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What to Know About Powermatic’s New Lathe

Powermatic has rolled out their PM2014 Wood Lathe ($1999.99). It’ll handle 20” between centers and has a 14” swing over the bed. Add a bed extension ($249.99), and you can increase spindle length to 43”, plus do larger outboard turnings. The PM2014 weighs 185 pounds by itself, 238 pounds when mounted to the stand. Power…

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Turn and Carve a Spouted Bowl

This sweet little spouted bowl with handle will be a fun skill-building project, taking your bowl turning skills and adding a bit of flair by incorporating some basic carving techniques using a die grinder and rasps. For the carving purist, traditional carving tools can be used as a substitute, making for a more serene creative process.

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Cut Leg Flutes Without a Chisel

A well turned leg can make an ordinary leg extraordinary. To put the icing on the cake, just add flutes. Flutes are a decorative element that’s been around for thousands of years. Think of all those fluted columns scattered about ancient Greek and Roman ruins. The fact that fluting is still used today is a…

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No-Sharpen Carbide Lathe Chisels

When I’m teaching students to use a lathe, sharpening is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome. Like any woodworking tool, a sharp chisel is much easier and safer to use than a dull one. You just can’t expect good cut quality, or an enjoyable turning experience, from a dull chisel. Unfortunately, lots of turners…

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Spindle Turning Basics

Lathe turning can be lots of fun, but I know that some woodworkers are intimidated by the prospect of a piece of wood spinning against a tool at a high rpm. This article will help you overcome some of those concerns and, hopefully, help turn you on to turning. It’ll take you through safely mounting…

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