Thanks for the help guys. I really appreciate it. I haven’t had a chance to respond to this thread the last few days because of the fact that I have been busy running around. Either just busy, or just doing some homework regarding this build. I haven’t had a chance to take pictures of it, but Wat just sent me some pictures of the core, & what is interesting is that it looks like someone shaved down & modified the original design. I have a few ideas that might work… but I have to wait until things get in & see how they play out. Apart from the switches, it’s it a pretty straightforward build. But just looking at the build log here, it looks like the left parts out, changed some minor things. But I can still install everything the default way if I wanted to. So thanks for the help that you guys have been giving me!
I’m still on a lookout for a press. You & I have had a # of discussions about this before Mace, but I haven’t found anything that people have been talking about. I get what they are saying, but I just haven’t found it online or the stores. My problem is I can’t drive, don’t have someone that I can rely on to get it from the store to the house, or the stores in the area don’t have a delivery service. The models that they have online usually run $200-300+… depending on the model… & they haven’t been on sale. I’ve gone to garage sells. Got a few bits for my dremel… & a few power tools… but nothing like a press being sold though.
My problem is that I am living with my mom at the moment, & getting anything done with her is like pulling teeth. I joke around with her that she is the kind of person that would try to organize her own funeral if she could. I moved back in with her when I was having my medical issues, & have stayed with her largely because of the fact that I am now more her caretaker. We’re in a single family home, & she has too many issues where she can take care of it on her own. I am doing better than what I was, but I still have my issues that I am getting over, & I don’t have the strength to go running back & forth with an apartment & trying to take care of her at the same time. Though I respect her having her own space. It’s just what she wants is not manageable with me. I should take pictures to show… but the garage looks like a storage locker. When I am out there, I feel like I am reliving scenes from The Silence of the Lambs. My mom wants me to inherent the house from her, but she won’t let me do anything to help out. At some point in the next 10 years I know that I am going to be paying the bills. I am kind of doing it now, but it is going to hit me full tilt in the next few years. I would like to be doing something on the side now so that I can put something away… but it’s like she is fighting me tooth & nail on anything that I am doing. Though I know that it would probably tick her off, I am thinking of just going off & doing what I want because if I do what she insists… everyone would get screwed over in the end.
I am on SSI right now… & I don’t know how anybody can live off it. I make barely $900 a month… & the reason why I am getting that much is the fact that I am paying my mom & the apartment that I can’t live in rent. Otherwise I would get $200 less. It’s a section 8 complex, & I have been fighting with them to give me a downstairs floor. Which they don’t want to do. In the last year… they have had 7 lawsuits & 1 BBB complaint launched against them, & I am a witness to 1 of those lawsuits. 2 years ago… someone broke into my apartment, & made a mess of it. I haven’t been in it for almost 4 years… & I have a feeling that it was somebody that works there that did it in hopes that they could kick me out. I am still paying rent because of the fact that I am still part of that lawsuit, & I could get kicked out & lose my place in line if I am stop paying my rent. Frankly there aren’t other places in the area that I can move to, & this is why I am putting up with this. Housing is a real issue where I live. That’s the problem. My friend’s father passed away this last Thanksgiving, & I was taking to 1 of his other relatives that works in a section 8 building up in Washington state. I was telling her some of the problems that I have been having, & it looks like part of the problem that I am having with them is that they (the apartment) declare me on their taxes because it is a section 8 apartment, & because of red tape… that could cause some issues with things getting resolved with the lawyers. Just 1 big mess.
But if I were to move back into my apartment & live off my SSI… I wouldn’t get anywhere. And that is what she wants me to do. There’s too much in the garage right now to work safely, but what I am thinking of doing since the side fence needs to be repaired at some point, is put the fence to the sidewalk, open that section of the backyard up since it’s space is no 1 is using, & put an outside locker out there where I can do my work. Because I am planning on buying a plastic injection machine, maybe a CNC machine or 3D lathe… but I don’t want to leave any of that outside unprotected. I’ve made a # of custom hilts via Shapeways, & the last 2 empty hilts that I made went for $400 each. I want to do more than just hilts… but if I start selling the stuff that I have been working on, I’d do pretty good. It’s just getting everything lined up & done.
Long story short (Because I didn’t want to ramble. I am talking to ya guys like I would if we were just hanging out), I need to get some space to put some stuff into the house, & figuring how to get the press into the house. I’ve even thinking of getting a better machine than what I need just to have it on hand because I might need it to do things around the house. As long as it cuts wood, metal, stone… I am happy.