Already down to 8F and clear @ 20:30, overnight low was supposed to be 9F so we've already beat that.
UPS showed up with two packages, one a good bit heavier than the other ...
Turns out my provisioning him with hickory chips was timely: he had just told his wife to pick up some ribs when she went grocery shopping. Was very grateful for them.
As far as the packages go, the lighter one was the Massca M2 Pocket Hole Jig System:
Ordered the optional three hole drill guide block which allows for closer screws without having to reposition the jig on what you're drilling. Also an extra drill bit and depth stop ... since the depth stop seems like something that could easily get lost.
The heavier package was the drill press.
Spent most of the afternoon putting that together and getting it bolted down to the bench top. Had to run down to the corner to the hardware and pick up correct diameter bolts. Looks like they could have been a tad shorter.
Cleaned off the table with some paraffin (lamp fuel) since I didn't have any kerosene and then gave it a coat of Simonize Vista wax. Made sure to take extra care to clean the Morse taper and cavities in the chuck and the head that it fits into so Kyle would be proud of me ...
After I had that done I put the (optional) table on and got it clamped down:
Tomorrow I'll check the table to make sure it's perpendicular to the chuck, adjust laser crosshair so that it indicates the target, and make sure it runs true and call it done.
After that, I did a little jiggering around with the rest of the equipment, moving the chop saw over next to the drill press and then got that screwed down. I'm glad I waited on screwing anything down. Think I came up with a reasonable arrangement, in terms of one thing not being blocked by others. Only thing that seems like it could be an issue would be the table on the disc sander ... but it's easily removable:
First project will be to build a rack for clamps so I can get those off the pegboard and free up some room there.
Right now though, it's time to get a shower and try and get my feet warmed up.
Hope everyone had a great Friday ...