I finally, finally, got a little time to myself and beat feet out to the garage to play a bit.
I started on it yesterday, got up right about Noon with the intention of running up to the hardware store for some countersunk bolts to start back in and of course, got side tracked yet again.
I had to swing by my Mom’s and that stopped everything.
I visited for a while, found out her lower back has been killing her, visited some more, then left to come home and grab a vibrating heating pad to take back up to her.
I don’t know exactly what time it was when I finally got back into the garage but it was after 4.
I started in on my little project and noticed it was downright chilly out there.
I have a small vintage space heater out there but I noticed a while back that the cord was getting hotter than shit after it had been on for even just a few minutes.
I took a look at the plug and didn’t really see anything out of the ordinary, plugged it into an extension cord and dropped it on the ground.
When it hit the ground I saw a spark come out the back side of the plug on the heater side.
Hmm, that can’t be good.
So I reached down and grabbed it up, unplugged it again and looked a little harder.
Bigger than shit I see the damn cord is cut on one leg. It is a flat cord with the three wires laying next to each other and connected by a thin layer of rubber.
One leg was almost cut clear in half underneath by the ground plug.
I didn’t see it the first time.
So I cut that damn thing off, stripped the wires and put a new plug on it. No more hot cord. Whaddya know, huh?
After all that crap I can finally get to what I was doing last night and now it is after 5.
I drilled and countersunk some holes, mounted up the piece and took a look. Oh yeah, I’m trying to upgrade my little horizontal band saw.
The vise on the thing has a really small traveling jaw so you can’t put short pieces in it.
I found an upgrade on Youtube last year and am just now getting around to it.
You can’t see it good but you can bet your ass there is a piece of scrap wood underneath that.
I got that much done and decided I need to do the other side too.
That above is just a test fit, I had to slide the thing back a bit but you get the idea.
I just got done having dinner and am headed back out there to start in on the other side.
Theoretically, when I am done, those two pieces will wind up being right next to the saw blade when it is in the down position so I will be able to cut really short pieces if I need to.
When I get done with this part I am going to look into locating and drilling another hole for the stationary jaw so it can be turned to a 45 degree angle and bolted down again.
This is just one project out of a thousand but in the long run I can see where this might make some of those other ones easier to get done, if I ever have enough time to get to them in the first place.
Well, that part is done anyway.
I see that I either drilled the holes a tiny smidgeon off or else the countersink moved things a bit when I went to test the thing after I was done putting it back together.
Take a look at how thin this piece is when I was testing it and cutting a piece of 5/16’s All Thread when I was done.
When it was done cutting I snatched that thin piece up and measured the thickness on it, 0.195″.
As much as I badmouth those Chinese bastards for their crappy products sometimes, and they DO deserve it most of the time, every once in a while a guy gets lucky.
I wound up walking out the doors of Harbor Freight with that thing almost exactly one year ago for $185.00 after using a coupon and some gift cards. List price is $250.00
It made that cut using the blade it came with from the factory and using the factory settings. I have not had to touch the thing.
So this little upgrade is done now finally. On to the next big job.
I’m thinking I need to hit Youtube again after seeing that damn mess underneath there.
Maybe see if I can find a good way to mount some kind of Catch Pan under the sonofabitch to catch the chips and oil.
I was hitting it with some WD-40 to help it along.
I have about 3 gallons of vacuum oil out there they were going to dump out at work that I should be using for this kind of crap, I just have to find my oil can out in that mess.
More sorting and giving away is in order obviously.
I did find almost ten square inches of space in two different places from shit I got rid of recently.
It’s a start.
OMFG, typical me.
I have literally been stepping over the solution to my catch pan problem for two days.
I don’t even remember where it came from but there has been a rusty old tin bread pan kicking around on the floor and I have been stepping right over it instead of just bending down and picking it up to get it out of my way.
It’s been sitting right next to the saw too.
I was sitting there studying the saw trying to figure something out when I spied it sitting there.
HMM, I wonder…
I grabbed it and stuck it underneath the thing and figured it would be perfect if I could just figure out how to mount it.
About ten minutes of that and it came to me.
I had some of those laying around in various places so I gathered them up, stuck them to the pan and done.
One skinny one on each end and a bigger square one inside the front edge right in the middle.
Hell I even found my oil can while I was cleaning up.
What are things coming to?