Maple Log Delivery 12/2022

Photo: Maple Log Delivery 12/2022 1 Now this is the way you should have your logs delivered!

I just had 2 big White Pine trees removed in my back side yard by Osorio Tree Service. The owner is interested in Woodturning. He took away the crappy pine logs and gave me a couple of nice maple logs. Continue reading Maple Log Delivery 12/2022

Carl’s 4x7x2 Sharpening Jigs

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Click here for a PRINTABLE version of the above blueprints.

Students come to my studio and fall in love with my quick and easy grinding jigs. Over the years I have struggled with how can students make there own version of my grinding jigs. This is my solution to the problem.

  1. Draw up a set of 4x7x2 Sharpening Jigs blueprints. Where angles are expressed as X and Y lengths in inches that are easy to measure. Rather tiny little degrees on a protractor that are hard to see and measure.
  2. Recommend that students use Easy Grind Vari-Grind or Oneway Vari-Grind jigs as raw materials. Make (remake) 3 custom arms for the off the self vari-grind jigs to create my 3 custom grinding jigs. All the info they need is covered by my 4x7x2 blueprints.
Note: I use what I recommend. I now use 3 custom vari-grind based jigs in my studio. I no longer use the Ellsworth style ones that I made from scratch long ago. For more info see History section at the end of this blog entry.

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Vevor vs Easy Grind vs Oneway Vari-Grind Jig

Photo: Vevor vs Easy Grind vs Oneway Vari-Grind Jig (vari_grind_compare)

Recently two new manufactures have started making "Vari-Grind Jigs" that are very similar to the well known Oneway Vari-Grind jig that has been around for a long time.

I own all 3 of these jigs. Here is what I have found.

In a nutshell. I recommend people go with the Oneway Vari-Grind Jig. Continue reading Vevor vs Easy Grind vs Oneway Vari-Grind Jig

Finger Cots Protect Skin

Finger Cots Tip

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Here is my “Finger Cots Protect Skin” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 17 of the AAW August 2022 “American Woodturner” Journal.
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Bowl Gouge Cleaning Wheel

Bowl Gouge Cleaning Wheel

I like to clean my bowl gouges with a 3″ nylon wheel attached to the side of my grinder when turning green wood.

I clean my gouges BEFORE I sharpen them. When I go to the grinder to sharpen a gouge. It is quick and easy. Continue reading Bowl Gouge Cleaning Wheel

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