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An Evening in the Shop #5: Shop Maintenance Day

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 10-23-2011 06:32 PM 1126 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I can tell already that not much “production” is going to be happening in the shop today. Today is “Shop Maintenance Day.”

I sanded a project last night and through dust EVERYWHERE! So when I got up this morning, I touched up a couple of places that needed a little extra TLC and started cleaning. This is always a bad thing, lol. I vacuumed up and picked up at the same time. I’ve been putziing around ever since.

So I started looking for my can of White Lithium Grease. Never a good sign. I’ve been spraying grease all over the shop today. I like the white lithium grease as it doesn’t collect the dust nearly as bad as “normal” grease and oil does.

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Router: I like to spray grease on the router that’s mounted in the table, it makes raising an lowering a lot easier. Adjusted the locking mechanism so that it holds a little better now. Might as well squirt a little grease on there too while I’m at it.

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Drill Press: I sprayed the post top to bottom paying close attention to the rack and pinion height adjustment. Wow! What a difference raising and lower the table is now. I can’t remember when the last time it was that I greased the post. Oh wait, I remember, NEVER!

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Planer: Next I moved over to the planer to shoot some lube in there. I may have overdone it a bit. I can now spin the handle to lower it and it will make about 3 1/2 unaided full turns. A little resistance here may not be a bad thing. Time will tell on this one.

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Table Saw: I haven’t gotten to her yet but her time is coming! I like to lube the raise and lower mechanisms, it makes a world of difference.

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Am I the only one who gets into these modes and goes crazy with the vacuum and can of grease?

I think this may have all gotten started last night. I completely disassembled my planes and gave them a thorough waxing. Not that I don’t clean them after use, but this was above and beyond what I normal would do before putting them away. I may just have to take the irons out and give them a thorough sharpening later. That may just take me through the rest of the day…

c

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135



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usnret

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 08:25 PM

No I break down my tools about once a year and clean the insides really good and lube and wax everything. I usually do one tool at a time so it doesnt take the whole day.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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Roger

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 02:43 PM

Preventative maintenance goes right along with brushing my teeth after eating… If you want good results, you gotta have “tuned” equipment

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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ChunkyC

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#3 posted 10-25-2011 01:27 AM

Roger: It never dawned on me that it’s PM. Maybe I can talk my planner from work into making me a PM to grease and clean my tools. lol

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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