Maintenance Report June 27/22

The cabinet for storing volatiles has arrived. It will meet the requirements of GV Fire as it will store some of our stronger solvents such as acetone and naptha. It will be located inside the shop on the wall near the clamps. It cannot be located outside on the patio as the volatiles will just […]

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Maintenance Update June 20/22

John has installed a new vac system for the drill presses. This is simple to use – “open the gate, flip the switch”. The new vac system will help to avoid dragging vacs across the aisles or reaching under the panel behind the presses possibly causing a trip hazard. We will be shortening the power […]

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Maintenance Update June 13/22

The blade in the 3/8″ bandsaw was replaced – it was dull and it was difficult to cut harder woods. The discussion continued about chemical storage and fire safety. GV Fire came by again and had requests for some changes. There were a few relatively minor issues and the matter of chemical/solvent storage was raised […]

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Maintenance Update June 7/22

Band Saws:The 1/2″ band saw needed some attention and the thickness planer was making noises. Both will be/have been dealt with. No, 2 Table SawNo 2 table saw needs an adjustment of the table as it is not parallel to the blade. A symptom of this condition is sawdust being thrown on to the table […]

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Maintenance Report 23 May/22

There were two more Sawstop safety brake triggers last week. Both of them were a result of conductivity in wet wood, this time it was poplar. We have purchased an Orion professional grade moisture meter made by the leaders in metering, Wagner Meters. This should help identify wood that is too wet for the Sawstop […]

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New Moisture Meter

The woodshop has purchased a new moisture meter for use by members who may be concerned that the wood they are about to cut on the SawStop may be too wet and therefore cause a brake activation.   The new meter is an Orion 930 and can read to a depth of more than 3/4 of […]

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Maintenance Update -Sawstop Issues

As the snowbirds have fled, the maintenance team has shrunk to its summer numbers. Ron, Dave, Stewart, Randy, John, Denny, Lance and Gary were in attendance. Greg Hugie got the IT up and running and Dave Bourque attended via Zoom. There have been 8 Sawstop safety brake system trips in the past while. The most […]

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Maintenance Update May 9/22

Regular routine maintenance done. Sawstop: There were a couple of trips of the sawstop when a member was cutting cedar. We are investigating why the saw tripped. We are now up to 8 trips since April. Band Saws: A reminder: make straight cuts on logs using the bandsaw when preparing material for turning. The bandsaw […]

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Maintenance Update 25 April/22

DeWalt Planer (on the patio) As mentioned last week, the problem with the screws holding the blades being proud and marking the work has been fixed. It looks like the generic blades we tried are not quite the same thickness as the DeWalt OEM blades. The planer is working beautifully and planes so well that […]

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Maintenance Updates Over The Summer

Thanks to Stewart Tagg for taking notes at the regular Monday maintenance meeting on April 18/22. Dave Bourque, who normally takes the notes and posts them as part of his weekly maintenance responsibilities, has returned home. Going forward, the plan is that Dave will drop in on Monday maintenance meetings via Zoom and post updates. […]

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Maintenance Update 18 April/22

12” DeWalt planer (for use outside on patio) This planer is leaving marks on planed boards. Gary examined the blades, retaining screws, pressure roller springs and guide blocks, all looked as they should. It was decided to replace the 3 blades with Genuine DeWalt replacements that are 0.018” thinner than the ones being used (not […]

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NEW: Video Tips And Tricks!

We hope to start a library of video tips and tricks. Before we post them on our website, the videos will be vetted by some shop members who are experts in safety and in woodworking techniques. 1. Glue Myths: are glued end grain joints the strongest? Conventional wisdom says no, but watch this video of […]

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