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merrill77

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#1 posted 03-06-2019 07:25 PM

I’ve just completed moving my rotating base over to the new SuperShop. Here are some pics, in case future visitors are interested. First, moved the head and carriage to the “top” end, supported the underside of the carriage and detached the hinged mount from the base and the tubes. I was able to complete the work without taking the head, carriage or tubes off the machine…and the tubes were (mostly) not impeding the work.

Next, drill a new set of 6 holes in the base. The original holes are circled in blue (3 of the 4 will still be used) and the new holes are in red. Note that I hit a weld line on the lower-right hole and was forced to use an abrasive cutter…hence the ugly square hole :( Fortunately, invisible in use.

Next comes the lower half of the rotating mount. I used 1.5” BB plywood and matched the hole spacing to re-use the existing holes where possible. The head of the center bolt is epoxied in place on the underside – this is the bolt that the top half rotates around. The four bolt heads that you see here secure the bottom half to the SuperShop base. The top, empty, counter-sunk hole is extraneous and not needed. The lower, empty, counter-sunk hole is used, but did not need the counter-sink.

Then I put the hinged mount back on the tubes and attached the top half of the rotating mount using the existing mounting holes. After lowering it onto the bottom half, it looks like this:

In either of the rotated positions, there are 4 bolts holding it all in place – the center (which remains in place) and 3 that are removed during the rotation. I used wing nuts for quick change on those 3 – you can see two of them above (the third is to the right of the hinged mount). Here it is from the front:

After moving the carriage and head to the hinged end and raising to the vertical position, it can be easily rotated by removing the 3 bolts with wing nuts, rotating and then replacing the bolts. Here is the base when rotated:

Note that if you wanted to rotate the other direction, then the ugly square hole would need to move to the other side of the base.

Of course, after raising the hinged end 3”, the other side needs to be raised, as well:

And here it is in my shop. Since I mostly use the SuperShop as a drill press, I make use of the extra space for more tools :)

-- Turning beautiful wood into scraps...one board at a time --Chris


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