tragedies #10: I just planed a board :)

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 03-23-2010 09:25 PM 1750 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: I got the new bearing in place! Part 10 of tragedies series Part 11: the back yard fence saga »

It all sounded pretty normal. The first attempt was met with a lot of knocking. Perhaps I had it too low. Hitting stop, raising it, and trying again worked fine, though there were a few slightly raised lines, about 1/4+ wide. I must have chipped the blades slightly. No matter – I can flip them around to the new edges, and I have another pack waiting if I need them.

It does look like there’s a slight difference between left and right sides, but I’m talking something like 1/64” or less. The board I ran was only a 1×4, and it came out 9/16” on 3 corners, and less than a paper’s width under that on the last corner, which could just be snipe-related.

I’m pretty excited, though it’s tempered by a bit of exhaustion, both mental and physical. This was stressful. Turning it on for the first time was a heart-stopping moment. I wasn’t sure if it would work it all, and I wasn’t sure if it would shoot gears at me. In the end, I had only a washer left over unaccounted for. Most of the screws and washers were evident either by quantity, or by the scratches left over on things where they’d bin. Match up the scratch diameter, and you have the screw, or washer. Match up the number of like places that need a screw with the number of like screws that match the scratches, and it’s obvious what goes where. I had to consult my manual – in the filing cabinet under “shop manuals” (at least one thing is organized) to figure out where a spring-loaded catch went, but that was easy to fit. One part I actually figured out again by the red filings under its flange. It had been screwed through the thing with the red enamel coat :)

A lot of things fit together so snugly they required the heat/cool method, light sanding with high-grit sandpaper, and using things like clamps and wedges to urge into their holes. It was quite an undertaking, and one of the more involved things I’ve ever done in my shop. Now I only hope the bearing holds up for some length of time, unlike the last one.

Thanks again, all, for your support through these troubled times. Now let’s all make something!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 11:21 PM

Ahh, success- what a great feeling.

Finding/remembering where all of these screws/fasteners go after tearing something apart has begun to elude my as I get older. I was subbing in Computer Tech one day and mentioned how I had trouble remembering where all the lap top screws went. A student said- “why don’t you just take a picture of it with your digital camera”. Out of the mouths of babes…..


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-24-2010 03:52 PM

after i finish getting my garage drywalled, painted, and organized, I’m going to turn my attention to a 12 year old grizzly jointer I bought a while back. interestingly enough, the part that concerns me most of all is the bearing replacement that I’m going to need to do.

Also of interest might be that I planned to spend a few hours stripping the parts off, a couple days soaking them in evaporust, and a day reassembling it. So far, day 1 occured and all the parts are sitting around just waiting to get lost for 6 months since.

I have a manual (which will be a help I’m sure) but getting everything reassembled is not going to be easy. I should have been sure I’d have the time to finish the project before starting. You’ve given me hope though!

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Gary Fixler

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#3 posted 03-24-2010 07:45 PM

Lew – it’s a good idea. I took a few while disassembling, but wasn’t actually trying to show myself where everything went so much as I was just doing my usual documentation of everything I do in my life :)

Hokie – there is hope! I learned a lot – mostly from folks here – while repairing this thing. Here are a few things:

1) I don’t have to just give up when a machine fails rather considerably. Machines are made by people and repaired by people. I’m a people, and it’s possible for me to repair them, too. I think a lot of my fellow people would never believe they had this power, but most, if not all of us do
2) bearings can be better fit by heating them, and cooling the shaft upon which they will go
3) take pictures of every section you’ll disassemble. Heck, take pictures of all the screws you’ve taken out of a spot in your hand in front of that spot, so it’s very clear where they were, and what they look like!
4) an old socket that fits over the shaft and isn’t wider than the inner ring of the bearing can be used to tap the bearing home after heating/cooling
5) make sure the bearing and shaft are clean and free of grit and oil when sliding the bearing on. Grit will tear up the metal; oil, though making it easier to slide on, will also help it slide off later
6) a fine grit sandpaper can smooth the shaft a bit for really tough fits
7) LumberJocks are an awesome bunch of people

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 10:52 PM

Glad it works now, I was getting tense with the 12:55 close time. Try driving a truck and trailer in LA, I’ve had people drive under my trailer. I was also a mechanic for 10 yrs before trucking and we used freon to freeze parts and beer.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 09:35 PM

“1) I don’t have to just give up when a machine fails rather considerably. Machines are made by people and repaired by people. I’m a people, and it’s possible for me to repair them, too. I think a lot of my fellow people would never believe they had this power, but most, if not all of us do”

When I used to instruct at the college level it was my firm belief that anybody could learn the discipline I was teaching in…I think you’ve aptly stated that same philosophy directed at repairing things. “I’m a people …” a great bit of logic/common sense that seems to escape far too many people. Glad you got it up and running again.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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