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Profile: Mike Walsh
User Name: Mike Walsh
Forum Rank: Newbie
Real Name: Michael S. Walsh
Location Allegan MI
Occupation: President, VMS Inc.
Gender: Male
Joined: Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Last Visit: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:36:20 PM
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Last 10 Posts
Topic: SPAM
Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:35:59 PM
Jack: I seem to be locked when on my office computer. I can get on with my iPad though. Is this something to do with the SPAM filter or do I have an issue on this end. In the office I can only get on as "guest".

Topic: SPAM
Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:35:20 PM
Jack: I seem to be locked when on my office computer. I can get on with my iPad though. Is this something to do with the SPAM filter or do I have an issue on this end. In the office I can only get on as "guest".

Topic: Bandsaw problems
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 9:50:55 PM
Check the entire tension system. A cracked spring or metal chips in the washers/ spring cups / threads can cause this. Chips could also be caught between the hub and the wheel / washers.

Is the spring seated properly ? If the spring cups (washers) deformed to mate with the spring over the years - they may not be in the original position and be rotating slightly when you turn on the saw. That can change the tracking.

I suspect though that the problem may be distortion caused by over tightening the tension when the club was using the saw. You may be advised to use a dial indicator on both wheels. You also need to check the spring for the right tension. They may have compressed it enough to distort it.

It may also be the fixed wheel axle / bearing as chips can be pushing it off true.

I doubt this one but... Sometimes the problem is with the guides or the guide holders. Are they solid, not bent, rollers working OK, no chips or gook in the blade guide ... Do you use block guides? If so look to make sure there is not a chip caught toward the back of the blade slot. This can shift and bind just enough to throw the blade off. This is more often on the lower guides.
Topic: Best worktable finish
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:32:36 PM
When I was teaching we covered one 'glue up" bench the same way but used 1/8" hardboard. However knife cuts and dents made summer replacement routine. Here in our warehouse we did the same thing but found the soft white plastic sheets sold by Home Depot to use behind urinals were ideal. They are soft so knife cuts "heal" and glue and paste flake off. One bench cover is now several years old.
Topic: Australian teacher visiting California
Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 9:58:34 PM
College of the Redwoods
Topic: This year's challenge :-)
Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 11:11:06 AM
There are anti-kickback wheeled hold down units that mount on table saw or jointer fences. They are still available from Woodcraft - their product number 146836. Scroll down the page there are other options. Some have roller skate wheels and only held the work “down”. Others have neoprene wheels and both held work down and against the fence. The units work pretty well. Either may help her feed stock

Have you thought of making this situation into a class “problem solving extra credit assignment” ? Let students come up with jigs, fixtures and plan modifications to help her. It is a real world design problem, they can see the benefits and the project would give you a chance to introduce problem solving and safety from another direction.

Topic: This year's challenge :-)
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 5:01:41 PM
Get in touch with a VA hospital. They have “shops” – sometimes run by PT’s. Often they are called the “craft’ room. All use a lot of tricks to make machines / hand tools useable. I do not have a name or location – anybody help?

When she uses rotating blade tools she will have to release her grip to reposition her hand. This is the dangerous time when the work can kick back or grab. She has to be aware that she will have to adjust her setups to avoid this problem.

Work holding is the trick. Look for feather boards that can be positioned and fastened with one hand. Magnetic is good, so are the T-slot versions that have just one clamp wheel. DeStaCo (sp?) clamps are great. Goose neck hold downs for your benches will be used a lot too.

If you can snag a power feed for the table saw / jointer … it could help her -- but may be very frustrating for your other students to reposition for their work. Some, like the old Delta and Powermatic units may be too heavy for her (or you) to adjust. .

Advise her to be careful. She may try to position or hold work on a power tool using her shorter arm or body. This may put her blouse, hair or hand too close to the safety zone. Her body position may have to be “different” but with your help she can find safe positions. You may need to require her to have you help her with dry runs on her operations.
Topic: Skills workshop
Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 6:09:50 PM
There is a MN TechEd Assn meeting in early fall. Usually St Cloud. The Univ of WI- Stout has a professional development event - again usually in Oct.
WI has a TechEd conference in late winter in the Dells.
All are good solid conferences with a chance to meet other teachers.
Topic: Insurance for a school shop
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:57:38 PM
Your state used to have published standards for labs - I think that position moved from Austin to College Station. Start there with the TechEd Teacher Ed Dept.

Your insurance company ( not your local agent) will have a Risk Management Specialist who should give you guidance. Eventually this person may have to inspect your shop so they may not be forthcoming. Be careful to get your administrations blessing to contact these folks.

Many University graduate programs in Administration & Supervision include a Facilities Management course or section. (Remember College Station ) Contact that instructor to see if they have any recommendations, handouts or contact lists.
Topic: Ohio jobs
Posted: Friday, May 04, 2012 1:58:34 PM
Roy Give me a call. I may have a couple of leads.
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