|Forum topic by Nicholas Hall||posted 594 days ago||1271 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
594 days ago
I inherited a Shopsmith when my father-in-law’s neighbor’s father died. They tried to sell it, but no one would even pay $500 for it. I’ve got to say I wasn’t too keen on it when I first got it. But since I didn’t have a table saw, drill press, bandsaw, jointer, or belt sander, it seemed slightly better than nothing. It came with a Woodworker II blade in the arbor, so I decided that it wasn’t a total waste of space.
Well, I’ve got a few projects under my belt now, and since I now have a mountain of 8/4 ash, it seemed like a good time to build a split top roubo. The question was, can a shopsmith handle 9/4 solid ash lumber that’s 12 inches wide and 11 feet long? It turns out it can.
The pics below are the setup for the first of 10 ash boards 2”x12”x11 feet. These boards are the rejects from 2100 bdft I cut this fall on my family’s land in Maine. I had the sawyer cut all nominal thinkness by 1/8” oversize, and some of it would up being 1/4” oversize (all of my “8/4” is actually between 2.125” and 2.25”). I picked these particular boards for the bench because they were either knotty, or had severe checking that made them good candidates for the narrow boards on a workbench.
You’ll note that the board is nearly as wide as the shopsmith’s table, which may be an indication that it was not meant to cut boards in this size!
Now I have a couple of handy ash 2×6’s. I’ve got to get that dust collection working again however…
Well, there you have it. The shopsmith really came through. This thing is really growing on me. I’m going to be building the whole bench using only the shopsmith and my growing handtool collection. I think it will be interesting to build a 400lb bench with a 150lb Shopsmith! If anyone is interested, I’ll let you know how it works out.
Thanks for looking,
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