In other words, I am a combination of crazy, fearless and completely fucking stupid.
You guys are gonna love this.
But first, a little update on the drill press plate project.
I would like to extend my very heart felt thanks to the people who not only read what I write but are interested enough to take the time to leave comments. Some of you guys are really sharp and offered up some very good suggestions on how to tackle my little conundrum of repairing the huge gouge in the center of the drill press plate.
I wound up using the cut to fit toilet paper roll wrapped in wax paper method and it looks like it is going to be plenty good enough of a fix to suit my needs.
I scoured the shelves at the local Wally World looking for some floor wax but there was n’t even a hint of any having ever been there since they opened the doors.
Then I thought I had some old Turtle Wax stashed away somewhere but I think that got tossed in the move a couple of years ago so I wound up just using the wax paper and it came right off right before I left for work yesterday afternoon.
I still have to sand it down again but can’t be doing that at two in the morning so I will get to it when I can.
I’ll trim that lip down and then sand the piss out of the whole thing again.
That should be good enough for my needs. A quick coat of something like semi gloss black paint should be it then.
So, now for the next new project.
Someone get the number for Bellevue handy.
I scored a large drill press vise from work today after asking my boss if I could have it.
You will see why they were getting rid of it here shortly. It’s been sitting on a shelf for the last six years that I know of anyway.
It looks a little rough here but not too bad.
Wait for it….
Wait for it…
Oh it gets better,
There we go.
I am going to say that hands down, this is the most fucked up and abused drill press vise I have ever laid eyes on.
There are a couple of saving graces here though.
One, the screw only has a very slight bend in it that should straighten right out and Two, there are two thin plates that the jaw slides on that can be taken off and replaced that will greatly improve the condition of the vise its self.
After that, it will be the same trick as the plate on the drill press. Clean it up and fill in the holes with J.B. Weld.
I also need to find a pair of vise jaw plates but that should be pretty easy on Ebay or even Amazon. It’s a pretty standard sized drill press vise.
Some of the retaining screws got drilled through but I will get them out one way or another. After that it will just be a matter of finding some 1/8th by inch and a half stock, cutting it to length, re-drilling new holes and putting new screws in it.
That will cover up a whole bunch of that mess.
Told ya I was fucking crazy, didn’t I?
You thought maybe I was kidding?
What the heck, the price was right and it kills my soul to see something get thrown away that could possibly be fixed and gotten some use out of.
It’s a character flaw, I know.
So stay tuned, the fun never ends around here.