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post #16 of 31 Old 11-06-2019, 08:04 AM
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I have been away in Colorado but still following this thread though I could not respond as all I had was an Ipad and it gets old having to retype my responses. That machine is looking nice, really nice. Are we just days away from doing the initial 'firing up' of this machine? Once your son gets this gift what are your plans for the other machine?

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I have been away in Colorado but still following this thread though I could not respond as all I had was an Ipad and it gets old having to retype my responses. That machine is looking nice, really nice. Are we just days away from doing the initial 'firing up' of this machine? Once your son gets this gift what are your plans for the other machine?
Hey Buddy! I was wondering where you was and figured you was somewhere as you described as in net connections.
And good to hear from you, but the weather is kinda giving me a kick to the groin but Im goin out there tomorrow because Im off work for the next few days but its not supposed to be nice at all, i.e.20's degrees.
Im gonna hook-up kill switch to magneto and put air intake filter assy. together and on, try to clean up 90 deg. hose from carb to air cleaner and a bunch of stf kije ( NODDED-OFF RIGHT HERE, DONT KNOW HOW TO FIX IT) that and then move on to that deck that I have entire drive unit off of.
But again I have plenty of time because Im not taking it to him for it to sit out in the rain and weather.
Im gonna try to get one of those small bldgs, that they sell everywhere so I can work on stuff in the winter.
But Im getting somewhere little by little for sure.. Im gonna try to make a elect. connection to kill switch/wire & magneto with solder, a copper washer because Im sick of the aluminum crap You have to buy, I crimp the eyelet that goes over tiny boit that comes out of side of magneto and it just crushes it and if falls apart,
I'll be back on here with some pics tomorrow of what Ive done because I keep falling asleep typing.
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As soon as I start finally getting stuff reassembled on my Gravely in two days it went from summer to winter and I mean that litteraly.
We had one week of fall if that. We have two seasons here and that is summer and winter and it makes me mad as heck.
I gotta get one of those pre-made little buildings that you see on about every corner and you can get about any size you want but I think for about $2,500 I can get one big enuf to work on the Gravely in bad weather because this having no place to work on anything in winter is for the birds.
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My first "garage" was a box truck body ,12 feet long by about 8 feet wide inside--still use it as a storage shed,it was refrigerated and used to haul lobsters,no A/C unit came with it though..the floor was diamond plate aluminum,it got some holes in it where the steel bolts attaching it to the steel channel iron frame corroded from electrolosis ,but it kept me out of the rain..and snow!..an electric heater took forever to get it almost warm inside,but it was better than being exposed to the elements..was pretty cramped working in it on a tractor ,but anything beats being outside in frigid weather..

Before I bought that truck body for $300,I made a crude shelter out of some large pallets I got from a box company,some were 10-12 feet long and 3 feet wide--I bolted some together to make a big "box" and used OSB baords the same place gave away with the pallets to enclose the slats on the walls and make a roof,and I used a tarp for a roof covering..at one point it even had a wood stove,but I had to take it down after it was erected for at least a year,when someone must have whined to the building inspector about it ..

It got cold fast up here near Cape Cod too--was 17 degrees last night here and never got over 40 all day,was just as cold yesterday with a 40 mph gusty wind all day long..might hit 50 tomorrow,and thats as warm as it'll get they say till the week after..


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It got cold fast up here near Cape Cod too--was 17 degrees last night here and never got over 40 all day,was just as cold yesterday with a 40 mph gusty wind all day long..might hit 50 tomorrow,and thats as warm as it'll get they say till the week after..
Yea not doing anything is a problem, and I was planning on putting a wood burner in whatever I can get to. Do you know you can get a nice one at Rural King for $300? Its nothing fancy but its prolly 18"" x 30" and is a flat-top w/2 round pot holes ( or whatever they are called) but I live in a crowded neighborhood and if it doesnt look decent there is now a "compliance officer" round here to keep the college kids from having couches on their porch and stuff.
I bought a little book at TSC on things to build with pallets and my big work table I built this summer ( took up a lot of time) is made from a big crate we got something shipped in at work or the top is and its a big huge work table. No frills and messed up the finnish of it by using polyurethane and stain mixed wich was a good lesson learned to never use on anything you care what it looks like.
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That thing is like 84X36 and I have to drag it if I have to move it, its hard to even pick up one end of it. But you can see the crate before I put plywood on the top over it.
It will be around forever I'd think lol.

It was made to use thats for sure, Check out the built-in drawers that go back almost 36". I now have these plastic pan-like drawers that came out of a big tool box I got somewhere.
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because this having no place to work on anything in winter is for the birds.
Wow! I heard that!

I used to have access to a really well equipped workshop, but last year the guy up and died on me. I'm just finishing up (spending way too much money) building my own replacement.

I've *really* gotten to appreciate the value of having enough room, and having the tools all arranged the way I want them, and with heat and light, so I can go out there any time and get stuff done. This is mostly going to be used for car and airplane projects, but you can bet the gravelys are going to sneak in there from time to time.
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Wow! I heard that!

I used to have access to a really well equipped workshop, but last year the guy up and died on me. I'm just finishing up (spending way too much money) building my own replacement.

I've *really* gotten to appreciate the value of having enough room, and having the tools all arranged the way I want them, and with heat and light, so I can go out there any time and get stuff done. This is mostly going to be used for car and airplane projects, but you can bet the gravelys are going to sneak in there from time to time.
Man that looks great ( bigger than my house prolly lol) so you have a plane to? I love them but that will never come my way.
My buddies dad had a Steerman ( sp?) a yellow bi-plane and that thing was cool.

Just got my connection to mag done for cut off hdlbar switch and now Im gonna try to get the dang pain in rear cooling fins on. Pics tonight lol!
My buddies dad died and I dont know what ever happened to the Steerman but his older son prolly got it I would think.

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Imadea mess out of this but at least its a strong connection. The black stuff is that liquid elect. tape because I had about 3/4" of exposed stripped wire and wasnt about to start cutting and snipping a bit here and a bit there, I didnt wanna have to say " man I cut that thing three times and its still to short ! "
And I filled the shrink-fitting w/solder but it still looks like the back side of a mud fence.
Im gonna have to get another Gravely after this one because I over do everything, just look at what I bought just to put a new cut-off switch on. Soldering iron included!
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That is a sturdy looking bench !...I have made a work table in the past from a huge pallet that weighed about 250 lbs,I used the 4x4 timbers off another pallet for the legs,carriage bolted it together,it had 3/4" plywood already on the pallet --it was more than strong enough to put a riding mower up on it to work on--I rigged up a ramp and a winch so I could drag a dead machine up onto it and work on it without kneeling ,or having to crawl around on the floor..once you hit your 40's,your body doesn't like doing that much and you need these things to continue your ability to do anything..


I use wood stoves made from 55 gallon drums with the stove door and pipe collar,and legs you buy in kit form at places like Tractor Supply in my quonset garage..

I have one of those cast iron "box stoves" with the two lids on the top,it was what I had at first,but after seeing how much better heat the barrel stove threw at a friends shop,I had to get one--I also have another cast iron stove just like it in the basement of my house..(which I'd like to replace with a barrel stove,but they are "illegal" for in-home use here ,but many still use them)..

...I also made a barrel stove stands upright,with a home made door on the top to feed the wood into it,and I put 3 pipes for air intake thru the top of the barrel in a triangle ,much like a Tempwood stove,that too throws a ton more heat..takes up less space ..

I do have a "bullet" heater,but diesel fumes gag me bad,and its expensive to run,you can burn up $15 worth a day easily if its real cold & windy ..

I've tried working out of those "tent" garages in the past,they are not much better than nothing,the tarps rip quickly or get shredded in strong winds ,and tree branches can poke thru them if they fall--had one get crushed by a large branch,that got me discouraged enough to build a "real" garage..also the town has passed by-laws recently prohibiting them from being left erected "year round" and are considering a ban on them after some people got burnt in one ,by using a gas grille to BBQ some food in winter!..

There are quonset buildings available as small as 10 x 10 feet from the company I got my 20x40 one from,and they aren't as costly as a wood framed building..
Anything is better than working outside in frigid weather..just being out of the wind is a big improvement..


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Aw man I would love to have a quanset hut bldg (sp?) I would like to live in one like they had in the military back in the old Gomer Pyle days, good for a pistol range to. I love those things and I'd love to have a small one now to work in outsiide.
What I have now is a car port, open on both ends of course and they can be closed in but that metal roofing used on the sides can be expensive also.
Because of elder family members and family deaths Im gonna be stuck living in town for who knows how long and its pretty rough but things could be worse for sure but its heck on someone who loves guns and such and has to watch what they build but my yard is also fenced in w/6' wood fence so I got some privacy out there. But when winter comes everything pretty much stops and its no doubt gonna be a bad one. Things are happening now ( tonight actually like some snow) that usually dont start happening till January round here.
They have those two barrel kits at Rural King right next to where I work for like $39 and they sell barells but they have no top on them and they have to be enclosed to cut log-feed doors in them right?
Iv'e always figured if you couldnt weld you might have to forget about it, is that so?

P.S.-About that bench, I had a cpl 4x4 post I was gonna use but #1- I couldnt get them cut straight on the bottom or "level" because my 5" circ saw couldnt go thru it so I had to try to use my sawzall and then I couldnt figure out how to attach them, I had 12' 4x4s and had to cut them 36" right every time and I just messed them up w/that sawzall lol.
But the way I got it now works great. I call it the "Flea Mkt. Style table legs"

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You can make use your circular saw to cut through the 4x4 by making multiple cuts, and turning the 4x4 over.
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Yep... use a speed square and line up on what you can see of your last pass. If your saw is set up good it'll be near perfect. Works with a radial arm saw too.

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Yea I kno what you guys are talking about but this is not just the first time I ever owned a circ saw but the first time I ever touched one making that table because Ive always been so scared of them I didnt even like holding a piece of plywood for someone who was using one.
The first time I ever touched one was when I took mine and cut the entire 8' length of that 4'x8' piece of plywood and it came out as straight as can be thank God. I had to take about 18" off of it.
I had some tax money a cpl yrs ago and at Home Depot they has a drill and saw for $99 I think, RYOBI cordless that both took the same battery. The saw is working because I blow it out w/a air hose after each use but the drill was a real piece of work and didnt last no time at all.
So I certainly would be typing a bit slower had I tried the 4 cut method lol!
All I know about 'setting one up' is tilting that blade guide to a 45 deg. angle and tried to do that to a 2" x 10" on the end to make a ramp so it would hit the ground smoothe and it got binded up and all, I doubt that saw is even strong enuf to do much.
Better hit the rack, work tomorrow ( or today) I only sleep 12 hrs. a week anyway, Im part zombie lol
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Somewhere on your circular saw there is a setscrew that stops the plate at 90* to the blade, they're most often slightly off out of the box. You can check/tune it with a square, and then further fine-tune it by making some cuts and verifying their accuracy.

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Somewhere on your circular saw there is a setscrew that stops the plate at 90* to the blade, they're most often slightly off out of the box. You can check/tune it with a square, and then further fine-tune it by making some cuts and verifying their accuracy.
I think thats how I get it to 45 deg.
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