I don’t really know just how many Emails I get every day anymore, somewhere close to 200 it appears.
Part of that is me getting an Email alert every time someone leaves a comment here, some of them are personal emails and some are advertisements. Let’s just say that I am on a few mailing lists and leave it at that.
One of those mailing lists is from Grizzly.com., they are like the old Sears Wish book for guys like me.
They have some very cool stuff for the home hobbyist, be it metal or wood working.
It ain’t cheap either. Even for being mostly Chinesium stuff, it is usually several steps up in quality than even the rarest find at Harbor Freight and you pay for that.
I got one of their seemingly endless sales alerts last week and instead of just deleting it like I usually do, I had a few minutes to dream a little so I started browsing through it.
Something caught me eye this time.
Something I not only have been wanting anyway but something that I am actually going to be needing now.
As much as I absolutely love this Smithy 3 in 1 machine,it does have one major drawback.
The mill head doesn’t tilt.
It goes up and down and swings side to side but angle drilling and machining it can’t do all by its self.
It’s just a part of the compromise that a 3 in 1 machine has and it’s not really a big deal for me.
I know there are things that you can get to allow you to fixture parts at an angle on the flat table so you don’t have to tilt the head.
One of those very things went on sale at Grizzly and I sent myself a little reminder.
I just found that reminder, in time for once, and I just ordered one of these,
It’s a smaller table, 5X7 but that should be about a perfect fit for this Smithy.
Normally about $125.00 or so, it was on sale for $89.95 plus tax, plus shipping, for a grand total of less than what they usually want for the thing at full price.
The Wifely Unit ain’t here to tell me NO but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway.
So now we shall see if the thing actually gets shipped out. Unlike the Compound I ordered that got cancelled the next day.
Speaking of Compounds…
I have been keeping this quiet but now I’m going to blab.
A reader named Jerry got in touch with me last week saying he has two of the Smithy machines. One is permanently set up as a lathe and the other is set up for milling.
He bought one from a buddy and they found out the milling head had a crack in it so he just took that off and uses it for a lathe.
He shocked me to my core when he offered to send me a compound AND a set of Change Gears for this thing!
Holy Moly !
That is absolutely INCREDIBLE generosity!
Not only for offering me these hard to find, if not Unobtanium parts, but to offer to ship them to me at his own expense!
That had to be expensive as hell all by its self!
He sent me an Email telling me they are on the way just yesterday.
You could knock me over with a feather I am so stunned.
I didn’t want to say anything just in case something fell through.
I’m a bit gun shy about getting all excited after having my order cancelled after I had gotten so hyped up about getting one coming.
Thank you Jerry, it was incredibly kind of you to do that for me.
Sometime next week I should have a compound. Next up is going to be some kind of tool holder. I’m not sure if the little one on the Mini Lathe is big enough but that is just a matter of getting on line and ordering one the right size for this machine. There are scads of those available.
Little by little this whole thing is coming together and I would like to thank EVERYONE who has gone out of their way to help me out here!
It has been like hitting the lottery over and over again!
Then to start my day off, I got woke up by my phone ringing in the next room.
No way to get there before it quit but a text and a phone message were both waiting for me after I finally got roused and found my peepers so I could see what I was looking at.
It was my boss, telling me that I need to be at work at 3 in the afternoon instead of 6 in the evening on Sunday.
I’m hoping this isn’t a one time deal. If it is then I can say goodbye to having to work 20 hours in a 32 hour window every week anymore.
Having to work until 4 AM that one day a week has screwed my entire sleep schedule up for me.
I guess I’ll find out soon enough but that would be totally cool by me.