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MAY/JUNE 2005
Volume 48/Issue 3


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Service Pointers
The Table Saw - Rip Fence, Miter Gauge & Extension Table

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Here is a listing of the most common problems encountered by users of the Shopsmith Drill Press and Horizontal Boring Machine functions . . . along with their causes and recommended solutions.  If you are encountering any of these problems, chances are, your solution is right here.
 
If you have tried these remedies and they didn’t work…or if you’re experiencing difficulties that are not listed here, feel free to call Shopsmith’s TOLL-FREE Technical Services Hotline (1-800-762-7555) for the answer or send an e-mail to “ASK SMITTY”.

Potential
Problem


Possible Cause


Remedy

Miter Gauge
 
Miter Gauge binds in slots

Miter Gauge
 
Taper screw in bar tightened
too far.
 
Miter Gauge bar bent.
 
Work table warped.
 
Burrs in table  slots.
 
Table slots clogged with foreign
matter.

Miter Gauge
 
Back out the taper screw.
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Replace bar.
 
Replace work table.
 
Use file to remove burs.
 
Clean and wax table slots.

Miter Gauge rocks side-to-side

Nylon glide plugs improperly adjusted

Adjust plugs

Wood rocks on Miter Gauge face

Miter Gauge face warped

Replace Miter Gauge face

Miter Gauge does not cut indicated angle

Stops improperly adjusted
 
Vernier plate improperly adjusted
 
Miter Gauge face warped
 
Wood not held firmly against
Miter Gauge

Stops improperly adjusted
 
Vernier plate improperly adjusted
 
Miter Gauge face warped
 
Wood not held firmly against
Miter Gauge

Safety Grip marks on stock

Too much pressure
 
Rivet holding pad on lock
stud assembly sticks out
 
Burr on pad

Don’t squeeze so hard
 
Tap rivet in with hammer
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Remove burr with fine file

Rip Fence
 
Rip Fence won’t lock in place

Miter Gauge
 
Back and/or front latch broken
 
Threads of lock rod stripped

Miter Gauge
 
Replace back and/or front latch
 
Replace lock rod

Rip Fence won’t line up properly

Rip fence improperly aligned
 
Excessive pressure on fence
during cut
 
Fence base locking bolts loose
 
Setscrews in fence base rubbing
against table

Align Rip Fence
 
Use less pressure
c
 
Tighten bolts
 
Back out setscrews

Rip Fence cannot be offset

No setscrews in fence base
 
Foreign material on rip fence
and/or table

Replace setscrews
 
Clean rip fence and/or table

Rip Fence aligns with one table slot, but not the other

Rip fence bowed
 
Table bar improperly aligned
 
Bar on front of table loose

Replace fence casting
 
Align bar
 
Tighten bolts that hold bar
to table

Wood rocks on Rip Fence

Rip fence bowed
 
Wood bowed

Replace fence casting
 
Square your wood

Saw blade, Dado or Molder cuts into Rip Fence

Improper setup

Reset rip fence. Bolt wooden extension fence to rip fence.

Rip Fence won’t disengage easily

Spring on lock rod broken

Replace spring

Extension Table
 
Extension Table not level with work table

Miter Gauge
 
Extension table offset slightly

Miter Gauge
 
Loosen bolts holding extension table to base and insert shims, as needed

Extension table difficult to mount

Accessory mount handle
blocking holes
 
Tubes dirty
 
Burrs in holes or on tubes
c
 
Tubes bent or pinched
 
Tubes bowed in or out

Loosen handle
c
 
Clean and lubricate tubes
 
Remove burrs with fine file
or emery paper
 
Replace base assembly
 
Try to bend tubes slightly. If
this doesn’t work, replace
base assembly