Back when I started woodworking, I didn’t plan for mistakes, warpage, mis-measurement, illness, broken tools, mismatched sets, bad hair days and the list goes on. I had a bad habit of planning one weekend jobs that took four months to complete. (Just look at the first arcade machine) I would get frustrated and angry when things didn’t work. I guess age and being realistic help one to plan for the unforeseeable. These days, I plan on a certain number of things going wrong on a project. For the saw rebuild, the number I picked was seven….
Today proved to be an exercise in counting. Let’s start with the painting. I made a boo boo, and didn’t completely cover the cradle section of the saw with the orange paint. That’s not so bad, but when you add in the little motor cover, and the motor bracket that I completely forgot to paint, it becomes apparent that we have 1 good sized mistake. This mistake will cost me another day to wait for paint to cure after I get them painted. Fortunately, I can put the main saw together and get the alignment out of the way before mounting the motor.
The second mistake came when I attempted to press the inside blade stabilizer onto the arbor shaft. I broke the drill press. IMMEDIATE 1 MISTAKE. I’m pretty broke, so I’ll be using a hand drill for a while it looks like. This mistake gets to me mainly because the drill press belongs to a friend. Pretty much his tools are mine and he can use my shop when he wants is how it works. Even with that in mind, I don’t like breaking my tools, and I hate destroying other people’s tools. Needless to say, I will wind up having to fix this. A tool bites the dust (for now).
The last mistake comes at the end of getting the arbor assembly back together. A spring clip that holds the arbor where it belongs got rather deformed when I removed it initially. Upon reassembly it decided it didn’t want to stay in it’s groove. So, there’s the 3rd setback.
Oh well, today turned out to be a three for one (don’t add in the, “you didn’t get the job” letter I got in the mail) and today has turned out to be full of dysfunction. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. I’ll get the pictures on then, I’m too tired to do it tonight. Till next time….........
-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi