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Forum topic by mrjllj68 posted 01-13-2012 07:27 AM 1825 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mrjllj68

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01-13-2012 07:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shopsmith tslots miter slots featherboard

I am hoping to make a featherboard for my Shopsmith. It is an older model and the miter slots are not Tslots.
Is there some way to lock the featherboard in position without the Tslots? I am new at this and really apreciate
the advice.
Thanks
Jon

-- Jon, Morgan UT


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#1 posted 01-13-2012 07:45 AM

You know how to lock the miter gauge in the slot?
You could use the same principle to lock a shop made runner attached to the feather board with slots for adjustment, tee nuts and screw knobs. Here’s a view of one. FEATHER BOARD
Or, just order them from Shopsmith. I have two and they work great in my old SS.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 08:07 AM

The Shopsmith miterbar and the ZeroPlay bar both work in Shopsmith tables with and without T-slots. They used force against the sides to stop the bar from moving.

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

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 05:00 PM

I’m a big fan of magnets for feather boards and other applications. You can buy a couple of magna-switches and use them on multiple applications. For resawing, I made 2 feather boards. One elevates the feather board 3” off the table and the other elevates the feather board 6”. I can use these in combination with another feather board at the table level. I can move a single set of magna-switches from one to the other.

With a table saw, getting the feather boards in just the right position is a breeze with magnets.

Ya don’t have to bother with the track at all.

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

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 05:20 PM

Rich,
The ShopSmith table is aluminum.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 07:32 PM

You can clamp the featherboard to the table, which is what
we did for years before this idea about mounting featherboards
in miter slots became prominent.

In any case, the miter-slot featherboards generally don’t
require a T-slotted miter slot. The mounting part expands with
an eccentric screw or variant to wedge into the miter slot.

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#6 posted 01-13-2012 08:05 PM

Thanks for the advice. I’ll have to go to figure them out. I did not realize they could work without the tslot. I am trying to resist buying them, feels like making them might be a good little project for a beginer. I’m hoping to have a shop full of jigs I made like one of my heros Norm Abram. Might seem dumb but it seems like I should make them not buy them. Anyways thanks much for the help.

-- Jon, Morgan UT

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#7 posted 01-13-2012 09:02 PM

I agree Jon, that making jigs are excellent projects. It’s not dumb at all. However, there is the law of diminishing returns. For a bit over $30 for two feather boards, I felt I couldn’t justify the T&M to make my own.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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