Shop Smith #4: Built a Shorty with my 1992 SS

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Blog entry by htl posted 03-27-2016 01:55 AM 850 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since I now have two Shop Smiths I’m going to shorten one so I can use it as a drill press and not take up so much room.
I cut 14” off the bottom rails,some have taken 18” off but it’s only a 1 hour job so we’ll take it slow and if I like it may cut off some more.
Here’s the problem.
I want the SS butted up to the wall by the table saw and it sticks out quite a bit.
In this picture the SS is out quite away’s from the wall but you get the idea, it sticks out way to far.

By cutting the way tubs I’ll get it in closer to the wall and be a much smoother move from one tool to the next.
I set the SS up on my planer table to get the weight off of it then placed a 3/4 board under the motor and on top of the top way tube, this gave me the room to unbolt the bottom tubs from the legs mark the tubs and cut with a metal cutting blade on my circular saw.
The tubes cut like butter so no problem there.
Then just slide the tubes back on and bolt it all back up.

Here’s a shot of the two SS side by side after the cut.

And here the shortened SS is in it’s new home by the table saw.
Some say the shortened SS is now unstable but I found no problem with it and you may have noticed that I have raised the auxiliary table to touch the wall cabinet so it’s not going any where.

I could shorten it up a bit more but then the SS will be getting in the way of placing boards on the miter saw.

This small project will really help me get my shop organized.
I might add that I now have 31” of tub showing between the legs of the SS.
Thanks for checking out the blog.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#1 posted 03-27-2016 02:22 AM

They look very useful pieces of woodworking equipment Bruce….though I’d struggle for room.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 03-27-2016 03:53 AM

Shorties make good sanding stations too and the bandsaw will still work.
There are lots of shorty SS to be found over at the SS forum.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 03-27-2016 05:22 AM

Shipwright I’ll be using my full size for the sanding and the like for now. I left the top rails full length in case they are needed on the drill press mod .
Not to say they can’t be cut just thought I would wait till I really see which way works best for me.
All the parts are still long enough for the sanding and table saw but just keeping my option open for now.
I spent a couple hours searching the shortys and the like to see my options.
It’s so funny to see all that have got the SS addiction to more and more toys, and sad to say I’m working hard to fight the addiction. lol

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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