Here is my “Banjo-Mounted Hair Dryer” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 17 of the AAW October 2022 “American Woodturner” Journal.
When I paint turned items on the lathe, I like to dry the paint faster with a hair dryer. Hand-holding the hair dryer would be tedious, so I made a tool post that holds the hair dryer for me. The post mounts in the lathe banjo, and the hair dryer is held in the post by friction, so it can be popped in and out easily.
To make the jig, I started with a scrap of wood 1-1/2″ (38mm) square and 10″ (25cm) long. I turned a 5″ (13cm) tall × 1″ (25mm) diameter post on one end to fit into my banjo. I used a bandsaw to reduce one of the square sides on the tool post to 11/16″ (27mm) wide, then added scraps of thin plywood to either side using screws. Since the handle of my hair dryer is 13/16″ (30mm) wide, it fits in the jig with a nice friction fit. Adjust these dimensions to suit your lathe banjo and hair dryer.
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