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A lesson learned

I have been making a frame to hold up a duct tape dressmaker's form. In the process, I learned that they no longer make adjustable mitre boxes, and that the one I bought is 5" and the lumber I bought was 6". I also learned that the saw that came with the mitre box is not very good.

My dad's old drill, which he got as a bday present when I was about one, finally gave up the ghost. I went out and got a new drill (with built in level! ooh!), and tried it out. It's uh, a bit more powerful that the old one. It ripped the 1" piece of wood in half. Lesson? Be careful with the new drill.

I finally have a stand for the form, now, so all I need to do now is fill it with expanding foam and a) not have it explode, and b) destroy the balcony.

Then all I have to do is make a lab coat from scratch, no pattern, in a month. No problem!


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Oct. 5th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
all I need to do now is fill it with expanding foam and ... b) destroy the balcony.

Heh. It's important to have goals.
Oct. 5th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
It's always a good idea to be mindful while drilling!
Oct. 5th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Was b) actually meant to be 'NOT destroy the balcony'? Or are you actually planning to destroy the balcony with foam? *curious*
Oct. 5th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
hrm. That was supposed to read something like not a) have it explode or b) destroy the balcony.

But if the foam proves explosive...
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Have you seen that Blakes 7 episode where the guy gets trapped in the wall of the spaceship and has death by shaving foam? That could happen.
Oct. 5th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, I read it as, "My goal is to destroy the balcony." Thus, my comment. But, hey, not destroying the balcony is fine too.
Oct. 5th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Reminds me of something my grandfather said. "You'll never regret spending more money good quality tools"
And I have discovered, BOY! Was he ever right!
Oct. 5th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
I suspect I'll be really glad for the new mighty drill next time I am drilling holes in brass or steel.
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Why is it when I have days like this I inspire more fear and mockery?

Also about drills. A guy in line ahead of me in a tool store told a story that I overheard. He was drilling holes in a wall (he didn't say why), and when the drill went through the wood and hit a metal support beam the drill bit caught, pulled the drill out of his hand where it spun around and knocked him in the head.
Oct. 6th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
For future reference, there's a compound mitre saw and drill press in my basement. You're welcome to come over and use them any time you like.
Oct. 6th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh! I will keep that in mind. I was tempted, when I found out that the mitre box of my dreams doesn't exist, to by a powered mitre saw. Then I saw how big they are.
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