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02-15-2017 03:36 PM

Powermatic lathe 3520 A & B models? - 1 reply

I have to ask this question as PowerMatic Service didn’t have a definite answer for me. My question is this. What is the TRUE swing of these lathes? Mine, “A” model, measures right at 20 1/2”. The “B” model at the local Tucson Woodcraft store also measures in at that same dimension. I just called Powermatic se...

11-06-2016 03:09 PM

1 1/2" x 8 TPI Chuck threads??????????? - 6 replies

Why are chucks threaded at 1 1/2”x 8 TPI and lathes have a 1 1/4” spindle????? Jerry (in Tucson)

09-05-2016 01:39 PM

Ivory Turning - 2 replies

I found this link on another site I visit. I wasn’t too thrilled when I saw the length of the video, but when I started it, I couldn’t stop watching until it was over. Bill Jones is the turner, but he’s been gone since 2011. His tools arew interesting, especially the drive on his lathe.

07-30-2016 02:18 PM

A wood gloat - 18 replies

This picture shows one load of 3 I got from a road widening project along West Ajo Road near the western outskirts of Tucson. Besides loosing a trailer tire, it was still well worth it. The largest piece in the picture is a Palo Verde crotch blank 20×24 of the trunk. This load netted me 6 pieces of PV that you can’t see as the Mes...

06-02-2016 04:32 PM

Unique Photo Backdrop - 18 replies

Thanks for your patience a few minutes ago when all you saw was an apology for not having pictures here. Now enjoy the pictures if you like them. This bowl is Chilean Mesquite showing off the growth rings. It’s 13 7/8” across and 4 3/4” tall with foot. The actual bowl depth is 2 3/4”.The next picture shows the hollowed...

06-01-2016 02:35 AM

Hickory Cabinet - 9 replies

Hi folks, I’ve been a member here for awhile now, and this is my first post of anything I made that isn’t round. It is an office cabinet with three raised panel doors made of Hickory and Saguaro ribs.The size of the cabinet is 20” deep carcass x 60” wide x 32” high. The top is Hickory mdf core with 2 1/2” ...

06-01-2016 02:20 AM

Some Mesquite Bowls - 8 replies

Here are 3 mesquite bowls averaging 14” OD and ranging from 3 1/2” to 4 3/4’ tall. Wall thickness on all is 3/8”. I thought I’d throw in this picture of the hickory cabinet with Saguaro rib doors because of the bowls on the top. This is actually the first evidence of me even knowing how to build a cabinet…...

06-01-2016 02:11 AM

Another Palo Verde Bowl - 9 replies

Here is another Palo Verde. It is 11” Od2 3/4” tall, and the bowl is 1 1/2” deep. The wall is 1/4” thick with clear MacLac lacquer for the finish. I made 5 pieces from a log I got from a condo complex, so this tree was watered at least 2 times a week. The log was over 6 feet long and 13” OD, and the c...

05-31-2016 04:46 AM

Spalted Bug eaten Palo Verde footed bowl - 11 replies

Hi folks, finally took some pictures of some stuff I finished in the last month or two. This first batch of pictures is a piece of Palo Verde. I don’t know where I got it, but it turned out to be a nice piece of wood considering it’s neglected wood. Heck, it doesn’t even get the honor of of being a candidate for...

01-26-2016 11:28 PM

Table - 11 replies

This is a table I made way back in 08-09. It was one of my first attempts at making anything with a round object as the center piece, the base. It stands 17” tall with a top diameter of 24”. It is Mesquite with 54 flintknapped points and blades made from rock from various points on the globe. Picture #1 is the profile, and picture #2...

01-24-2016 02:37 PM

Mulberry with Dowels - 6 replies

I thought I’d post these pictures after the thread where I commented about using dowels across cracks instead of following them. I also gave an example of not using metal dowel rod because of the chance of getting a catch and ripping your piece apart, plus having a sharp piece of metal flying off the lathe. Below are a few pictures of a...

12-20-2015 03:07 PM

Powermatic 3520 - 0 replies

Just wondering if any owners of the 3520 have any trip or error code issues while turning out of balance material? ........ Jerry (in Tucson)

11-08-2015 05:32 PM

Cups for hot liquids - 5 replies

I was in California last week, and while there, I noticed that most places that sell coffee to go didn’t use the styro cups nor the cups that are made of something that looks like crushed styrofoam. Instead, the cups were made of paper like the ones used in years past. Now, the reason for the post in the woodturning forum. We all hear a...

09-02-2015 05:14 PM

Where'd it go? - 12 replies

I video everything I do at the lathe, so, there is always evidence of some dumb move I made. Sometime about 4 months ago, I got a catch. The first picture shows it just taking flight. Here it is starting it’s orbit out of the chuck. Where is it? It’s on it’s way to a cushy splash down. Actually there was a lot of c...

07-17-2015 02:10 PM

looking to see if it's still alive - 14 replies

Well, I’m going to post a picture just to see if this forum is still alive. Will there be any signs of life??? This piece’s structure is a skeleton of a Cylindropuntia Fulgida, a local Cholla cactus native to the Sonoran Desert and south into Sinaloa Mexico. It can get up to 12” tall, and have a base of 12”od. Normally...

11-13-2014 04:43 AM

2 hundreths of a second - 5 replies

Today I was turning an Olla from a green Palo Verde crotch. The first picture shows what it looked like 6+ minutes before it exploded. This second image is 1 tenth of a second from exploding. If you look closely at the inside bottom you should notice a darker color. What that is is the arbor from my twist lock sanding disc I was using. I was...

10-31-2014 02:40 AM

Sharpening Carbide easily - 2 replies

It’s simple. I turned a piece of wood to fit the credit card type card sharpeners, made a recessed tenon, and glued the card to the face of the wood. I mount it into my chuck, get a small piece of two sided tape stuck to whatever finger I’m going to use for the carbide, stick it to the carbide, and at a slow speed, about 100 rpm if y...

10-27-2014 01:53 AM

California Pepper tree - 10 replies

Have any of you Jocks turners turned California Pepper? I got a tree yesterday, and noticed it was drying similar to Olive. A bunch of little cracks, and that’s within a couple hours after being cut. I’ve sealed it with AS, but wondering about the long term. ............. Jerry (in Tucson)

10-07-2014 02:36 AM

Ca finish - 13 replies

A couple weeks ago, I decided to finish a bowl with CA because of the amount I used to stabalize it while turning. I had my issues, but with help here and from another site I belong to, I went ahead and completed it. I’m inserting images from screen grabs from videos of this turning. They only concern the finishing aspect of this bowl.

09-28-2014 01:52 AM

Using a Chuck Plate - 20 replies

Hey folks, I uploaded a 19 minute video to youtube. It was uploaded because I started this form sometime last year. I thought I had the tenon sized for my chuck, but the vid shows differently. Since I video every thing I do on the lathe, I thought this might be a good video to showcase my Chuck Plate. I’m definately not showing off my skil...

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