Sawdust Collection

Sawdust Collection

If you don’t yet have a sawdust collection system set up in your workshop, an intermediate step is to use plastic trash bags under a tablesaw. Clip the bag below the tablesaw with snap clothespins. The sawdust that does not fall in can be scooped up and tossed...
Sawdust Collection

Saw Maintenance

Handsaws are designed to provide years of good service. However, by wiping the entire surface of the saw blade with an oily rag, you will maximize your saw’s performance and extend its life. Many hand saws come with a protective tooth cover. Don’t throw...
Sawdust Collection

Blade Nicks

If your jointer or planer knives get a nick or two, they may still have lots of life in them. Simply stagger the knives as needed. The good knives will clean up the raised lines left by the nicked knives. Before turning the power back on, make sure all blades spin...
Sawdust Collection

Using Files

Files should always be protected from grease, water, or nicks that can make them less effective. When carrying files in a toolbox, it is a good idea to wrap them in a cloth. When storing, try to hang them in a rack or keep them in a drawer with wooden divisions. Keep...
Sawdust Collection

Hand Filing

When using hand files, it is best to hold the stock firmly in a vise or clamp. For better results, try to keep the stock being filed at about elbow height. For heavier filing work, the stock should be lower; if the work is finer, try to keep it up closer to eye...
Sawdust Collection

Saw Tune-Up

Before and after each use, check the saw’s safety mechanisms. Make sure that blade guards are operating properly and smoothly. Pay special attention to the proper care and storage of saw blades. Keep them clean and free of all dirt and resins. Oven cleaner does...