The One-Legged Sandpiper

Saturday, February 27, 1999
Sunday, February 28, 1999

Number Fourteen

"Knee deep and just a little behind"


Mezzanine half clean.

Sheet stock storage area cleaned up.

Ryobi precision saw on mobile base.

Table saw power feed installed.

Rolling base for Shop Smith band saw and drill press almost done.

Oil delivery arrives as snow stops.

Lumber dryer suffers storm damage.


Saturday: Damp, cold and gray. Storm clouds blowing in by Sunset.
Sunday: Rain, all day.


A "before" view of the area under the mezzanine stairs used to store sheet stock: plywood, masonite, sheetrock etc. The pile has leaned a little too far and is in the process of pushing over the desk on the other side.

The same area after a cleanup and a little organizing. It's nice to have supplies, but it's nicer to be able to get at them. The mess on the right is the machine shop bench. Big project for the future.

TK enjoying some morning sun. Looks like a good day to be a cat.

Time to repair snow damage to the lumber dryer roof. Sleet, snow and freezing rain predicted for the next few days. Two roof panels out would let a lot of rain in.

The next repair is the malfunctioning thermostat in the truck. The new one seems to have solved the problem.

Back inside it's time to clean up the mezzanine. The prototype children's chair turned up in the debris. It's exactly 3/4 the size of the regular chair.

The start of the rolling base for the Ryobi table saw. Everything that could potentially be in the way of in feed tables needs to be able to roll out of the way.

The saw on its side ready for wheels. This saw is used for cut off work where precision angles are required.

Ready to roll, but a little top heavy. A wide brace at floor level should solve the problem when the saw is set up for cutting. Nice storage space now beneath the saw.


A "before" look at the "yard" side of the mezzanine. Almost impassable.

After a few hours cleanup. There's enough room for two people to walk side by side.

After a quick coffee break, time to install the power feed on the big table saw. The power feed rolls wood through the saw at a controlled steady rate, eliminates the danger of kickbacks, and makes ripping wood a hands free operation other then to start the wood into the rollers. The only scary part is drilling four half inch holes in the table of the table saw to mount the green bracket to the left of the blade.

It's very important to drill the holes so they don't hit any of the mechanical parts inside. This involves looking inside through the dust hatch below. Just barely ear clearance.

The dust port view of saw guts. Note the three drive belts on the motor. A five horse motor could snap a single belt like a rubber band.

The first hole. This was almost like drilling my own tooth.

Only one shot to get this right. The alignment needs to be accurate to less then a millimeter. The drips on the blade guard aren't blood, it's WD-40, used to lubricate the drill bit during drilling to reduce heat build up and assure smooth cutting.

The mounting bracket in place, with the control rod to raise and lower the feed unit.

The feed unit in place on the horizontal control rod.

The whole unit adjusted to put the feed unit in position for cutting. Another day will be necessary to fill the drive unit differential with oil, adjust the feed roller tension and test for the best drive speed and angle. The power feeds need to be wired to a 220 volt line. Big motors! Once these babies grab a board there's no stopping them.

After lunch, time to build a rolling base to hold the Shopsmith Band saw, and the big floor standing drill press. The Shopsmith Band saw unit can be removed from its powered base and replace with a joiner unit that uses the same motor. Notice the work bench in use. A rare site until just last week.

Test fitting the frames before drilling and gluing.

Time to let the glue set and hang it up for the weekend. Casters and tools go in place tomorrow.

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