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Volume 45/Issue 4

Project Articles
The Four-Poster Bed
The Sunshade Sandbox
The Secret Compartment Paper Towel Holder

Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners
Academy Notes
Finishing Touches - Pt.6 Paints & Stains
Service Pointers
Keep Your Thickness Planer Running Smoothly
Safety Tips
Safety Dos and Don'ts

What's New
Incra TSIII Ultra Fence System

Find A Shopsmith Woodworking Academy Near You

National Woodworking Academy in Dayton, OH

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MARK V Demo Near You

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Resurecting old Shopsmith Way Tubes
From Chester Lambert, via e-mail:
I have four old Shopsmith's that I have never used (got them from my Dad). The parallel Way Tubes are rusted with no chrome on any part. Any chance of resurrecting them, or will they need to be replaced ?

First of all, the Way Tubes are not chrome plated. You can probably save them by cleaning them up with emery cloth followed by steel wool. Once you get them clean, coat them with two or three layers of furniture paste wax to protect them. This waxing procedure should be repeated at least once a year...more if your machines are stored in a garage or out-building.

If you have trouble getting them reconditioned properly, new MARK V Tubes are not that expensive - top tubes are $49.99 a pair - bottom tubes $33.99 a pair. Good luck.


Bandsaw blades dull quickly when sawing cedar
Name unknown, via e-mail:
When cutting cedar, my bandsaw blades dull surprisingly fast. With the limb tapering from 5" dia. to 3" and running Cool Blocks and lube, I've found no metal to dull the blade before or after cutting.. As I progress from sapwood to heartwood, the dulling seems to start. After cleaning pitch from the blade and providing wedges to prevent blade binding, dulling seems to progress extremely fast. Is it possible that the change in wood is dulling my blade ?

Sounds like it's in the wood. Two things could be happening. First, cedar will extract minerals from the earth and deposit them in the sapwood. This mineral deposit is in liquid form and “soft” while still in the sapwood. As the wood transforms from sapwood to heartwood, it no longer has all the moisture of the sap running through it and is quite a bit drier, so the minerals crystallize. This can make the heartwood very abrasive.

Second, cedar has a fine, rough, flaky bark with lots of small recesses for dirt to hide. If this tree grew in or near a field that's dusty even part of the year (as many are), the tree will pick up the dust blown by the wind and capture it in the bark. Then, as the tree transforms the bark to sapwood, the dust becomes “soft” from all the moisture of the sapwood. During the subsequent transformation of this sapwood to heartwood, as described above, it no longer has the sap running through it and is drier. As a result, the dust becomes hard again and could be the cause of your dulling problem.

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