"Easy Way Out" Is No Fun At All!!
"Easy Way Out" Is No Fun At All!!
How MaCGyver would spend his time after retiring. If Rube Goldberg was just a bit more to the point. If Tim Taylor were less well-equipped, and had spent time in the U.S.M.C. ("adapt & overcome!"). Or maybe just the b@$tard child of all of the above!
This, in a nutshell, is what has become a hobby of its own for myself. It is a mental exercise, in the same sense as when SWMBO & I pause "The Walking Dead" to discuss how WE would handle a dire scenario. With the difference of there being no zombies, and I'm basically trying to "make do" with scrap and/or trash. Most of the time, I find it both entertaining and rewarding, mentally.
There have been a few challenges in this hobby that basically snowballed into existence out of what started as an avalanche called "self reliance". Self reliance -> self educate about various prepping topics -> "What about shaving?... Is there a way to shave without throwing away money (cartridges) every month??" = straight razors etc. -> the current topic of indulging my curiosity*. One such challenge is pacing myself in order to not agitate my wife too severely.
With every year, the words of my father ring louder in my head: "If it's worth doing once, it's worth doing right the first time." I am also never afraid to ask a stupid question or four! I openly admit that I am strange and/or odd. I down right love thinking outside the box! And when one of my hair-brained ideas works out, or proves true a solution, I feel a sense of pride, and sometimes a bit exhilarated. But enough about me!
Many of my obstacles during these endeavors stem from a lack of knowledge of materials, not knowing how to proceed or what technique is needed, or a general lack of funds.
So I have spawned this thread to implore you to assist my mental exercises. I would greatly appreciate any help you can lend me, as I reason & logic my way through a metaphorical labyrinth I generously call "possible solutions". Comments, questions, and criticisms are also welcome (as long as you aren't flagrantly insulting ).
I encourage anyone else with likewise curiosities to post them here as well! Let's get brainstorming. This is gonna be
*= No small thanks to "Star Trek", and the way it openly embraced the natural curiosity we have as a species!!!
The most entertaining & ambitious project I have going right now is what started out as a bicycle powered table saw. After some development, a more accurate description for it would be a bicycle powered sawmill. It is worth mentioning that this contraption will only be mechanically powered, no electricity involved.
I snagged a couple boxes of random metal from an estate auction (needed the hand plane blade) for $8. Among my haul was well over a dozen pulley wheels of various sizes. This became the first pieces of the puzzle.
Here is a (very) rough sketch of of the drive train.
The scribble in the top left is me trying to keep track of the various pulleys.
Here is a rough sketch of the intended table bracing members, meant to secure the workpiece. Along with what I call a "mule": pulls the workpiece across the table.
Obviously, there is more to this. But I am currently between 12hr shifts, and my phone needs to charge while I recharge.
Problem solving, thinking outside the box, and creating as a hobby.