Night Light Ring for a Smoke Detector

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.



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Shopsmith Bandsaw Restoration

This time I’m tearing down and rebuilding the ShopSmith bandsaw. The motor stand I made came in handy for this as well, since it has the mounting holes for accessories as well.


ShopSmith Jigsaw Restoration

This was a full teardown and rebuild of the ShopSmith jigsaw. It looks like a scroll saw, but since it has only a tensioned spring instead of a walking beam (to pull the blade upwards), it’s really just a glorified jigsaw that breaks blades and leaks oil.



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ShopSmith Headstock Teardown Stand

I recently acquired a “new” ShopSmith – a 1960s-era model that was in rough shape, and more or less “totalled” in terms of how many obscure parts needed replacing. However, it made an excellent donor machine and upgraded or replaced some key parts of my own 1950s-era ShopSmith.

The most useful thing about the old machine was the hinged piece at the end of the stand. I was able to use it to build a motor-servicing stand: a wooden frame to help slide the headstock onto the stand, which would then hold the motor tray. The stand itself allows the headstock casting to be held vertically for easy access to dis-assembly and cleaning.