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STEP 3: JOINING TWO WORKPIECE EDGES TOGETHER

Before Proceeding, CLICK HERE to see a listing of Safety Rules that will help you avoid Personal Injury.

To view a brief (few-seconds long) video clip of each step being performed click on this icon play video wherever you see it.

Step 1

Install the drill bit you're planning to use in the chuck.

Tighten it securely with your geared drill chuck key. play video

Insert Drill Bit Into Chuck

Insert Drill Bit Into Chuck

Tighten Drill Chuck With Chuck Key

Tighten With Chuck Key

Step 2

Lay the two workpieces that you're planning to dowel together on top of one another with the two edges that will be adjoining flush with one another. play video

Position Workpieces

Place Workpieces On Top of One Another

Step 3

Using a square, draw vertical lines on the two adjoining edges, at each location where you will be placing a dowel.

Then, position the two boards on your table surface with their good sides down and the two adjoining, marked edges together. Draw and "X" on the back side of each board. play video

Draw Line With Square

Using Square, Draw Line

Mark Back Side of Workpiece

Mark Back Side of Workpiece

Step 4

Position your first workpiece on the worktable surface (with its good side face down) and the edge you're planning to drill into protudes about 1/4" or so beyond the table's edge. play video

Position Workpiece On Table

About 1/4" Beyond Table Edge

Step 5

Next, slide your rip fence up to the back edge or your workpiece to serve as a back-up and lock it securely to the worktable. play video

Position Fence as Back-Up

Position Fence as Back-Up

Step 6

Slide your worktable toward the headstock until the tip of your drill bit is about an inch away from the edge of your workpiece and lock your headstock and table carriage into position. play video

Position Worktable

Position Worktable

Step 7

Align your bit's tip with one of your vertical lines and move your worktable up or down until the tip of the bit is half the distance of your boards' thickness (an approximation is acceptable).

Remember, in step #3 above you drew "X"s on the boards' surfaces. Only by being certain that the same (goodgood) side surfaces will be in perfect alignment when they are glued together. play video

Align Tip of Bit

Align Tip of Bit

Step 8

Loosen the quill lock handle on the front side of the headstock...

... and the quill feed stop handle on the back side of the headstock. play video

Loosen Quill Lock Handle

Loosen Quill Lock Handle

Loosen Quill Feed Stop Handle

Loosen Quill Feed Stop Handle

Step 9

Now, move your bit toward the workpiece until its cutting edges (not the point) are touching the edge of your workpiece.

Lock your bit into position by tightening the quill lock handle on the front side of the headstock. play video

Bit Touches Workpiece

Bit Touches Workpiece

Tighten Quill Lock Handle

Tighten Quill Lock Handle

Step 10

Rotate the quill lock dial to the hole depth you want... and lock this setting by tightening the quill feed stop handle on the back side of the headstock. This will limit bit travel to this depth.

Note: Adjust the quill stop mechanism to bore your holes to half the length of the dowels you're using, plus about 1/32" to 1/16"

Now, release the quill lock handle on the front side of the headstock. play video

Set Quill Depth Stop Dial

Set Quill Depth Stop Dial

Tighten Quill Feed Stop

Tighten Quill Feed Stop

Step 11

Turn on the machine, adjust to the appropriate speed recommended for your bit size and type and material you're drilling.

CLICK HERE for a chart of recommended speeds.

See How Simple That Was!

Now that you've learned all about your Shopsmith Horizontal Boring Machine, you're ready to move on to the next woodworking operation -- using the Shopsmith 12" Disc Sander. Watch your Mailbox for the Disc Sanding email, Coming soon!

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