One of my Christmas gifts from the wife was a bowl/tray maker for the router. She wanted me to make 8 candy/chip trays for her siblings, to be presented at her reunion in July.
Using red oak and walnut. All is 4/4, skip planed and 1se. I cut enough pieces of the requisite length, resawed the walnut for accent strips and was in the process of planing the oak pieces to 13/16 when, from my little Delta 12”, arose such a clatter…..and an aroma of melting rubber. Bearings done give up the ghost.
Tears welled up in my eyes, realizing that another old faithful friend had finally bit the dust. After 12 years of unstinting service and no small amount of abuse (hundreds of feet of Mesquite and Boise d’ Arc). Actually, I was weeping with frustration because now, I’m stymied until the new one arrives. Due date-4/8. I can only nervously pace and anxiously wait.
BTW, a monsterously huge wad of wood ends up in the DC in drilling and routing these things! Boxes are a more efficient use of wood. :-)
-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton