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Forum topic by George_SA posted 02-25-2013 07:54 PM 1265 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2013 07:54 PM

On Saturday I had a miss-hab with a router bearing screw that came undone. The best suggestion that I got for the problem was Jim Bean. I tried it (JB is scarce in SA, but the Scottish equivalent works just as well) to think about my problem which I tackled today.

In the end I decided that I was in any case planning to round over the corners, I might as well do that to try and get the chip out cut away. The cut out that was needed was deeper than I organically planned. I had to do quite a few passes with router, because I didn’t want to make too deep a cut from which it would be very difficult to recover if needed.

The problem that had to be solved

The first pass on the router

A few passes later

Another few passes later

The final result

The end result is different from what I planned, but it doesn’t look too bad, so I am happy

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 08:03 PM

I have had a bearing come off before. In that second or two that it takes to register the problem, it’s amazing how much damage can be done. Glad you saved it. We all have some unintended design modifications from time to time.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 08:03 PM

Looks good to me. I think you had a great solution.
Now if you would throw away that JB and JW and get some Bootles for a gin and tonic you would be set.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 09:11 PM

I am VERY grateful that my fingers were out of harms way when that bit started going crazy! The router table is MUCH more scary to me than the table saw!

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 09:13 PM

Howie, I enjoy a gin and tonic on occasion :-)

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 10:30 PM

great fix and know will ever know, unless you tell them

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#6 posted 03-03-2013 02:02 AM

A good save George.

I always teach that the best woodworker is not the one who makes no mistakes, it is the one who best turns their mistakes into opportunities to make a new and improved design feature. That’s a great new design feature you have there. Now you just need to stick to the story that you always intended to do it that way ;)

Just as important, this mishap got you introduced to “who” Jim Beam is. Perhaps you should return the favour by introducing our American friends to mampoer and witblitz!

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#7 posted 03-03-2013 10:36 AM

Fortunately the customer (my daughter who pays back with coffee and love) is not really interested in the process of arriving at the final result. She focuses on the final result and she is happy with it. So all is well. :-)

Mampoer and Witblitz is a bit rough on the pallet, but we also have a very fine and smooth brandy called KWV. Especially the KWV 10 year is quite nice. I am not sure if it is exported to the US. It might be available in the specialty shops selling SA goods for the large group of SA emigrants. There you can also buy mealiepap (a favorite in SA) for your braai (barbecue).

If you can get hold of a KWV brandy, it is worth a try, best brandy in the world :-)

Jim Beam is not freely available, but Jack Daniels is available in most larger centers. Scottish Whisky is most common.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#8 posted 03-03-2013 12:23 PM

For the future, has anyone ever used a tiny drop of Locktite, the blue I think, which is not permanent? Or do you all think that might not allow the screw to be removed in the future?
I’ve never had one come off, but the results are obviously scary and seems like it could happen to anyone.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#9 posted 03-03-2013 01:27 PM

Great job fixing the damage. It looks very nice.

I had a router bit slip in the router collet once while I was beveling the wood edge of a counter top. It put a large gouge in the edge of the counter top trim much like yours did. Since I didnt want to rebuilt the entire counter top, I ended up filling the indentation with a filler, and then routed it. I took a sharp utility knive and cut small thin wavy groves (simulating wood grain) across the patch to connect the wood grain on each side. I filled the groves with a darker filler. Stained it and put the poly on. I was happy that you cant tell it was ever damaged. That was about 20 years ago in my kitchen and it still looks great today.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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