Tree Planter Boxes #3: Build update/delays

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Blog entry by Chauffeur posted 07-12-2020 05:19 PM 724 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Design 90% complete - let's make some sawdust Part 3 of Tree Planter Boxes series Part 4: Assembly Day »

Normal for this time of year, it’s been stupid hot here in Texas. Progress has been slow as shop time has been limited to the morning hours and I recently experienced an entirely avoidable equipment problem with my 25 yo table saw.

It had some symptoms I was not watching. It was uncharacteristically repetitively tripping off the electrical supply. I kept resetting it and continued sawing until it would not even start. Troubleshooting revealed the motor was seized. That was a first for me. Disassembly found a good sealed bearing on the pulley end and a stuck mechanical friction fit device (bearing?) on the other end with a wick that was completely dry. Took awhile to free it up, but it was saved. For those of you with older Craftsman 113 units, it might be prudent to take a look at the motor for a yellow lube cap like the one shown below. The owners manual does not show this as a maintenance lubrication item. Replacement motors are close to $300; far exceeding the value of the saw.

The white oak inset panels have been glued up, sanded, cut to size, and rabbeted. Spent some quality time with the $200 drum sander we scored last year. Still tuning and adjusting the tracking; a replacement conveyor belt will be needed soon. It was my first time to sand boards wider than the drum. Was very surprised how well rotating the boards and making a second pass actually works. There was no observable lip or height difference in the center of the boards.

Decided to stick with the bead board look. Used some 1/2” and 3” spacers; started in the center and ran the panels across a beading bit multiple times on the router table. I suspect there is a better way to do that, but it worked.

And finally dry assembled one of the planters. I still need to add material to make the lower portion of the legs square and add something to spice it up a bit (accent pins, dowels, etc at the joints).

Note to self. I need to factor assembled project weight into future project designs. My guess is that each of these will be well over 150 pounds before we fill it with soil.

Almost forgot… We added a new tool to the shop. It works great.

Be safe out there.

-- Dave, Texas

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