LOL! It Turned Out Just Like Me

Warped, twisted, off center and a full bubble off level.

But it will work.

I fucked up when I welded it kinda in place.

The far support was tight in the space between the two bars in the back and when I tapped it over with a hammer to line it up with the holes in the grinder the base climbed up the support bar and I didn’t notice it because I was leaning over the edge of the table from the near corner and basically working blind.

I also didn’t just tack it like I should have, I ran a full bead.

It became readily apparent when I picked it up off the table but I just said fuck it and ground down the bottom of the support that was hanging below the frame instead of grinding the weld off and starting over.


As long as the damn thing works I’ll be happy but it most certainly has my name all over it.

One thing I do like is that it sits up high enough now that I don’t have to bend over to use it and and that means I can actually see what the hell I am doing.

I’m sure I won’t be able to stand it being uneven and will wind up sticking a shim under that left side but in the mean time,

On to my next misadventure.


Yeah, I couldn’t stand it.

Every time I looked at that thing it bugged me so I shimmed the bastard.

It took longer to find the right piece of steel than it did to cut it, drill it and bolt it in but it’s done done now.

The fucker was off farther than I thought it was.

Like I Don’t Have Enough Projects…

I saw this a year or so ago and filed it away in my brain pan, somewhere next to the ten thousand other interesting things I have run across.

This afternoon after The Wifely Unit got back from her folks, I called up and ordered some 1 inch square tube, went and picked it up and have already cut almost all the pieces out.

I am building a slightly different version of this so I can mount a Skil 6 inch grinder over the top of my vintage belt driven unit that I have mounted to a wooden tool bench with a steel top on it.

Watching this really makes me want a Tig welding set up. The little Miller 110 V welder I have has the capabilities to put one on it, something I am going to have to seriously look into.

Anyways, this is a pretty good way to save some space in a little work shop or a massively overstuffed garage like mine.

Like I said, mine is a little different.

I cut the actual mounting rails and drilled them for the mounting bolts, discovered I didn’t have an 3/8’s bolts that were long enough, went up and bought 5 POUNDS of 1/4. 5/16’s and 3/8’s nuts and different lengths of bolts at $2.99 a pound at Wilco Farm Supply and got home just in time to have dinner.

I’m going to bolt the two rails under the grinder and then line up the uprights and mark where they need to be welded into place to make things easier. The uprights will be able to slide in between the two pieces of square stock at the back after I tack them together so it will make it easier to locate them.

When it’s all done I will have reclaimed a whopping one square foot of space on top of a side cabinet that I have sitting on a moving cart that is sitting next to the drill press.

I’ll take every square inch of room I can get.

A Little Light Reading To Do

I haven’t just been collecting tools.

I have also been snagging information as I can.

Your Old Time Bookstore” has had one hell of a sale going for reprints of old Machinist and other technical books and I have been keeping the Post Man busy.

Some of those little pamphlet style reprints are going for as little as $2.60 apiece and I think the most I paid for one was $5.50.

They have complete sets if you want to get them all at once and some of them are the old Lindsey books that are getting hard to find.

The “Lathe” set has 3 little books in it that normally retail for $21 on sale for $6.

You can’t beat that price for brand new books.

Some of it is arcane info and some of it is pretty much timeless.

My way of thinking is that it is better to have and not need than to need and not have, especially when it is that inexpensive to have dead tree versions.

Enough Already. Fuck, The Fuck Off

CDC director says racism is ‘serious public health threat’
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday declared racism a “serious public health threat,” becoming the largest federal agency to do so.

“Confronting the impact of racism will not be easy,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement published on the agency’s website. “I know that we can do this if we work together. I certainly hope you will lean in and join me.”

Who are these people and why haven’t they all been fired yet?