If you enjoy working with your hands and don’t mind the occasional splinter, woodworking is one of the best hobbies you can take up — at least, until your tools break. Instead of running out to buy new ones, why not repair them instead? Here are some tips and tricks to help you fix your woodworking tools.
Look for the Obvious
With power tools, sometimes the problem is easy to spot if you look for the obvious. Check for signs of wear and tear that would be outside the device’s normal functioning parameters. That means moving parts grinding when they’re not supposed to be because of a lack of lubrication, or pieces that are bent or broken when they should be straight and whole.
Depending on the make and model of your woodworking tools, these might be easy fixes or they could be more complicated. You may be able to simply order a new part to replace a broken one or add grease if there are grinding parts. If the problem isn’t a simple one, move on to the next step.
Diagnose the Problem
Maybe it’s not as easy as a broken bracket or grinding gears. Maybe your power tool won’t turn on, or it will only work intermittently. Perhaps it shuts off in the middle of a cut, leaving you with a saw blade stuck in a piece of wood. This is where you’ll want to start following the power to see where things aren’t connecting the way they should be.
In simple power tools, it might be something like a faulty cord, loose wire or a defective switch. You could even have a plug or power cable that’s going bad. If your device has a lot of settings or even basic computer controls, a failure in one of those components could be to blame. Start at the power source and work your way to the interior parts to find the root of the issue.
When to Ask for Help
If basic troubleshooting doesn’t deliver any results, or you’re not confident in your ability to repair your devices, it might be time to start asking for help. Look for a local shop that offers repair instead of turning to big box stores. These little places are going to be your best bet for getting your tools repaired quickly and affordably.
The Fix Is In
The next time a circular saw, drill or jigsaw breaks down on you, don’t rush to toss it out so you can buy a new one. Try a few of these troubleshooting techniques to see if you can fix it yourself. You might be able to repair your power tool without too much hassle. If you can’t figure out what’s wrong with it, a trip to a local tool repair shop might be in order. Don’t be afraid to ask for help — that’s what they’re there for, after all. Then, you’ll be ready to retackle all those projects you have planned.
Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington