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Blog series by htl updated 07-13-2021 08:39 PM 14 parts 41245 reads 77 comments total

Part 1: -Day one

01-16-2016 02:10 AM by htl | 12 comments »

This is a long story about getting a used Shop Smith. Been getting back into wood working the last year and an working out of my 2 car garage.I really only have half because the lawnmower and motor cycle take up quite a bit a room.Been using a small Dewalt contractors saw which I love for it’s great fence system.My drill press, and two sanders are HF with the Sears 12” band saw. I’m just making very small toy parts so don’t need or want any thing bigger. All this...

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Part 2: Where did you get you first look at a shop smith?

03-21-2016 03:07 PM by htl | 5 comments »

I all ways thought my first look at a Shopsmith was at the mall back in the 1980’s but these pictures beg to differ. I picked up a newer Shopsmith last week a 510 the ShopSmith 50th Golden Anniversary Edition 2002 man it’s all crome and shiny. LOL

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Part 3: ShopSmith 50th Golden Anniversary Edition 2002

03-21-2016 09:00 PM by htl | 4 comments »

ShopSmith 50th Golden Anniversary Edition 2002I was just sitting and thinking about my use of the Shopsmith over the years and it hit me why I love and many others love the Shopsmith so much.It’s as Dave said the transformer aspect.How many tools can you buy that you can truly soup up change it around and buy more and more parts for.There is just an attraction to me to be able to change it for whats needed.Back around 1983 I had a cabinet shop and did all kinds of work around Atlanta G...

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Part 4: Built a Shorty with my 1992 SS

03-27-2016 01:55 AM by htl | 3 comments »

Since I now have two Shop Smiths I’m going to shorten one so I can use it as a drill press and not take up so much room.I cut 14” off the bottom rails,some have taken 18” off but it’s only a 1 hour job so we’ll take it slow and if I like it may cut off some more.Here’s the problem.I want the SS butted up to the wall by the table saw and it sticks out quite a bit.In this picture the SS is out quite away’s from the wall but you get the idea, it sticks o...

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Part 5: Adding a T-slotted extrusion for my SS saw fence.

03-27-2016 03:22 PM by htl | 2 comments »

I wanted to add a T-slotted extrusion to my SS fence. There are so many possible uses for a fence add on.Add stop blocks ,need a feather board no problem just bolt it or them in place.I had made one for my Dewalt saw who’s fence was way to short.Here’s the post where I did that. bought a 48” length of 1”x3” T-Slotted Extrusion off Ebay from 80/20 PLUS for $42 with shipping.I can use the same fence on both of my Shop Smiths and Dewalt, jus...

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

04-08-2016 11:13 PM by htl | 5 comments »

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 ma...

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Part 7: You'd have to own a Shop Smith to appropriate this simple project.

04-28-2016 10:27 PM by htl | 2 comments »

Redoing the SS miter gauge so it will work on the Dewalt.. When I got a SS a couple a months ago it was in pretty bad shape but I’ve since turned it into a drill dress sooo have no need for the miter gauge, plus the bar was bent.My other SS didn’t come with one but since I won’t be using the table mod no problem.OK to get to the point I love the SS miter gauge the holding fetcher the stops at 90 and 45, just one great tool, but I want to use it on my Dewalt, it’s mi...

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Part 8: Building Izzy's Lathe, Router Duplicator.

04-29-2016 12:09 AM by htl | 5 comments »

The more I thought about it I realized I wasn’t going to be able to stand over the Shop Smith to turn the parts for my train engine so was on the look out for an option.I don’t know how or why but Izzy’s video about making Lathe Router Duplicator [LRD] came up and the gears started turning.Here’s his blog on it. Needing to use the lathe to build a Toys and Joys train engine but I don’t have any lathe tools a...

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Part 9: Using the Shop Smith to build a Model Train [With out using the lathe]

05-17-2016 08:41 PM by htl | 0 comments »

If you haven’t found my blog on building a model train and want more Shop Smith info check out it’s being used to build a coal train and cars.The train is usually made using the lathe for turning the boiler and smoke stack but It hit me I could make these parts with the Shop Smith in disk sander mod and in drill press mod.Here’s the blog.!!!

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Part 10: Dust collector for sanding disk mod.

05-25-2016 08:11 PM by htl | 1 comment »

Been using the sanding disk on the SS more and more with all the model making I’ve been doing so needed to get the cyclone hooked up to control at least some of the dusty mess.Wanted it to be a quick change over so here’s my out fit so far. I should add that I don’t have the newer sanding disk that will work with the newer SS’s saw guard.I bought my saw 2003 used and all the tools that came with it are for the table saw but for $400I’m not complaining. LOL ...

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Part 11: fine adjustment jig for the drum sander [wheel making]

05-31-2016 08:29 PM by htl | 13 comments »

Been using the Shop Smith drum sander to make wheels, train boilers and on and on, so thought I would make it have a fine adjustment to more easily get it set up right.The sander on the SS has a great depth stop but it’s on the wrong side of the tool when using the tool in horizontal mod. What I’ve been doing is getting the stop to get a wheel sanded close then would unlock the table and tap it with my hand to get just a tad closer , which works fine but I have no real idea how fa...

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Part 12: Souping up my Shop Smith using a Dewalt 745 table and fence

11-15-2017 01:08 AM by htl | 12 comments »

I love my Shop Smiths, yes I have two. lolFor my model building they really help in the making of and being part of my jigs.But as a table saw they are always my last choice for getting things done.For table saw work my trusty OLD Dewalt contractors saw is a clear winner LOVE the fence on these machines!!!! I also love the smooth top on the Dewalt saw for my toy and model work there’s tons a little bitty parts to be worked and a grooved surface just makes things harder. Guess what th...

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Part 13: Making something with my ShopSmith a mini SS

07-11-2021 07:17 PM by htl | 6 comments »

Got hold of the plans for a wooden ShopSmith so going to give it a try.These plans are for a 500 but will try to up grade to a 520 me thinks.I can remember wanting to build one of these way back in the 80’s, so it’s just about time. lol The plans are for a 20” long SS but need it to be shelf able so half that will do. About 4 hours in.

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Part 14: Shop Smith Mini part 2

07-13-2021 08:39 PM by htl | 7 comments »

Cleaned up all the parts I made Monday and had to redo one that just wasn’t right,Then made the legs and glues up part of it so I could fit the system together. And yes it will go into drill press mod how cool is that. lol I’ve always heard that the metal lathe was the only tool that could make itself,well the Shop Smith can too ever if it is only in miniature.

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