Posted by Vik | Posted in Carpenters Job | Posted on 23-09-2010
You may use your power tools a lot when working but unless you take care of them; your power tools will not have a long life. It is better to dust and clean your power tools both before you begin any work and after you use them as well. This way, you can remove any dust and unwanted debris too. Here are a few more tips on how to take care of your power tools-
- Use a soft bristled brush or a small vacuum to scoop up any dust from your power tools. If there is more dirt which is harder to remove on the tools, use a light cleaning fluid to remove the debris and then wipe dry.
- Inspect the power cords for exposed wires or frayed jackets carefully. Replace such parts immediately.
- Switch on your power tools occasionally when not in use to check if all the parts are working properly. If the blades are not sharp enough or not working well, ensure that you sharpen the blades first. A blunt blade can cause more harm to you and the stock.
- Ensure that there are no loose screws, bolts or any loose parts before you work with a tool.
- If you own a circular blade, make sure the brake works as soon as the trigger is released.
- Use a good lubricant for parts which rub on other metal surfaces and file any visible nicks in the shoe plates present in both jigsaws and circular saws. Oil based cleaning products or a spray like WD40 is very effective in preventing rust on metal blades.
- Some bigger power tools may come with specific instructions for maintenance and cleaning. If there are such instructions for any of your tools, make sure that you follow them properly. Bigger power tools may need to be cleaned thoroughly after usage or more frequently than others.
- The most important point to remember is that power tools need to be stored in a proper place. Exposure to harsh elements, mildew, fungus etc will only spoil them and make them unusable. The best place to keep them is in a locked cabinet or shelf so that younger kids will not have easy access to them. Use a dehumidifier which absorbs moisture in the air so that the tools remain dry and moisture free.
Posted by Vik | Posted in Carpenters Job | Posted on 15-09-2010
Good lighting in your workshop is very important if you want to do your work well. It’s tempting to build your workshop in a place which receives plenty of natural sunlight, and although that is good in a way; it also means that you will have to put up with the heat and glare during the summer months. If you intend to spend a lot of time in your workshop, it’s essential to have proper curtains or shades and good ventilation everywhere. If you aren’t comfortable in your workshop, you will be less inclined to spend your time there. Let’s face it- an uncomfortable workplace isn’t going to help you deliver your best.
So what kind of lighting is ideal for your workshop? Well that depends on a number of factors such as the number of people who work with you, location of your workshop, the size of the place and so on. Remember, it doesn’t help to scrimp on lighting- good lighting helps you do your work better and also helps reduce unwanted strain on the eyes. Take into account that there’s a good chance you will be wearing eye protective glasses for a good number of hours. Consider a mix of lighting options to have in your workshop, so that every corner is well illuminated-
- Overhead Lighting- Experts suggest that the maximum light in a workshop should come from overhead lighting units. Such fixtures are energy-efficient, easy to install and inexpensive. You could take your pick from fluorescent or incandescent lights and spread them throughout the shop or mount them on walls for consistent lighting.
- Focused Lighting- Assuming you have a huge table where you keep your heavy tools or a workbench, focused lights are very useful to have in certain spots throughout the shop. For example you could have one just near the entrance of the workshop or place a few where your heavier power tools are kept. That way, you can see your tools clearly, pick up just what you want and minimise the risk of injuries to yourself or your workmates. All the same, be careful about how you place the lights as sometimes even leaning over slightly, can cause shadows.
- On-Tool Lights- Many heavy power tools these days such as a drill press, come with small pre-fixed lights and if such tools are available in your local store; go ahead and buy them. In case, you aren’t able to get such tools, try picking up other varieties which allow you to fix separate lights on them. You should be able to purchase such spotlights with woodworking suppliers. On tool lights are a definite plus point but avoid working with just an on-tool light, as it will not be bright enough and will cause unnecessary eye strain.
Posted by Vik | Posted in Carpenters Job | Posted on 01-09-2010
Woodworking is a highly challenging hobby or job to have, but it can turn dangerous if a few safety precautions and some basic rules are not followed. After all, woodworkers do work with both power and hand tools which need to be handled with a lot of care. Even if you are an experienced woodworker; it’s important that you never underestimate the importance of taking a few safety measures each time you work with your tools.
- Wearing the right safety equipment such as hearing protection, gloves and safety glasses is a must on the job. You don’t want to be hit in your face by any flying chips or have a severe ear ache after getting the job done.
- Avoid wearing any fancy clothes when you’re at work. It’s best to leave your jewellery behind as well and to stick to wearing loose fitting clothes which keep you comfortable. Just make sure that you are covered fully from head to toe so that you give your body ample protection from flying wood chips or other debris.
- Make sure you disconnect any electrical switches before you change a blade on a power tool or even if you want to clean a tool. It may be easier to simply flick the switch on a power tool, but remember that accidents do happen and it may just as easily get switched on again. A little precaution will take care of unwanted accidents.
- Avoid using one extension cord for each tool that you work with and simply plug in all the power tools that you are using into just one extension cord. Not only does it save you time but it also ensures that you properly switch off your equipment before moving on to the next one.
- Never ignore a blunt or dull cutting tool or blade. It will require you to put in twice the effort to complete the same job and could put you at a risk while you are work as well. Make sure all your tools are clean and sharp every time.
- While you’re working with wood, ensure that the block does not have any metal bits such as nails or screws in it. Such metals can damage a saw blade while it is switched on and can cause injury to you as well.
- While working with power tools, make sure that your hand or any loose pieces of clothing are nowhere near the moving blade. It makes sense to use a stick or a piece of scrap to push away any debris or chips that are in the way. Remember to do so only once the blade has stopped rotating completely.
- When you’re working with your tools, try to keep away from all other kinds of distractions. Taking your attention away from your tools in any way can not only cause you injury but cause a lot of other damage as well.
- It may sound amusing, but it’s important to avoid any kind of alcohol or intoxicant before you work with woodworking tools. Needless to say, you’ll be able to focus better when your mind is clear and that itself greatly reduces the risk of any injury or accidents.