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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Another Family Visit

    I had a visit Tuesday from Jim Burr, who drove all the way from Fresno to my part of Los Angeles to come play with lathes. He recently purchased a Mini Monster Articulating Arm hollowing system from Monster Lathe Tools, and was hoping for a few tips and tricks for using it. As a bonus, he showed up bearing gifts of English walnut, olive, pistachio, almond, and I don't remember what else. All nice woods, and I'm looking forward to opening them up. I don't know if he got what he was looking for, but by the end of the afternoon he'd turned a nice hollow form. (OK, I did the easy part and had the outside already rough shaped, but he did all the heavy lifting by hollowing and sanding it.)

    Although I've been using the full-sized Monster Articulating Arm system for a couple years, this was my first hands-on session with the mini version. Randy (the guy who makes the tools -- he's also a member here) is continually improving his products, and I saw a few subtle improvements he's made since I bought my rig from him. It's a very nice rig.

    Here are a few shots for the Picture Police...

    Jim busy hollowing:

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    The laser-guided cutter in action:

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    Final shaping of the neck:

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    Jim sanding the bottom as I was showing him how a friction chuck works, and one way to finish a bottom without having a vacuum chuck:

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    And proof I was there, too:

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    Jim's going to have to post pics of the finished piece, since I failed to get any shots of it after it was done. It came out looking very nice, in my opinion. He did a great job hollowing it out, especially for his first real "blind hollowing" experience. He pays attention to what he's doing, and recognized things that can be improved on the next one, but I'm sure he'll be a quick to learn the feel for the hollowing rig.

    He's great guy and I know I had a fun day playing in the shop...I hope he did too.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Good job on both of you!!! Great photos, looking forward to seeing the finished piece Jim.
    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.

    I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    And I didn't get lost on the way home
    Sincerely, Thanks for opening your home Vaughn Your house is a Fine Art museum of your work, and what a difference to touch and and examine what we normally only see a picture of And the parting gifts were great!!
    If any of you ever have the chance to head of to L.A. and spend a day with's worth it's weight in ebony...if he doesn't know doesn't need to be known ...I'm still processing the info and making notes so I don't lose it. Thanks again sir
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Nice! Can't wait to see those finished pics Jim.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Far out! Those little hollowing rigs look pretty cool!

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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
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  8. #8
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    Feb 2007
    Family visits are the best part of this forum.!
    Best regards,

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    I am green with envy Jim. Good for you Vaughn passing on the knowledge.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Jim, you're very welcome, and the pleasure was mine. I do have to respectfully take exception to this comment, though...

    ...if he doesn't know doesn't need to be known
    As much as I appreciate the sentiments, I still have a LOT left to learn about turning. I'm still an adolescent at this stuff compared to a lot of guys. But we all learn from each other -- I learned a few things from you, too -- and that's part of what makes it all fun.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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