Questions tagged [tool-maintenance]

Maintaining tools, when, how, what.

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What's a suitable lubricant for woodworking clamps?

I have several different types of clamps all of which I've noticed over time get a little harder to operate, the motion isn't as smooth or easy as I'd like. I'm thinking of F-clamps, "quick" ...
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How to preserve sole of transitional plane

My son found a Stanley #36 transitional plane in a local junk store and cleaned it up. The blade is now sharp and the metal parts rust free and repainted. He's looking to put it to use, not as a ...
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Table saw blade keeps jamming and slowing down

I have an old Sears tablesaw. It was my Grandfather's and it is well over 40 years old. Please excuse me for not being the sharpest tool in the shed, but about a year ago I accidently started the ...
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How to keep the thread of a vice clean?

I'm finding that a lot of debris is falling onto the thread of my vice and sticking to the grease that's on there to lubricate it. What techniques are there to keep either (1) keep this from happening ...
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Should the smooth side or the rough side of a urethane bandsaw tire go against the wheel?

I am replacing bandsaw tires. I bought urethane replacement tires. There is a smooth side and a rough side. The manufacturers directions are clear on every step except for this point. The old tires ...
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Trim router - Arbor has small amount of play along its axis, is this normal? (DWP611)

Last week I was using my router and I think the guide bushing vibrated loose -- it chipped the bit, chewed up inside of the bushing a little (luckily it was only brass or it might have been more ...
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Preparing New Tool for Use and Ongoing Care

I've recently purchased a mini metal lathe. I've finished unpacking it and I've noticed that it's come coated in Cosmoline or some other packing grease like another of my tools. In the past I've just ...
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Storing a chainsaw for occasional winter use

I'm curious if there's any difference in storing / maintaining a chainsaw for occasional use in winter. I live in the northern US and temperatures are typically around freezing, with some occasional ...
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Help getting Delta fence accurate

I bought a Delta 36-725 on Craigslist after seeing a lot of really positive reviews on it, especially about its fence. However, I can't get my fence to lock down accurately at all. When the fenced isn'...
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Will waterproof toolbox prevent rust

I have quite humid workshop and I would like to protect some smaller tools like chisels and hand planes without waxing/oiling them. There are some waterproof toolboxes(for example https://www....
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Should I put mineral oil or wax on an axe head to stop it from rusting? [duplicate]

I have an old ax head that I soaked in vinegar and salt to remove the outer layers of rust. That worked just fine, but after I removed all of the rust and let it sit while I shopped for a new handle. ...
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Can I use a 12” granite block for fettling a #5 plane?

I have used a 12”x9” granite block to fettle the #4 I use bit recently acquired a #5 that belonged to my great uncle. It looks good, and I’m looking forward to cleaning it up, but I assume that I need ...
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How to treat tools immediately after de-rusting treatment (molasses)?

I have a set of tools (handplanes, to be precise) currently swimming in a molasses bath for de-rusting. I can find a lot of comparison data with other de-rusting methods, but not so much information ...
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What's a quick, easy home-made honing guide?

What's a quick, easy, home-made honing guide for sharpening blades for e.g. a plane? I'm thinking for a 25 degree surface, just cut a block of wood to 25 degrees on a mitre-saw and then screw the ...
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deciphering different grits of diamond-plated sharpening stones

I recently purchased two diamond sharpening stones from amazon. One of them was a medium grit (600) and the other was a fine grit (1200). They arrived in the mail about a week ago. When I unboxed them ...
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Is it ok to clamp down squares and i-beam style levels?

I often make fences on my work surface by clamping down levels and squareslike so: I only ever use my speed square to overlap another square because that is thick and its accuracy is rough enough ...
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Can I get away with using bonded leather for a strop?

I had been saving some leathers swatches for use on a strop for when I finally get off my behind and start sharpening my tools. I apparently didn't notice that I had been saving bonded leather instead ...
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Will a steel guide bushing harm a drill bit?

I want to build a jig to speed up production of a furniture item. The jig will hold a piece steady while the user hand-drills a hole in a certain spot. I want to use a steel bushing to guide the ...
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How to remove the upper wheel of a bandsaw?

I am in the process of restoring an old 14" bandsaw. I would like to disassemble it as much as possible and clean each part and remove as much saw dust and rust as I can. My first major step is to ...
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How can I properly sharpen my knives with power tools?

I have drawers full of knives and blades that have never been as sharp as when they came from the factory. I have some whetstones, Lansky sharpeners, and leather strops. I have tried to use those ...
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How should I go about restoring rusty clamps? [duplicate]

I've inherited about thirty or so clamps that I'd like to restore. Except for some rust and a some missing plastic/rubber pads, they work great. The clamps include a bunch from Bessey and ShopFox that ...
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Is my orbital sander fixable?

[previously asked in Home Improvement, perhaps better here?] I have a Bosch PSS230 orbital sander (1990's vintage I think) which has served me very well until recently when it made a nasty noise and ...
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Where to get end caps for chisels or what to use instead?

Often, chisels bought new will have end caps, as shown in the image below. However, I have a number of old chisels and gouges that lack end caps. What can I use to protect their edges and protect ...
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How do I properly care for my paintbrushes?

I have been diligently cleaning my paintbrushes after use by rinsing them in the recommended solvent (in this case mineral turpentine). Nonetheless, this last time my paintbrush hardened into a solid ...
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How do I remove a stuck router bit from a plunge router?

I am borrowing a friend's "Skil 1823 Type 1 Plunge Router", and I am having some trouble removing the router bit that was already in it. Everything online has said that removing the collet nut should ...
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How to properly sharpen a Forstner bit?

I need to sharpen some Forster bits, which are made of steel. What is best to be used and is there a proper way of doing it? Some people use sandpaper and others say diamond. Could I use the sandpaper ...
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What should I do to maintain a saw blade?

In an answer, rob ♦ stated that: Many other factors also influence the longevity of a blade between sharpenings, such as the hardness (e.g., steel vs. carbide, or one grade of steel or carbide vs. ...
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How to store equipment no longer being used

I have a nice mortise press that rarely gets use. It's a full sized standing unit made by General. It's located in a basement shop and I'm wondering how to best preserve the machine. I haven't turned ...
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Do I need to clean my miter and table saw after each use? [closed]

A contractor told me that I need to clean wood dust from my table saw and miter saw after each use. He explained that leaving wood dust can impact the tools’ longevity and I should use a compressed ...
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How to clean and maintain my table saw top

We obtained this very nice JET table saw a while back but the surface had gotten some water sitting on it and started to get a rust spot. Unfortunately, someone got a bit overzealous and thought it ...
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To change a blade on a table saw, do I pull the wrench toward the front?

To change the blade on the table saw, do I pull the wrench toward the front of the saw to loosen the nut?
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Will black walnut dull my carving tools

I've recently been offered some black walnut lumber for free. As a wood carver who does all of his work by hand, I'm intrigued by getting the chance to work with black walnut, as it looks like a very ...
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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?

I am looking into getting a set of diamond stones so I can start some serious sharpening. I am doing some now with sandpaper but I am starting to find aspects tedious and am looking at other options. ...
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How does one aggressively sharpen chisels and plane irons when damaged?

I have a lot of finds from garage sales and from picking out tools from my grandfather's old shop. While he mostly keeps his tools in great working order he had some that I would guess he didn't feel ...
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Cleaning a Sprayer from Oil-Based Material

I spray often, but for the most part it's latex based. I've been wanting to stretch my woodworking skills and have tried some different oil-based materials. With water-based material I just rinse ...
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Cleaning tools after working green wood

Still at the cottage and trying to make a bow saw out of some green poplar. There was a comment on my last question about being sure that I cleaned my tools after working green wood. Specifically ...
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What can cause a table saw to make this rattling/clacking noise?

I've just put my used Powermatic 64 Artisan's Saw together. When the belt is attached to the motor, it makes a sound that seems like something is unbalanced. When the motor spins freely without the ...
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What should I look for when aquiring a plane second hand?

I was in a pawn shop recently and I saw a Stanley no. 4 plane. I do not have one of those and I probably could have talked him down to 15$. That being said I am not sure how to know if a hand plane ...
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What kind of wax will keep a crosscut sled sliding well?

I'm making a crosscut sled for my table saw, and I want it to slide freely. I've read various places that waxing the under side of the sled helps a lot. My question is, what kind of wax should I be ...
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Table saw top treatment

For years I've used Bostik TopCote (apparently now called GlideCote) to protect the cast iron top of my table saw. It has always worked very well: I have no rust on the top, and it provides a nice ...
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Should I drain my air compressor after every use?

Someone once told me that I should drain the pressure out of my air compressor once I am done using the tools. Does one really need to do this? Someone once mentioned it had something to do with ...
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How do I make a wooden garter/captive washer?

I wish to build a tail vise using the Shop Fox D3258 Bench Screw (Link to Amazon). This bench screw comes with the screw itself and the cast-iron mount for moving the block in the table, however it ...
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How do you reliably set all your jointer knives to the same, correct height?

I have an older delta model jointer, and I always struggle to get all three knives consistently set at the same height. I've tried a large magnetic jig that purports to help, but.. it really doesn't-...
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What is the purpose of a saw set?

I do understand what the set is but I suppose I have some questions about its purpose. I was watching a video by Paul Sellers and the focus was sharpening saws. The video was very informative in that ...
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How should I store the batteries of my cordless drill?

I have a nice cordless drill that came with two rechargeable batteries. However, there are times when life gets in the way and I'm not using the drill at all over the course of several months. When I ...
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How should I treat the internals of my table saw?

I have a contractor style table saw and haven't invested in much dust collection, so there is a lot of sawdust stuck all over the lift and tilt mechanisms. (Source: self) Once I've removed this, how ...
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How can I bring an old, disused table saw back into active and safe use?

I am about to purchase a Powermatic "contractor style" table saw for a very good price from a friend. The saw has not been used in years. It will also have to be disassembled to fit into my car, then ...
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How do I completely disassemble a hand plane to clean it and then reassemble it?

I have a block plane that I picked up from Lowes a few months ago. I took it apart recently to clean the blade but when I tried to put it back together I was unable to get consistent results when ...
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My band saw blade consistently slips off. What are some common causes of this?

I have an older Craftsman band saw that is very difficult to get the blade back in place and it tends to toss the blade often. It makes it annoying to use the tool. I'm wondering if there is a ...