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.
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.
The lathe’s wipers were easy to clean up.
I’m taking apart every part of the machine and cleaning it with mineral spirits. This is the leadscrew reversing gearbox (on the right).
Underneath, it’s shiny and new!
I needed a night light in a dark stairway, but there was no outlet. A motion detector was out of the question due to pets, and the stairway light couldn’t be converted to a night light because it shares a circuit with other important lights.
That left me with one option: make a night light that sits as a ring underneath the ceiling-mounted smoke detector.