Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)... #13: Uplifting Drill Press table inovation.

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 01-24-2020 10:40 AM 588 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,

We all like to brag about our achievements and sweep our failures under the carpet… well, my carpet has run out of space so I’ve decided to group my failures and mistakes under Stupid Ideas/Buys of the past (so far)….

This stupid idea was inspired by,

  • My previous stupidity of loading up my DP tabletop.
  • Izzy Swan’s dexterous use of his cordless drill.

I thought with the weight of my DP’s box and sliding tables I could facilitate the movement by the use of a cordless drill.

I had no idea what I was doing, what the loads were, the relative strengths of the wood I used, combine that with my dread of using metal parts and failure to unbox my 5 year old MIG welder, I relied on the mighty strength of scraps…
Now my scrap bin is real scrap and not worthy of any small parts projects, so the only good feature of my choice of timber was the lack of termites.

Cut out a couple of templates using my laser to make the items out of ply,

What convinced me to laminate ply was 2 casks of cheap vino and a flat battery preventing me from buying better wine. Drilled a hole for a securing dowel through the metal bar used for a cordless drill mount,

Made up a “fitting” to bolt to my DP’s lifter spindle,

and tapped it,

the grub screw…. not the vino.

Cleaned up the burn marks of the laser cuts on the ply and glued in some dowels for connecting purposesl… why the hell didn’t I use the 1/4” bolt (3 pictures above) I’ll never know,

and mounted it into one of my cordless drills

Colour co-ordination the parts with the hope they would fit better together and connected the matching coloured faces,

Up till now I sincerely thought it might work and had absolutely zero belief I may have issues.

Well I slipped the profiled hole to the DP’s spindle, tightened the bolt and turned on the drill. The whole assembly just shattered and if it wasn’t for my reading glasses, I’d have splinters of dowel, MDF and ply deeply embedded in both my eyeballs.

I can’t remember whether it was due to embarrassment or lack of finding photographable sized pieces, but my photo gallery immediately ceased and no further pictures can be provided other than,

The stupidity was not in choosing wood to lift 60 kilos, but for not turning on the drill fast enough so the load could reach the top before it shattered

If a splinter had entered my temple, I would’ve been a prime candidate for the Darwin awards

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#1 posted 01-24-2020 09:43 PM

This series has become one of my favorite things to read on LJs. This entry might be my favorite one. We’ve almost all been there. Built something we thought was going to do wonders for us and on first usage catastrophic failure.

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#2 posted 01-24-2020 11:21 PM

Thanks sansoo’... I practice what the missus preaches… She keeps telling me I’m not completely useless…

I can always be used as a bad example!

The unfortunate thing is there’s many more to come,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 01-25-2020 09:40 PM

i think the adventures of the duck would make a good reality show,much more entertaining than most on now.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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