Shop Notes #4: Planer Fun

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Blog entry by Steve posted 01-17-2018 04:48 PM 888 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Cabinet Drawers for Me (And Some Lathe Fun) Part 4 of Shop Notes series Part 5: Sharpening »

I dug into my planer yesterday as part of my January shop rehab. Over the course of the year, I occasionally scrub off the pitch buildup on the rollers, inspect the knives and lube up the moving parts. Annually, though, I dig out the manual and check off the bigger items, like cleaning the drive chains and inspecting the v-belts.

On pulling the gear cover, I discovered that a bolt holding one of the drives had come completely out. The gear didn’t come off the shaft, thank goodness. The bolt and washer were undamaged, even though they’d been rattling around in there for who-knows-how-long. I drove it back in, nice and tight, then snugged down every other bolt I could put a wrench on.

Today I’ll be changing out the gear oil on the beast. Simple enough to get the old oil out through the drain, but the fill hole is nearly inaccessible and I’ve forgotten now how I managed to get clean oil into it last year. Once I figure it out, I should probably write my 2019 self a note on how I did it.

With all the shop maintenance going on, there’s not a lot of woodworking happening. I did, however, finish up the sliding drawers I built for the cabinet over my oven. The soft-close sliders I used snap into place when they’re seated, and man, that’s one satisfying sound.

-- ~Steve

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#1 posted 01-21-2018 01:38 PM

An inspiring blog Steve. I keep my machines well adjusted for accuracy, but I have to admit that maintenance has not been a high priority for me, even though it is vey important. Regular annual maintenance seems like a real good idea. I will try to follow your example.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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