Adjusting A Shopsmith Table

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Forum topic by John73738 posted 03-25-2013 08:39 AM 2300 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2013 08:39 AM

I am the 3rd generation owner of my Grandfather’s greenie Shopsmith. I have searched high and low and need help. I just ruined a bunch of plywood because I could not get repeatable cuts on the table saw. So I did some checking and found that the table is not square to the blade, off by 1/16ish inch. I have not been able to find anything on adjusting the table so I can square it. Later this year I want to buy a table saw, but for now this is all I have. My dad and I have built a lot of great projects on this, and I hope to do the same with my son.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.



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#1 posted 03-25-2013 02:40 PM

Go to the ShopSmith Academy:

The first session (at the bottom of that page) details how to align the main table. It is also in the ShopSmith manual, but I’m betting that somewhere in those 3 generations, that manual was misplaced. It’s a fairly simple procedure, but get a machinist’s dial indicator (Harbor Freight has a cheap one that works pretty well for this) so you can measure the distance between the tracks and the blade accurately. Don’t depend on a tape measure.

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#2 posted 03-25-2013 02:46 PM

You need to be a bit more precise because there are many things to take in to account here. Is the blade not square to the fence? front and back of the blade give different measurements to the fence? Or are you saying it wont cut straight with the fence in the same place? if so the fence is likely pulling in or out on the back side. It should not move regardless if you have it set. you should be able to cut 10 boards even if they all have the same mistake. So is each board coming out different, or are they all fubar in different ways?
Also if its a very old SS you might unplug it and grab the blade and see if the bearings are shot in the arbor. I’d think you’d hear that before anything though, but those older tools can take a beating an still go on.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 03-25-2013 03:02 PM

You need to join this forum. There’s nothing about ShopSmiths that these guys can’t help you with.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 06:06 AM

ddockstater, thanks I will look into that, and I will check out the shopsmith forum shipwright.

RussellAP If I check the swuare of the table to the fence, Dead on. However if I check the square of the blade to the edge of the table that is where it is off. weirdest part is all the cuts are basically different in small ways. Hadn’t though of the bearings. I am saving for the power pro upgrade. I am looking for a table saw because the SS table is not going to be nearly large enough for and type of jig or sled.

I will put this all to good use.

Thanks for the info

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