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Sliding Tee Nuts / Studs

#264418 by gac5ss » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:34 am

I am looking at the sliding tee nuts and related hardware for attaching feather boards to my 520 table and fence. I see options to purchase the flat plate Tee Nuts, the same with a post, and a kit with washers and knobs.

I have two feather boards that came with an extension fence for the jointer. I want to convert them to use in the table slots and fence slots. I see no reason to duplicate a purchase just to buy the feather board kit for these purposes.

I currently have a 1 gallon ziplock bag filled with Rocker's t-bolt hardware and knobs. Shopsmith is proprietary with the Tee Nut, and quiet expensive at over $44 for the 555914 kit of 4. I realize I need the Tee Bolts, but has anyone here successfully added a non Shopsmith branded post to a tee nut? I'm just trying to save some cash, which will be used to purchase other Shopsmith accessories.
Thanks

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Re: Sliding Tee Nuts / Studs

#264420 by algale » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:50 am

I haven't done it, but looking at the pictures on the Shopsmith website, if you wanted to convert a Shopsmith t-nut to a t-bolt all you would need to do would be to cut a length of threaded rod of the appropriate diameter/thread count for the center hole of the t-nut (3/8-16) or the end holes of the t-nut (1/4-20) or cut the head off of an appropriately sized machine screw or bolt. Add a little Loctite or other thread locker and the post is permanent.

Whether that will match up with your Rockler hardware bag depends on that hardware being size either 3/8-16 or 1/4-20. If it isn't, you could probably drill out the existing holes in the Shopsmith t-nuts to the proper diameter you need and tap the new hole for whatever thread count you need, assuming you have a tap and die set.

Good luck!

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Re: Sliding Tee Nuts / Studs

#264421 by gac5ss » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:28 am

Thanks for your information. I will check the knobs in the bag. The threaded rod and locktite is a great idea I had not considered.
Thanks,

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Jerry
Harrison, AR
Shopsmith Mk V 500, 520
SPT's: 6x48 sander, Strip sander, jointer, band saw, speed increaser, speed reducer

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Re: Sliding Tee Nuts / Studs

#264422 by algale » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:59 am

By the way, if the center hole isn’t tapped, and right now I can’t recall, you can always tap it yourself.

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Re: Sliding Tee Nuts / Studs

#264425 by chapmanruss » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:09 pm

The center hole on all of my "T" nuts came tapped and are 3/8.

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Russ

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Model 10ER S/N R64000 first one I restored on bench w/ Shopsmith metal ends & retractable casters. Has Speed Changer, Model 4E Jointer, Jig Saw with lamp, a complete set of original accessories & much more.
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Re: Sliding Tee Nuts / Studs

#264426 by DLB » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:12 pm

The Tee Bolts won't work well for this anyway. The threaded stud is 5/16 and won't fit the feather board slot without modifying something. I have a Rip Fence Featherboard (555783) that includes two of these Tee Bolts and I tried that once, the studs did not fit the slots in the featherboard. The smaller holes in a Tee Nut are 1/4 and should work fine with a stud or bolt.

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