Thursday, November 18, 2010

Are you kidding me?

I got the new gib and installed it, and the tables seem to be level to each other. I was getting excited about getting back to work on the table top. Got the cutters re-set and yeah I'm in business.
I reach over to tighten the fence in place and the locking nut just keeps on turning. The threads are gone on the bolt. Great! So I pull the fence assembly apart and take out the broken bolt. After looking at it, I decided to see if I could re-thread it. There isn't enough metal on the bolt to get a good thread so that idea is out the window. Next, I decide to get a new bolt and remove the original. I have great neighbors! One of them just happened to have a bolt that had just the right threads and was the correct length. The only problem was that it needed to be welded in place. I don't know how to weld.
So I go over to another neighbor's house that does to see if he could lend a hand, he wasn't home. I call another, he isn't home but he will be in about an hour. I wait for him to get home. Finally, I get the new bolt welded and put the whole thing put back together and tighten it up, awesome right?
Well not to be. I went in the house for something and when I came back, I placed a test board on the bed, turned on the machine, put just a bit of pressure against the fence and it moves. "What!" I think, "Oh maybe I didn't tighten it." Nope, the bolt, the new bolt is broken again !@.
So I'm down again. Oh well, what's another day of delay, right?

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