I had a big batch of parts to get done for an upcoming Christmas party, so naturally that is when I had to repair part of my scroll saw. Knowing it involves small parts and springs, I cleaned up the area under the saw, made sure I won't loose parts in sawdust.
Overhaul the clamp the first time, no real change. Took it apart again and found a worn cone washer. The part is obsolete, so I decide to swap the parts from the lower to the upper (because the upper is MUCH easier to work on), no problems there. Test the lower clamp, it works fine.
I cobble together a temporary repair, and go to install it on the saw. BOOM. The clamp opens up as I loosten the screw, and 2 parts fall off of the table. I felt smug, knowing I had prepared for this and the parts would be easy to find. Nope.
2 hours of looking, including magnet sweeping, vacuuming, wearing out my knee pads, nuthin'. Another woodshop mystery! Well, that is why there is Ebay, to find obsolete parts. <<hte acutal clamp was cheap, maybe I should buy a second spare one....and free shipping to boot!>>
I still cannot believe with tons of light, a clean floor, and more patience that I can usually muster I could not find either part. I am sure the day after I install the new clamp assembly I will find the others I dropped.
So, the parts don't get done in time, I feel bad for that. Unfortunately, this ain't the first time. I lost my arbor nut once changing the dado stack on my TS, took me forever to find it in the frame of my saw. Of course, that was after I ordered 2 spares, so I will NEVER lose it again!
It just sounds so familiar because in my case this type of thing happens on a regular basis.
One time years ago in a very small work area I dropped a tiny set screw for a cartridge case trimmer used for reloading ammuntition. Like you, I swept, and did all that could do with no luck,
I had heard the screw hit the floor, so I knew that it was not still someplace on the work bench, but after several minutes of hunting, still no cigar. The sheet rock in the room did not extend to the floor by about three inches, yep the screw had bounced up and was caught in the fiber glass insulation where I finally found it by feeling for it with my fingers.
I have to admit that your story does make me feel a little better about myself in that I'm not the only one that has these things happen.
Thanks for sharing, and I bet that you didn't even once loose your composure did you.