Wooden Leadscrew Crank

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.

Atlas Lathe Teardown and Rebuild, part 3

The headstock of this lathe required a lot of careful persuasion to get the pieces apart. And some attention to hidden set screws and other retention mechanisms.

It was tough to get into all the cracks but it’s looking as new as it will ever look.

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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