Shop Equipment Refurbishment

Step one in a series to update the donated shop equipment and supply our community with machining capabilities. A big thanks to everyone who stopped by this past Sunday to help out and discuss the next steps needed to breathe life into the equipment and develop the fundamental safety culture we plan to adopt.

The current shop equipment so far:

  1. Craftsman Band-saw
  2. Craftsman Table Grinder
  3. Craftsman Drill Press
  4. Dyne Myte 2400 CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Mill

We’ve identified a number of items that need to be completed prior to machine area setup and training:

Band-saw

  • Motor rewire: we noticed that the old cloth wiring for the drive motor is fraying and needs some love.
  • Re-oil and Cleaning: COMPLETE
  • Drive belt condition: OK. We will need replacement belts stocked.
  • Saw-band condition: OK. We will need replacement saws stocked.
  • Saw guides and table axis: OK. Oiled and cleaned. Table have free movement and locking for angle cuts, etc.
  • Paint: NEEDED!
  • Safety stop and power switch: NEEDED. We can not allow operation without a proper safety switch installed.

 Drill Press

  • Motor rewire: The power switch has frayed and no longer works properly with old switch mount.
  • Re-oil and Cleaning: Cleaning complete. Re-oil TO DO/
  • Drive belt condition: OK. We will need replacement belts stocked.
  • Drill Chuck condition: OK. We will need replacement chuck and tightening tools sticked.
  • Table guides and table axis: OK. Need to oil and re-check movement.
  • Paint: NEEDED!
  • Safety stop and power switch: NEEDED. We can not allow operation without a proper safety switch installed.

Table Grinder

  • TO DO: Need to clean, check operation, etc.
  • Safety stop and power switch: NEEDED.

CNC Mill

  • Johnathan has taken lead on this.
  • Cleaning: Ongoing.
  • Needs rewiring and electronics check.
  • Safety review needed.

General Notes:

We need to consider final location, mounting and platform guidelines for the drill press and band-saw. Once the general safety items have been installed and checked on the equipment, we can then consider operator training and access/usage guidelines.

Photos coming soon (once I get them reduced) and the next meet-up will be posted tonight.

For next time:

  • Safety switch installs
  • Motor re-wiring
  • Paint Jobs => My plan is to paint the machines in theme with the Robot Garden Wall.
  •  Comments and ideas are welcomed, even complaints if you offer constructive alternatives. 🙂
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