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Sandbar #4: My tools have revolted!

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Blog entry by Sparky977 posted 05-18-2008 05:32 AM 778 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m not sure what I did, but for some reason my tools are pissed at me. In the last week and a half, my Festool Domino jointer got out of allignment and then broke the 5mm cutter. Of course, this happened at a very critical time crunch point. Oh, and I didn’t have an extra cutter on hand, so I had to stop what I was doing in order to go get a new one, 45 minutes away. Of course, Woodcraft only had one cutter in stock, but, I mean, whats the likelihood of ANOTHER bit breaking, right? Well, apparently pretty fricken’ good. I only had 2 more cabinets that needed the face frames attached at that point, so I just switched to the next larger size domino. Festool took care of me too though, and sent me two free 5mm bits, even after already replacing the first one for free. Woodcraft also took care of me, as they are letting me borrow their Domino since mine had to get sent in, as there is obviously something wrong with it.
Then I noticed that something wasn’t quite right with my new Festool MFT-3 table. The front bracket that aligns the saw guide rail is crooked, so that the rail does not sit flat. Not a huge deal, just really annoying and just another thing I have to deal with. Again, Festool and Woodcraft are making it right and giving me a new bracket.
By the way, did I mention that I am under a severe time crunch? Everything has to absolutely be done with these cabinets this coming Wednesday. They are all installed, but I still had to build drawers for the bathrooms, laundry room, and small refreshment bar area, plus install said drawers, doors, shelves, crown molding, and toe kick.
I was moving along just fine, running all the material for the drawers through the planer to get it all down to 5/8. And then things really got fun. The tool’s “Let’s Really Screw Scott Up” plan really went into effect as my planer started screaming, shaking, and just throwing an all around fit, not to mention leaving a lovely ridge pattern every time it shuddered. I have taken that stupid planer apart and put it back together 4 times in the last 2 days, trying to figure out what is wrong with it. Tightened the belts, nope; adjusted, and readjusted, then adjusted the knives again, nope; checked every aspect of the planer I could think of for flatness, parallel, chip breaker height, roller pressure, pulley alignment, changed gear oil, and on and on, and nothing worked. Finally called Steel City yesterday, and of course the planer expert is not there because of his sons graduation. So that I get to take care of on Monday. Joy. Oh, by the way, I only bought the planer about a month ago. The guy I talked to at Steel City thinks it may be the bearings. Awesome.
So, at this point, I’m already in a pretty bad mood, and way behind in time. I borrow a 13” Rigid planer from my dad, and go to work, determined to really get a lot done today. Nothing is going to stop me, I’m driven, focused.
By the time I got half way through dovetailing all the drawer parts is when I noticed that something just isn’t right. . . So I quick dryfit a drawer. You have got to be kidding me. Somehow, my router baseplate is off set so that the router bit is not centered in the bushing. So now I have to completely restart all of the fronts and backs for the drawers, as in, planing and jointer more maple, cutting it to size, and dovetail, again. All while remembering that the base plate is off centered and therefor needing to compensate for it. So how in the heck is my baseplate off anyway? It was perfect a couple weeks ago when I built the kitchen drawers. I just don’t get it, and I can’t figure out how to fix it. I adjusted my dovetail jig in the meantime to compensate for it. So does anyone have any tricks for realigning a Porter Cable base plate? My brain is fried right now, and I can’t figure it out.
Needless to say, I’m just a little stressed out and at the end of my rope. If another tool breaks down or gets funky on me, I swear I will go insane.

-- www.scottmeekwoodworks.com



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-18-2008 11:51 AM

Wow!!! Talk about having a bad day. Scott you certainly have had more than your share of misfortune. I wish I could do more than simply offer moral support but to borrow Betsy's signature line “There is no strength where there is no struggle”. After this problems you will probably be a candidate for the strong man contest. :)

Good luck.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-18-2008 09:37 PM

Say a prayer pal, it works for me. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 05-31-2008 03:03 PM

Sorry about the tool revolt.

The other way to compensate for the router is to keep the same side of the router towards the jig at all times by marking the baseplate with a reference line.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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