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  • Just had a wood n' things moment!

    This ones for Mike following his recent thread on goofs he and others have made.

    Last night I reassembled by dismantled Yellah to begin cutting a collaboration project that Frieke and myself will finish this weekend during my visit to her workshop. This was the first time I've used the saw in five months and it felt good and everything went hunky dory.

    Tonight I had to cut the final few pieces and I spent about an hour on several very precise cuts. At the end I was generally happy with the cuts except for the very last piece which was a really thin sliver of wood which I had to cut twice because the first piece snatched on the blade and split.

    When I was cleaning down the table before packing up for the night I spotted why that last piece snagged....

    I'd been cutting all night with no tension set on the blade! ...... DUH!

    Hey Mike - reserve me a place at your table pal
    Jim in Mexico

    Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
    - Albert Einstein

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    Right there on my right hand side pal...
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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    • #3
      Jim -- I have the feature on my old yellah where it whispers in my ear saying "hey dummy, I cut better with some tension!" I wish that feature were a bit more reliable, as it frequently malfunctions.

      Seriously, I'm not about to enumerate all of my goofs here, as that would greatly reduce my shop time.
      Mtnman Jim

      taking life as it comes and trying to make the best of it

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      • #4
        Sheesh, Amico! Could we get some Aricept for you?

        Jan

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        • #5
          Hey Jan - I was going to give your comment a witty reply.... but I've forgot what you wrote!!!
          Jim in Mexico

          Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
          - Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            Hey Jim - I'm amazed that you could cut without tension. My Hawk makes some very loud chattering noises if the tension is not applied. Of course I wouldn't know that from experience
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            • #7
              Jim, at my demo at Saratoga Springs last weekend, using a DeWalt, I started cutting without tensioning the blade. Caught it quickly, fortunately. I've gotten so used to the quick tensioning system on the Hegner that I completely forgot about it.

              I also blocked on one or two key words in my talk. Fortunately, Joe was in the back, and I just yelled for help. Always good to have a backup!
              Carole

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              • #8
                Still smarting over this goof - LOL!

                I guess the reason I didn't notice the lack of tension is that when I set a blade in the saw I usually manually pull it up quite tight to begin with so that just the slightest tension on the blade would make for a reasonable cut without too much noise. I also noticed that the tension dial was at the first notch rather than completely off but as I usually have it almost dialed up to the maximum position I'm very surprised that I was able to cut so well. I know that if I'd have had this happen to my budget Delta saw back home the darn thing would have sounded like a traction engine with worn out piston rings!

                I guess I now have even more reason to like this Yellah!

                All good fun!
                Jim in Mexico

                Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
                - Albert Einstein

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                • #9
                  Well, that explains it, Jim. At least you had some tension on your blade. I was wondering why you wouldn't notice it right away. I really was wondering why you waited for a delicate cut for last, too? I try not to do that. I'm trying to think of the last goof that I made, but, it was only on buying cheap wood. Have fun in Frieke's shop & wish you both well during your time there. Have fun.
                  PERK

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                  • #10
                    Gee Jim,
                    I mean tab A into slot B...How hard can it be...lol



                    ....I've done this too...
                    Jim

                    The limits of the imagination are imaginary.
                    No task is too tedious for Art.
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                    • #11
                      Gee Jim,
                      I mean tab A into slot B...How hard can it be...lol
                      Hey Jim - I'm trying real hard not to read double meanings into that comment!! but seriously - it just goes to show how wrong you can be pal.

                      Didn't you guys over the pond ever assemble those carton 3D figures like spaceships or cars cut out in 2D from the back of cereal boxes and the like in your youth? I distinctly remember the idiot proof instructions. Tab A went into Slot A!!
                      Jim in Mexico

                      Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
                      - Albert Einstein

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                      • #12
                        Relieved

                        I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one to have Senior Moments.
                        Jack

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                        • #13
                          Jim, I have the tension thing down pretty good, but seems like I always start the morning in the shop at the saw trying to figure out why the **** saw won't run....of course every night I turn off the power to the saw and other tools when I stop working for the night. You would think I would remember doing that....
                          Hawaiilad
                          Larry

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                          • #14
                            Italiono

                            I Had experience with some of there molding presses interlock safety switches were all backwards ,unmade safe ,made unsafe ,problem ,bad switch could not be detected till after the injury ,you could run completely w/o any safety switches . may be there is no need for any type of tention there either!L.O.L.
                            Enjoy to trip!
                            M.V.B.
                            Carl
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                            Remember (IT is WHAT it IS)( Unless YOU change IT!)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jim_mex View Post
                              I distinctly remember the idiot proof instructions. Tab A went into Slot A!!
                              And here, for your viewing pleasure...
                              A LIVE mistake...
                              Thank you, thank you,<takes bow>...
                              Jim

                              The limits of the imagination are imaginary.
                              No task is too tedious for Art.
                              Rock and Scroll

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