We started with a bunch of old machines that have been in retirement for decades, just like us. Some like the Underwood manual typewriter are older than dirt (and was caked with layers of dirt, oil and hay).
Others like the Commodore 64 keyboard (named after the 60's group) were just vintage (aka dated) or to put it simply - old but not yet really cool
Like this antique slide projector
Which was immediately entered into the witness protection program to keep it safe from Ginger the destroyer. We thought this was too lovely to trash and it was saved, at least for now.
Plus, my sleek black Underwood adding machine which I knew had lots of treasures under the hood.
Then, we got to work,
Ripping and stripping
snippin and clippin
Unscrewing with precision (tho the opposite is more fun) and lots of WD40 - Yeah we know what that is - lube gel for machines.
We started pullin' out some neat finds like this large pristine vacuum tube from the movie projector
And this "Comb" that came from the manual typewriter. Tiny springs hang from each hole.
One deconstructionist (who will remain anonymous) was a bit OCD about her stash, organizing by size and type as she went (whatever floats your junk boat).
While I preferred the dump-n-pile method.
This pile is ALL from my adding machine. I feel a bit sad and guilty for demolishing such a lovely piece. It gave me new appreciation for the complexity of the design and function that went into these units.
Every piece of metal had to be designed, tooled, fitted and tested. Layer upon layer had to be built up and all had to eventually work together AND do basic math (something I could use a few more parts for myself).
Plus lots of grease was involved to keep it all running smoothly.
What will we do with all the STUFF. Well that's for another day.
This was the easy part.