Hands On

Volume 46/Issue 4

Project Articles
Knock-Down & Store-Away Table
Home Shop Workbench
Rolling Pin & Dried Flower Vase

Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners
Academy Notes
Clean Cuts - Pt. 1
Service Pointers
Bandsaw Service Pointers
Safety Tips
Hoirzontal Boring Safety

What's New
Shopsmith and Lowe's Team Up

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

Woodworking fire hazard
From Chris Van, via email:
I purchased a Mark V several months ago, and have been doing some light projects. I have my Mark V set up in my garage and have the dust vacuum hooked to it. A gas powered hot water heater sits in the corner of my garage. One of my friends was at the house and said that he heard it was dangerous to do woodworking in a garage because the dust is highly combustible. Can you provide me with some guidance here. I don't have anywhere else to place my Shopsmith, but I don't want to cause a potential fire hazard to my home either.

It is highly unlikely that you will have a problem. My shop is in a basement, sharing an area that contains a gas-fired furnace and water heater and I haven't had any problems in nearly 30 years. This can, however, become a problem if:

1): You're creating so much dust that breathing is difficult
2): You're creating so much dust that you can't see from one end of your shop to the other
3): You fail to use dust collection under the two conditions above
4): Your shop is nearly air-tight and you don't provide adequate ventilation

On the other hand, I understand what your friend is saying. If you would feel safer, you could:
1): Wall-in your water heater...but...you should check local building and fire codes prior to doing so to be sure you are compliant
2): Exchange your gas-fired water heater for an electric one.


Drilling evenly-spaced holes for shelf pins
From Enrico Caruso, via email:
Please advise on the most practical solution for drilling evenly spaced shelf pin holes (1/4" or 5mm) for cabinet shelves. I see several jigs available from 3rd party vendors, but I'm sure there is a Shopsmith solution that may include an inexpensive homebuilt jig to manage this task. Thank you for your advice.

Do you have a copy of Shopsmith's textbook, "Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone" (1989 edition)? If so, see pages 95 & 96 for such a home-built jig and instructions for using it. If you have an earlier edition of this book (yellow cover)...see page 109.

If you have a model 510 or model 520 MARK V, you can attach this jig to the top of your rip fence using one of our Sliding T-Nuts (Part # 555916 in on-line catalog).

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