SC1 & SC2 Mini 4 Jaw Scroll Chucks

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I really like the new Record Power (brand) Mini SC1 & SC2 4 Jaw Scroll Chucks. I have and really like both chucks.

If you are only going to get one then I recommend the SC2 chuck. The jaws open further. Thus it has bigger internal and external grip range. See chart below for SC1 & SC2 grip ranges.

On 3/10/2023 the SC1 & SC2 chucks are a great deal at $100 each. I think this may be just a low introductory price. I decided to get in on the ground floor of a good thing.

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Montana Acrylic Markers

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I like to paint the edge of my plates or shallow bowls black with a Montana Cans (brand) 15mm wide "Shock Black" (color) marker.

Montana markers work a lot better than Sharpie markers, etc because they are paint markers that apply acrylic paint. The acrylic paint is thin like ink. It dries to a flat finish. No gloss. Thus, I always top coat my finished pieces with a semi gloss finish. Continue reading Montana Acrylic Markers

Makeup Sponges for Chroma-Guilt

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I have been watching Gourd Art videos. They use Makeup Sponges to apply a thin layer of paint or stain.

I tried applying Chroma-Guilt with a Makeup Sponge. It works great! A lot better than using your finger. You can apply a thin layer with out getting it into your carved or burned pattern! Continue reading Makeup Sponges for Chroma-Guilt

64ths of an Inch Ruler / Table

64ths of an Inch Ruler / Table
Quick, off the top of your head. You need a drill bit that is a little bigger than 3/4″. What size do you need? 49/64″ Right?
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Carl’s Sanding Backup Pads

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I like Sanding Backup Pads (mandrels) that are thin, low profile and HARD. I add (attach) firm or soft foam interface pads to make them softer as needed.

I don't like thicker pads. Low profile pads are better at getting into the tight space between headstock and bowl. Continue reading Carl’s Sanding Backup Pads

Carl’s Jam Chucks

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Over the years I have made and used a lot of different jam chucks. This blog entry documents the ones I like best. They are made out of good quality 3/4" plywood and PVC pipe couplings. They work good, are stable and vacuum tight. Continue reading Carl’s Jam Chucks

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