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Home Made Tools and Jigs #3: Shopsmith Tool Rest Upgrade - Cheap, Easy, and Very Effective

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Blog entry by Jerry posted 09-26-2017 11:53 PM 3063 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I know all of you Shopsmith owners out there that do any turning quickly get frustrated with having to set the tool rest position with an Allen wrench, it’s tedious and fidgety.

Shopsmith’s solution, the Universal Tool Rest is predictably expensive at over $200.00.

My solution was to make two wooden handles, tap them with a 5/16 X 18 tap, and screw a 5/16 X 18X 3” screw into the hole, which is about 1 1/4” deep.

This makes adjustments very quick and easy compared to the standard setup.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/



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Redoak49

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#1 posted 09-27-2017 12:18 AM

Good idea.

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 09-27-2017 12:43 AM

I like the way you think Jerry. I’ve made similar Allen wrench tools with handles to change out the jaws on the chucks.
Like you said, sure makes it easier than using what is supplied.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jerry

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#3 posted 09-27-2017 12:53 AM



Good idea.

- Redoak49

Thanks.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#4 posted 09-27-2017 12:54 AM



I like the way you think Jerry. I ve made similar Allen wrench tools with handles to change out the jaws on the chucks.
Like you said, sure makes it easier than using what is supplied.

- doubleDD

Thanks Dave!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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shipwright

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#5 posted 09-27-2017 02:18 AM

Nice one Jerry. I like it.
I have the universal tool rest and for my money its biggest advantage is it’s sheer mass. That sucker is heavy and really takes the shake out of turning.
Not sure I would pay the new price for it however. I got mine basically free with a machine that I bought and sold.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Jerry

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#6 posted 09-27-2017 02:53 AM



Nice one Jerry. I like it.
I have the universal tool rest and for my money its biggest advantage is it s sheer mass. That sucker is heavy and really takes the shake out of turning.
Not sure I would pay the new price for it however. I got mine basically free with a machine that I bought and sold.

- shipwright

Hey Paul,

Yeah I do understand the advantage of that 35 lb. mass, you really do have the very best setup. Great that you got that for free!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#7 posted 09-27-2017 01:37 PM

Nicely done Jerry, a great solution to a rather aggravating design deficiency.

Note: I also have the UTR, but setting it up when you just want to turn something quickly, can also be aggravating. Nice solution!

I bought some captive Handles for mine (similar to what is used on the UTR)

-- - Terry

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shipwright

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#8 posted 09-27-2017 02:02 PM



Nicely done Jerry, a great solution to a rather aggravating design deficiency.

Note: I also have the UTR, but setting it up when you just want to turn something quickly, can also be aggravating. Nice solution!

I bought some captive Handles for mine (similar to what is used on the UTR)

- TerryDowning

+1 on the aggravation, but worth it In the long run. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#9 posted 09-27-2017 04:49 PM

Thinking about where else I can apply this idea. (I don’t have a shop smith.)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Andre

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#10 posted 09-27-2017 06:02 PM

Great setup, need to figure out how to do this to my Horizontal mortiser for the X / Y table adjustments!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 09-27-2017 08:16 PM



Great setup, need to figure out how to do this to my Horizontal mortiser for the X / Y table adjustments!

- Andre

Arrr? I think I know what a horizontal mortiser is from looking at Matthias Wandel’s website, but have no idea how this could be applied. If you do, make sure to let us know what you came up with.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Jerry

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#12 posted 09-27-2017 08:26 PM



Thinking about where else I can apply this idea. (I don t have a shop smith.)

- WayneC

Possibilities are: “What tool setup uses allen screws that I really get annoyed with?” :-)

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Mean_Dean

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#13 posted 09-27-2017 11:23 PM

Nice solution to the problem, Jerry!

I hate those little Allen screw setups in general, and usually end up re-doing them the way they should have been done at the factory.

I even have a floor mop, that had these little plastic tabs to hold the mop head on, break off those plastic tabs. So I got some stainless steel screws with wingnuts and washers, and repaired the thing in about 5 minutes. Should have come out of the factory that way. Cost me a couple of bucks and 5 minutes of my time—and 5 years later the thing still functions properly.

If they had just built the thing that way to begin with, and charged me the extra 2-3 bucks, I’d have been happy….......!

(Ok, I’ll get off my soap box now…......!)

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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Jerry

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#14 posted 09-28-2017 02:57 AM



Nice solution to the problem, Jerry!

I hate those little Allen screw setups in general, and usually end up re-doing them the way they should have been done at the factory.

I even have a floor mop, that had these little plastic tabs to hold the mop head on, break off those plastic tabs. So I got some stainless steel screws with wingnuts and washers, and repaired the thing in about 5 minutes. Should have come out of the factory that way. Cost me a couple of bucks and 5 minutes of my time—and 5 years later the thing still functions properly.

If they had just built the thing that way to begin with, and charged me the extra 2-3 bucks, I d have been happy….......!

(Ok, I ll get off my soap box now…......!)

- Mean_Dean

You’re preachin’ to the choir Dean :-)

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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