Doesn’t it figure, you get going well with a project and SOMETHING has to act up… You cut the same board three times and it’s still too short, the wife insists on you changing priorities for that night and watching some chick flick with her, buddies show up with beer, or something breaks… And then it all comes down to a grinding halt.
Tonight was that night for me.
I had gotten the cuts made, the holes drilled, and the fasteners put away for the wide table insert on the table saw. And I had tested the function of the fence all the way across the surface of the rails, smooth as butter except for one spot where it appears I dripped glue.. CLeaned off and tested again, beautiful.
Now to set the fence aside and do some crosscuts, but for some reason, hands, fence, and gravity all combined in a way that proved disastrous.
It went in almost perfect slow motion, I could see the fence slipping out of my fingers, and as I lunged it seemed like I was frozen in molasses… as it twisted and turned on its way down the right front corner of the headpiece aimed straight down,
I can still hear the awful sound it made, that snapping of cast metal “TINK” report that seemed to echo through my garage. I could just throw up.
As I picked it up, and the headpiece fell quietly away from the main tube, I realized that a replacement had to be ordered, and NOW!
So now a new experience for me. A visit to M and D Mower’s web site, and ordering a replacement head piece, as well as a scale indicator. Which is a good thing. This makes mine one of the few BT3100s that I know of that will have indicators for both right, AND left scales… Not a huge improvement, but better than a stick in the eye as it were…
I have no one to blame for this but myself. And that is a healthy thing to admit. Now when I get it all back together, I can move forward with those shelves… And what the heck, I was wanting to take the head and tail pieces of my fence off and refinish them. The paint was fading really badly on them…
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