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Forum topic by ToddTurner posted 01-18-2010 03:23 AM 1316 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2010 03:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor tip finishing sanding skills skill table saw drum sander shop funny

Hello fellow woodguys-
Is it just me or….
Do your tools fail the first time you use them after tuning them up? Even after testing them after the tune up? I bought an older drum sander a few weeks ago. Got a better than great deal off Craigslist and the guy was only 3 miles from my house. Its a Grizzly, dual drum, 24in wide sander. Got it home and the conveyor was falling apart. I knew that when i got and was prepared to fix it. I used the machine shop at work to turn a new drive and idler roller. Re-bushed the shafts and it ran great while tracking the belt. First use yielded a jammed belt and drive chain that locked up. Then the trackinga adjusters bowed out and fell off. Got that fixed again. Then, figured out how to wrap the sandpaper on the drums-or so i thought. It clips on the left side of the drums, but nothing on the right. The downloaded manual said to wrap it with tape. I guess thats because tape is easier to get out of the drive pullies. I also guess the design is to tighten the paper as stock is ran through. Nope. Ever seen 8 feet of sandpaper flopping at 1745 rpm? Makes a hell of a noise and blows the lid off. Oh and this can only happen when a very expensice piece of jarrah is in the machine! Would have ran a cheap piece of pine without issue I bet!
Do you organize your shop and still loose stuff and trip over things? Yep. Its been a hell of a bad weekend that was supposed to be refreshing and therapeutic. Vacuum hose, cords, scraps you name and i tripped over it. Then i get mad and throw whatever it is across the garage. That explains the dent in the metal garage door.
You set up your box/dovetail jig to avoid tearout and yes, it tears out like you did nothing at all to prevent it. Again, the rare jarrah. Looked like i cut the box joints with my chain saw. ‘nuff said on that one.
Ive been doing this the better part of 30 years, since i was a kid about 10. Im not new and im anal about many things, including all the stuff mentioned above. I guess what frustrates me to no end is that i looked forward to this weekend for a while-wife was working, kids gone, Todd heads to the shop in his underwear because he was so excited to get to make something! Should have realized this mistake was the first of many today! I set out to make a drawer for my work bench. After doing it all twice, it turned out okay. Not what i set out to do, but extremely functional. I also set out to make my kid a wooden box out of antique Jarrah. I ruined more than i processed.
Out of all this debacle, here are a few things I have learned-
-The guy who told me 30 years ago that if you didnt have bad days, you wouldnt know when you had a good day, knew this day was coming
-I still got to work in my shop!
-I didnt cut off any fingers this time (yep, you guessed it)
-I get to test my design skills because the 2 designs i had for this day are shot.
-Jarrah makes red buggars (sorry had to)

Okay, enough venting. Share some shop horror stories. Make me feel good and know im not the only guy who this happens to.

-The most precision cut I ever made on my table saw was on my right thumb!-

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 04:46 AM

Todd, Today I went out to make a lidded box on my lathe. Nice piece of Rainbow Tupelo from N.C. Can’t get that kind of wood in northern Ca. Did a nice box yesterday just fine. Today forgot to cut the top off before I drilled out the body of the box.. I have a nice OPEN pencil holder now. Shouldn’t think about work when in the shop!! Does this help you feel a little better??

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 02:06 AM

Thanks for the encouragement, Robert.
Today, I was starting to complete a small jewelry box for my daughter. It is made of Jarrah, or Eucalyptus. Pretty rare; pretty expensive and of course my current supply is very limited. Well i laminated and edged the base and it was super sharp. Accurate cuts, no gaps, exact measurments, very very precise. I was happy. The sides, are just as good. Some of my best work with my first box joints. Again no gaps, very accurate cuts. Now for the top. Laminated, biscuit joined, planed, sanded, cut to exact and precise measurement. Again my good work is getting better and I am happy, especially after what you read above. Well I am putting the edge on the lid using the router table. I am using a raised panel cutter with no back cutter. Finished the first pass on the end grain (always first!) and turned it upside to see what more of my excellent work, and i see the most perfect exposed biscuits I have ever seen in my life. Isnt that just great?! Well you know the saying, the odds of the bread falling with the buttered side is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet. Yep, these were also the last pieces of this thickness stock I had. Any ideas? Im thinking of maple. Against the red jarrah, i think it would be nice.

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