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ISSUE ARCHIVES

NOV/DEC 2000
Volume 43 /  Issue 2

IN THIS ISSUE
Project Articles
Grandfather Clock, Part 2
Toy Crane
Chess Set

DEPARTMENTS
Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners

Academy Notes
Six easy steps to squaring a board
 
Find A Shopsmith Woodworking Academy Near You
 
Service Pointers
 
Safety Tips
Dust Collection ­ It Shouldn’t be an Option!

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

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Free Woodworking Tips
Request Accessory Catalog
Request MARK V Video
Request MARK V Information Package

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No woodworker (except SMITTY, of course) has ALL the answers. From time-to-time, everyone hits a snag, trying to figure out some sort of in-shop problem.
 
Don’t worry. SMITTY can help.  Just use the special e-mail link directly below to send your questions to SMITTY. He’ll do his best to get back to you soon, with the answers to those questions.

Do your Jointer Knives need honing?
 
From Gary L. Johnson of Houston, TX:
 
I’ve been trying to make tapered table legs with my jointer as shown in Shopsmith’s “Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone” textbook. I’ve used the proper speed setting… made multiple shallow cuts…checked my blades for proper height…yet each leg ends up with splinters torn out. The knives should be sharp, as they’re new.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
New knives are never as sharp as newly honed knives. Your Shopsmith Jointer Knives came to you precision ground…but NOT yet honed. There’s no way for us to do anywhere near as good a job of honing  them by machine as you can do, when you hone them yourself, by hand.
 
When you purchase new Jointer (or molder or shaper) Knives, we recommend that you touch them up with a whetstone prior to using them. Only by doing this will you get the cleanest possible cuts.
 
One more tip to help you prevent splintering on the Jointer -- When working with hardwoods, try increasing your MARK V’s speed setting to “T” and slowing down your rate of feed , producing an increased number of cuts-per-inch.  If your splintering still persists, try flipping  your stock end-for-end and running it back through your Jointer in the reverse direction. 

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