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Shop Smith #11: fine adjustment jig for the drum sander [wheel making]

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Blog entry by htl posted 05-31-2016 08:29 PM 945 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Been using the Shop Smith drum sander to make wheels, train boilers and on and on, so thought I would make it have a fine adjustment to more easily get it set up right.
The sander on the SS has a great depth stop but it’s on the wrong side of the tool when using the tool in horizontal mod.
What I’ve been doing is getting the stop to get a wheel sanded close then would unlock the table and tap it with my hand to get just a tad closer , which works fine but I have no real idea how far I’ve taped it so that’s why the new jig.

I was out scrounging 6 months ago and found a box full of old wood working parts router fences and parts of miter fence clamps some really cool stuff to have around to make jigs.

So going to use the fine tuning fence ability of a router fence to make my jig.

It will pay to just show you the jig all put together first, will save a lot a confusion and you can see what I’m up to.

1- Made a base with runners to keep the base from being pusher back.
2- Bolted the router fence to the base. It came with long rods but I shortened them.
3- Made a second base to connect to the front of the router fence it has two sides[with tongues cut in them] that are nailed to the main base.
4- The center of this second base has grooves to fit in the tongues so the center can slide down the middle.
5- Took my regular tire holding jig and screwed it to this second base. by it being screwed down like this I can easily change it out,
6- I now drilled a hole down the center of one of the sides so I could add a bolt to secure the main base to the saw table.

Here’s the bolt with a handle to lock it to the table.


I can now use it just like before but can now lossen two wing nuts on the router fence and slowly screw it in or out very slowly for super fine adjustment to the wheels.
No more taping the table and wondering if it moved.


You may have also noticed that the dust shield box I made now moves with the sanding disk which will keep the opening smaller so more dust gets sucked into the cyclone.

This project could also be done with some turn buckles like those used on screen doors I would think.

Hope this give some of you ideas for your own jigs.
That’s all focks.

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



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Dutchy

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 08:36 PM

I also have to build such a jig for my disc sander. Thanks Bruce.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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htl

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 08:54 PM

Dutchy I had been wanting to make one for my old disk sander but it’s base is so week and small, just never got around to it. Then the SS came along and I’ve really been using it a bunch so it was time.
Plus I have been getting more and more need of accuracy in my sanding tools.

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

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 09:39 PM

Very great idea!

-- Bruce - Indiana

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htl

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#4 posted 05-31-2016 09:49 PM

Bruce I’ve been wanting to ask What part of Indiana are you from I was raised up in Highland Ind.

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 06-01-2016 12:31 AM

Now that is one helluva nice jig. Absolutely love your take on the sneak up approach and the adaptation of the mechanism.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#6 posted 06-01-2016 02:04 AM

Got the idea while working on the tracks. LOL

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

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#7 posted 06-01-2016 03:42 AM

Quite a jig, very impresive.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 06-01-2016 10:33 AM

Tracks? Did you say TRACKS??

Oh boy, now you’ve gone and done it! You opened the floodgates again!
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htl

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#9 posted 06-01-2016 04:13 PM

Joe as much grief as some one who will remain unnamed gave me, but did do a lot a quacking I just have to get a last work in on it, knowing that now a quacking he will be doing.

I am glad the tracks got made but you wouldn’t beleave the trouble I had with them.
I really don’t think they wanted to be made in the first place.

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

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 06-01-2016 11:36 PM

OK. I’ve held my tongue long enough… the affect of my dental surgery has worn off so I can let go of it.

You didn’t make TRACKs... What you did was deprive me of something to quack about…

thanks-not Buddy (this said in my most sarcastic typing).

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#11 posted 06-02-2016 01:24 PM

How could you go and type this type of typing after I finally went and build the type of tracks you had so typed and typed that you wanted.
I will not type in a mean way cause I know you just wanted the type of track that would fit the train and tell it which way o go but for some reason the type of tracks you wanted didn’t what to be made so typically in their fashion they gave me fits.
So it is over and I will build a truck of the type that hold liquids and has 4 or six wheels we’ll see which type of truck it tells me it wants to be.
So will start typing on a new and improved type of truck that typically drove down the road many years ago.
Bruce #4

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 06-03-2016 01:06 AM

See Number9-5, Through my quacking, YOU, found the Easter Egg (though not sure how, as only rabbits lay them around the anniversary of the ‘passing’)..
You have finally been educated and learnt to spell tYpe correctly without that bleedingly annoying I... I hope that your upcoming truck creation never ever hits the road before you honour it with one of your serious sets of tYres, and in true 3rd person perspective.. leave the I off the road.

PS. Where do you buy that keyboard with the limitless type? (Priceless and deserving of another question mark, so ”?”.) I could just sit right back and let it do all the work. I like it (wink-wink).

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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