Hands On

MAR/APR 2004
Volume 47/Issue 2

Project Articles
Strip Laminate Bending
The Turned Hall Tree
Two Great Kitchen Gift Items

Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners
New Baby Workshop Calendar
Academy Notes
Clean Cuts - Pt. 5 - Sharpening Jointer, Molder & Shaper Knives
Service Pointers
Troubleshooting the Shopsmith Lathe Duplicator
Safety Tips
Safety Cans for Flammable Liquids

What's New
Check out our New Shopsmith Website

Find A Shopsmith Woodworking Academy Near You

National Woodworking Academy in Dayton, OH

Online Accessory Catalog
Request Printed Accessory Catalog
Online Replacement Parts Catalog

Find A Shopsmith
MARK V Demo Near You

Request MARK V Information Package

Links Worth Visiting
Free Woodworking Tips

Contacting Shopsmith

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Ask Smitty No woodworker (except SMITTY, of course) has ALL the answers. From time-to-time, everyone hits a snag, trying to figure out some sort of in-shop problem.
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special e-mail link to send your questions to SMITTY. He’ll do his best to get back to you soon, with the answers to those questions.

Here are the questions . . . and SMITTY’S answers for this issue!

If you're having a problem setting-up, aligning or maintaining your Shopsmith equipment, you should contact Shopsmith's Technical Support Staff (NOT Smitty).
Call TOLL-FREE, 1-800-762-7555 during normal business hours to speak directly with a Shopsmith Technical Support Representative.

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Sharpening Forstner Bits
From H. Medley from Crestview, FL:
I recently invested in a set of Forstner Bits, but have been unable to find any information on the proper method of sharpening them. Can you help me ?

Unfortunately, we recommend that the average home shop woodworker have these bits sharpened by a reputable local sharpening service. Forstner bits have several critical angles that must be carefully maintained during he sharpening process. Unless you happen to be extremely adept at sharpening and have the proper jigs and other sharpening aids, it's not worth risking your investment by sharpening these yourself.


Bringing neglected MARK V “back to life”
From Kevin Smith via email:
I have inherited a Shopsmith mark 5 that has been neglected and unused for many years. What should I do to get it ready to be useful again. (it has some rust and just has sat for many years.)

Remove the rust, blow out any dust, give the machine a good cleaning, coat all surfaces that slide against one another or a workpiece (such as the worktable, miter gauge bar, quill, etc.) with either paste wax or a special coating such as Dri-Cote or Top-Cote.

Lubricate, following the directions in your owner's manual. If you don't have an owner's manual, you should call Shopsmith Customer Services Toll-Free at 1-800-543-7586 and order one so you know the proper procedures.

Just remember NOT to turn the speed dial unless the machine is running. This is VERY IMPORTANT!

If you have problems with your machine after this (you shouldn't), call the TOLL-FREE Tech Services hotline at 1-800-762-7555 for assistance.


Using link-type belts in MARK V's
From Mike F., via email:
I have an older Model 500 MARK V. Can I replace its V-0Belt with a link-type belt?

I'm afraid not. We do NOT recommend replacing the “Motor Drive Belt” with a link-type belt. The RPM's of the MARK V's speed control system are critical and will be adversely affected by using these link-type belts. We strongly advise you to use only Shopsmith-manufactured belts on your MARK V. If you need help choosing the correct belt, just call Customer Services TOLL-FREE.

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