I wouldn't say I am a pro crastinator but most that know me definitely consider me the ranking amateur!
Finally got around to buying a few yards of 1/4-20 threaded stock and a couple handfuls of other quarter inch hardware since tractor supply sells that by the pound.
First I made the spring compresser, my version of the ones in Vaughn's links. One person trying to remove or replace the snap ring on the spindle of the old Craftsman lathe without anything but some ground down needle nose pliers is about as difficult as doing major surgery on yourself and debatably slightly safer. Fingers and such are definitely at risk and the idea of how some first year resident would go about trying to remove that spring from my stomach always gives me a chill.
Used the compresser for the first time last night. B-O-R-I-N-G !! My heart never even missed a beat or shifted into overdrive, both totally normal when removing the snap ring in the past. Heck, this thing even corralled all of the pieces and the only time I bend over for exercise is when I'm searching through the shavings and all the cracks and crannies looking for the missing parts. The snap ring usually reminds me of the old Ricochet Rabbit cartoon. Ping, ping, Piiiii-ing, Ricochet Rabbit! Now did that last time it hit sound like concrete, brick, screen, aluminum awning, or wood?
After Vaughn deprived me of the thrills working with the spring and snap ring, he then cost me work to make up for the several hours saved fighting with them. Too many leftovers to just lose storing in some soon forgotten tin can. With some leftovers and a couple of the old hardened lead head roofing nails I made the trammel points. Accurate to .05" or if you are the fussy type you can grind the point to the side on one or both nails and adjust to dead on by turning the nail as a fine adjustment.
After the trammel points I still had a good bit of 1/4" hardware left, some of it will soon become part of the donut chuck laid out on the MLP.
After that, well I don't know but I still have a lot of quarter inch hardware and now I have a fair sized chunk of expensive plywood left over. Vaughn sure did complicate things for me! I'd really be sore except I'm waiting for the primary drive belt for my lathe to come in and needed a project or two to occupy my time. Should be two of the belts here tomorrow morning. I'll be out at the mailbox from daylight walking circles and waiting like another favorite cartoon character of mine, Wile E. Coyote.