|Project by LDubb||posted 08-09-2012 01:52 AM||6550 views||6 times favorited||14 comments|
When my dad died a couple years ago, I got his 1964 Shopsmith Mark V and 1968 Powr-Kraft Radial Arm Saw. Each had been disassembled and left in ruins probably 20 years ago. I spent the two years after his death restoring both tools. I hadn’t done any serious (?) woodworking since shop class in junior high school, except for simple lumber cuts and drilling holes for my kids’ school projects and various small house projects. Now that the tools are up and running, I decided to jump right in and build something out of ShopNotes. This is the very first thing that I’ve ever “constructed.”
My goal was to spend less than $20 on it. So I took about a month of gathering scraps from Home Depot and claiming hardware from Freecycle before starting. I ended up spending just under $14 from start to finish.
I followed the directions verbatim, except that I used 2.5” castors, instead of 3” (because I got them free). Each time there was a technique that I didn’t know how to do, I looked in Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone and on YouTube (that’s how I found this forum). Almost everything worked exactly like I hoped and I learned that I am still trainable (wife will debate that).
Now a few questions…
1. What tools should I put on this? My sander is not attached yet. I also have a miter saw, router, bench grinder, and a couple other items. When I rebuilt the Shopsmith I got rid of many of the tools that the SS has available as accessories.
2. Does this need to be stained or sealed? The plywood is birch and the kickboards, supports, and spacers are poplar.
3. What should I build next?
-- Lewis in Lewisville, TX