The Farm Report
I've not posted in awhile, because it has been winter, and there just hasn't been much going on you'd be interested in knowing about. I made new tool bar for the Ranger. Annie wasn't sure it was a good add.
"Really, Tim? Is this something we need? We were doing just fine without it before." Well, Annie, it will help keep me from running over my chainsaw - again.... Motivation comes from various sources.
I have everything I can think of put on wheels inside my shop. This wood cart is an example. Once filled, I can roll it anywhere for storage so I'll have nice dry wood to burn while I'm working in the shop.
Neighbor Ron has once again obtained some giant turkey legs for the smoker. We both think they look more like dinosaur legs!
"Oh my, Oh my! I'm your friend for life, Ronnie!" Annie gets the spoils but she is ever hopeful she might one day win the big jackpot.
The Oakdale Mini Walled Rose Garden project is still going. My roses in grow-bags seem to be happy as clams so far. Spring isn't too far away, so we'll know how they did soon. I'm hopeful!
We haven't totally escaped winter. This scene is just beautiful. Hoar frost is a thing. You have to see it quick, because just as soon as the wind picks up or the sun starts shinning, it goes away.
Even Annie seemed to enjoy the special sights.
How can you not love this? No mosquitoes, no sweat, Nature's beauty.
My camera just wouldn't stop clicking.
Several dear readers have asked why I never put pictures of myself in the Farm Report. Here's the reason why. How many mug shots of an old guy do you need to see. Yes, that's me. No, that's not a model I hired for the shoot. See ya!
So it has been cold and it is winter. Inside, I've been having fun converting an old 1872 W.F. Barnes Velocipede lathe into an ornamental lathe. Mine is a #5. A real Holtzapffel Ornamental Lathe recently sold for $188,500 plus shipping and auctioneer's fees. At that price, I decided it was time to do a little handy work and convert the old pedal lathe I already had on hand. OSHA? Who need OSHA with a lathe like this. What could possibly go wrong?
For the work I want to do (guilloche patterns primarily - think Spiro Graph) I needed to invent a way to install a rotary milling table onto the cross feed tool rest. A trip to the junk pile and some engineering cannoodling, and we're in business.
A hardware store bolt, a little cherry wood from the furniture stockpile, and some time at the lathe - and we have a new stud chuck ready to mount.
Some Dykem Blue layout fluid and a day or two of patience, and the new stud chuck is Exactly centered and ready to use. The antler in the background will show up as ornament in the lids of fancy boxes yet to be turned. Hang on, I'll show you later.