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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 - 3 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 - 12 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...

09-11-2014 12:13 AM

Surprise, surprise - 8 replies

A little while ago, I was digging through my Mesquite pile, and found this. I’ve lived in Tucson since 1973, and have only found 2 Momma scorpions, both here at my current residence, about 6 years apart. Needless to say, she’s gonna be dead soon, and so will the young’uns. I been stung 4 times, and my wife once. I don’t n...

01-16-2014 01:31 PM

swing and spindle size spindle - 6 replies

I have a question for the machine guru’s. At what swing does a 1” spindle become too wimpy to handle a larger piece? I’m asking because I have an extra headstock from a 46-450 lathe and would like to build it up to at least a 16” swing…. Would the 1” spindle handle it?............ Jerry (in Tucson)

11-14-2013 02:30 PM

Live Center Steady - 13 replies

I would like to thank those of you who commented on my live center with the wheels in the Longworth thread. Scotsman said, “Clever idea with the rollers if it works ok?” Well, Scotsman, it works exceptionally well, by cutting set up time to seconds compared to setting up a bunch of “rubber thingies” ( Rums description)....

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