A while back, the club's policy regarding the club or its members voluntarily taking on work for others was published in this website. That policy has since been rewritten for clarification. Click here to read it.
SawStop Brake Activation
Reminder: As stated in our club's Shop Rules and Procedures and on the pink safety signs posted above the table saws, the person who causes brake activation is responsible for reimbursing the club for the cost of replacing the blade and brake. Those costs are written on the blade and brake and include applicable sales tax and shipping.
New Member Safety and Equipment Training
A change has been made in how to obtain the training that is required of a new member prior to working in the shop and operating the equipment. Click here or contact a club officer or monitor to learn about the process. The training videos on DVDs are no longer available in the SCOV Library.
Dangerous Miter Saw Operation
Occasionally, (too often in fact.) a monitor will observe a member attempting to make a cross-handed cut on one of our Bosch miter saws. If you are wondering what a cross-hand cut is, an example is when a person is holding the work against the fence on the right side of the blade with the left hand while operating the saw with the right hand. It is hard to imagine that anyone would think this is a good idea. Next time you are in the shop, read the hot pink safety sign above one of the Bosch saws to see what it says about cross-handed cuts, or click here.
Hot Pink Safety Posters
Members should have noticed the recent appearance of hot pink safety posters that have been prominently hung above many of our machines. These posters contain the most important and relevant rules and procedures for operating the machine and are written in a style that involves both humor and sarcasm. The motive for the humor and sarcasm is that should make them more interesting to read, and even if the sarcasm generates complaints from our membership, what the posters say is more likely to be remembered and discussed than the dry, boring and uncontroversial safety posters you expect to see in a woodshop and around woodworking machinery. The motive for taking this approach with safety posters is that equipment damage and unsafe practices in the shop appear to be on the increase, and it is hoped this can be reversed. We hope all members will read, heed and be entertained by the posters.
The text of these posters can be found in this website on the individual equipment pages that are accessed via the Equipment Page. A couple of examples are here and here.
Club Holiday Luncheon
The location of this year's holiday luncheon has been changed from the Desert Oasis to the Activity Center Auditorium. Another significant change is that the event will be catered. More information about the luncheon will be posted here and in the shop as we get closer to the holidays.
Keep It Clean!
We are hearing an increasing number of complaints from members about some members failing to clean up on and around their work areas and machines after they are done with the area and machine. All members, please be considerate of other members by thoroughly removing chips, sawdust and debris from the machines you have used and on the floor around the machines and other areas where you have worked in the shop. Failing to do this is inconsiderate and creates resentment.
New Wheels For Our Pedestal Grinder.
Our Baldor grinder has new grinding wheels to meet the sharpening needs of a growing number of wood turners in our club. The new wheels are CBN (Cubic Boron Nitride) wheels. Unlike the ceramic wheels, they are perfectly balanced and perfectly round. If used properly, they will last many years and could still be in use in our shop when your grand kids and great grand kids move to SCOV and join the woodworking club. They never loose their shape and never need dressing. Unlike ceramic wheels, there is no risk they will fly apart during use, so the guards on our grinder will be removed to accommodate these wheels. The one limitation is that they can’t be used for grinding/sharpening anything other than high speed steel typically found in wood turning tools. An 80 grit wheel is on the left arbor of the grinder and a 180 grit is on the right. Click here andherewatch videos about the CBN wheel. We purchased our new wheels from Wood Turners Wonders. Click hereto view their website.
An inexpensive WEN grinder has been purchase as is in service to be available for the general grinding needs in the shop. Hopefully, this will eliminate the temptation to use the CBN wheels for grinding other than high speed steel.
On Mondays Through Fridays, The Shop Closes At 4 PM.
All members are urged to plan their work in the shop so that they can clean their work area and exit the shop at or before 4 PM. Monitors are not obligated to keep the shop open for anyone after 4 PM. So, please don't come in the shop at 3:30 PM with a task that takes more than 30 minutes and expect a monitor to keep the shop open for you. Everyone's cooperation and courtesy in this regard will be appreciated.
Who Can Work In The Shop During Other Than Normal Working Times?
Our Shop Rules and Procedures tells us that, "Only monitors are authorized to work in the woodshop during other than the normal times, i.e. 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday." A member who is a designated monitor and is working in the shop during other than those times is not acting as the shop's monitor and cannot and will not be expected keep the shop open for non-monitors. Working in the shop during other than normal working times is a perk available only to members who have been qualified and approved as monitors.
Working With Small Parts Safely-or-How To Keep All Your Fingers
Many of our members make toys for Seniors For Kids, grandchildren, to add something to a collection or just for the fun of making something nice that doesn’t require lots of expensive materials. That is a short list of the pros of making toys and other small items. The cons are that these small items require the making of small parts that tend to bring one’s body parts very close to spinning blades and cutters with the potential of causing life-altering injuries. It is possible, though, to cut, plane and sand small parts safely and accurately if methods are used that will keep hands out of harms way. Those of us who are have little experience in making small parts have resources in the shop to help us. Those resources are members who have experience and knowledge in this area. Ask questions; get their help. There is also some great information on the internet on the subject. On this website's Links For Learning page, there are several links that are well worth checking out. They are:
There are many other helpful sources out there too. Work smart; work informed. Don't take chances. If you come into the shop with ten fingers, make sure you have all of them when you leave.
More On Table Saw Safety
Apparently, kickbacks on our table saws are happening more frequently. The likely causes are a lack of knowledge or disregard of table saw basics, failure to use the riving knife, attempted freehand cutting, not using a miter gauge or crosscut sled, not using a push stick, improper use of the fence, taking shortcuts, not using common sense, etc. Kickbacks are often very spectacular events. They pose a threat to not only the person using the saw, but to other people in the shop, especially those in line with blade rotation. It is not difficult to prevent kickbacks. Contact a monitor, club officer or one of our very experienced members to learn how. Also, go to the SawStop Page in this website for more info.