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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).
Jointer/Planer Knives Accurately
Yes, the jointer Magna-set can be used on your Shopsmith Jointer. I personally do not like the their procedures or the accuracy of setting the knives with this tool, however, many other people like the Magna-set for setting jointer knives. I prefer setting the jointer knives the way we recommend in the Jointer Owners Manual (pgs 10, 11, 12). This costs a lot less than the $50 for the jointer Magna-set and (for me) is more accurate.
The Magna-set for the thickness planer can NOT be used on the SHOPSMITH Thickness Planer. This tool will not set the knives in the same position as they are set with either the knife setting gage or here in the factory.
If you're having trouble setting the planer knives (as some people do) I recommend that you send your cutterhead with newly sharpened knives to us to re-set. We can set them to an accuracy of .002" or less for just $24.95 plus tax and shipping. You should call SHOPSMITH Customer Service (1-800-762-7555)first. They will walk you through all the steps to remove and pack your knives and cutterhead. This is the BEST and most accurate way to re-install knives in the SHOPSMITH Planer.
If I understand your question properly...the outside square chisel is not penetrating the wood but the drill bit is. There are three ways to improve this:
1.) Sharpen the square chisel. (see Shopsmith's textbook, Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone, current edition, pages 304 & 305). To order the appropriate sharpening stone you'll have to be able to tell our Customer Service Rep when you purchased your mortising set when you call to place your order.
2.) Support the worktable. If you have a Model 500 machine, you can purchase a support leg (555627 pg. 30 of our 50th Anniversary Catalog) or use a 2x4 cut to length (approx. 30" to 36") to fit under the table. If you have upgraded to one of the newer table systems, you can support the table with the tubes and legs that came with your upgrade.
3.) Perhaps you don't realize how much force it takes to push the square chisel through the wood. With sharp chisels and the worktable supported properly, I would guess it takes 50 pounds of force on the quill handle to make the mortising cut. With dull chisels and/or unsupported table, MUCH more.