I have been running some boards through my planer lately, but the last few times I did so it kept blowing the breaker. The blades were dull. Today I wanted to plane some more boards, and since it was getting cloudy as a storm approached I figured I would replace the blades, then, if I had a chance, run the planer after the storm passed.
A storm was definitely brewing:
You can see some interesting things if you stand directly under a thunderhead.
There was a cloud building up down east of here:
Eventually the rain started:
While it was pouring I was in the shed replacing the planer blades. The lid of the planer and the blades themselves are all held in place with hexalobular internal screws, also known as Torx or star drive screws. On some woodworking projects I use deck screws made by Deckmate to hold things together, and when you buy a box of those they throw in a T25 size Torx driver. So over the years I have collected quite a few T25 drives, and so when I started working on the planer I grabbed a T25 bit that was lying around and commenced taking things apart. That size bit worked well enough to remove the cover, but when I started to try to pull the screws that hold the blades in place it didn't work at all well. Those screws are torqued down pretty well to prevent the blades from flying out of the machine as it runs, as that would be, well, suboptimal. The curious thing about Torx head screws is that a bit might fit, and even seem to be the right size, but when you twist the wrench the son of a gun starts stripping out the screw head.
Then I noticed a note I had written with a Sharpie on the inside of the case some time ago "Use T30". What a thoughtful and helpful hint from me in the past. Grabbed the T30 bit, and what do you know, that was the correct size. I continued to work, thunder and lightning were all around, the work went smoothly, and once I sprayed myself with Deep Woods Off even the mosquitos stopped being a problem. I got the fresh blades installed, and as I buttoned up the machine the storm move out of my neighborhood. Excellent timing.
I ran the planer for a while, planed many boards, went inside, fed the animals, and next thing you know we had a nice sunset.
So there you have it. Not all estrella cabeza screws are created equal, every storm passes, eventually, and we keep on keepin' on.
Need some gut bucket down and dirty blues this evenin'. Thanks, SRV.