OK. So I’m busy with this advent calender. I have to manufacture little doors to cover the actual holes for the gifts. I’ve not managed to find a different kind of thin enough wood to the hardboard I got. And I don’t have a bandsaw to cut the hardboard with easier. I then thought up a plan. Mount the bench vice that’s been parking off in my tool shed for the last 12 years, on the bench I got from a buddy of mine. Fasten the jigsaw in the vice and use it upside down as a band saw. Not the best option, but slightly safer than holding the piece of wood in your hands and trying to work the jigsaw around it.
To fit the bench vice, I was advised to get 10mm threaded rod with nuts. Which I duly did. Ah, I thought to myself. Finally I can use my grinder!! Apparently not. At first I could not find the locknut spanner that was supposed to be in the box. Turns out the kid used it and did not bother to put it back where he found it. Typical. I then managed to find the spanner. Fit the grinding pad, but it’s loose. Then Mr P arrived and he reckons there’s yet another bit missing to keep the disk from being loose. so I’ll have to go and buy that bit when I go to the hardware store again. All was not lost though. Why? Because I had my trusty Dremel tool, with a multitude of miniature grinding disks!!! What a joy that tool has turned out to be! I grinded the threaded rod into the sizes I wanted it, and now, the bench vice is mounted.
I could not continue today because me and Mr P had a companionable braai, it being Heritage day and all. But come Saturday, before the move, I will be paying another visit to the shops to try and get thin, decent wood and hinges, or I’ll have to go with the hardboard I have and use cloth for a hinge. Almost done. The Move – the eldest’s stuff has to be dispersed in the various directions, mostly in my direction, and it has to happen this weekend.
As for the visit, it was a good one. I started the fire, we sat around it, talking up a storm, as we invariably do. I’ve taken to calling him the anomaly. Because that’s what he is. And clearly, as much as I might irritate him, he seems to like coming back for more 😉 And he brought me a chocolate. We might even be able to develop an actual friendship – and that might not be a bad thing. Taking it one day at a time for now.
Now I have to go and get my user son airtime for his phone before I can sink into another hot bubble bath. Trying to help my poor hand that I bashed against the wall. I clearly don’t know the end of my strength if I can injure myself so grievously and completely by accident! And just because we’ve had a public holiday today and I don’t want it to end just yet 🙂
Hope your day was a good one and that your rest will be sweet…
Came across this song – hope you like it…