But, Mousie…

…thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vane;
The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men,
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

Big Rabbie got it right there.

I had carefully segregated all the gears, cogs, nuts, bolts, washers, pins and parts into plastic boxes and placed them in order. The Place of Order was a thick piece of plywood on two plastic trestles.

Two things didn’t qualify to be included under the definition of “best-laid plans”.

A. The quality of the trestles
2. The weight of the parts.

I caught one of the trestle stays with my trouser leg, pulled it out and, with sloth like reactions, caught the – suddenly unsupported by a now collapsing trestle – descending, rotating plywood with one hand; but not in time to stop all the plastic boxes falling to the floor and all the parts making a desperate bid for escape underneath various assorted detritus.

In the words of Chris Schwarz: “Dang!”

If a pilot is faced with a sudden surprising s**t hitting the fan type scenario, this is what they do:

1. Don’t panic
B. Don’t rush in to anything
iii. Stop panicking and think it through.

Shouted for help and Senior Management came to the rescue. After delivering a ten minute discourse on the folly of trusting B & Q trestles with such weight, she quick as a flash reset the offending trestle, needing only fifteen minutes of instruction.

With the situation contained, a search party was organised to track down all the escapees. To this day, it cannot be declared with any degree of certainty that all have been recaptured.

What next? Fortunately, the diagram in the manual is quite detailed both pictorially and in the numbered lists, in that bolt, nut, washer and screw is quoted with dimensions. Also, I took photographs when I dismantled everything in the first place (who’dve thought it?). So, I should be able to work out where everything goes.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I cleaned them all in the usual manner, and here they are…

The long threaded rod at the bottom is the Lead Screw. It looks bent, but it’s not. Just an effect of the camera. Here’s the relevant area of the diagram…


The next stage, then, is to reassemble The Gear Box, The Top Cover and the Gang of Cogs onto the Lathe Bed.