Restoring a 1981 Shopsmith Belt Sander Part 2

A Loooooong time ago (October 2013) I bought a belt sander attachment for my ShopSmith and disassembled it.

Outside view of the belt sander
Outside view of the belt sander
Rusty plate
Rusty plate

It sat in this plastic bin in my office since then doing nothing…

Disassembled ShopSmith Belt Sander
Disassembled ShopSmith Belt Sander

…until tonight! Tonight the kids and I cleaned it up and put it back together.

We didn’t figure out electrolysis like I had planned, we ended up just using WD-40 and sandpaper to get it all cleaned up.

Since we were just sanding and not doing anything crazy with electricity here’s the final shot. Everything spins smoothly, and I replaced the screws that broke with bolts and they mostly seem to be working for now. Now it’s time to buy some sand paper!

Cleaned up belt sander
Cleaned up belt sander
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pkexec not found workaround

I’m setting up an old and slow laptop (EeePC 701) as mainly a console-only machine, but I do have XFCE4 on there for my kid to play around with, which he has to start with startx.

I don’t have policy-kit installed, so when he tries to launch Synaptic, XFCE freezes up. The output on the console says pkexec was not found.

Instead of installing pkexec and policy-kit, I just symlinked gksudo to pkexec.

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/gksudo /usr/bin/pkexec

Problem solved.

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Hand Plane

As part of a kitchen remodel project I needed a hand plane. Well, I have three, but they’re all smaller smoothing planes. I wanted something a little bigger which I could use as a something between a scrub plane or a jack plane. I had an extra plane blade sitting around, so I made one.

Top of the plane
Top of the plane

The bottom and very top is the straightest, flattest piece of oak that Home depot had. The middle is a maple sandwich made from the same reclaimed maple flooring that our counter tops are being made from.

I glued the middle three pieces for the front and back together, then cut the angles I wanted. The top of the plane was originally a single oak board which I used a drill to make a hole, then a jig saw to rough-cut then a chisel and hammer to bring in line with the angles of the middle angles. I did the same thing for the bottom.

Side of the plane
Side of the plane

After gluing everything together I cut out the profile I wanted with the band saw, then ran the edges through the router to round over the edges and add the decorative pin-stripe. I used the drill press to drill a hole straight through both sides and pounded a dowel in with a drop of glue on each side. I then planed off the edge of the dowel to be flush with the sides of the plane.

I used the belt sander with some 80 grit paper to round out the pommel / handle at the end and then sanded it down to 120 by hand.

Handle of the Plane
Handle of the Plane

I gave it several coats of danish oil and then a coat of mineral oil.

The blade is held in place with a wooden wedge. It was something in my scrap pile, I don’t even know what – probably pine.

Planer blade
Planer blade

I’ve done a couple of test runs with it and I’m very happy with how it works. It doesn’t hurt that it looks nice too. Tomorrow the big counter top I need it for should be dry so I’ll be able to put it through a real test.

Update

This thing works REALLY really well. I sharpened the blade on a high grit grinding wheel and was able to really scrub the counter I’m making quickly and efficiently.

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