Shop Notes #9: Back to Work, Finally

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Blog entry by Steve posted 02-22-2018 04:35 PM 749 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My personal projects are winding down, and I’m (almost) through the maintenance process for my shop tools. So, for the first time in a while, I was able to get down to work.

Earlier this week I was finishing up the last few bits of trim for my wainscoting when my three year old DeWalt miter saw began to screech. After just replacing the lathe, I had a sinking feeling that a new saw was also in my future. However, with some help from forum members and a morning of exploratory surgery, I was able to trace the noise to the belt. Even though it’s supposed to last the life of the saw, it was slipping at startup and squealing. I also noticed a bit of fraying:

I was able to order a replacement from the manufacturer. The new one should arrive next week. In the meantime, I tightened the old one up a bit to stop the racket.

Last on my list is replacing the router in my router table. The current motor is some 20 years old and also making disturbing noises. I have a new Bosch motor queued up and ready to go; I’m hoping to get to that project today.

In the meantime, I fired up the lathe yesterday and turned a bottle stopper from a nice piece of figured cedar (part of a juniper that a neighbor cut down a few years back). The lathe performed well—smooth and powerful. I’m already finding the belt and pulley speed system a bit of a pain. My drill press is like this, and I don’t mind it at all, but the lathe uses a ribbed belt that both resists moves and complains if it isn’t perfectly seated. Hopefully, practice will make it more routine.

-- ~Steve

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