at Shopsmith, we're always working to promote safer, more accurate woodworking.
This means the continual development of new Safety Aids to help you protect
yourself from personal injury when working with your Shopsmith Power Tools.
The foundation of our efforts in this area lies in our award-winning Shopsmith
The components of
this Kit are designed to hold, push or otherwise maneuver workpieces close
to moving blades, cutters, bits and discs. In addition, they also help
to maintain even pressure on the stock curing cuts, delivering improved
accuracy and control. The Kit consists of:
- A hooked-end
Push Stick to help you push stock from 1-1/2" to 5" wide into
the blade or cutter when making through cuts.
- A rubber-bottomed
Push Block to help you push stock 5" or wider into the blade
or cutter when making through-cuts - or for advancing the
stock over any blade or cutter when making partial cuts that do not
go all the way through the stock, such as dado or groove cuts, etc.
- A narrow Fence
Straddler to help you push stock that's narrower than 1-1/2" into
the blade or cutter. This device hooks over the top of your Rip Fence
and will help you safely push stock as narrow as 1/4".
- A Feather Board
to help you hold your stock against your Rip Fence (or other Fence)
when making a cut. This device contains flexible fingers
to exert continual pressure against your stock and help prevent kick-backs
in the event of a snag.
This Kit is standard
equipment with every new MARK V sold since 1982. If you have purchased
a used MARK V that didn't come with a Safety Kit, or if you have an older
unit that you purchased new prior to 1982, you should order a Safety Kit
for your own protection. Since the introduction of the Safety Kit, Shopsmith
has also introduced a number of other devices to bring added safety and
control to various operations. Among these are the following:
- A Rip
Fence Mounted Feather Board that mounts to the T-Slot in the
top of your Model 510 or 520 MARK V Rip Fence. This device is used to
exert DOWNWARD pressure on workpieces, preventing them from rising off
the Worktable surface during specific operations.
Fence-Mounted Feather Boards mount to the Auxiliary Fence Kit
to help hold workpieces down against the Jointer Table during jointing
operations - and down against the MARK V Worktable during Dadoing, Grooving
and Molding operations.
- A Jointer
Feather Guard that replaces the gray aluminum pork-chop-shaped
guard on earlier model Shopsmith Jointers (standard equipment with current
Jointers). This Feather Guard automatically exerts inward pressure against
the Jointer Fence during cuts and helps prevent dangerous kick-backs,
- A Shaper/Router
Guard Retro-fit Kit that includes a Quill-Mounted Feather-Guard
for exerting downward pressure on the workpiece; a Feather Board for
exerting inward pressure against the Shaper/Router Fence; a Rear Fence
Guard; a See-Through Shield; and a Vacuum Attachment.
Table Feather Boards for holding workpieces firmly against the
Shopsmith Router Table Fence or Pro Fence System Router Table Fence
during certain operations.