I was unaware of the existence of Cuckoo Wasps until I found this one in my dining room lamp. Their bodies are metallic and shiny.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this is a long bodied cellar spider. I tried to get some of its web to be visible, as it’s not what people normally think of as a spiderweb.
I had been keeping an eye on this spider. Before laying these eggs, its abdomen was stretched to what looked like near-bursting.
These crevice spiders were living in a piece of rusted metal that was half-buried in my yard. I can’t tell whether this is a male and a female, or two females.
Since I don’t have a full set of change gears for this lathe, I decided to make it manual instead (for the time being).
A stack of jigsaw blades cut the much wider keyway that was needed for this turning.
Buying an antique part seemed silly. Fabricating a metal handle on a lathe without a handle seemed unwise (and anyway, I don’t have anything that could easily cut a keyway in metal).
So, I’ll make it from wood. The first step is to trace it out.
This is the lathe, all cleaned up.
The pulleys were some of the last things to get cleaned.
With a new belt, this looks great to me.
I’m nearing the end of this restoration. This is what the carriage looked like when I got it.
Here’s what it looks like now.
This is the back gear for the headstock.
Now with shine.
The lathe’s wipers were easy to clean up.