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From time to time I will blog things that I think you will find useful. If you would like to see something here, then let me know and I will try to blog it .

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Setting Up A Bandsaw

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Most of the problems with bandsaw machines are caused because it is not set up properly.  I have found a video that explains clearly how the machine should be set up. It covers all the different aspects of setting the bandsaw up with some clear visuals. I hope this helps you all.

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Blade Sharpening

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 4:15 AM

Just lately I seem to have had a lot of people asking quesions about when blade sharpening needs to be done. I can look at the blade and feel the teeth and tell you if it is blunt, but it is much more important that users learn when the edge has gone off of their blades.

Blade sharpening is one of the smaller expenses you will have, so why try to save money on it by leaving a blunt blade in use?  Blunt blades will over-heat and that can damage the blade...

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Avoid Coolant Pump Clogging

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I went into a workshop yesterday to find my customer using his HSS chopsaw without coolant. I asked him why he was working this way and he told me his coolant pump had stopped working. With a little checking, it turned out the pump was clogged with small metal particles that his filter had not removed from the coolent.

A simple answer to this problem is to get a decent ...

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Router Storage

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Quite often I am in a workshop and get asked to look through a box of routers to see what needs sharpening. Well, if they are all in a box banging into each other, then they all need sharpening!

Routers are made to cut wood, not bang around against other metal tools. I don't mind charging you to sharpen routers, but I would prefer it if they were looked after properly. ...

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Does resin build-up matter?

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 5:40 AM

Yes, it does !

Resin comes from natural timbers, especially softwoods and will stick to your routers. This is more likely to happen if surfaces are pitted or scratched, which is caused by the use of coarse wire wool or stiff brushes. Scraping with a metal blade will also cause deep scratches that allow resin to adhere.

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Is it worth sharpening my router?

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 5:25 AM

This depends on the quality of your router, how many times it has been sharpened before and how damaged it is.

I would always recommend buying a good quality router that is durable and can be re-sharpened economically. You won't go far wrong with Trend or Titman routers. However, if you need to use the router on recycled wood, then maybe you need to think about something from an economy range - just don't a...

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HSS Blades - the basics

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 3:45 AM

How to get the best out of your circular HSS blades? A simple question that should be easy to answer - but it is not. There are just too many variables to make it easy. So I am going to give you the basics here.

Use a blade with the right sized teeth. Normally you want one and a half teeth in the cut at all times.

Use a coolant if the material being cut de...

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Cleaning TCT Blades

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

If your saw blades are covered with resin from wood that accumulates on the tips and body over time, they will likely heat up and become dull. Overheating is likely to cause them to losing their ability to hold an edge even if professionally sharpened.

You can keep your saw blades sharper by cleaning them regularly wit...

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What tooth shape do I need?

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Tooth shape is normally something which only crops up when a customer has a problem cutting.  I hope this simple guide will save you having some of the problems I come across on a daily basis.

Flat Top teeth are used on blades made for ripping hard and soft woods. Since wood is much less likely to chip and splinter when it is being cut in the direction of the grain, the focus of a rip blade is to quickly a...

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How can I avoid chipping?

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 6:20 AM

This is probally the second most frequent question I get asked.

A general rule that should be kept in mind when cutting with carbide tipped saw blades is that the more teeth there are on the saw blade the smoother the finish.

When absolute chip free cutting is desired on veneer or thin plywood, use a piece of scrap wood below the wood being cut. This will support the veneer/laminate as close as possib...

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