Shop Smith #6: Shop Smith I cut it up some more.

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Blog entry by htl posted 04-08-2016 11:13 PM 3080 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Many would call this a shorty but it’s not short it’s in the tall drill mod and I cut the races with a metal cutting blade on my circular saw to get all the room I could length wise.
I had shortened it the other day and it worked great but was still to long and since I now have a 510 there was no need for two full out SS.
When it was cut last time I cut 18” off the bottom tubs so today when I got the wild hair to make it a true drill press I just used the 18” tubes to make it.
I all so flipped the motor around so it now stands over the back legs much more stable but can’t get in as close with my chair.

Doing this was quite a work out on my bad back so if you all hear the ambulance tomorrow you’ll know why. [not kidding]
I all so redid the drill press fence so it is adjustable to all angles, up down side to side front to back.
Added a deck with jig slots, this was a drill press table from Harbor Freight that I’ve had laying around for a long time so.
They are quite cheap and come with some great hard ware, just right for my needs.

The drill table it great but is just a little tall for my all sitting wood working shop so may make a short cabinet and take off the legs and I could all so make it where I can get in a little closer..

I could easily put it back to a short SS in about 2 hours with no problem.

What started all this was yesterday I was drilling out dowels for mufflers and was having to use 3 clamps to hold every thing in place and as small as these parts are it was a pain..
Now with the new fence I can jig it all up much much easier.

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#1 posted 04-09-2016 12:58 AM

I’m really getting to like this S&M stuff.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 04-09-2016 02:03 AM

Alex I’ve got to be tinkering with something, soap it up make it better for me at least.
It’s a shame your not over here I know where there’s a SS for $125.
I can’t stand it so cheap but hey I just don’t have room for any more toys. lol

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#3 posted 04-11-2016 01:25 AM

I couldn’t stand it and had to turn the motor around so it hangs out over the back.
I needed it so I could get my chair under the table.
For those who can stand it would have been great.
I read that it would be unstable this new way but this is the old model with the smaller table so for now seems to work fine.
This SS doesn’t have any casters, the casters may be what they were talking about that made it shaky.
If I need to I can add some legs or weight to the back but that’s no problem.
Really love the extra room.
This is one great wood workers drill press.

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#4 posted 05-21-2019 05:42 AM

I lost a motor in one of mine in looking for a good used motor or head stock i found another machine a 510 at killer price so i replaced it. Took the old 500 apart and tossed in a corner kinda out the way. Then one day i was tossing out a treadmill and the light came on ” i should fit this variable speed motor in that head stock. So I did and what a job. It works great for a drill press but I didnt have room for 3 set up. So i removed the legs and hung on the wall. Man do i like having it set up in drill press all the time. room under the table for your legs. Anyway you might consider that as well. Easy to sweep under and saves space. I do like the way it braces the table from flexing tho. It would be great for using the mortising chisels. I always use a board as a leg when I use my mortising chisels

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#5 posted 05-21-2019 06:49 AM

jman95 I moved and now have it hanging off the wall for my drill press too. LOL
No legs so as you said clean up under it is great.
I need to take some new pictures of my much smaller shop setup.

Here’s a picture of the SS in drill press mod up on the wall but have since moved it and have it off the floor on a wall mounted shelf..

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