Maintenance Report Aug 8/22

Many thanks to Stewart Tagg for his report on the maintenance meeting today. He reports that it was a relatively easy session with routine maintenance and some repairs. Routine MaintenanceAll bandsaws were checked, cleaned and guides adjusted. Radial Arm Saw cleaned and checked, all ok. Both routers were removed, cleaned and adjusted. Resaw Band SawExhaust […]

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Maintenance Report Aug 1/22

Band SawsWe had the blade fail on the 1/2″ band saw last week. It was caused by a member cutting a curve in mesquite (very hard) and 4-5″ thick (very thick). The blade deformed, possibly because the radius was too small for the blade size (minimum curve radius for the 1/2″ is 2.5″) or because […]

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Maintenance Report July 18/22

A light day today. Bandsaws # 1 & 3 need new blades, they will be replaced. They broke at the weld. This happens with regular use but blades can be damaged by cutting too small a radius. This forces the blade and it starts to wobble leading to the blade failing. Below is a chart […]

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Maintenance Update July 11/22

Not too much to report this week. We did some work on the 1/2″ bandsaw and the toy saw. New Printer/Scanner: Through a generous donation of the computer club, we now have a new (well, new to us) copier/printer/scanner. This will be very handy as it is larger than our current equipment and has bigger […]

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Maintenance Report June 27/22

New Volatile Storage: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 […]

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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 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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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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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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Box/Finger Joint Jig Demo

Gary Riecke has made a prototype box/finger joint jig. It will make joints 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″. Gary will be giving a demonstration as to how to use this jig this week. Every day, 11am, meet over by the routers. There is no anticipated limit on the number of observers. Sign Up HERE. Denny Rueter […]

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Maintenance Update

Machines are in good shape. We had a relatively light workload Monday at maintenance. Toy Saw: The thumping blade and poor cut of the toy saw (back/sharpening room) was addressed. Members are asked to tighten the blade height before cutting. New Monitor: A new monitor was mounted at the Monitor station. This is for CCTV […]

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Maintenance Update

Happy New Year to all! Welcome back to weekly Maintenance updates. 1. New SawStop saw issues2. Foredom tool3. Damage to the thickness planer (again!) SawStop Saw:The main issue that the club and maintenance have been facing are the problems with the new SawStop saw. There has been a wobble in the blade caused by a […]

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Maintenance Update

In this update: Donated Foredom ToolRoom filtersMaintenance LogsGrinder wheelsRoutine maintenance Donated Foredom Tool A Foredom rotary tool with a long flex shaft has been donated to the shop. It can be used for many things, including carving. The plan is to set this up on a mobile stand and keep it for use on the […]

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Maintenance Update

The gold dado blade is wearing out after multiple sharpenings. We have two blades and another backup blade will be ordered when needed. The 3/8″ bandsaw has a “thump” in it. This is because of bent blade that was straightened. The “thump” does not compromise the cutting ability of the blade. When it gets dull, […]

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