Color Code Your Faceplate Screws

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Here is my “Color-coding Identifies Screws” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 14 of the AAW December 2023 “American Woodturner” Journal. Continue reading Color Code Your Faceplate Screws

Storage Baskets

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It seems like I am always ordering more storage baskets from Amazon. I keep finding more and more uses for them around my studio.

They are good for storing all kinds of things. Acrylic paints, sanding supplies, spray cans, etc. Continue reading Storage Baskets

Hollow Concave Cup for Live Center

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I made my own concave cup center with a hole in the middle when I ran into a need for one while turning Christmas tree ornaments. It allows me to turn down the top of my Christmas ornaments to all most nothing, before parting them off. It also allows me to sand the ornaments before parting them off. I have access to almost all of the ornament and I don't need to worry about breaking it off.

I am going to use the same Hollow Concave Cup Live Center the next time I turn a finial.

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Solid Wood Christmas Ornaments

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I recently discovered that turning Christmas Tree Ornaments out of solid wood is a lot of fun. You don't need to waste time and effort hollowing them out.

I use to think you needed to hollow out your ornaments to make them light enough to hang on a tree. I was lead down the wrong path by way to many demos and magazine articles.

Turning small ornaments out of Cherry, Walnut or Maple wood works and looks great.

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Screw Eyes for Christmas Ornaments

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I like to make my own custom screw eyes for my Christmas Tree Ornaments out of 20 gauge brass wire. My wire screw eyes are small and elegant!

Commercially available screw eyes are generally to big and ugly! If you do find small ones then the threads on the screw eyes are really small and wimpy. They will not hold the screw eye in place for long. Continue reading Screw Eyes for Christmas Ornaments

Fancy “S” Hooks for Christmas Ornaments

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I discovered fancy "S" hooks for Christmas Tree Ornaments on Instagram. I then went and found them on Amazon. I like them. They add a little something extra to my turned wooden ornaments.

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