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Woodshop tools, Safety Checks, Classes and Maintenance, Repair and Wishes

Jet Jointer

Jet 6The Jet JJ-6CSDX jointer can joint and surface boards up to 6" wide. It has a 56" long bed, a 1HP three knife cutterhead and an adjustable fence with stops for 90 and 45+/- degrees.

Using the Jointer - select manual pages (1.3MB PDF)
draft safety check
Manual (16.2MB PDF)
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Ryobi Miter Saw

Ryobi TSS102L Miter SawThe Ryobi TSS102L is a sliding compound miter saw that can square cut 2x12 and 4x4 lumber and miter cut 2x8's. It uses a standard (5/8 arbor) 10" blade and has a laser for cut line alignment. Miter capacity is 45 degrees left and 50 degrees right. Bevel capacity is 45 degrees left.

Using the Miter Saw - Operation manual pages (4.6MB PDF)
draft safety check
Manual (11.9MB en PDF)
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Sawstop Tablesaw

Sawstop Industrial Cabinet SawThe Sawstop CB3120 has a 36" rip capacity and a 3-1/8" maximum depth of cut. The 10" blade mounts to a left tilting 5/8" arbor. The saw has an easy to change segmented guard for standard cuts and a riving knife for blind or narrow cuts.

Using the Sawstop - basics, selected Sawstop manual pages (4.5MB PDF)
draft safety check
Tablesaw Usage and Safety - Makerspace specific, comments welcome (22KB PDF).
Full Manual (15.3MB PDF)
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Dewalt Planer

Dewalt DW733 Thickness PlanerThe Dewalt DW733 can plane boards up to 12-1/2" wide and 6" thick. Maximum rated depth of cut varies from 1/32" (1/2 turn) for wide boards to 1/8" (2 turns) for narrow boards. Its an old planer, please stay under the rated maximum (1/4 - 1-1/2 turns). Minimum board length is 12". Minimum board thickness is 1/8".

Using the planer - selected/modified manual pages (510KB PDF)
draft safety check
Manual (1.4MB PDF)
Parts (type 1)
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Safety Checks

Using the woodshop machines requires passing safety checks. Training and testing are a work in progress. Safety checks to include demonstrated knowledge of mobile bases, dust collection, electrical, machine controls, acceptable materials, as well as safe usage. The above 'Using the [machine]' pdf's provide basic control and safe usage information for Makerspace machines. I've also included JC's draft safety check outlines.
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See Eventbrite for currently offered classes. Don't see what you want, leave a comment here.

Possibilities include:
  • Brief machine specific demos/classes covering tool controls, safety, what the machine can do and how to do it.
  • Machine based project classes, e.g. mitersaw cut mitered frames, compound mitered boxes, etc.
  • Things to make for you and the Makerspace, e.g. tablesaw folding outfeed table and rolling workbench.
  • Lots of other possibilities, e.g. tool sharpening, vacuum veneering/forming, wall mounted shelves, modular cabinets, etc.

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Maintenance, Repair and Wishes

Please use the comment link to report any issues with the woodworking shop tools. Ideas for improvements would also be welcome.

Known issues:
  • Jointer blades need replacing
  • Mitersaw fence needs notch for right clamp, spare blade needs sharpening
  • X-Carve needs dust shoe, fixed limit switches?
  • Planer cart needs at least one caster replaced (spares in cart)
  • Edgesander table needs fence (and 80 grit belt?)
  • Hose for compressor unloader valve
  • Mitersaw slider lock can drag when sliding, add lock ring?
  • Hangers for bandsaw fence, jointer push sticks, etc.
  • Pegboard wall etc. organizing
  • A dedicated cordless drill, battery, charger rack
  • Workbench in woodshop
  • Tablesaw sled, outfeed table and zero clearance inserts
  • Storage cabinet on Sawstop base
  • Extension cord hook by exterior door
  • Drill press T-slot mounted vise board
  • X-Carve X-axis stiffening
  • Wagon type handle for moving edgesander
  • Tools
    • Utility vise
    • Drill press compound vise
    • Pipe or large bar clamps
    • Pocket hole and dowel drilling jigs
    • 6mm collet for the X-Carve

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Reading Grain Direction
Reading Grain DirectionGetting a good surface finish on wood depends on grain direction. To minimize tearout, feed lumber into the jointer or planer with the grain angling away from the cutterhead. Determining grain direction can be tricky and the linked Popular Woodworking article covers the topic in depth.
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Wood warping
Wood warping"The types of wood warping include:
  • bow: a warp along the length of the face of the wood
  • crook: (also called wain) a warp along the length of the edge of the wood
  • kink: a localized crook, often due to a knot
  • cup: a warp across the width of the face, in which the edges are higher or lower than the center of the wood
  • twist or wind: a distortion in which the two ends do not lie on the same plane. Winding sticks assist in viewing this defect."
When processing lumber on the jointer; the face is flattened with the concave face of the bow, cup or twist against the bed. The edge is easiest to straighten with the concave edge of the crook, kink or twist against the bed. To help prevent binding and kickbacks when cross cutting warped boards, the concave face and edge should always face away from the table and fence of the saw. Ripping to width is also done concave face up, but requires a straight (jointed) edge against the fence. With sheet goods, a slight concave against the fence is fine (better than a convex edge).
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