The TV is up and running in the coffee room. It will be used for shop news and updates as well as for instruction. Stay tuned for more as these things get developed.
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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.
A note on the depth stops for the new drill presses: There is a quick release button on the vertical threaded rod. If the button on the set is not on the flat side of the rod, the stop will slide up and the depth setting will be (much) deeper than planned.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Work with wet glue must never be used on any machine. Wet glue ruins sandpaper and the paper must be replaced. Please allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before using the belt/disk sanders, the thickness planer etc. While some members are aware of the issues using wet glue on the sanders, many do […]
A 50″ monitor was mounted above the desk. This will show things such as monitor schedules, announcements, shop updates, training videos, new equipment videos etc. It should be operational shortly.
The small Bosch biscuit joiner uses special biscuits. These are available for sale at the monitor station for $0.05 each. Note that the biscuits used for the larger joiner will not fit in holes made by the Bosch.