Amongst all the cool stuff people with PRUs have been posting I wanted to post something not quite so pretty.
Here’s an ugly example of what you can do with the tool.
Starting with this,
I ended up with this,
So what is it?
My GF sits on a Home Depot 46" rolling tool cabinet. There are two swiveling & locking casters and two fixed casters. They work okay except when moving it around you have to wiggle the cabinet into place when tucking it into a space. Someone on the forum mentioned replacing the fixed casters with additional swiveling ones to eliminate that issue.
So I decided that was a good idea and hustled off to Home Depot to pick up another pair of swivels. I figured that since the box was Home Depot and the casters were Home Depot, a replacement set of 5" casters would just bolt right in.
Not so fast Scooby. Despite a quick check against the display unit of the cabinet when I got home & pulled off the first fixed caster and slipped the replacement in, it was 1/4" too short! The wheel was the same size but the hardware housing it had a shorter yoke.
Gonna have to run back to Home Depot and see if the other 5" caster would work.
But I have a GF. I can put a shim in between the wheel yoke where it bolts into the box and I’m gonna be good to go.
So I trace the top plate of the wheel with a pencil in a piece of ply and drop it into the GF. Quick scan later and I realize the pencil trace is too light. So I do it again with a sharpie. Boy can you tell I’m no artist? Even my trace of a rectangle is an ugly hack But it’s the right size, shape and the holes for the bolts are all in the right place without measuring and without creating a design in a CAD package. That’s super!
3 minutes later I have the 4 cut out (I had a scrap sheet of 1/8" Baltic Birch ply handy - was too lazy to go to the garage to grab a 1/4" piece ) and ready for use. They stack together and fit without a problem. Beat the heck out of my jigsaw skills.
Simple problem with a quick & dirty GF solution. Just proves everything coming out of the GF doesn’t have to be pretty.