|> |Neander-Flat Boarder
|> |So what are you?
|> "A lot of people get romantic about their tools. I don't care about
|> the tools. I use anything that will get the job done. The end result
|> is what counts." Tage Frid
|I very much agree with Mr. Frid and Wes. Although I enjoy my tools and take
|good care of them, I would not hesitate in the destruction and or
|modification of them in order to make them do what I want them to do for me.
Reminds me of a story my dad told me. During WW-II (that's the war,
not a saw blade) he was a machinist working for Consolidated Aircraft
in San Diego. He was running some kind of wet grinder that had a
coarse and fine feed wheel and each time a part was inserted the
process was to bring in the grinding wheel with the coarse feed as
close as possible and then start fine feeding. With the coolant
stream and splash shields in the way, it was hard to see the gap
between the workpiece and the wheel, so it took a lot of fine feeding.
Being a clever guy, he designed a sliding stop for the coarse feed
wheel that could be locked in place with a set screw and he drilled a
hole in the carriage and screwed in a bolt for the fixed stop. Once
set, returning the grinding wheel close to the workpiece was a snap.
His production rate went up a couple of hundred percent.
Somehow, management got wind of this and came down to see what the
score was. Dad proudly showed them his trick, fully expecting to get
an atta boy. Not to be. They were pissed and ordered him to return
the machine to its original state and be happy that they weren't
charging him with distruction of government property. Just because
there's a war on doesn't mean that you should work efficiently when
it's a cost plus contract.