Lathes Main Focus Of Turner’s Shop
By WALTER JARCK
One of the most unique shops and most innovative woodworkers I have visited has to be that of Guild member Clark McMullen in Kennesaw. Clark has taken over the 26 x 30 foot double car garage and almost the entire basement of his ranch-type home.
His shop exhibits his interests as a woodworker and as a wood turner with heavier emphasis on turning. Above all Clark has built several lathes, has added risers and built head and tail stocks on an old Oliver lathe bed, has designed and built his own dust collection system, and has even added a wooden riser to his band saw.
At the time of this shop visit Clark was working on mass producing miniature birdhouses Christmas tree ornaments which he sells to supplement his tool and equipment acquisitions.
Particularly interesting was McMullen’s homemade wooden production lathe which is 10 feet long and has the capability of turning spindles and rope turning. While he is not a trained engineer, his designs are extraordinary because of his natural abilities and drive.
Some of McMullen’s equipment is as follows:
Craftsman 10-inch table saw with Biesemeyer fence
10-inch Delta Unisaw
Craftsman 10-inch jointer
Jet 10-inch disk/6x48 belt sander
DeWalt 16-inch radial arm saw
Oliver lathe bed with homemade head and tail stock
Homemade lathe, “The Beast,” with 48-inch swing and 60-inch bed
Powermatic 16-inch planer with 7.5 hp motor on wheels
Homemade “production lathe” -- 10-foot bed with ornamental attachment
Delta lathe 12-inch swing being rebuilt
No-name Taiwanese band saw with wooden riser
Delta 17-inch floor model drill press
Baldor 7-inch grinders
2 Sherline mini-lathes (capable of metal turning)
Homemade 2.5 hp cyclone dust collector
Many hand tools and motorized equipment
In addition, McMullen has a turning classroom with the following:
1 HD Delta 12-inch swing lathe
3 standard duty 12-inch swing lathes
1 Baldor slow speed 7-inch grinder
On occasion Clark will conduct wood turning classes for four students at a time. He will consider teaching at any level or expertise and, judging from his work and experience, he should benefit students immensely.
Clark has agreed to take calls when not at his job or mass producing tree ornaments. Call him at 770-591-2168.