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 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 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 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

It was a quiet day at maintenance today. Routine things were done – radial arm saw, jointer, thickness planer, routers, chop saw. The 3/8″ band saw was out of service earlier in the day, but it has been fixed – loose wire on the green ‘on’ button. When you go into the coffee room, you […]

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New Rules And Rule Reminders

There are some new shop RULES that have been introduced and some older rules we’d like to remind you of. 1. NEW- NO chainsaws or chain type grindstones are allowed on the shop premises including the patio.2. NEW – Face masks must be worn while using the lathes. Reminders: the maximum time on a lathe […]

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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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Free Cuts On The Sawstop = very bad

Everyone knows how the Sawstop saws work – contact with skin will result in the brake being thrown into the blade and the blade will drop into the table. This happens in milliseconds. It is so effective that many times that blade contact with a finger does not even break the skin. By all estimates, […]

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Maintenance Update

The band saw tensioning gauge has arrived, it is being tried out to see how well it works. Use of this gauge will result in a more consistent tension of the saw blades which should result in a longer life for the blade. There was a discussion of the updated tool maintenance logbooks as well […]

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