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Forum topic by Allen4 posted 03-28-2014 01:23 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2014 01:23 AM

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Alright have just bought my first planer a mounted shopsmith model on a stand with motor. She said it was never mounted, but it has the aluminum table, so? Needs a lot of tlc, which I have started. My question is about the table. The aluminum has a very thin sheet (.3 mm) stainless steel cemented on. It had come up in the corner of the bed, and junk had stuck underneath. I’ve been calling around to find stainless and have to special order it in. I could get a sheet of 22 gauge mild steel for a couple bucks locally. I can contact cement it down, sand, and wax it out, then be able to use a magnetic dial gauge for knife setting. Anybody see a problem or down side?

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 01:20 PM

I wonder why the stainless is there? Is it stock or something the previous owner did? How would changing the thickness affect its orientation to other elements of the tool?

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 01:32 PM

I assume they use the stainless sheet as a wear surface for the cast aluminum table. I think the pressure and friction would wear the aluminum down. I called Shop smith and it is factory. Just a sheet contact cemented on. I think they do the cast aluminum on the mounted version because it has to be lifted on and off the Mark V. The pro planer has a cast iron table.

The table raises and lowers from the 4 corners on all thread. The extra thickness is so minimal I don’t think it will effect cutting capacity that much.

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 06:21 PM

Personally I think I would investigate using laminate. A high gloss laminate is super smooth will never need waxed. I had 2 belsaw planers, and I made laminate covers for the beds just for a smooth, maintenance free bed.

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 07:33 PM

That’s a good thought. Worth a shot for the money. Thanks Shawn.

Shop smith said it was $315 for a replacement bed, and if I did what I was contemplating I wouldn’t be able to feed wood through. That it would throw everything off and render the planer useless. Can’t for the life of me figure that line of thinking out. Other than a rinky dink thickness gauge adjusted by loosening a screw nothing changes. The bed moves up and down in relation to the cutter and rollers in normal operation. I guess replacement parts is where the money’s at.

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#5 posted 03-28-2014 07:55 PM

So you use high gloss? For some reason I’ve always seen matt formica being used in workshops. Does it scratch up or stay pretty shiny?

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