Questions tagged [tool-maintenance]

Maintaining tools, when, how, what.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...