You ever have one of those days where you wonder why you do this? This is supposed to be a hobby. Shouldn’t a hobby be fun and relaxing?
This started going down hill when my Milwaukee cordless drill, which I love, has started crapping out on me after only a year of light hobby use. This drill had performed great for me. One of the things I liked was how it seemed to have full power right up to the last drop of battery life. Sunday afternoon I was trying to drill some pocket screw holes and my drill couldn’t do it. It was odd because I had half battery according to the indicator. I grabbed a fresh battery off the charger and I had the same results. I am very disappointed. The drill was a tremendous performer but only lasted a year. That’s strike one.
Now we move on to the drama. My table saw is screwed up! I wanted to adjust the bevel to 45 degrees to make a cut and it seemed very stiff. After digging in I found that the back of the .. um trunion? was digging in the back guide. There is a front and back curved slot that the whole assemble slides in when you adjust the angle. The curved slot on the back was actually getting cut into as I tried to change the angle. This was actually shaving off metal. I don’t know whats wrong or how to fix it. Strike two.
I was able to crank the thing to 45 degrees out of frustration and just try to make my cut and get on with my day. Turns out in the two years I’ve been woodworking I have pretty much learned NOTHING. I realize now that I don’t know how to make a safe bevel cut. Should the waste be on the left? Couldn’t that trap the scrap under the blade and give be kick back? Should the waste be on the right so its free to fall off? Well the scrap is actually sitting on top of the spinning blade. Guess what happens next. The scrap that was sitting on top of the spinning blade hit me right on the forehead. It rung me bell a little bit. There was only minor bleeding. This was a scrap of 1 inch think oak about the size of half a playing card. Strike three.
Pack up for the day and reassess my hobby.
-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--