I received the replacement part, with a pin, so my son came over today, and within 5 minutes had the new part on but ofcourse, Im not that lucky.
The tension lever was sort of loose, not stiff, so I decided maybe I need to try to put some tension on it and raise it. No go.
The lever would not move, and I dare not force it.
My son said lets take this thing apart, down to the last pin if we have too.
Now. Its not that I dont trust him, but since hes been 2, hes always loved taking things apart, and not always figures out how to put them back together. but the thought of paying someone to pick it up and repair it, and then deliver it back, well, ok, kid, heres a wrench.
And he took it apart, and as we took out each pin or screw, little black pieces of metal starting falling onto the table surface. Uh oh, not a good sign I thought.
Sure enough, the gear inside that the tension lever hooks into, had broken teeth, and that was that. That was the reason the lever wouldnt catch and move the wheel. Not sure if the gear broke first or the piece holding the lever that cracked broke first. Maybe they broke the same time.
Regardless, new part will be ordered with pin, less than 10 bucks, but I wont be putting it back together for at least 2-3 weeks.
Rented a house in the country with the bride, and were taking a rest. No computers, no work. No woodworking. Nothing exciting. If we dont kill each other, Ill put the machine back together in a few weeks.
No chair leg templates this week. Ill work on adirondack chairs and some cutting boards to fill in the time.