I finally got the tee nut for the Sheldon done. Every bleeding time I tried to go out and work, something else came up that was on fire and needed done yesterday. I seriously need to figure out how to offload some stress. I probably won't be making any friends when I do...
I met a farm family late last year, and bought a project from them. I haven't done anything but move it. But it's patient, and so am I. They had a junk pile out there. I've been back a couple times and brought back some really good stock to work with. One piece was a two foot piece of 2 1/4 square tool bar. Old two row plows that a Ford 8N could pull were usually made of one or two pieces of that size bar. It was cut down with a torch, making that end pretty dang hard. I chopped it off in the horizontal bandsaw. I cut another wafer just a little bit longer than I needed.
It spent a little time in the mill, I carved out the profile I needed. The thread on the hold down bolt is 16mm x 1.5. I don't have much mm stuff in the shop. Seeing as how I need a 14.5 mm drill and a tap for the hole, I was pretty much shot. Spartan had a spare tap, so we met up and swapped lies and laughed and scratched for a while. I hate to go home when we get to visit, there is so much to cover...
I like to use the old methods to layout. I can't explain why, but they feel right. So little feels right now, I can't pass up a chance to take pleasure in even simple things. Layout blue with a big Sharpie marker, then mark the center with a hermaphrodite divider. This isn't a rocket part, so it will be close enough.
I got in the shop yesterday and blew a 9/16 hole in the nut. It was undersized but big enough. I used some cutting slop I made with lard, mineral oil and paraffin. (American paraffin, a stiff wax, not British paraffin, which is coal oil or kerosene) That tap almost fell through the hole. Very sharp tap, but I can't help but wonder if that old lard oil mix didn't have something to do with it, too. And the thread finish is top drawer.
|Old red farm paint|
There are youtubers that comment on Imperial inch measurement as bananas. I read up on how the metric system was developed. The Fwench started it, and it was some odd length of metal bar they used for a standard meter. Every time the committee meets, the length changes. I figure a MM is the width of a male maggot. 10 male maggots side by side and you have a centipedometer or CM... metric maggots...
I picked up some insert tooling, too. This Sheldon is a hoss, they will harness it's might. The old BXA tool post is about 8 years old, and I had a few tool holders for it. I found a place that had a 5 pack for 70 bills, and I bought that twice over several months. So now I have about 15 holders for the quick change tool post. 15 bucks each is awfully inexpensive, especially nowadays.
|No more excuses|
Life is still a mess, but I guess that is normal. I complain mightily at times, then read about real problems like Glenn's parents, divemedic's daughter and grandson, Cedarq's innards, or BCE's at risk grandgirl and I'm shamed for being such a light weight.
Thankfully, I can go to the Heavenly Father and lift up the real issues and my piddly ones, too.
Cheer up! Things are bound to get worse. And we were born for this time. That means we belong to this time to make the difference in it, that God put us here to make. I lose sight of that, but there it is.