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 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 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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Maintenance Update April 11/22

Sahuarita Food Bank has approached us to make some shelves for their location. We have made things before for the Food Bank. It is a very worthy cause and the donations made to the food bank go to families in the Sahuarita/Green Valley area. The food bank of Southern AZ serves large regions including Tucson […]

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Maintenance Update April 4/22

• Drum sander required new sandpaper due to wear. Some gummy/sap wood was sanded clogging the sandpaper and the paper had a few light tears that would eventually cause it to fail if left unattended.• Controllers on Lathe #1 and #4 needed attention. John & Gary spent time on this.• #2 vertical sander has a […]

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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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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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