Cobbled together a stop block system so can cut stuff close to same length. Have the frame all cut. Found the 2x4 that had it all twisted out of shape. Looks like a drill bit. Storms supposed to be coming plus I started sweating.
Also found the level works great for measuring stuff 24" & under right on the saw.
Ok. Rain delay attempt. Not so good. Apparently all the long 2x4 I have are twisted. Clamp a 21 inch between to make a 6 foot x 2 foot box and one corner lifts 1.5 inches. It's not that cross members aren't cut square. Can sight down 72 inch long 2x4 and see they are twisted. I CAN just tack the 24" on end with everything lying flat. Gonna have to assemble so it's square & plumb even if the corners don't look right. One picture shows a screwdriver under the stringer. It's insane how far it twists. I tried flipping & flopping boards to no avail.
Might take a trip to Wake ReStore and see if they have an straight 2x4. Only need 4. I CAN hack it together so it's functional but would like to build something that looks & functions properly. Main thing I need it for is to disassemble air conditioners and clean them out before they break something in them.
Stupid simple way to convert a regular bench for temporary miter saw use. Only about 45 seconds of build, rest is him yapping. This is exactly what I was planning to do. I need a bench with a vise for whatever. Would also like to put the saw somewhere and leave it. Gonna end up with 14 feet of "bench" when all done.
My back situation is so weird. When I swing my legs over side of bed to get up, most of the time when transitioning to standing, feel like I've gained 100-500 lbs. Brain is telling my body/glutes/whatevers...GET UP! Body says...doing all I can. Absolutely struggle to get 1.5 steps to bathroom door opening for support. Not particularly painful, just nerves won't fire the muscles.
Bounced out of bed yesterday like I was 12. Felt like I weighed 50 lbs. But by the time I got breakfast cooked (eggs & toast) after washing cup/saucer/plate/spoon/fork & butter knife...back was done. Hurting at belt level like I'd been bending over for 3 hours with 200lb MIL on my shoulders. <I don't have a MIL/just an illustration>
Maybe 10 minutes from feet hitting floor to misery. See lots of physical therapists on YouTube recommending doing back bends. Arching back/pelvis in a direction I just can't move. I DID find can do it somewhat when lying on my side. Did that the night I popped out of bed like Jagger. Tried that again last night. Woke up @ 5AM miserable. Finally drug self out of bed around 1100AM.
Attempted to take about 1/2 load of roofing debris to dump. Local place says can't take it because land my trailer is on doesn't belong to me. Sent me to a larger dump. You have to cross scales. Dump truck on scales and long line behind him all coming OUT of dump when I pulled in so I attempted to circle the scale house to ask what I was supposed to do/where to go. Woman running place was completely perplexed at the question. Finally said minimum 2 ton charge. I swear I thought she said $140! But maybe $40? Either way, not paying that for what load I had. Back home. I'll take whole trailer load and see what can do with it.
So... attempting to untwist some 2x4. Have a sort of traction device setup. Will let it sit till probably 6 or so and see if it did anything. Not too thrilled about trying to boil water. Just put it in a reverse twist and let the sun work on it.
First picture is about 1/2 assembled upper part of bench. You can see that far end is full thickness of 2x4 off the surface. Second picture is my attempt at wood chiropractic maneuvers. Third is roof debris I took took for a road trip. 4th is other side with legs attached that is also twisted about the same.
Think I decided how to mount vise. No notching required. Tomorrow is another day. Back was pretty good today. At least stayed same from time feet hit floor to now. Let's see if it makes it thru Truck race.
Originally planned to put bench in far corner. Needed a spot for air compressor though. Decided to put compressor next to shelves so can cover it with tarp. Hadn't put shelves in bottom of bench and that worked out great for now. Put couple plastic totes of stuff under which serves as a shelf. Vise & miter saw are just setting in place with loose bolts. Thinking about using MDF for bench top. Has 1/2" plywood for now. Have another piece of that plywood but like how smooth the MDF is & so easy to wipe off without splinters. Really need to drag bench back out and paint it. Carpenter bees are fierce here. LOVE that fresh wood. Apparently they don't bore treated or painted wood.
Not sure if going to put up pegboard? I have zero luck getting pegboard hooks to stay in place. Do need more 12/2 to run more outlets. Have plenty of boxes & outlets just ran out of wire. Have plenty of 14/3 but would rather make it all 20amp capable.
The greasy box with 2x6's on it was a shipping crate I converted into a step for working under truck hoods. Flop open side down, step. I put 4 old creeper wheels on one side so could move it around easier. Then realized it was handy as a mini bench for under the vehicle when on a lift. Or when changing fuel pump in a gas tank would set the tank on it. Perfect height. Need to decide what to do with it. So greasy it's probably a fire hazard.
Unless I find a 6 foot by 26ish piece of MDF at ReStore, that ain't happening. Not gonna spend 50 bucks on a full sheet. Am gonna change the vise mounting though. Need a 2x6 to make a "back splash". Hate when stuff rolls off back of bench and will also work as a surface to clamp the stop for miter saw to cut multiple boards same length. Much cheaper/easier than T-track.
Turns out a 3/8 thread is unobtanium. At least I can't find them at an affordable price. I'm sure McMaster-Carr/Grainger or someplace like that has them but the shipping would be 3 times the cost of the parts.
Went to UPS & shipped Amazon stuff back then went to Lowes and bought EXACTLY SAME THING I RETURNED...DOH!
5/16 thread is all I can find with tangs. They DID have a 3/8 that has holes for three retaining screws. The 5/16 is fine for the miter saw just wanted 3/8 for the vise. I'll go back to original idea on vise & bolt it to 2x8 and attach that to bench with 4 bolts. Will make it so can remove vise in about 30 seconds to make bench surface clear or to move bench.
Found out my sign-up date for Medicare is Sept 1th. <inside joke with my dead dad>
There IS a "free clinic" not far from me that requires about as much paperwork as buying a house. I think it costs $25 visit. Close enough to free. I may take a run at them next week and see how long the process takes. Be a shame to bite-the-bullet right before I get Medicare. They recently moved and website isn't functional yet.
Have to get rid of the old roof on trailer. Need to cut in up in pieces I can handle. Then push this over on the trailer and chop it up too. Dump has 2 ton minimum so might as well get my money's worth. I'm guessing guy that built old shed scrounged lumber to do it. What a mess. IKEA would be jealous.
Cut the stuff up on trailer. Hopefully it won't try to blow off. Got new internet bill. I think this lasts till August then it will go up to $75 month minus 30 government is paying. Which is wrong. I qualify for Spectrum 100 Plan which is $29.99. Should be free. May have to shut it down for a month and start over.
I put some good plywood over the construction debris on trailer and strapped it down. I think it'll ride. Put a large tarp in trailer before throwing stuff in. Let tarp hang over sides so stuff wouldn't fall out thru sides.
Replaced broken light. Only one element worked. Voltmeter said had voltage. Busted out the Power probe to verify what I already knew. Ground. These cheap lights ground thru mounting bolts. Loosened nuts slightly and wiggled light and bingo...she all works.
Added layer of semi rotten plywood to bench. Need to get bolts for saw. Going to change mounting/location of vise. Or maybe just slide bench back over and build another probably 4-5 foot wide but 4" shorter for the saw?