Taking time to set up the tools and doing their periodic maintenance can save you a lot of headache in the long run and ensure that things move smoothly when you need them to.
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When we say tool setup, we mean following the manufacturer’s instructions on how to do it. Different tools and the same tools from different manufacturers will have different instructions.
So we cannot help much here other than to say that please read and follow these instructions carefully.
However, there are some elements that should be common knowledge. Here they are.
- For starters, the blades of your table saw and band saw should be perpendicular, i.e. at 90 degrees to the tabletop.
- The fence should run parallel to the saw blade.
- The fence of the saw, planers, joiners etc. should be firmly fixed and not move above in its slot.
- Clean, sharpen and change the blades whenever necessary.
- Ensure that the power cords of your tools are intact and not fraying from anywhere. Getting an electric shock is one thing, but getting it while operating the tool can cause serious injury from the tool itself.
- Always ensure that your hand tools are sharp and clean.
- Double check the safety guards on your power tools to ensure they are not loose and properly and firmly fixed.
A good tool setup also involves planning in advance. You need to figure out how you are going to plug in your power tools as well as the workspace you are going to allot to them.
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Rolling tables is a good idea when you have limited floor space so you can easily push tools you are not using out of the way.
Planning proper lighting in key places over pivotal tools is also an important part of the correct tool setup.
However, we will touch more on that subject when we talk about how to setup your wood-shop.