Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fixing an Annoyance on my South Bend 10K Lathe

I love my South Bend 10K lathe. There's been one small issue that has bugged me since I set it up, the switch mount is a little low and obscures the quick change gearbox plate.

Looking down you can see that the switch obscures the gearbox.

The switch mount also prevents full travel of my dial indicator, when working right up against the headstock.

I unplugged the motor (!) and removed the switch box.

I drilled two holes to clear a 1/4" screw and tapped two others 1/4"-20. You can see my precise pencil layout marks.

The plate screwed to the lathe.

With the switch mounted in the new position I can now read the gearbox plate and use a long travel indicator without the stem fouling on the mount.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Holiday Cheer

So the snow has continued...

Henry ventured out and shovelled the paths. Not that we asked him to, he just wanted to do it.

Henry cleans the old wax off of the menorah.

I walked over to the neighbors house. The forecast said "ice pellets" and it did indeed pelt me.

Then the sun came out...Henry made a small snowball.

Henry and I assemble one of those newfangled tree stands.

My buddy Jim gave us a tree that was surplus to his needs.

Some links:
The USCG page about Cesar Romero

Lem's "The Futurological Congress" may be made into a movie!

One of my machine customers invented this nifty tool for removing a broken cork.

Here's an old review of the Taig lathe from Popular Mechanics. They have placed all of the Popular Mechanics and Popular Science magazines on Google Books for free! You can waste years of your life reading them.

Monday, December 15, 2008


It's cold here!

Henry received his orange belt last Thursday night.

It's amazing how well behaved he is in class.

This is snow. Notice Henry on the right.

We don't get snow often.

It's 25 degrees.

No lawn parties today.

Monday, December 01, 2008


We've been hammered the past few weeks. Felice and I both came down with colds, while the kids retained their health and energy. As we recovered from the colds, all the while working hard on our Etsy sales, both our cars broke down on the same day! And on it went... we are now healthy, with two working cars. But we're still working long hours until Christmas at least.

I took Henry and Max to the CSME model train open house on Saturday.

Saturday was Henry's 6th birthday. We all went to the Holiday Market with Felice. Max is looking cool while Henry hugs our friend Heather.

Max looks a little more psyched about his donut.

Today we had a party for Henry at "Wacky Bounce", which is a great business. Basically an empty store in a failing mini-mall full of inflatable bouncy structures.

Lauren enjoys the balls at the end of the slide.

Ethan and Hunter talk, Isaac pulls his head off and Maria looks bored.

Henry enjoys the fellowship of his peers.

Blowing out the candles.

I love the "No Fat People" warning sign.

Here are a few links:
Signature Needle Arts
Hoot Nanny Geometric Drawing Toy
Tube Bar Roller
Rubber Flex Collets