Simple Shopsmith storage shelf

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Project by oldguy2 posted 09-24-2016 09:18 PM 3518 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This shelf and second shelf are part of my continued attempts of a 20 year owner to make storage under the Shopsmith. I have made the accessory shelf in the extra picture from a 2×10 planed to an inch and mounted to a 2×2 bolted to the side. I planed the accessory order to suit my use and other than sawdust it worked well. But still I wanted more storage. I have made the under rail cabinet but now I have the lift assist and tha drops into the area below the pipes. It is worth every dollar to use, buy it. And it pivots about where I have the table position now so design for it. Pinterest shows many shelf ideas so I worked with those. I ran threaded rod between the leg stand and washer and nuts. Mounted the 1×12 onto the top of those, so about 10 inches above it. I put the 3/4 board on the floor to measure space and took off an inch since the drop when the wheels go down is 1/2 inch. The lower shelf is 9 inch and on chairs, 38 inch long. The top shelf is 72 inch, the leg set curves so you have room to slide it in place. I left 6 inches on each end to get my foot to the star pivot for the castors another mistake in my past designs, too close and hard to get to the pivot. I made 3 wood holders so far from scrap. 2 open racks and one box. One rack is for table inserts, I counted 8, 3 I made from 1/4 plywood, 3 Shopsmith, and 2 blanks, also I made for the drum sander. One for push sticks to stand up, easy to reach. The box is unplanned right now and using for tapes and the drive coupler. Lathe chisels below fit well. I have extra blades in a crate already on arbors and 2 other drawers for lathe tool rests and drill chuck. I found you don’t need them fast so more out of the way was not bad. I never had the room for an on the wall blade rack but have a wood box I will publish and can see blades like a book rack. As a business, I had the Shopsmith, a radial arm saw, miter saw and second table saw all needing 10 inch blades so I had a few. Not to mention stacked dado set , molding set and 2 sanding disks.

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#1 posted 09-24-2016 10:16 PM

Love the all thread idea for mounting the shelf, this would work great under my shorty drill press.

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#2 posted 09-25-2016 01:07 AM

Very nice. Persist!

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#3 posted 12-09-2016 11:57 AM

Hi from the project maker. this idea for me was a 50/50. I added dust panels of hardboard with electric ties under the bottom tubes, that worked great, and I have the lift assist so this was not easy to cut out. Reaching under to get parts not so great even though you don’t do it often, just still not so good for me. Things are falling off when I roll it around to rip longer boards. Read my blog for my ideas and solutions on my Shopsmith storage. I have also made at least twice the under Shopsmith cabinet like in Hands on so this was really another try to use that space. Best wishes on your try. Find what works for you.

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#4 posted 02-14-2017 11:39 AM

Feb. 13th So the two shelves under are gone. I hated not being able to get my foot under to step on the foot lever. Those few things I wanted were and weren’t under there. I kept the hardboard dust panels on with electric ties and remounted my own homemade shelf screwed to a 2×2. I just plan to keep less on it since I bought a tool chest for most of the accessories and later hope to make a router table on to the shopsmith. Doug Reed has a miter box for the shopsmith that someone could copy, see his shop tour. Another lumberjock has a routertable for the 510. My motivation is a question of space looking down the road and maybe moving sometime to another garage.

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