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
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
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.
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.
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
. . .