Because time is flying, it’s already 3 months ago that a car ran into a telephone pole (and street light) outside my office building, knocking it (them) down.
I ran out and got some streetside safety gear, and my little electric chainsaw. Here I am, making all of that look too tiny:
With no accessible outlet anywhere nearby (and no truck yet with bed-outlet), I had to settle for my Irwin carpenter saw. The pole was all hollow inside from rot and bugs when I snuck back later to have at it.
I cleaned up my mess and left. I still have this stuff. I was thinking it would be interesting to try to stabilize some of it for turning, but I think so much less now :)
As a consolation prize, a few weeks later, I snagged the crossbar that goes across the top. The city workers detached it from the pole in their light cleanup effort. The pole itself stayed pushed up against the wall for at least a month more, before it just suddenly wasn’t there one day.
It has “RAINIER CH 68” stamped into it, but I couldn’t find any info online relating to that in any way. No idea what kind of wood it is. I researched that, too, but there are many species listed as possibilities.
I just finally got around to sticking it on the band saw 10 days ago:
Here’s a little movie of that:
I’m still learning about the quirks of my rickety band saw. It’s a Craftsman 12” wood/metal, and it just loves to vibrate and shake all over. While shaking all about, the blade guard came loose, so after the cut, the blade clanged against it for quite awhile while it slowed down. You can hear this in the above video. This means, however, that after my next cut or two, the blade snapped on me. What a sad moment. I didn’t realize that it was the teeth hitting. I thought it was banging left and right against the side supports (still not good, but not nearly as bad):
Here’s what I got before the blade broke:
So I lost my 2TPI Suffolk Machinery “Timberwolf” blade, but I still had a 3TPI version. It turned out to be thinner, so it’s not as stable through hard, and/or thick stuff. It wanders, and I can’t really tighten any more. Setting for blade drift helps quite a bit, but it’s still not perfect. Looks like I’m going to need another 2TPI in the thicker steel.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator