It’s like the old saying goes, some days I wonder why I bother chewing through the restraints.
I had a couple of hours of studiously avoiding mowing the fucking lawn earlier because I have to work for ten hours tonight and din’t want to be wore out before I even got there so I decided to go out and see about getting some thickness measurements on the new lathe bed, using the new Harbor Freight Digital Micrometer I bought the other day.
Shouldn’t be too much work, right?
I open the thing up, give a cursory look see to check for obvious shit being wrong with it, get the thing zeroed out and proceed to take some measurements.
There is the usual fumbling around doing something unfamiliar but I figure it will come back to me soon enough.
I get the thing opened up, set it over the edge and start screwing the little knob on the end in to tighten it up.
Now it may have been a while but I am pretty sure I remember these things are supposed to have a little ratcheting mechanism in the handle to keep you from over tightening the thing and screwing it up.
I run it down, waiting for the little Clickety Click Click Click and it just keeps getting tighter.
I think maybe it’s just new, ya know?
So I give it a little more and still no Clicking.
I go to back the thing off and there it is, Clickety Click Click.
Now I am really, WTF?
So I backed it off, started looking at it close and fumbling with the thing when it dawns on me.
I don’t know HOW they did it, but they somehow managed to get the ratcheting mechanism in backwards.
Bigger than shit.
WHY IS IT ALWAYS ME?!!
Throw the motherfucker back in the box, get on my phone, get into my Email and look up the damn receipt and grab my fucking keys.
Drive back over there and go through the exchange bullshit.
I should consider myself extremely fortunate that they actually had another one in stock.
I opened that fucker up and checked it right there in the middle of the aisle to make sure it wasn’t fucked up too.
Come back home and start all over again.
So I see one side of the ways is tapered . Thicker at the back and getting thinner going towards the Head Stock.
No surprise there.
The other side, with the prism seems to have a slight hump in the middle. That is a little surprising.
Either way, I see a back breaking, shoulder killing session or three of lapping in the Bed Ways.
Oh I can hardly wait.
First I need to place an order or two for some essentials.
At my age, you don’t mess around with these things.