses that a stand alone machine is not worth the purchase. It works fine as a drill press. I have all the collets for the router and shaper so will use it for some of that. I just need to dig in and figure it out.

-- Devon

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#4 posted 08-19-2019 03:28 PM

Well I didn’t get a whole lot more done on the sander this weekend. I spent most of the weekend cleaning the shop. But when I did manage to get to work on the sander I made the drum. It is almost 5” diameter as it sits. Its made from a piece of C900 PVC water pipe, this is the stuff used out in the road, which has a thicker wall than regular PVC. I made some end plugs for it by cutting discs of plywood and then sanding them down on my lathe to get them to size and true them up. I put them in and screwed them in place. I will need to add a couple collars on each end so I can attach the drum to the shaft with set screws.

I put the drum on the shaft and slid the bearings on to see how close I came to getting the drum true to the shaft and table by just sanding the discs. I was pleasantly surprised that I am very close already. It won’t take much sanding to get it true. When done I should have around a 4 3/4” diameter drum.

-- Devon

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#5 posted 09-05-2019 02:54 PM

The mallet swap has distracted me from the sander project. I have decided I need to stick with the motor I have which is 2HP 3450 RPM. I have it and it is suitable for the job. May not be variable speed but that can be a later upgrade. So need to get the motor mounted so I can get the drum spinning and trued up. I am going to use the Grizzley hook and loop conversion kit to wrap it. I also need to make the cover.

-- Devon

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