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mpounders

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1488 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question jointer sander

I believe I have some old Shopsmith accessories, specifically the jointer and the belt sander. I am thinking about rigging up some pulleys and belts and motors so that I can use these ( I don’t own a Shopsmith!). Anyone have any suggestions regarding what speed I should be turning these at? I’m sure I can come up with some type of contraption, if I had an idea what RPMs and horsepower I should be considering. Or should I just buy something decent and avoid the attmpt to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear?

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com


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Paul M Cohen

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#1 posted 1488 days ago

Shopsmith sells stands for all of their special purpose tools. On their site they list the pulley’s needed to do it yourself. You need about a 1/2 HP motor for most of the tools (except the planer which require 1.5HP).

The speed range for the tools is below.

Bandsaw—700 to 1150 rpm
Planer—5750 rpm
Belt Sander—1150 to 1725 rpm
Strip Sander—1150 to 1725 rpm
Jointer—3900 rpm

You can find mounting stands on eBay for about $20 that allow you to easily connect the tool to a wood or metal base with space for the pulley to pass through.

-- Paul, Beaverton OR, www.TravelbyPaul.com

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#2 posted 1488 days ago

I own all the accessories that Paul listed except the Planer.

i would run all of the accessories towards the low end of the range Paul quoted.

Let me comment that the belt sander is a particularly good tool.
The strip sander is also a handy thing, especially with it’s ability to sand inside holes.
The bandsaw is good, but only for light work.
The jointer is okay but it is only a 4 inch jointer. It’s only real purpose is to put a clean edge on a board for gluing.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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mpounders

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#3 posted 1488 days ago

Thanks guys….I will see what I can come up with on the belt sander and maybe save up for a bigger jointer.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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#4 posted 1488 days ago

If you have any interest in scrolling, the SS scroll saw is very good. If you can get a used one and hook it up you could have a very good scroll saw for a very reasonable price. Note that with a scroll saw you don’t need very much power. 1/2 hp would be plenty and you could probably get by with less.

FYI – I have a SS scroll saw and I have discovered that scrolling is not for me. They sell for $700 new and I think they are worth. They compare favorably with other scroll saws at this price or higher. Send my a PM if interested. I’ll make you a good deal.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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