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Picking the ball back up

I must apologize to Spud, as I kept dropping that ball I told him I would carry forward. It may be a tad late, but I am going through and doing what I originally intended to do, as best as I can.
Here is the link to James Dakin’s post and a quote from him.

If you’d prefer an easier way to pay, you can PayPal me and I’ll send a check for that amount to Spud. Just make sure to label that particular donation “For Spud” or “Spud Fund” or something similar.
jimd303@reagan.com

Please help out if you can, Spud was t-boned by a soccer mom while riding his Enduro on an errand run. He had his entire hip rebuilt and is laid up for no less than 6 months with zero income. I am sure there is more to it than just loss of income, but that can be enough by itself.

You’ll have to go to Jim’s site to use that button, I truly suck at the whole HTML thing, but I am sure that Jim won’t mind the added traffic over there.
Thanks to any and all that help out, I know that Spud will appreciate any assist as well.

Nope, still nuthin’.

Sorry for lack of posts, jes not a whole lot to say right now. Spud is still in recovery. K, Soffitrat’s wife is under going chemo then a round of rad therapy for breast cancer, so if’n yah can, send a prayer or well wishes as appropriate.
Myself, same ol’ same ol’. Typical questionable drama at work, not knowing if we are holding water or ready to go under in this economy (despite the fact that people are still dying to get into our products,,,). The sawmill is still in “work in progress” status but coming along. R&D is much easier when money isn’t a deciding variable, LOL. All in all, the project is still on the success road. Cost is still under $300 and the goal was to keep it under $500 so I still have some wiggle room if need be. I have another project in the works as well for a foot powered grinder. Found with the machining of pieces for the saw, I have a real need for a water cooled grinder that is not reliant on AC power. (Never have been comfortable mixing iron laden water with house current. Gee, I wonder why? ;-p ) Yup, HSS bits really hate getting heated up during refacing and I have quite few that need attention. This is one project where I already have all I need, I just need t put it all together.
And all of this while watching the world burn. LOL. We certainly do live in interesting times, no?
More when I actually have something to share or raise Kane about.

Flubber and bumbled tinkerin’

Ya gotta love when it all comes together, just to go flyin’part again. Long story short, the recent evolution in the saw mill did not make the survival of the fittest requirement.

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BUT, the saw did function well enough to see that the foundation is solid enough. A couple-a-changes in order and then all should be hunky-dory towards when all the logs are in place. The cherrywood I am running testing on has other purposes already in store for it but is tough enough to stress the system in testing. Have a gander of it.

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Slowly but surely, this whole project is moving forward. Have been gathering up the stone for the foundation while out walkin the Voo n Jack. They keep me honest about doin so by not allowing me to slack off just because I am beat from work. (They are both slave drivers, I swear!). I should rig up a harness and strap Voo to the cart but I think there would be a quick end to that idea, and not one in my favor.

Anywhoos, the world continues its slow smolder into WWIII and the Islamic world has yet another anniversary to ‘celebrate’ on our doorstep so who knows what the big picture will look like next week. Just keep on preppin however you can and we will get through this, I hope, maybe, God willin.
Laters

Evolutions

See, I am not fixated on ‘one way, my way, period!’. I can adapt as need be. In all actuality, this seems to work far better than the wood discs and, other than a big tube of RTV to hold the rubber in the groove, every part was from the wheel itself.

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I did use 1″ bar for the shaft and had to set up the 3-1 to turn things down for bearings and boring holes for bolts. Would have been super nice to have the ‘Bend up’n runnin for the threads but alas, far more work for such a short run. (I have to put my toys away as they are not on my playground yet)
I had a post ready to go up of political nature, but news has came out that nullifies it to some extent. I will edit and post later.
Till then. Y’all take care. More later.

More on the saw thingamabobber

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As you can see things are coming along. I set up the engine so that I could use the unit as a wood lathe to turn the hubs concentric to the shafts. All was going well UNTIL I put the blade on. Whoops! The shafts are to small and flex inward so the blade pops off. Simple fix but a bit more cash involved for larger bearings. Still under $300 all said and done. Told ya all I was a cheapassfrugal beast.

Maybe there is something to discuss

I was thinking about this today while running through the mindless droll that I call a “Job”. (the sad thing is, once I get to this level in production, the mind disengages from the body and does its’ own thing; like thinking too much)
So, what is ol’ Dio thinking about now? Pretty much everything, but especially the disintegration of modern society as we watch it. Lots of what we are seeing is by design, and the designers far better understand the mental state of the human race than you would imagine. I watch all the shit coming down the pike and see how the world is basically turning into a lawless free-for-all and wonder how long before the tribes start to condense out of the vapor of modern times.
Lets step back a sec: Immigration; or the rise of illegal immigration (racist!) and how the current leaders pretend are behind it 100%. Next throw in the Ebola/TB/Dengue/Malaria/God-only-knows-what epidemic that is on the horizon. Then you have the rise of the next Caliphate South east Asia, all while the nation of Israel is kicking ass and taking names all by its lonesome, and nary a word of help or encouragement from its former ally: US.

Obviously, there is a running dialogue on the hill over all of this stuff, yet I have the sniggling suspicion that not one word of that dialogue would be approved of or concurred with by current III Patriots or our founders. I guess at this point, the overseas stuff is moot, not much that one small group with little to no financial power (gonna take more than a few nickles to fix those issues) can do about what happens halfway’round the world. We can barely keep our backyards clear of the filth from this regime. Even the immigration issue is taking on aspects that far outstrip the means of this small group. One can only hold ground for so long before the hoards overrun your position. I think we are fast getting to that point, seeing how the people that are supposed to be tasked with that defense have been internally compromised into supporting the invasion.
Times as stated are why I am slipping into my “let it burn” mode. Yeah, the interim between failure and rebuild is going to be painful as hell and longer than we would like, but the fact is, a complete reset is in order. That reset can only happen with something serious like total(worldwide)economic collapse(IMO). I think my biggest fear is what is happening in Iraq right now. I recall a movie that made the rounds back in the 70’s about what would happen if the Soviets invaded America (was aired at my mothers church and was kinda gruesome) and that was tame compared to the goings on in Mosul right now. I know from talking to a recent Vet of the Iraq war that he is not the least bit surprised by it and only feels regret that we wasted so much time and effort over there for this shit to float to the surface.
Not much to add to all of the above other than to say that it can be overwhelming. So overwhelming to make one suspicious of the nature of it all. Like it was designed to keep sheep corralled in fear. And maybe it is.
Well, back to the grind and when the week is out, back to building my gulch. I have reason to believe that I am going to need it far sooner than I think I can get it completed.

A pictoral for ya,

Not much to say about things with the exception of “If’n ya ain’t gettin pissed off, you surely aren’t payin’ attention.” Nearly to the point of “let it burn” myself.
Anywhoos, some pics of progress of the best kind.

one leg of the saw

one leg of the saw

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photo 4(note: the gears are homemade as I couldn’t find two matching gears anywhere.   They obviously had to be identical in tooth count to keep the rig aligned properly.)

Still stuff to do yet., but things are coming along.

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