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Blog series by PASs updated 08-20-2013 12:44 AM 4 parts 5728 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: Rule #3, if your lathe has a safety shield and you can use it....DO!!!

01-14-2013 05:06 AM by PASs | 8 comments »

My wife, who loves me more than I deserve, let me get a new lathe a few months ago. A Powermatic 3520b.I love this lathe, especially better than the old Craftsman tube-types I had. Anyway, I’ve flung a few pieces of wood off the lathes over the past 40+ years, and I’m always conscious to keep my face shield/mask/goggles in place (unless I forget in the heat of the moment.)But the safety cage just looked better holding a couple of worklights than down in its intended position. ...

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Part 2: Fixing what I broke...finishing the exploded bowl.

01-19-2013 09:20 PM by PASs | 1 comment »

In the first post in this series I showed the small bowl that came off the lathe at 1300 RPM.The blank wasn’t too damaged, so I reglued it and finished it.Finished project. The regluing went so well that I didn’t have to return the face of the bowl, I just sanded it to get the glue off, then a coat of 2# shellac buffed off while wet with an old T-shirt.1. back on the lathe with safety cage in place. 2. shellac on the front. 3. getting ready to round the corners off…...

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Part 3: DADO BLADES CAN'T CUT 1 INCH OF HARDWOOD IN ONE PASS

08-18-2013 12:30 AM by PASs | 14 comments »

I’m a BONEHEAD.I like my Dado blades.But they have their limitations.Especially pulling the blade through on your radial arm saw.Ripping a 3/4 inch dado 1 inch deep in a piece of hardwood tougher than oak (I have mallets made from this stuff) exceeds their abilityWhen you try anyway the chippers decide to group together in a show of rebellion and the teeth get mad enough to fly off the handle…er…blade. I knew better.I was in a rush.The fix was $75 at saw stop getting new ...

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Part 4: OOPS, there she goesssss

08-20-2013 12:44 AM by PASs | 5 comments »

Was building a pergola in the back 40 for a Koi Pond.Mostly salvaged deck lumber.Was shooting 3” framing nails into the top when the gun slipped just a little.I could tell by the lack of recoil that something went wrong.As soon as I moved the gun and saw the ding in the side of the wood I knew what happened…the gun moved enough to shoot the nail past the wood, at about an 80 degree up angle.I counted to about 4, and heard the nail hit in the street on the other side of the block.S...

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