538 – Don’t tighten your nuts so hard

It’s show #538 On today’s show, we’re talking about woodworking and mental health, a Moxon vise as your only vise, why a quick release mechanism doesn’t exist for table saw blades, and tools that have been in storage.

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Listener Questions

  • Ben is considering using a Moxon vise as his only workbench vise.
  • David is baffled that a quick release/lock mechanism doesn’t exist for table saw arbor nuts.
  • Kyle has had several large power tools in storage for a long time and asks about maintenance and possible repair that would need to be done to get them back into use.

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6 replies on “538 – Don’t tighten your nuts so hard”

On the subject of arbor nuts. When I had my first job site saw, I purchased a long handle wrench that was the right size for the arbor nut. That combined with raising the blade up meant I never smacked my knuckles.

As for dropping the nut, I have a telescoping neodymium magnet that Incan put down in the saw to catch the nut. I don’t have a SawStop, so it might not work for that brand.

Anyway, thanks for the show!

They are currently transitioning grinders over to “x-lock” quick release blades, would be awesome to see that in circ saws, chop saws, and table saws. I work in construction and we need to switch our blades quite frequently. Would be nice!

I work in a professional wood shop and we have a large saw for cutting sheet goods. The blades on it are quick release. You press a button and the air releases the cap and you just pull the blade off. It has two holes in it to hold it in place while spinning. You then put the new blade on, put the cap on and then press the button for the air system to lock it in place. The machine has two blades and takes about 20 seconds to change them.

The topic of mental health for men is being addressed by an organization I belong to: The Men’s Shed here in our town Vernon, BC Canada. I lost my two-bay shop of 15 years, and now deal with the stress of life in a 5000 sq. ft. Shed with all the toys. We have two Delta Unisaw’s, CNC & laser, 3 bandsaws etc., all that makes up a power tool woodworking shop, as well as a professional decorated coffee/meeting room separated from the shop area for quiet. I am working on convincing the steering group that the shop is not complete without a hand tool workbench for my real needs; doing joinery with hand tools and teaching those skills I have learned from Shannon and Marc as I have been a member of the guild and the HTS from the beginning about 12 years ago. 85 members and growing in our shed; the concept of The Men’s Shed has become a movement spreading across the world from its origin of Australia. It wood be nice if you gave us some airtime guys! Long time listener…you know the rest.

I’m a nurse anesthetist in a hospital in NYC. First wave of COVID was absolutely brutal. The stress was incredible. Not only how difficult things were at work but the fear that I was going to bring COVID home from work and kill my family.

Woodworking saved me during that period. I just happened to be starting my first big furniture project at the time (I usually build acoustic and electric guitars). I started the Nakashima Inspired trestle table and chairs (8 of them) with Matthew Morris’ plan and instructional video chapters. It was a HUGE but manageable project. It was great to be able to lose myself in the next task and just focus on the precision needed. My stress level dropped and the positive reinforcement of a step going well was vital when so many patients were dying.

Keep up the good work. Thanks for not quitting (again).

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