An Introduction to Machine Setup
When a machine is tuned up and maintained properly, it will not only make your woodworking more accurate, but it will also make your time in the shop more enjoyable.
When a machine is tuned up and maintained properly, it will not only make your woodworking more accurate, but it will also make your time in the shop more enjoyable. Both Matt Wajda and Ellen Kaspern have spent countless hours behind machines making furniture and they’ve also taught classes on setting up and maintaining machinery.
In this video workshop, Ellen will show you how to tune up your tablesaw: making the miter slots parallel to the blade, setting the fence parallel to the miter slots, setting the tabletop parallel to the angle of the blade, and finally lubricating all of the moving parts.
For the jointer, Matt will make sure the beds are coplanar, checking for wind and shimming if necessary. Then he’ll set the knives using the outfeed table as a reference, and set the depth of cut.
On the bandsaw, Ellen will make sure that the blade is tracking properly by setting the wheels coplanar to each other, crowning the tires, and setting the tilt and tension on the top wheel. Finally she’ll set the bearings and guide blocks.
On the planer, Matt will set the bed parallel to the cutterhead and set the knives. Then he’ll use a gauge block and a shim to set the cutting circle, infeed rollers, pressure bar, and outfeed rollers. To finish it off, he’ll clean and lubricate the machine.
Finally, Matt will tune up the hollow-chisel mortiser, setting the fence parallel to the chisel, making sure the bed is perpendicular to the fence, and ensuring that the chisel and tables move smoothly and accurately.
Videos in the Series
An Introduction to Machine SetupJuly 23, 2018
Machine Setup: The Table SawJuly 23, 2018
Machine Setup: Adjusting Jointer TablesJuly 30, 2018
Machine Setup: Setting Jointer KnivesJuly 30, 2018
Machine Setup: The BandsawAugust 7, 2018
Machine Setup: Hollow-Chisel MortiserAugust 13, 2018
Machine Setup: The PlanerAugust 20, 2018