Thursday, February 22, 2018

Divide and conquer...

Now that the BBM is “mobile” around the shop, I was able to clear my bench and dry mounted the boring till in place. I wanted it to be in line with the top of the big plane cabinet on the other side of the window.  Measured and put a mark on the wall and window trim.
In place and just resting on the mallets & hammer’s top on its rack, put it in, at just about the right height.  Maybe max 1/4 in lower as is?

Took a few pics for references and tested my reach around it. There are obviously no tool racks installed yet, but the two pieces of painting tape on it are, were they will go.
It’s a bit high, but I am  a Six footer...

With the bench top cleared and cleaned, you just knew it was asking for Crapolla on its horizontal surface ...
With Spring around the corner, Jean is itching to start growing from seeds. That of course will commandeer most horizontal surfaces downstairs in my Man cave.

So good time as any to start cataloging all my recent acquisitions, that would clear a couple of tables downstairs. Problems has long been, no room to bring them in the shop.

I started by rounding up the planes on my bench. Tight fit, there are some overflow spilling over around.

Next I can see that  my tool chest is in dire need of a clean up

The Woden jack and a rare Stanley....

The rarely seen Stanley Bullnose Smoother :-)

These planes I own for a while

They almost all fits...

A grouping of woodies

For size comparison, my small Infill smoother

With all these gone I was able to spread the remainders from nearby tables on the top.

Now, it may seems a bit much, but not all of these are recents or new acquisitions, some of these tools I had for a while. It just that they were used in previous work or blogs.
Now my bigger problem is, with my main PC still kaput, I have no access to my files. I could go and buy a new one, but that still wont let me access my files. My son is coming over to help me get it back to life, between the two of us (probably mainly him :-) we should be able to resurrect it.

In the mean time, I just lumped them together for mug’s shots, to be used later to figured out what has been recorded and what has not yet.  No, I do not record consumable (hardware, sand papers etc) but whatever I had around is round up for further dispatching...

After all the appropriate marshalling and dispatching, I shall return to the Boring till. Incidentaly, while the upper cleat is on the cabinet, the lower part and the lower spacer have yet to be fastened to the wall. These little things I can do in between burst of tool’s inventories.  And yes, I have a back up copy of my files, but they dont read on my Ipad or smart phone...

Gotta love technology !!?
Apple and Blogger do not like to play nice together, so I start typing my blog on my Ipad, but it wont let me see my pics. I then go to my smart phone to load the pics, which then makes the draft too big for Ipad, I can only see so far down, so back to smart phone for most corrections... &$#@*

Bob, who miss his PC but only so much...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Progress, small progress

With the BMM reassembled, I can now move around the shop easier.  So, next project to give me more room is to hang the Boring till. Ready or not, once hung, it will sure free up some space.

Some of these steps involved waiting in between, so.... make myself short daily list 4-5 items.

NO 1 Today was Finish the brace bits that soaked overnite in Evaporust.

I was so impressed the other day, how my BBM bit came out of the Evaporust, I have been dunking various bits in a variety of conditions from light rust mark to solid piece of rust. Pretty cool. Works great and practically sharphen itself in the process.

A very rusty Irwin type bit.
The other one still has plating
 but light surface rust

Two basket case nose bits?

The 4 bits out of Evaporust 

Top one was the rusty one.
Bottom one was the plated one after a few minutes with Rust eraser fine. 

Both bits after rust eraser 

That nose bit has a damaged edge but it makes no difference to its operations 

Nice edge were it matter

A good bit salvaged

NO 2 was to scrape the wooden balls on the BBM.  The nights before I put on some wood filler, yesterday put some gel epoxy in the crack, today it was time to scraped them.

Only thing left is a lite sanding, then decide on a stain (thinking darker color) to both hide my gap fillings and for esthetics ....

Wood filler for all the deep scratches and dings

That one is a deep crack

Used a 5 mins gel epoxy

Scraped, ready for a
light sanding, then stain

NO 3 was to attach the upper part of the French cleat. It is to be screwed and glued to the main carcasse.

Carcasse empty, all the brace bits are removed, some of the bits took a bath in Evaporust

Prepare to trim pieces to length

Used my Sweet Sweden Miter box

Yes, im working on the floor...

And done. Now we wait again

In between, took some time to investigate the frame....

Square up front

Same here 

Hum my eyes were not lying...
I can squeeze it almost square

That side is definitively bowing out

That one straight up

Hummm definitively got some butt scratching on that one.  All the tenons are sitting tight in their mortise??

It is now time for a coffee break, last part on my list is clean up....

Bob, making small but steady progress...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Beam Boring Machine Part 6

Tada... the finale....

Well, almost... But read on to find out...

Been busy the last few days, then Monday, my computer crashes and did not recognized boot device...hummm not good...

Tried to remember to take some pics as I went thru the steps. Here’s how it went in pictures.

After soaking in Evaporust for a while, the hardware got cleaned up, the threads chased, cleaned, then lubricated with WD40

In between these small jobs, the frame and pinions rack, which were previously primed got painted .  The journal covers pieces, were cleaned then primed, and painted the next day. 

After "consultation" with my girlfriend, 
moved my spray paint operations outside :-)

The gears got a good scraping and scrubbing
Really impressed by how the spindle came out, straight from its Evaporust bath. Only took a small amount of picking with a dental tool, no sanding...


The scene Tuesday nite.  The carriage and pinion’s track are painted, along with the journal covers.

The side tracks are flatten and de-rusted.
The crank handle bar is cleaned, derusted, ready for paint. Its wooden ball handles will need refinishing after.

The remaining of the hardware (nuts and bolts, screws) along with my only BBM boring bit, are still soaking in Evaporust.

Wednesday, all the remaining hardware is cleaned, painted the final parts, decided to paint the side tracks, masking off an area that shown no paint. Duplicating what I found while cleaning them.

Thursday paint touch ups, and start attaching metal parts on the wood sides.

Friday, removed masking tape and scraped paint traces where they dont belong and polished (LV tool wax) spindle and crank shaft. Started re-assembly of components.

As I re-assembled the frame, concentrating on making sure front of frame is square to bed, I did not noticed at first that the frame was crooked...

Loosen/tighten bolts, squeeze this way, push that way, I am quickly chasing my tail around..
Would probably need to re drill square, flat bottom holes in bottom of bed mortise. That was the most damaged area which had lots of rot. Fibers are no doubt compressed not straight and are now stabilized in epoxy.

One of the upper sides appears also to be sitting a bit higher than the other??
I did not measured them, but i am pretty sure they are equal length.
May need some shims also. But for now, i am calling it done. It is back together and I can move it out of the way, and move on. I only started on this project to get it out of the way without loosing spare parts...

Wood handles, would need to be washed. Some areas crack filled, there are lots of dings on one of the knobs. Refinished, probably in a darker stain then waxed.

Before and after pics

Bit as cleaned, will not need much work at all, came out looking sharp out of the Evaporust bath, including the often pesky threads at the tip. Could use a good buffing, bit look a dull grey, typical of chemical rust removal process (chelation). The white stuff you see on the business end are fibers from the paper towel used to pad dry.

Look unused.
Notice the lone upturned cutting spur.
Not a Jennings pattern

As for actual testing, it will be used to drill actual holes in my beam on the floor, for fixing beam to rafters.
That beam being necessitated by my Post drill.
I will probably hang up my Post drill on it, as is, just to get it out of my way in the garage.  It will eventually required a complete tear down and paint job, but it will have to wait till Spring for the weather and me to have time for it :-)

Bob, with one project out of the way.  Next, back on deck, is the Boring Till...