Uploading some videos of the project so far to Google+ As of posting time two videos are uploaded and six more are in que.
I didn’t want the first entry to be too long, it was War and Peace just for day 1. So, here’s the rest of day 1 followed by day 2.It’s really just hollowing mostly…hollowing, hollowing, and more hollowing.I stopped the first entry at 9:06 p.m. at about 2 inches depth.9:14 p.m. It’s not brain surgery…a long handled, a study tool rest, wood hitting the cutter head, me hanging on the back of the handle. Down to 4 inches in 8 minutes. The Sovereign can r...
Seth (my daughter’s boyfriend) does yard work for spending money and got some oak logs for me (about 4,000 pounds worth).I decided to try an open form with a (small) piece of it.Since it was green it was heavier than I wanted to try lifting onto the lathe. Besides that’s why I have a chain hoist and trolley. Seth was doing the hoisting…lots of pulling to bring it up…but he’s young. Initial mount to the headstock is a 4” faceplate, the biggest I’...
A Great Weekend woodworking Project! The Wood Pyramid Puzzle Try this one one you will get all kinds of people trying to figure out this Mind Blower!!!Check out this video you will love it!Mess with your friend this weekend and see if they can build this during the super bowl!CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO AND SEE!!! http://youtu.be/727X3O8kyUE
Powermatic 3520b Motor Controls Rewire I got my Powermatic a couple years ago.As I was researching its features I came across an article about removing the entire motor controller panel and putting it into a switchbox.I like that Idea much better than the factory on/off remote option. After a year and a half I finally got around to doing the job.Since a picture is worth a thousand words I decided to photo-archive the job.Also it’s easier than writing down which wire goes where.The...
In this video, I review the new Powermatic 15 inch bandsaw. I recently upgraded from my 14 inch Delta 1HP bandsaw. I was originally considering an 18 inch bandsaw until I heard about the Powermatic offering. I liked the idea of the resaw capacity of a larger bandsaw, but the compactness of this 15 inch. The two bandsaws are shown side-by-side, and then I show the various features of the new saw. There’s a lot to like about this new Powermatic offering, but I also don’t shy a...
Safety (or the lack thereof) #1: Rule #3, if your lathe has a safety shield and you can use it....DO!!!
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. ...
Last month I had to say goodbye to my restored 1960’s Powermatic model 66 table saw. It was my dream saw with a Excalibur sliding table, as the old Rush song said from a better thanish time. I spent a lot of time on putting this old saw back to work. I bolted it to the floor, and tried to “dust proof” it. As I was sitting in my shop looking at all of the things I planned on selling to clear out my shelves and make some room. The Excalibur sliding table was huge!!! and took a...
Addendum: I have had my Powermatic for two years now and have planed hundreds of boards it is still working flawlessly. I have not as yet rotated the cutters. My only objection is the loud clunk it makes at the start. I wish they would have added a soft start to the motor. Yes, this is an expensive tool, but if you are going to work in your shop several days a week, like I do, it is a joy to use and makes woodworking much more fun. After 30 years of using my trusty Makita 400mm ...
The stand is now painted, it did take a little work to get it cleaned up. I used SoyGel on the old finish that was caked on. I put it on and let it sit for 30 minutes and the old finish scraped right off. I was also able to find a could missing pieces that I needed for the tool rest. I’m getting ready to put the lathe back on the stand. Here is a picture of the tool rest before I put it together. I also got the head stock assembly put back together. It cost me about $...
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