Friday, January 25, 2013

A tantrum and some heavy lifting

Okay, okay, so I threw a tantrum. A swearing, thing-throwing tantrum. Damn it, I fail to understand why plunge routers have springs so powerful in them that they are nearly impossible to adjust with any precision. In trying to adjust the bit to a precise one-half inch beyond the jig, after about five tries including clamps and some rarely used extra-special profanity, the router lunged off the bench, onto the floor, and broke off one of its adjusting handles. This was after a trip to the store to by more bits, as my last one had just broken off mid-scarf. So I threw the jig at the router. The jig broke into about twenty pieces. I didn't feel any better. And I had to build a new, improved jig. In a last act of vengeance, I took the steel-cutting blade to the router and cut out all the goddam springs. It is a lot easier to adjust now.

After that, the second scarf cut did come out quite nicely, if I do say so myself. Six sheets of quarter-inch ply. I am not going to post the first scarf set, which shows graphically where router began creeping out of adjustment and the tantrum happened.

(The $175 Ridgid micro-adjusting, half-inch-collet router at the Home Depot looks like a pretty good bargain now. No more broken quarter-inch bits, no more rage at my inability to get a clean adjustment. It is in my future. I am worth it.)

The first of five scarf joints is curing on the table, rain is pouring down, and the Jameson bottle is complaining of abuse.


  1. wow those rails really that heavy - never would have guessed - great idea - I've been using my son's 25 pound weight wheels - not nearly as artistic.

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  3. Hope you take that "Do not drop on foot" seriously!

  4. What? Me drop a big heavy lump of iron on my foot? You must be out of your....
    Owwwww. Dropped it on me foot...