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Shopsmith Router Lift?

#273923 by DLB » Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:44 pm

I saw this novel(?) use of the Router Arm on CL: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/tls/ ... 38417.html

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- David

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Re: Shopsmith Router Lift?

#273932 by algale » Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:52 am

That's interesting! I have the most recent (Shopsmith-mounted) version of the pin router set up which has the Shopsmith-mounted router arm. Without going to look at it, I think it would be a fairly simply matter to mount the router arm so that when the Shopsmith was raised vertical the router arm would be below the table for under-table routing using the arm as a lift. Remove the tie bar [edit] guard underneath the main table and it might work for under table routing with the Shopsmith shaper/router table insert. Sort of a poor man's Mark 7.
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Re: Shopsmith Router Lift?

#273935 by DLB » Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:19 am

algale wrote:Remove the tie bar underneath the main table and it might work for under table routing with the Shopsmith shaper/router table insert. Sort of a poor man's Mark 7.
I love the idea, I think it would provide superior under table router capability. I have a nice router table setup with the other style arm but would occasionally like to leverage the 520 table system. So far have not found the Mark-mounted OAR parts at a price I can live with. But I gotta say the idea of removing the main table tie bar is not for the faint of heart.

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Re: Shopsmith Router Lift?

#273936 by algale » Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:29 am

DLB wrote:
algale wrote:But I gotta say the idea of removing the main table tie bar is not for the faint of heart.

- David


Maybe I used the wrong term. I only meant to remove the tie bar guard that sits under my 520 table. See part # 155 on this diagram. https://www.shopsmith.com/service/mark/ ... iagram.htm

It is just held on with a couple of 5/32 cap head Allen screws. It is routinely removed when installing the table insert with dust elbow for the drum sander. It isn't a big deal to take off.

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Re: Shopsmith Router Lift?

#273939 by DLB » Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:15 pm

Sorry, I gotcha now. Seems like the open question would be clearance/interference between the OAR casting and the tie bar. The free-standing OAR that I have puts a lot of bulk around the router body, I don't think there's any way it would go that would not interfere with the tie bar. If you try this and it works out please let us know. I want one.

- David

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Re: Shopsmith Router Lift?

#273970 by algale » Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:39 pm

DLB wrote:Sorry, I gotcha now. Seems like the open question would be clearance/interference between the OAR casting and the tie bar. The free-standing OAR that I have puts a lot of bulk around the router body, I don't think there's any way it would go that would not interfere with the tie bar. If you try this and it works out please let us know. I want one.

- David


If the Mark 7 can be used as an undertable router using the main table and the Shopsmith power head, I would think there would be enough space to try the Shopsmith-mounted pin-router arm. At some point, I will give this a try and report back.

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