About three months ago, I broke up with my girlfriend for reasons that wouldn’t be appropriate for me to go into here, but being anal retentive as I can be sometimes I actually had a budget item called “girlfriend expenses” to cover things like dates, dinners, valentines day presents etc.. Well since there was no longer a girlfriend, I had some money free up in the budget and I thought instead of just saving it why not buy something nice for myself.
I had my eye on a Hammer A3 31 for a long time now, and so last month I ordered one and I received delivery on Tuesday. This is the first 220V machine I have in the shop and had to get an extra outlet put in which wasn’t a problem.
I made a few minor changes to the machine right off the bat, but I have some ideas for some major enhancements. First off the power cord this thing comes with, is like 2’ long .. how the hell they expect anyone to use that is beyond me, but I needed to add a new power cord. Instead of digging into the siwtch box I just spliced on a new 240v wire (looks and feels a lot heavier duty than the wire the machine came with). Got the wire at Lowes for about $20 .. and is plenty long enough.
I spliced the wires together with traditional wire caps, but I didn’t want them just dangling about so I put them in a plastic outlet box, then I super glued some cheap harbor freight rare earth magnets to the back of the plastic box so It just sticks to the back of the machine instead of dragging on the ground.
The machine has a bunch of holes in the back I think for ventilation or who knows what, but using one of the holes and a large pegboard hook I taped onto the back I can have a nice place to hang the coiled up power cable when it’s not plugged in.
Here’s a picture with the box sticking to the back and the cord hanging on the hook.
I really like the machine so far, I’ve only run some test pieces through but I plan on giving it a workout this weekend as I start milling down a lot of wood for my new lumber rack I’m building. I ran a piece of walnut through and I was very impressed with how smooth the faces where, no ripples or snipe that I could tell. This might fade as the knives get used a little bit who knows.
This morning I went out to pick up some wood. A member of our woodworkers guild had passed away and his son was selling off his estate and such. To be honest at first I felt apprehensive about digging through someone who had passed things. But when his son emailed me and said there was still some wood left and he was going to look at disposing it if I wasn’t interested I figured it would be a shame for the wood to go to the dump if it can be used. So this morning I met his son at the house and loaded up my mini with as much wood as I could squeeze into her and still be able to drive.
A lot of it is scraps and cut offs, but there where some real gems in there.
Some really old edge banding, but also had a good roll of glue on birch edge banding that can come in handy.
This was an interesting color, the box looks really old and I have no idea what type of wood it is.
The box just says made with genuine wood.
Now this was a really nice find, 7 pieces of really funky I think birds eye maple veneer
There was a whole slew of half finished or failed turned legs in the bunch, I think made of cherry but I’m not sure.
Got a sizeable chunk of rough wood some 8/4’’ soft maple, a really nice peice of white oak, ash, ceder a lot of pine some basswood and something marked as WP, I have no idea what WP stands for though.
And a pile of scrap wood of various species
I’ll most likely get a lot of the scraps and mix and match pieces and make a ton of palm boxes like Eric did they all turned out great when he brought them into the woodworkers guild meeting and I’ve been wanting to make a handful for relatives and such.
That sums up my gloating for the day :)
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