Man, I don't even know where to begin... I wound up in the hospital back in July. Son wound up in the hospital in August. A couple days after that, lightning took out the network (ups, surge protector, modem, router), a laptop (yeah, the one I blog on, but I saved the data on the HD!), another pc, and my new fridge. Service call for the fridge is sked late next week. Almost a month after the hit. Son is out of the hospital doing way better. I figure the mess throughout June pulled us down. Loads of stress in
the family, then BAM! Have some pneumonia. The unproductive, constant
coughing is driving me nuts. And the sore muscles/rib/lung on one side
is gravy on the cake. Rest of the stress is on the back burner.... for now.
I've been using this beauty until the fridge gets fixed. Glad I had this old girl waiting in the wings. Else, I'd be scorching milk, and toasting flour to keep the germs at bay. I'm already smoking meat to keep it fresh... Hello 1900, I really didn't miss you. The old cloth seals were worn out, so I put on some new weather stripping. It works pretty well. 1920's vintage. Thankfully, my upright freezer didn't eat it during the storm, so I can make my own ice. About 20 lbs will last about about 30 hours.
|Upgraded and working, listen to it.. sit there quietly|
I picked this up from craigslist last year when the old fridge died. I got tired of digging in the soupy Coleman camp box. The wait was months on a new fridge back then. I finally found one to order online at a big box store and waited a month for delivery, three months total using ice in 2020. Progress. Strategy side note: I told the young lady that I had money in hand, she said it was already sold. I told her when they flake out on you, call me back. She did a few days later. I picked it up that night. Heh.
Doctor's appointment last week was eye opening. 30-40% lung capacity after 6 weeks convalescence. The test wore me out for two days. I guess the mechanism is called a cytokine storm. Same thing that killed all those young, fit folks during the Spanish Flu in 1919. Seems it causes the immune system to attack healthy lung tissue. I have baby lungs trying to feed adult muscles. I can burn through all the O2 in my blood with very little effort. If you remember holding your breath underwater until you felt panic, that's exactly how I work now. It is maddening.
Gratuitous Shop Porn:
So, off work due to sickness, short term disability dontcha know. I've been "working" (read: stagger then wheeze then sit down) around the house. Cleaning up and out. But there has to be some iron in the fire for the shop, and I found a beauty. A year or so ago, I bought most of a taper attachment for the old Logan lathe.
|The parts that clamp on the bed ways and the long bar with the sliding shoe are all I had|
Mr. Garcia had started on a home built one, but never finished it. All I needed was the extended cross slide for it. And thanks to the auction site we all love to hate, I found one. Watched it for a month, made an offer, nothing doing. So, I saved up and bought it full price. (Made the old Scot in me some upset) But here it is!! And it appears unused!!! 75 years old and minty fresh, sort of.
|Very well packed!|
I got it apart, no little effort, I'm telling you. Only two tiny curls of swarf under the compound.
|She's a bit dirty, but unused|
Had to make the collar removal device on the Logan so I could get the nut loose (LB-137). Making parts for the lathe with the lathe. Sweet sweet music.
|Bit of a burr on the screw, collar is not sliding past that.... yet|
The little pins (LA-744) that hold the compound base dovetail are still in there and won't release. I tried to suck them out with a magnet, but it looks like a bath in Evaporust is first, then, hopefully, I can remove them.
|Logan 200 Series Compound Rest with part numbers|
|There that little guy is, hiding in the bottom of the hole|
Gotta do some degreasing, then derusting. I'm missing one gib. Plan is to make one soon.
S, I'm still among the living, and just above ground level.... for now. What a year.
I'm sure you know about this site. His documentation efforts have saved me countless hours working on these old beauties I have. Thank you Mr. Rucker.