Ah, I had today all mapped out, but fate decreed otherwise.
First I had to deal with a friend who was getting scammed by a PayPal scam. To say she was stressed is an understatement. How I hate those low lives who try to do this. And if they try this, why don’t they at least try and write proper english? Sigh.
And then there was a plumbing issue – I hate plumbing – I’m going to have to try the hosehair approach instead of the white tape.
Still – I’ve managed to find a few minutes.
I was intending to make a new top, put in a new hole for the cutter and generally do things “right”. But I ran out of my life time allocation of patience in about 1985, so I just ‘clunked it’ together…
Yes, the fence is supposed to be with the handles pointing away from me.
Yes, the fence is supposed to be clamped down after movement (actually, I did do that, but it’s not in the picture)
Yes, that’s the crappiest “wood” you’ve ever seen – just some leftovers from a bit of ceiling cladding work we did a while back. Not flat, not straight, but soft to limit cutter usage.
So, I attach two bits of it to my “not a box-joint jig”, which I’m about to use to cut box joints, so I guess I’m going to have to rename it.
I put in the 6mm bit.
And I cut.
Then 12 turns on each handle, for a movement of 12mm.
And I cut again.
I repeat a few times until I’ve done 5 cuts in all. I ought to do more, but I figure this is enough for a “quick test” for now…
I measure – seems within bounds of what a ruler will tell me.
Let’s take them off the jig and see if they fit…
You can only but imagine my amazement – needs a slight push to get them to interlock, but not much.
And in doing this small test I’ve already learnt a lot.
It’s nice to see the fence moving ever so slightly with each half-turn of the handles.
The handles are crap – they need tightening up. The size is OK, since there’s not much resistance pushing the fence away. I’d thought I might need bigger ones, but apparently not.
I need to take care of my jumper while I’m winding – twice it got caught up.
The handles are really too close to the struts, but I wanted them to be close to the actual struts to be pushing exactly there, so I’m going to have to think about that.
I think attaching a tape measure somewhere would be a good idea – I can count to 12, but when the jumper got caught up I might easily have miscounted or “unturned” in order to get it free – a measure would help.
I think as proof of concept this works, and better than I’d expected. I need to try a “real” test with “real” wood, but so far so good.
Tomorrow I’m going away for a few days to party the new year in in Lisbon, but I’m smiling, and will improve this when I get back.
PS Did you win your bet?
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