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.
Don't worry, SMITTY can help. Just use the 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).
with Mortising Attachment
Sounds like you have an OLD Mortising Attachment for a new machine.
The Hold-Down for the 510 Fence uses a special vertical rod with a tapped hole in the bottom that attaches to a T-Slot insert. This insert slides in the T-Slot in the top of your fence. You'll need to call Shopsmith's Customer Services to order this Rod and T-Slot insert (1-800-543-7586)
Now....for the cutting problem. Hollow Chisel Mortisers are a bit tricky. First, even when they're sharpened properly, they require a LOT of pressure to cut...especially when working with hardwoods. For that reason, when using a Mortiser, it's ALWAYS a good idea to cut a wooden third leg support that stands between the underside of the worktable and the shop floor.
Many woodworkers remove most of the stock first by boring a series of holes....then clean up the perimeter with the Mortising set-up. Finally, the chisel must be SHARP to cut properly. The older Mortising sets were not really honed properly when they came from the factory.
When you talk to Customer Services, tell them when you BELIEVE your Mortising Attachment was made and they'll sell you the proper honing stones for sharpening YOUR chisels. These stones slip into your Drill Press Chuck for performing this honing operation.
woodworker needs hardwoods answers
Can you tell me how lumber is sized re 4/4 or 8/4, etc. and whether or not I should expect s4s or s3s or what. Also, could you direct me to a web resource on the subject. Also, since I have you, where's your choice for making good wood purchases. Thanks for your answers and thanks for a great machine.
Hardwood lumber is sized in quarters. 4/4 (four-quarter) is 1" thick ---- 5/4 (five-quarter) is 1-1/4" thick ---- 8/4 (eight-quarter) is 2" thick, and so forth.
s4s means surfaced four sides. s2s means surfaced two sides...this is the most typically available lumber.
The best place to purchase wood is locally, where you can SEE what you're getting BEFORE you take it home.
However, there are times when the lumber you want (exotics, for example) are NOT available locally...and you'll have to purchase via mail order. In these cases, look for supplier ads in magazines such as Fine Woodworking, Wood, Workbench, etc.
As for information...try the woodworking magazine websites (Fine woodworking, Wood Workbench, Family Handyman,) Etc. There are also several great books available on wood technology. Check your local book stores.
P.S.: This issue of Hands-On contains Part 2 of a 4-Part series on hardwoods. Go to the archives link to see Part 1 (in the July/August, 2004 edition)...and watch the next two issues for the final 2 Parts of this story.
Two options: Goo-Gone comes in a small, lighter-fluid-like metal can...or Bestine brand rubber cement thinner, available at art supply stores. Good luck.