When you feel you air-powered sander's rate of cut slow down, it could be telling you, 'I'm Thirsty.' After operating an air-powered woodworking tool repair service for 10 years - repairing and rebuilding thousands of sanders of various brands - I put together some of the most commonly asked questions, including lubrication. Attention to the care and maintenance of your air-powered sanders can yield twice the life on your purchase, just like rotating car tires or following recomended oil change intervals for your vehicle.
When the dry magnetic clutch-brake on their tilt-hoist began to wear out frequently (it needed to be replaced each six months or so), Oak Crest Lumber installed an Oil Shear clutch-brake from Force Control Industries and it has been working steadily for the past 4 years. The savings come from reduction of downtime.
The Roseburg Forest Products softwood plywood mill in Coquille, OR is a massive facility with lots of moving parts. A new system of wireless alerting transmitters is enhancing safety and improving response times for electricians and millwrights, and improving efficiency.
Staining wood to give it a darker, richer color is an age-old practice; while methods have improved, staining still has drawbacks - since a stained surface can be damaged, and surfaces accept stain unevenly. Fuming with ammonia is an alternative, and Ottawa, Ontario-based Lee Valley Tools offers this advice on how to do it.
Here's the first no-brainer: before investing in a CNC router, or any woodworking machinery, for that matter: visit an existing user and get a firsthand account of the machine from someone who has actually lived through using it. Try to visit on your own, without a salesman around. You'll hear pretty quickly how effective it has been for them, and get good insight into four more tips for first time CNC buyers.
If you have a jointer and planer that weighs more than 1,000 lbs. and you want to slide it around in your shop, do like German engineer Matthias Burger: lay down railroad track in your shop floor, weld light rail wheels to the jointer, and voila. . .