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So you get a Shopsmith and it is new to you.  This versatile machine will do or help you do many things in woodworking.  Some folks think that this machine is only a lathe, but it is so much more.  This is dedicated to the Mark V (500 series - 500, 505, 510, 520 including the Power Pro).  You should inventory to see if you have the following parts.  

  

 

 

In the lower left is the powerhead with the quill showing.  On the masonite board are the tool rest, live center, dead center, box with faceplate, adjustment insert, and tail stock.  Of course the mighty and almost universal allen wrench is with the red handle.  It is 5/32".

 

 

These tubes go into the end of the way tubes or the end holder for the way tubes.  These collars can be loosened to allow for height adjustment.  There will be another picture to show how to the 2 spurs align.  Before we do that we need to make one other adjustment.

 

 

This is the adjustment for the live center holder.  Since I know where mine goes, it takes about 10 seconds to set and tighten the set screw.  Once you get this set, you will rarely every have to set it again.  

 

 

At this point, you can't be sure that it is set correctly so just enough force to hold it in place.  Time to set up the tailstock.

 

 

In the lower left is the powerhead with the quill showing.  On the masonite board are the tool rest, live center, dead center, box with faceplate, adjustment insert, and tail stock.  Of course the mighty and almost universal allen wrench is with the red handle.  It is 5/32".

 

 

These tubes go into the end of the way tubes or the end holder for the way tubes.  These collars can be loosened to allow for height adjustment.  There will be another picture to show how to the 2 spurs align.  Before we do that we need to make one other adjustment.

 

 

This is the adjustment for the live center holder.  Since I know where mine goes, it takes about 10 seconds to set and tighten the set screw.  Once you get this set, you will rarely every have to set it again.  

 

 

At this point, you can't be sure that it is set correctly so just enough force to hold it in place.  Time to set up the tailstock.

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Shopsmith lathe setup, Part 3

One headache to me is adjusting the movement of the tool rest in and out.  There are newer screws that use a lever.  At the moment, I cannot find them.  But, this is what we SSer's do.       It cannot be overemphasized, to make these adjustments, please turn off the machine.  After making your adjustments, spin your wood by hand to ensure that there is sufficient clearance between the turning stock and the tool rest.  Also, ensure you tighten the height adjustment sufficientl

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FlGatorwood

Shopsmith lathe setup, Part 2

Now that the tailstock is installed and aligned, it is doubtful that you will ever have to do this again for many years.  Only the tail stock has to be adjusted to the headstock.  Now, we have options of tools to look at.       Whereas the previous pictures showed a dead center, this is live center.  This has bearings in it and the tip and head spin.  I sometimes put oil in the back while the tip is down.  I hope the oil runs in.  These are found on various woodworking sites.  All

FlGatorwood

FlGatorwood

Shopsmith lathe setup

So you get a Shopsmith and it is new to you.  This versatile machine will do or help you do many things in woodworking.  Some folks think that this machine is only a lathe, but it is so much more.  This is dedicated to the Mark V (500 series - 500, 505, 510, 520 including the Power Pro).  You should inventory to see if you have the following parts.     In the lower left is the powerhead with the quill showing.  On the masonite board are the tool rest, live center, dead center, box

FlGatorwood

FlGatorwood

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