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Stagecraft bench tools

by: Brooke Kaufman

Stagecraft bench tools Thea 1200

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Brooke Kaufman
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Notes about the big bench tools in the stage shop
Stagecraft 1
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Brooke Kaufman on Friday March 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Thea 1200 at a university taught by Kate/Pat in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 13 views.


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Date Created: 03/18/16
Stagecraft Mondays and Wednesdays 9-11:50 Bench Tools  Big shop machinery  Some sort of metal surface on most  No liquid  Easier to turn off than on  Going into tool, make sure disconnected and keep plug in sight  Dust control: vacuum system for dust o Can cause static which can spark and explode o Chop saw: automatic  Table saw: manual turn on o Ripping (turning wide stuff into narrow stuff) o Lock out switch for power disconnect o Throat and throat plate for blade and guard changes o Saw comes at you so you cut against the rotation of the blade o Kick back: pushes material back at you o Kerf: amount of material blade will turn to sawdust o To prevent kickback:  Riving knife and splitter keep kerf open so blade won’t pinch on it  Black anti-kick back cam on splitter  For foam, cannot use those  Saw stop: computer that introduces current into blade. Anything that interrupts the current makes the saw drop below back into the machine  Computer can crash  If anything conductive is still in the material it can cause a spark  Solid green light means good to go  Red blinking light means something conductive is on the blade  Pull out red paddle to start, pop in to stop  Front wheel: height of the blade  Slide wheel: tilt of blade (usually away from fence)  Want ½ inch taller blade than height of material  Fence: most important part of saw  Adjustable to set width and make multiple cuts  Inside of tooth to fence measurement for width you want, outside of tooth measurement if you want that much off  Less than five inches from saw, use a push stick until material clear of anti-kickback  If long use roller stand or assistant to hold other end  Chop saw/ compound miter saw: cross cutter o Sliding or fixed o Cross cutting saw o Never out hand in yellow area o Blade runs towards you o Come out and run back in, not towards you o Can rotate miter to cut diagonally (can move bevel as well) o Rule: whatever you want to turn, you cut at half that degree o When using a stop, you want to make sure you can hold the piece between the stop o Always be tight against the fence o Chew (slowly push down, lift, and push again) at a bow in the wood o Dead man switch: must be pulling on trigger for it to run o Hash mark: angle pointing to scrap side o Blade always on scrap side o Take line, leave line, split line (depends on pencil side) o Make sure you have the saw back all the way  Drill press: drill holes at 90 degrees o Cannot adjust because it is set square o Have sacrificial board underneath so you don’t damage the metal o Typically have it clamped down or build jig o Chuck has three claws to grab onto drill and needs chuck key to loosen and tighten o Variable speed drill (bigger hole, slower speed; smaller hole, higher speed) o Pulleys o Use a coolant when steel drilling o If ruin temper on drill bit, it dulls  Stationary sander: sands wood o One grit sandpaper o Tool least likely to get hit with o Tables can tilt o Highly aggressive o Can put metal if not too aggressive (must clean hopper out)  Metal chop saw: for cutting metal o Dry cut metal saw o Can adjust miter but not bevel (no compound cut) Metal Shop  Bench grinder: steel (grinder wheel and brush) o Wheels must be formulated for whatever metal you’re working with  Mig welder: metal inner gas welding  PPT: power pipe threader  Panel saw: skill saw and set of rails to cut big sheets (panels) o Rough cutting tool o Doesn’t hold square well o Can cross cut o Rotate to rip Downstairs Spray booth: for spraying materials o Box with a fan Spindle sander: sanding inside curve Foam cutter: o Can follow pattern on foam using hot wire o Used on dock Small band saw: o Band of blade o Variety of width o Nano power blade, tighter curve turn o Different TPI o Blades break o Adjust guide blocks to set them as close to material as possible Little drill press: o Can angle o Put back to zero when done or leave a note of what angle it was left at Lathe: o Turns square stuff into round stuff CNC router (computerized numeric controlled router) o Can draw things in AutoCAD and it will cut material to that shape o Duplicated and cut complex things without taking the time


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