I mean really, at this point , all I can do is laugh.
For fucks sake.
I have been out in the garage messing with that damn mini lathe again.
I should say still.
I watched a Youtube of some guy a couple weeks ago and he was showing how he put this little bearing in the saddle where the cross slide screw goes in to help support it and make the action smoother. He even gave up the part number for this little bearing, said it went right in and fit the shaft perfectly.
So I ordered some. They were cheap, under ten bucks for about 8 or ten of them.
They showed up right about Christmas time and since it was a busy time, I just threw them in the bag on the little table next to my recliner.
So after dicking around with toilet duty yesterday pretty much shot my whole evening, I went out there this morning and started in on another related project, trying to fit a bit bigger hand wheel on the cross slide screw. Since I had that apart I remembered the little bearings and came in and got them. Then the whole thing went sideways.
I had an aluminum piece that was perfect for the hand wheel except I couldn’t seem to get the hold down screw in the end of the shaft to tighten up on it enough. Trying to hold onto everything by hand and then tighten the screw just kept moving the cross slide in farther. I set that aside, took the whole thing apart and went to stick that little bearing in there and of course it was way to big for the hole it was supposed to just slide into according to this Youtube guy.
Yes sir, here we fucking go!
It fit right on the shaft but was way off for the hole.
So I get the caliper out and measure it. Battery dead in that sonofabitch too of course. I dug around and found another one and the outer ID of this bearing is like 15.008 Millimeters.
Then again, that entire Chinesium nightmare of a mini lathe is all Metric too.
So I got on line and found a fraction to millimeter conversion chart and plugged in 15MM.
It comes out with 19/32’s.
Now I am going to give you a very conservative estimate here but I would bet money that I have way over TWO HUNDRED drill bits out in that garage in various places, easily.
It’s probably closer to three.
Do you think I could find a 19/32’s drill bit?
Of course not!
I go all the way around it.
9/16’s is pretty much 14 mm. I did drill the hole out that far.
Then I jump to 5/8’s, 21/32nds and then all the way up to 1 inch I think in fractions.
I had to stop and throw some groceries down my throat so by the time I got done with that it’s after 7 PM, on New Years Day.
There is absolutely no point in even thinking about trying to find either a 15mm or a 19/32’s drill bit at this point tonight.
Even the odds of me finding a 15mm drill bit locally tomorrow are slim to none.
I have looked and looked and looked locally and haven’t been able to find ANY, metric drill bits around here. I had to order the set I do have On Line and it’s a cheap Banggood set that only goes up to 14mm.
So as the title says, it never ends.
It doesn’t matter how many tools I collect there is always that one oddball out there just waiting to rear it’s ugly head at the most inopportune moment possible.
I may get lucky and find a 19/32’s bit tomorrow but I am betting it’s not going to be easy nor cheap.
That one drill bit is very likely going to cost just as much as the entire set of metric bits that I got from China.
The quality is likely to be five times better too though.
For one drill bit to drill one hole out by 1mm and about four deep.
Gotta love it.
So I thought about it, got on Amazon, bit the bullet and am just having Bezos’ minions ship me one.
Should be here next Wednesday if you can believe their lying asses. Cool if it is, I’ll start back in on that little project on my next day off.
God willing and the phone don’t ring.