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Project by Thos. Angle posted 2009 days ago 4547 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 1990 I bought out a fellow who had just about everything ShopSmith put out. That included manuals. This Shopsmith Router Arm was in the deal. I used it as it was some but the table was no good. I gave it to an old friend who was a wood butcher. He has since gotten to where he doesn’t work in the shop as much(age). Last spring, I was at his house and asked if he would sell this machine back to me. He said, “No, but I’ll load it on your truck and you can have it back. I never used it much anyway.”

When I got it home, I removed the table and replaced it with one made from particle board and laminate. I then made the two movable fences. The piece to be mortised is placed between the fences and the fences are brought to just touching the project. I then adjust the two fences so the mortise is in the right place. I set stops and use the router like a drill to bore a series of holes. After the mortise is drilled out, I slide the workpiece back and forth to smooth the edges. with the set up I now have I can go to 1 1/4 inch depth. By using a longer bit and raising the arm I can go deeper. One can either round the top of the tenon or square the mortise with a mortise chisel.

This can also be used as a pin router. I haven’t put the pin system in the new table but it is in the router drawer. These sell for less than a good mortise machine on E-Bay.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon





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BarryW

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#1 posted 2009 days ago

Use it and enjoy…and the price was right.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Rob Drown

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#2 posted 2009 days ago

Very cool. ebay eh? good Idea. Is the mortise smoother than with a hollow chisel?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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Grumpy

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#3 posted 2009 days ago

Great acquisition Tom.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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John Stegall

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#4 posted 2009 days ago

I had one of those…I sold it before the days of e-bay when SS quit selling them and a contractor needed one. I broke even and like the saying goes, I sure needed the $$$.

I use my Woodrat for doing these now, but I just had to do some on the edge of a 12” board that was 80” long. I was never comfortable so I ripped it apart, cut the mortises and glued it back. I’ll see how it looks once it has been sanded.

-- jstegall

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Max

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#5 posted 2009 days ago

Looks to me like it does a really nice job. Like the table you built and set up.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 2009 days ago

I’ve been looking for a good deal for one of these. I bought a shopsmith Joint Matic a few years ago. It is a cool tool also. http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/300

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 2009 days ago

Dandy good solution for a great tool!

I have and old swiss aerosol can capper I was about to scrap but It looks like it could find a new home.

Thanks for the prod Thom.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 2009 days ago

Rob, The edges are very smooth. I just fitted 4 tenons in about 5 minutes.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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motthunter

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#9 posted 2009 days ago

it’ll work

-- making sawdust....

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Karson

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#10 posted 2009 days ago

Thos. An old acquantiance returns and becomes a NBFF (New Best Friend Forever).

I’m always a sucker for a happy ending. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Blake

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#11 posted 2009 days ago

Very cool. What a great tool to have.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#12 posted 2009 days ago

Very nice idea ..Thanks : )

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TomK

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#13 posted 2009 days ago

Necessity is the mother…........ That’s a great use, Thos.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#14 posted 2009 days ago

Cool idea Thos. I’m glad you can make something from nothing. Handy skill to have. My dad was like that. Mom used to bitch at him, we’d take a load of junk to the junkyard and bring back more than we took. Thats how all eight of us got bikes. lol.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 2009 days ago

Hi Thomas;

Sure looks like it works well.

Great idea.

Lee

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