Maintenance Update March 28/22

The log saw was contaminated with a sticky, sap-like substance. Bruce thoroughly cleaned the saw and checked its setup and alignments. The 10″ chop saw near the lathes has had an ongoing issue with the blade becoming slightly loose. This results in a ‘humming’ sound and of course, a loose blade is a bad thing. […]

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New Workshops For April

Sign ups for two new workshops will be available on Friday Mar 25, 12 noon. Click “Read More” below and then click HERE to view more and sign up for classes. Workshop: READING AND WORKING WITH WOOD GRAIN DATE/TIME: WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2-4pmLOCATION: WOOD SHOP ATTENDANCE: 8 STUDENTS PER SESSIONINSTRUCTOR: BRUCE FRANCE, [email protected], (715)225-9009CLASS DESCRIPTION: THIS CLASS […]

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Searching the website

On the right side of the menu, there is a magnifying glass that allows you to search the website. This is useful to find references to words (e.g. “shop rules”). To find tools, please use the Tool Search menu item which is available on both the ‘logged in’ and ‘not logged in’ menus. The magnifying […]

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Maintenance Report Feb 21, 2022

General Maintenance: Every week, we do scheduled maintenance on big machines and we keep a log book of work that is done for each machine. Some work is weekly, some monthly. In this way we can help avoid major breakdowns and keep the machines in top running order. General maintenance includes checking for square on […]

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New Table for ADA Use

A table was built and installed on the long side of the bench near the radial arm saw. This is for the use of members using wheelchairs. Like on the bus, the table can be used by members when it is not required by physically challenged members. Images can be found HERE and HERE.

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Slowing Down Grinder Wheel

A brake has been added to the grinder. It runs on the hub of the CBN wheel. On the right side of the grinder, there is a red knob. This pushes an oak dowel against the CBN wheel. With moderate pressure, the wheel stops in 5-10 seconds. Image of new brake HERE. For clear safety […]

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More Maintenance 15 Mar/22

Dust Collection: We had a long discussion about improvements to the dust collection system. Fabrication and installation to fire code would cost about $75,000. If approved, GVR should pay 90% of this cost. More research is required. Large forstner drive centers: It appears that through careless (or deliberate) actions, the drive centers are missing from […]

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Maintenance Update March 14/22

There were extended discussions about a couple of matters to do with the lathes and members who use these machines. Lathe Clean UpA few members are using the shop vac to clean up shavings instead of sweeping the bulk of the shavings into a large receptacle. This is unacceptable. The shop vac fills up very […]

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Shop vac use at lathes

The shop vacs by the lathes are not to be used for cleaning up the bulk of shavings that end up on the floor. These shavings are supposed to be swept up and placed in the garbage can. Using the vac to pick up shavings from the floor fills the vacs very quickly. The vacs […]

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Maintenance Update Feb 28/20

The #4 bandsaw (the Laguna 1/2″) was not tracking well. The wheel was removed and the tracking setting adjusted. The hose on the 12″ chop saw is coming loose – it was reattached. This saw also tends to drift out of square over a few weeks of use. It was checked for square, the bolt […]

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