I mentioned that the slab has seen hard use. I wonder how much meat you have to cut to make a ½” trough in maple? On both sides, top and bottom. There is no such thing as a flat surface on this, flattening it (the other side!) was not a job for hand tools (I’m a sucker for punishment but not that much). The bottom photo shows the “pucks” in place, leveled and co-planer (referenced from the flat side). The grease has been attacked with de-greaser and scrapers followed by BLO. The knife cuts were left as battle scars of a hard life.
- Spoke spear - for digging nipples out of a puddle of linseed oil and putting them in a deep(ish) dish rim socket. Serrations really help retain the nipple. No idea of the angle, just stuck a shim under the front of the spinner and ground away.I guess Abom torque isn't always the answer. Interesting - no springs, a belleville washer stack instead.Well, I didn't expect that to work, but nothing took flight. Fly cutting steel on a mag chuck as weld prep. The chuck is so new it doesn't have a model number. Or serial number for that matter.