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November 26, 2018:  Been a while since the last update. A couple projects have been undertaken.

Unhappy with the selection of mulching blades available for a Craftsman mower, I decided to make a set of spindle shafts that have a round boss instead of the five point star that the originals have. So far, they seem to be working fine. We'll see how they handle tall, thick grass in the spring.

In the removal of the old spindle housings, there were some setbacks. All the bolts were heavily corroded and most of them broke. I even managed to break one of the mounting tabs completely off. I decided to take on the challenge of saving them even though they aren't really worth the effort.

I also have been working on cleaning up an old tool box. At some point, someone sand-blasted it and re-painted part of it red. It was originally hunter green. Having been blasted, the ball-bearing slides got more than a little grit in them. It took some significant cleaning to get them working decent again.

Another project in the works is a lawnmower lift. Essentially a long set of ramps that once the mower is driven on, will be jacked up in the back. The whole mower will fit on them and when lifted, will be about a foot higher. Basically, a scaled down kwik-lift made out of a 2 by 8 and a piece of pipe. I'd like to gain enough room to be able to use an impact to change blades. We'll see how this works out.

More to come.

As always, check back often for updates.