the Major Accessories--Jointer, Bandsaw, Belt Sander, Scroll Saw,
Jigsaw and Planer--to your workshop and increase your capabilities
even more. The Major Accessories mount on the Mark V and are connected
to the power plant by a power coupler (Figure 1-6). The major accessories
can also be mounted on Shopsmith Power Stands (Figure 1-7) if you
desire freestanding machines. The Professional Planer comes with
its own power stand and a model of the Scroll Saw comes with legs
and a motor.
- As you might guess from its name, the jointer (Figure 1-8) is
extremely useful for making many woodworking joints because it will
produce a very smooth, straight edge on a board. This edge will
be square to the face of the stock or any other angle between 45°
and 90°. This kind of high-quality edge is essential for joining
stock together edge-to-edge to make wide workpieces.
jointer's capabilities also permit you to straighten the edges and
surfaces of warped stock; remove minor cups; surface rough stock;
cut edge rabbets, tenons, bevels, chamfers; and make tapers and
special shapes used in furniture designs.
- The bandsaw (Figure 1-9) gets it name from the continuous loop
or "band" formed by the flexible blade. The blade cuts with a downward
motion, toward the table. Because it cuts continuously, you'll find
the bandsaw is one of the fastest cutting tools in your shop.
bandsaw will perform a wide variety of workshop operations. The
two most common uses are cutting curves and irregular shapes, and
resawing (slicing thin boards from thick ones).
can also crosscut; rip cut; cut bevels, miters, compound curves,
duplicate parts; and make many other special cuts as well. You can
cut materials other than wood. With the proper blade installed,
the bandsaw will cut plastic, plastic laminates, particle board,
and even soft non-ferrous metals such as copper, brass and aluminum.
Sander - The belt sander (Figure 1-10) is extremely useful for
doing many different finishing jobs. It will produce a smooth surface
on a board in less time and with less work than hand sanding.
belt sander also offers an important advantage over disc sanders
and orbital sanders: The abrasive belt travels in one direction
only, leaving no "swirl marks." With a belt sander, you can sand
parallel to the wood grain.
belt sander's capabilities permit you to sand edge, end, miter and
bevel cuts quickly and accurately. You can also sand convex and
concave shapes and create compound curves in workpieces. The belt
sander can also be used to sharpen tools by using the sharpening
Saw - The scroll saw (Figure 1-11) cuts curves and other irregular
shapes in wood, plastics, and soft metals. Fine-toothed blades leave
fewer millmarks; thus requiring less sanding. Thin blades can cut
small radii, allowing you to cut small details accurately.
scroll saw can make piercing cuts enabling you to saw internal curves
and designs in a workpiece without cutting through from the outside.
In addition, it cuts at any angle between "0" and 45°.
- The jigsaw (Figure 1-12) performs the same operations as the ones
mentioned for the scroll saw, plus it converts to a sabre saw to
cut large workpieces. Also, the lower chuck will hold machine files
so that you can shape and smooth the edges of wood, plastic, and
The jigsaw is no longer manufactured by Shopsmith, Inc. However
it is mentioned here as a reference for those woodworkers who already
have a jigsaw. Thickness
Planer and Professional Planer - The planers (Figure 1-13) are
used to plane stock to a uniform thickness, reduce thick boards
to thinner ones, surface rough lumber, plane boards to identical
thicknesses, true up boards that have been glued edge-to-edge and
can be used with the jointer to square up stock. The planer gives
you the versatility to plane lumber for any number of applications,
from ultra-thin stock for musical instruments and toys to thick
stock for furniture and carpentry projects.
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