Sometimes you just go a little crazy. I’ve been trying to set up my new shop for quite some time now and honestly, while I know in the broad strokes what I want to do, it’s all the little details that have been getting me down. So I’ve been trying to focus on the large stuff that I know needs to get done and hope that, as that gets sorted out, the small stuff will start to fall into place.
But sometimes you go overboard.Take today. I know exactly where my tablesaw is going to go. I just couldn’t put it there because for some reason, I was having some electrical problems with the lighting and the saw is going to go under a big fixture that just wasn’t working. After digging around with that for a while and getting it fixed, I knew what I had to do: get that saw finally sorted. But it’s been sitting, a bit neglected, for six months and before that, I had to leave it outside in the elements for a week or so before I could take it apart and get it through the door. Therefore, it was a bit worse for wear.
So the first thing I had to do was get it cleaned up. That means refinishing the top, getting it sanded down to 600 grit and perfectly smooth. I’ve done that before on several occasions, but it really needed it. And while I was doing that, I just started taking things apart and cleaning those too. There was sawdust in the motor, the trunions needed to be lubricated, in fact, the entire thing needed a good coat of grease, so as I started disassembling the saw, I kind of went a bit nuts. It wasn’t long until the bulk of the saw was completely taken apart, the top disassembled and the entire thing got an overhaul like it hasn’t seen since I got it. And then I spent a couple of hours putting every single part back together lovingly, as good or better than the day I put it together the first time. Everything was perfectly aligned, lubricated and torqued to factory standards. Not a speck of sawdust remained anywhere on, or in, the cabinet. Everything glides like a dream, almost. I say almost because in the move, my tin of paste wax dried up and I have to go get some more tomorrow, and I ordered a brand new saw blade for it, just because. But then it will be absolute perfection.
And while I was doing that, I disassembled my miter saw and did a lot of the same maintenance. It was sitting there, looking forlorn, I had to do something! So it got relubed and cleaned, probably like it’s never had before. Now I can’t wait to get to work on the rest of the tools. These things look amazing and I really want to fire them up again. But before I can do that, I have to get the rest of the shop organized and now, I have something to look forward to. I still have dozens of boxes packed full of tools that I have to dig through and figure out how they will be stored. That’s my next real project, building a complete shop’s worth of tool storage. It’ll be the perfect thing to break my newly refurbished tools in on.