Woodshop Maintenance Night -- February 4th


In conjunction with the thickness sander training on February 4th, I’m hosting a woodshop maintenance night.

I think we have a lot of deferred maintenance on our tools and it would be good to get caught up. I’d love some help so we can learn from each other and get a bunch done. Feel free to respond to this thread with things you think need to be done for the workshop in terms of maintenance (please restrict your suggestions to maintenance, rather than buildout, we can make another buildout thread once we get into our space).

The purpose of this list will be to print it out so that we can easily delegate tasks.

Despite being numbered, these are not in an order of priority

  1. Clean the saw blades (they probably need sharpening too, but a good cleaning will go a long way)
  2. Clean out the internals of the table saw, lubricate, and ensure trueness on the 90 degree stop
  3. Sharpen the jointer blade. The back side is dull as can be; this isn’t safe, nor useful.
  4. Tune the hand planes. I tuned a few of them recently, but always good to check.
  5. Clean out and lubricate the thickness planer. It has been going well, but probably good to make sure anything that moves is smooth as butter, such as the
  6. Clean and lubricate the lathe.
  7. Clean the bags on the thickness sander and inspect for any trapped material. These bags are effectively a filter, we should give them (especially the top one) a through cleaning
  8. Clean and lubricate the bandsaw. Inspect tread on wheels, give bearings a once-over, tune it up to run nicely.
  9. Sort through router bits and discard any useless ones (I believe I saw a bent one in there, that’s where I’m going with useless, rarely used or ones that have specific purposes are still fine)
  10. Clean the mitre saw, remove blade and give the blade a good washing too.
  11. Re-flatten the workbench, clean and lube the wood vise.
  12. Remove glue/dust/dirt/etc from the assembly table.

I’m sure there’s a bunch more tasks, and we are already over what will probably get done in a couple hours, but feel free to add what you can think of so we can prioritize, and then use the remainder for future maint nights.

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