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About wspeck

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    just a hobby, Costa Rican woods
  1. not the most elegant solution but it works! Might buy a couple of large hose clamps to replace the plastic.
  2. I think the answer is no. But I will certainly look closely at it to see if it can be moved. Thanks!
  3. looks like i'll have to try the heat and bend route. no one on the phone will give me the time of day on this.
  4. Even though I can't imagine ever needing to lower the base down to the bottom, it is designed such that i need the full length. the bottom of the rack sits in groove at the base of the press and the top of the rack sits in a similar groove at the top. The base is able to rotate around the column as the two ends slide in the grooves. up to this point in my short woodworking life I haven't found out why I would need to rotate the base but that is a different question altogether. the attached is not mine but is the exact same drill press.
  5. it has a large bend at the bottom the rebounds every time I try to straighten it.
  6. I have an old drill press. Target Machinery Industry Co. LTD. Model TT-16. mfg 1987. Made in Taiwan. The column gear rack is bent and I want to try to replace it. ereplacement can't find anything on that model so I thought I might be able to find an equivalent part based on the actual dimensions of the rack. This rack is .66" wide, .34" deep and 34 1/4" long. does anyone have any ideas?
  7. I'm a real newby at this avocation. I've tried a couple of end tables with minimal success so far. I was unable to get good square cuts so things weren't lining up well. I think I am going to try some smaller items to work on skills and confidence. maybe some tissue boxes, bedside docking station, things like that.
  8. Problem solved! I took off the bar to check if it was bent. It’s not. But, there was a spring laying inside the area where the bar clamps in. I figured that was probably an important piece. I looked at an exploded diagram for the saw and sure enough it goes there ostensibly to hold the bar tight. So I reassembled the bar with the spring resting on the tightening screw. I screwed everything back down and it lined up just right!
  9. that is one of my theories for what is wrong. But what in the world would bend something like that without destroying the rest of the saw? it's 3/4" steel! I do see a bar on Ebay for 8 bucks + shipping. Might just grab that. I think I'll take the bar off this evening and check it out.
  10. yeah, I was hoping I would just be able to adjust the guide assy left or right but that doesn't appear possible. The blade guide (that holds the inserts) when not locked down by the set screw seems very loose inside the slot. It slides forward and back correctly but also has a lot of play left and right but no way to make an adjustment there.
  11. Hello all. I've been lurking and reading here for a couple of months now. I am very new to woodworking and I'm putting together a shop mostly from garage sale/craigslist items. I got a 12" Craftsman bandsaw that has been in storage for a number of years. It runs well but needed some tuning up. I have put new tires and thrust bearings on it so far. While aligning the blade I discovered this issue. the blade rubs against the upper blade guide (not the insert!). I have a few pictures that hopefully show the issue. I am not sure what the cause is? Is the blade guide worn out? Is the blade guide bar/bracket worn out? the last one is the lower blade guide as a comparison any advise from the learned folks on this forum is greatly appreciated!