New Drum Sander On The Way!

As stated in an earlier post, the 24″ General Drum Sander is permanently out of service. We have ordered a new WoodMaster drum sander. This quality machinery is built in Kansas City rather than overseas. New 30A wiring must be installed by GVR and the sander is to be built to order. The sander may […]

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Drum Sander Damaged

The 24″ drum sander is permanently out of service. The motor was burned out through careless use by a member. Although this member was a trained approved operator of the sander, some very bad things happened as a result of the user taking more than a 1/8″ pass on a long, unsupported board. The maximum […]

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Sad Tuesday

This morning I showed up at the parking lot of our workshop (just to use the parking) and looked in to see if maybe the shop was open for a short while but, of course, it was not. I kind of felt lost because it is so rare that we can’t use our shop – […]

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Under Utilized Equipment

Space is at a premium in the shop. In order to make more room, Maintenance is considering moving some of the less used equipment. Have a look beside a tool to see if there is a sign stating that the tool may be retired. Two of the pieces of equipment being considered for retirement are […]

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Lathe Threading Jig

This remarkably well made and designed jig is available for member use. An effort will me made to put it in an accessible area, likely a sign out from the monitor station. The jig has thread cutters for #12 and #18. The shop will be purchasing thread cutters for a smaller #8.

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Laguna Bandsaw Brake

The brake on the Laguna bandsaw (the saw beside the lathes) has been damaged by someone forcing the brake. A 3/8″ bolt was sheared. This brake does not stop the blade immediately. Moderate foot pressure on this manual brake (it is not hydraulic) will slow the blade quite quickly. Please do not use excessive pressure […]

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Tool Damage From Abuse

Two of the new drill presses have damaged depth gauges that need to be repaired or replaced. This damage was caused by forcing the chuck lower than the stop. A considerable amount of force is necessary to cause this damage. It is not a design problem, rather it is an abuse problem. Please do not […]

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Drill Guides for Hand Drills

Drilling a hole at an accurate 90 (or 45) degrees to work with a hand drill is all but impossible. A new attachment for the hand drills solves this. The drills become a “mini drill press” with this guide. The new drill guides are temporarily located on the floor below the drills.

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