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Mustard Monster Site Completed! (PM3520 Tips)

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by Jerry Hall, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. PM3520 Hints, Tips and Tweaks

    It's done!

    Since March of 2006 I have been plunking away at gathering and organizing PM3520 tips and links, and stashed them in the AAW tips forum. Soon it got long and hard to work with. So I set up a free Weebly web site:

    Take a look and give me some feedback. You might particularly enjoy reading Rude Osolnik's oral history and his seminal idea for the Powermatic sliding headstock lathe. There is also a video of Rude just before he passed away. It was nice for me to understand the wonderful heritage of this lathe and a bit about the turner behind it.

    A new entry describes how to build your own remote switch listed under the "What's New" section.

    I am worried that some of the links will slowly disappear, and hope to capture the photos and narratives of the best ideas and discussion and put them directly in the site pages. This is a risk particularly for personal web page links. Help on this would be appreciated.
    Last edited: May 25, 2009
  2. pfduffy


    Apr 27, 2004
    Williamsburg, VA
    Well done!

    Thanks to you all of us who are proud owners of the 3520 will learn and share. Philip
  3. Steve Worcester

    Steve Worcester Admin Emeritus

    Apr 9, 2004
    Plano, Texas
    Home Page:
    Thanks you for all your efforts. I am sure that the Mustard monster Revolution will continue to evolve (and revolve).
  4. John Abt

    John Abt

    Mar 7, 2006
    Hanover, MD

    I just setup my 3520 yesterday and I want to tell you that your site was invaluable to me in both the decision to buy a 3520 and in the setup.

    Thanks for a wonderful resource.:)
  5. george morris

    george morris

    Sep 16, 2007
    Tioga Co. PA
    great site !!!

    Thanks for all your work ,it is a very usefull and helpfull site. Thanks again!!!! George
  6. KurtB

    KurtB Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 11, 2007
    Northwest Arkansas
    PM3520B Set Up and Assembly Info

    So, you have either gone to the freight terminal and picked up the new Mustard Monster, or you are standing in the driveway, and the truck driver is leaving as we speak. What do you do next? Here are some tips from when I got mine in November, 2007.

    Read these instructions all the way through before you do anything else!

    I am assuming you are looking at a carton on a skid, about 24" tall, 30" deep and about 72" long. This is how mine came from the factory. Before you do anything else, call a strong friend. This job can be done alone, but you just spent almost $3000 on this lathe: do you really want to chance hurting it, or worse, you? Not worth it, IMO. (See photo below.)

    When you open the carton, you'll notice that the lathe is shipped with the headstock, tailstock, and banjo installed on the bed. (See second photo.) There should also be two cartons inside which are the legs. These are about 80# each, and should be the first thing to carry into the shop to make some room. Unpack them and stand them securely out of the way.

    I suggest the following: set up two sawhorses in the middle of the floor. Check the height of the horses vs. the height of the legs. If you are going to use the levelling feet, install them in the legs all the way up to the feet, and then measure the leg height. Add 1x or 2x lumber to the horses so that they become 1/4" to 1/2" taller than the legs. Now you can go back to the carton, and take the tailstock off the bed, and bring it in the shop, setting it somewhere where it won't fall over. Do the same with the tool rest banjo. The headstock needs some consideration. It weighs about 150# and is extremely unsteady. In addition, the locking mechanism hangs out of the bottom and will not allow you to set it down directly. My suggestion is to have a couple of short 2x4s laid side by side with enough space between them for the locking mechanism. You and your friend can now bring in the headstock, set it down on the 2xs, and check to see if you need to put something under the motor to steady the assembly. Do whatever it takes to secure this assembly, because when it falls off of the bench, all of the damage will be expensive!

    The empty bed can now be brought in, and set on the sawhorses. (Note: you can bring in the bed, set it upside down on a blanket or cardboard on the floor, and then assemble the legs. When finished, you will have to turn it over, which is not easy. The sawhorse method eliminates turning it over.) Bring one leg over, and stand it under one end of the bed, and put in the bolts, tightening them until they are secure. (Usual recommendation is finger tight, then 1/4 turn with the allen wrench.) Do the other leg the same way. When finished, lift one end until it clears the horse and remove the horse. Repeat again at the other end. Now is the time to put the bed and leg assembly in the spot you want it - while it is standing on it's own, and not too terribly heavy. Furniture dollies work great here, although with a concrete floor, it will slide fairly easily. Clean the bed with a mild solvent like mineral spirits, let dry, and apply some paste wax or something like Boeshield to seal and lubricate the bed. Then, with your helper, clean the bottom of the headstock, banjo, and tailstock. No need to wax them, they will absorb enough from the bed to do the job! If you bought the bed extension, install it now, and clean and wax it, also.

    You and your helper can now install the headstock, the tool rest, and finally the tailstock. Remember to reinstall the two safety bolts that keep the headstock and tailstock from sliding off the end of the bed. The factory ships the lathe with no plug, and a relatively short cord. You may want to make an extension cord; please follow the manufacturer's recommendations for this. I hope these tips help, and your assembly and set up go smoothly, and safely! Sure hope you enjoy your new Mustard Monster as much as I have enjoyed mine.:)

    Photos by Scott Hubl

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  7. wdspinner


    Oct 26, 2006
    Conway, AR
    Home Page:
    Well now...a 3520 site for us mustard owners. I'd go check it out. Thanks for the info.
  8. Leo Frilot

    Leo Frilot

    Nov 28, 2005
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Home Page:
    Awesome job compiling this info. Thanks a bunch. Already saw a few things I need to make life a little more enjoyable.
  9. Gil Jones

    Gil Jones

    Mar 5, 2005
    Lake Seminole, Georgia
    Reckon I should check out this site, seeing that I just ordered a PM3520B. Thanks for having it!!
  10. Walt


    Jan 31, 2006
    Hanford, Ca
    WOW! Alot of great info. Just bought a used 3520A and I love it! Thanks for your hard work.

  11. mikeharvey


    Jan 18, 2009
    Um... how about a Big Grean Monster sight?
  12. Mustard Monster Site has a new address


    Google is dropping their free web page service this summer, so I have changed the portal to the Mustard Monster site to http://mustardmonster.weebly.com/

    Everything else is the same. I will continue to use Google Docs for the meat and potatoes of the site.
    Jerry Hall
    Gold Country Woodturners
  13. Dennis McManaman

    Dennis McManaman

    Oct 6, 2012
    Amarillo, Texas
    Thank you very much!

    I wish to thank you for the time and effort you have invested in such an endeavor. I have browsed the new mustard site and found tons of things a noob might never discover on their own. ( I am a noob)

    I feel confident this new source of much experience and wisdom will be of help to not only myself but to countless others.

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