Well, at least it wasn’t me that bought it this time.
I made a gavel and striker on commission from some of the Indian Dontknow I use for a lot of my projects (post on that to follow).
I had emailed the customer to let them know they could pick it up.
I told the wife they would come over the weekend and she said “You should make a case for it.”
I told her that would be more cost, and I haven’t done a case before so it would take about, oh, a year for me to get it figured out.
But then it occurred to me I had some scraps left over that were big enough to make a simple desktop card holder.
So I trooped out to the garage and figured I could knock a card holder out in about 30 minutes (single piece takes longer due to setup for each process….being realistic.
I got the wood and it was big enough to make two card holders!
So I cut it into two 3 1/2 inch long pieces on the Ridgid 10” RAS.
So now I need to cut the groove for the business cards to set in.
Simple…put the dado set on the RAS and chop away.
Ok, I’m now in the I can get this done fast and easy mode…..DANGER, WILL ROBINSON, WARNING!!!!
I decide I’ll just feed the 3/4 inch dado through the wood in one slow pass…
Yeah right…I’m going to feed a 3/4 inch dado through a block of wood that is harder than oak and cut a groove 1 1/2 inches deep…in one slow pass.
You know where this is going….
I set a stop block to keep the wood from creeping to the right or left, put a push stick in front of it to keep it from walking away from the fence, and SLOWLY started to pull the RAS through.
Don’t get me wrong…I didn’t kill the dado on the first try….oh no…I stalled the blade about 3 times before the dado decided it was tired of the abuse…
Instead of slowing down to a stop it decided to grab the wood (did I mention this is a ripping operation, not a crosscut operation) and try to crawl up and over the block.
I’m not completely stupid (well, except for the Thanksgiving day massacre that was 8 stitches).
My hands were well out of the way (thank you push stick.)
But when the blades started to grab the first inside blade just stopped in its tracks….
Problem is the other blades kept spinning….at least until they hit the first stalled blade…
Then, like spinning dominoes they each stalled, into each other.
But when spinning things go from 3450 RPM to zero in a millisecond bad things happen.
The carbide teeth smacked into each other at, well, some ungodly speed (hmmm 3450 rpm times the square of the radius of the blade)
Needless to say, when I turned the saw off and stopped to see what happened I noticed pieces of carbide scattered all over the RAS table, and all the Dado blades in a nice little family group, kinda like a hillbilly family, what with all the missing teeth and everything.
So, I put the RAS blade back on and made the groove one small cut at a time.
Lesson learned…rushing things can cost money if you’re lucky…and maybe something worse if you’re not lucky.
So now I get to see if the local shop can braze new teeth on my dado set….
And here’s a photo of the gavel set.
-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."