sorry for the lack of posts recently. now that i am program director at camp, i’m busy with a lot of administrative stuff. so rather than making stuff in the shop, i’m up on the computer figuring out schedules. i’m still doing the evening events, but i passed on the decorations to another person.
i do have a few projects going in the shop, but i’ve been plagued with idiocy and accidents (no injuries, thank goodness). i decided that the MDF that i put into the table saw extension wing is way too heavy, so i’ll recycle that by simply cutting it down to a few strips on the edges. they’ll be reinforced just as much as i need them to be but it’ll weigh half as much and be easier to install. i hope to finish that off right after i get back from camp (in 3 weeks).
i have a few bandsaw and puzzle box ideas lined up, but i broke my 1/8” blade (second one this year) and i don’t weld, so i had to order a few more. i also ordered some blade lube and cool blocks, so hopefully that will make this set last a little longer. the blade i buy are about $7, so i dunno if i ought to go for the $30 blades or keep buying cheap stuff. then i was using my 3/8 blade to sortof resaw some cherry from a log that i have been drying out for 2 years. the blade bound up and locked hard. not sure how or on what, but it wasn’t good. the blade didn’t break, but it came to such a jarring stop that the upper portion of the blade crumpled like in a car accident. i straightened it with pliers and it still “works” but there’s a bit of wobble in it. not the same cutting results as before. it has some travel and the cut thickness is pretty thick because the teeth are out of alignment. i may be able to hammer the bend flat against an anvil or something. we’ll see when i swap out the blade next.
i also noticed today that my table saw blade is not at 90 degrees… that explains some other issues i’ve been having. so i’ll need to re calibrate that when i get some time. there is probably a ton of dust and junk inside the saw body. hopefully it’s nothing more serious. i already fixed the pin in the worm gear once when i got it. i would also like to get a v-link belt at some point because the old rubber V belt is pretty well ovaled and there is a bunch of vibration when i start the saw up.