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Nick Taylor 224/03/2017 10:27:44
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Morning all!

I’ve now had a good bit of workshop time to get used to my newest (impulse) purchase – a Boxford shaper!

It’s a later version with fixed table and both power feeds, and seems to of had a very easy life, it could probably do with a strip and clean, new belts etc but apart from that it’s in good nick.

However! – When I first got it, there was a little play in all the gibs so I went around and re-tweaked everything and it runs great… but one of the gib screws on the bottom of the table snapped. Need to get it on the drill press and see what I can do.

Anyone know how to remove the table? I thought you could just unscrew the lead screw nut from the table then pull it off the dovetails but it seems the nut is still captive in the back of the table somehow, and is stopping it from coming off the rails.

Any ideas?



Rik Shaw24/03/2017 10:35:36
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When I refurbed my Alba I seem to remember I had to remove the leadscrew before I could get the table saddle of. If I needed to just remove the table then it is a simple matter of removing several retaining nuts within the table casting and the table would pull of. I realize that the design of your beauty will possibly differ from mine but that was MY experience.


Edited By Rik Shaw on 24/03/2017 10:40:58

Saxalby24/03/2017 12:22:15
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If you look inside the box table there is an alan screw securing the lead screw nut. Or has that already been removed ??

Nick Taylor 224/03/2017 14:32:56
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Thanks for the replies,

Yes I have unbolted the lead screw nut but it seems to still be connected to the rear of the table some how, it looks like this is all that is stopping the table coming off.

The screws are still available from Boxford, just need to be able to get this snapped one out!



Paul Jarvis 224/03/2017 19:04:57
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Hi It is over twenty five years since I had the table off my Boxford Shaper to replace the lead screw nut.

If my memory serves me right I to had the same problem and I had to take the gib out and pull the table forward off the slide to get enough clearance to fully release the lead screw nut location boss from the back of the table.

I can remember there was very little clearance it was a close fit and a struggle but it came out.

With the nut removed you can withdraw the table off the slide to the left



Nick Taylor 225/03/2017 17:58:06
102 forum posts

Hi Paul, thanks for the reply.

Unfortunatly you have confirmed my inital thought - can't get the table off without pulling out the gib first!

I'll have to remove the saddle with table attached then see what I can do,

Cheers all!


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