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Hollow chisel mortising problems
From George F.
I have a brand new mortising kit for my MARK V. The instructions say that I am supposed to have between 1" and 1-1/4" of the adjustable sleeve showing below the quill attachment. If I do that, the drill bits don't fully seat in the chuck. Am I doing something wrong?
Sounds like you have an older MARK V. The chucks are different. Don't worry about the 1" to 1/4" measurements. Just move the bit up until everything seats as described in the instructions.
My guess is that (much of your problem comes from) the MARK V table is moving as you attempt to cut. If you have an older Model 500 machine, either put a 2" x 4" or a Shopsmith Table Support leg (Part # 555627) under the Table while using the Mortising set-up. This will keep the Table from flexing while you're working. If you have a Model 510 or 520, use your Telescoping Support Legs to support the table.
Workbench help needed
From M. Allen
Just bought a home in San Diego (ouch) and want to build a very basic, very sturdy (read, stand on, sit on, work on, store stuff on and underneath) garage workbench. The dimensions I am going to need to fill are 30 inches in depth by 80 inches in length. Since this will be the first bench I've built, I guess my questions are basic:
Here are your answers:
1: 80" is a good length for a single bench