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.
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.
An earwig scurrying across your kitchen table instead of hiding in a dark crevice is a sure sign that something is wrong with it. After I crushed it, I knew immediately that the coiled white threads spilling out of it were not intestines.
They were parasites.
So I put it in a small bowl of water to watch them wriggle free of their host.
I finally captured an insect’s compound eyes on camera; this dragonfly was the lucky winner.
This jumping spider literally dropped in on my laptop.
Ants are drinking from the buds of the Peonies.
The garden is just coming to life.
This is a test grind of a knife blank made from an old automotive spring, done by the person for whom I built the grinder in the first place.