At least this means we can sit down

Traditionally, towards the end of the hitch when we are done using our tools for the week, we perform tool maintenance. During an eight-day hitch like this one, multiple tool maintenance sessions are usually a good idea. Tool maintenance is also good for us mentally, as it makes the work day that much shorter. Depending on the tool, maintenance can include sharpening, metal treatment (with motor oil) and wood treatment (sanding and then linseed oil). Here, an NCC crewmember sharpens the edge of a polaski with a file.

Motor oil is rubbed on this mcleod to help protect it from rusting.

Luke puts a cover on this 8-foot perforated lance tooth crosscut saw.

Well-maintained tools make for happy crewmembers. Or at least, happier than they would be otherwise.