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Volume 45/Issue 3

Contest Winners
First, Second and Third Place Winner Projects
Project Articles
The Tall Bookcase
The Folding Party Tray
The Mug Holder Shelf and Baseball Equipment Holder

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Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners
Academy Notes
Finishing Touches - Pt.5 Refinishing
Service Pointers
Lathe Tailstock & Tool Rest Service Pointers
Safety Tips
Workshop Fire Safety

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Repairing crimped DC-3300 dust collection hose
From Chuck Strauss, via e-mail:
I have a fairly new hose on my Dust Collector, but at the unit end, it crimps badly. I've put duct tape on it as a reinforcement, but that doesn't seem to help. Are there any sleeves or other devices to place on the hose? Is there a nozzle replacement without buying a whole new hose section?

If the plastic end of your hose is broken, a replacement may be ordered (part # 515691 for just $3.95). It simply screws on (reverse thread - turn CLOCKWISE to remove, counter-clockwise to replace). It may be a little tight but it WILL screw off

If the hose is badly crimped close to the end, just use tin snips to cut off the end squarely and re-install the old end (or a new one).

I suggest that you also purchase an elbow (514421 for $4.19) and place it between your DC-3300 Dust Collector inlet and the hose. This should help take the strain off the hose and help prevent future crimping.


Cutting large sheet goods safely
From Jay H., via e-mail:
I have owned my Shopsmith Model 510 MARK V for about 6 years and one of the standing issues that I always run into is when I'm trying to cut large sheets of plywood down. What's the best way to ensure that I'm keeping my sheets of wood at the correct angle during the cut?

Your best solution is to enlist the aid of an assistant during this process…then instruct your assistant thoroughly regarding the types of support you need…where to apply pressure and where not to, etc. In addition, I would suggest that if you're cutting a lot of large sheet goods, you might consider getting a roller support stand (740900) or two and a Shopsmith Outboard Support Table (555307).

Sorry if I sound like a “commercial”…but cutting large sheet goods can be very risky. That's why it's so important that you take all possible precautions, even WITH the aid of a helper. Wish I had more convenient news…but when working with power tools, safety is far more important than convenience.

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