2nd Annual Spring Clean-Up and Tune-Up for Your Woodworking Tools
As spring looms near many are getting ready to bring their woodworking tools out; a little time spent now with a good cleanup routine can go a long way to making sure your tools are in good working order. Don’t forget, that well maintained tools are also safe tools.
First, make sure that your power tools are disconnected before performing any maintenance on them. Yes this would seem to be a no-brainer but it is very easy to get in the groove and simply forget this one basic but critical step.
The next thing you want to do is open up your motor and switch boxes and get rid of the sawdust that has accumulated in there. I don’t know about you but no matter how hard I try to avoid it, sawdust somehow manages to get in there anyway,
While cleaning out the motor and switch boxes make sure you have a good tight connection at the plug, the motor and the switch. No matter how smooth your saw, planer or joiner run, the vibration they create will, eventually, cause these connections to loosen enough to cause arcing problems. Or, worse yet, your tool won’t even start. Of course this is bound to happen right in the middle of a project, right?
Take the time now, you’ll be glad you did.