My Internet Service Provider decided not to provide internet service for about eight hours today - hence, no post. So I spent the entire day out in the shop since early this morning. By the time my service came back up I was too far into the day's work to stop. So if you were wondering where I've been all day, that was it. I did manage to get online long enough to leave a couple of comments in various and sundry places, but that was about it.
I have no idea what the problem was. Apparently I have the 'Whenever We Feel Like It' internet service plan. My connection has taken a dive several times in recent weeks, just blip! Gone. Every time right around 9:ooAM, almost like it's the beginning of the service department's work day. I'm hoping this is not the bottom end of a sudden sharp upward curve. If indeed it is, well then I'll have plenty of time to clean and sharpen my weapons, won't I? Just saying, is all.
Anyway, all was not lost, I did learn something today - which I will pass on to you. When in the process of lubricating the quill rack and pinion and re-tensioning the main recoil spring on a Shopsmith MK V woodworking machine, do NOT accidentally let go the quill extension handle without first ensuring the quill lock is tightened down. If, however, you do decide to let go the handle, with the recoil spring under tension, be sure to move your friggin' hand the hell out of the way quickly. Note the emphasis on the word quickly. Unless you like getting wrapped across the knuckles hard. Note the emphasis on the word hard. I spent fifteen minutes sitting on the shop floor, rocking back and forth and holding my one hand in the other and trying to decide whether it was broken or not - all the while with the dog licking my face. It wasn't broken, but I'm now sporting a shiny new bruise across the back of the my left hand. However, on the upswing, the quill mechanism now works smoothly and without binding.
Let's just hope tomorrow is a better day, or I will be sharpening those aforementioned weapons.