JAN / FEB 2001
Volume 44 /  Issue 1

Project Articles
Grandfather Clock, Part 3
The Porch Swing
The Kite String Winder

Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners

Products on Parade
The Shopsmith Lathe Duplicator
Academy Notes
Vertical Drill Press Set-Ups
Find A Shopsmith Woodworking Academy Near You

National Woodworking Academy in Dayton, OH
Service Pointers
Drill Press/Boring
Machine Tips

Safety Tips
Drilling & Boring Tips

Three New Accessories for Your MARK V
Specials & Online Catalog
Links Worth Visiting
Find A Shopsmith
MARK V Demo Near You

Free Woodworking Tips
Request Accessory Catalog
Request MARK V Information Package

Contacting Shopsmith

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Here are the questions . . . and SMITTY’S answers for this issue!


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48-inch Lathe capacity with your MARK V?
From C. H. Dahlhamer of Hagerstown, MD:
I’d like to open up the capacity of my MARK V lathe to 48-inches, so I can turn longer workpieces.  Would you toss this around and see if you or any of your MARK V users have faced this problem and how they solved it?
Several Shopsmith owners have reported opening up their lathe capacity by attaching the legs of their machine securely to a STURDY workbench, then putting the lathe tailstock in a Shopsmith mounting base that’s bolted to the bench.  In order to turn stock that overhangs the machine, they flip the piece end-for-end.
I would advise against this approach. I’ve tried it and have found that it’s very difficult to get the lathe centers lined up exactly.  As a result, a lot of wobbling occurs, and that’s very dangerous. 
A much more precise…as well as safer…way to make oversized turnings is to turn your piece in sections and join them together, end-to-end.  When doing this, it’s not necessary for you to give up the strength of the single turning. 
For smaller turnings, bore 2-inches or more into each end and join with glue and a 4-inches long dowel that’s as large a diameter as you can make it.  
For larger, load-bearing turnings such as porch posts, glue up a long, hollow box, as shown here.  Use one of the newer waterproof glues if the post is to be outdoors.  Then, turn these sections (up to 34-inches long) by nailing a temporary plate onto the open ends.  Once turned, remove the plates and stack the sections on a piece of cold-rolled steel pipe.  

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