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Books (7) [category/books]

Woodturning Books & Dvds

  • 64ths of an Inch Ruler / Table    - March 3, 2023    [Books]

    64ths of an Inch Ruler / Table ThumbnnailThis 64ths of an inch ruler/table makes finding the right drill bit easy. You need a drill bit that is a little bigger than 3/4". What size do you need? 49/64" Right?

    Books, Misc

  • Updated Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners    - September 8, 2022    [Books]    (Original: May 28, 2021)

    Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners ThumbnnailCarl often see Woodturners get all twisted up by 1" = 25.4mm. His advice is to forget about the 0.4mm! Carl does the MM to inches conversion in his head using this method.

    Books, Misc

  • Updated Essential Books & DVDs for Students    - November 16, 2021    [Books]    (Original: March 13, 2015)

    Essential Books & DVDs for Students ThumbnnailCarl's recommended and Must Have Woodturning Books and DVDs. By topic: Spindle Turning, Bowl Turning, Project Books, Picture Books, Hollow Forms, etc.

    Books, Carl's For Students, Popular

  • Hard Versus Soft Maple – The Wood Database    - January 26, 2015    [Books]

    Hard Versus Soft Maple – The Wood Database ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl's rant on "Hard" vs "Soft" Maple. People often say they have hard maple when it is soft. Look up the difference in Wood Database.

    Books, Wood

  • Updated Power Carving Textures    - December 12, 2022    [Books]    (Original: January 8, 2017)

    Power Carving Textures ThumbnnailCarl's take on carving textures with Reciprocating and Rotary Power Carving Tools. Recommended Burrs, Gouges, Layout, Cleaning up with Bristle Discs, etc.

    Books, Suppliers, Tools Carving

  • Steel By The Numbers    - June 28, 2020    [Books]

    Steel By The Numbers ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Check out the "About Steel" page on McMaster-Carr website to find the right steel for your next project! What is 4140 steel? Etc.

    Books

  • Updated Woodburners & Pyrography    - June 6, 2020    [Books]    (Original: April 28, 2013)

    Woodburners & Pyrography ThumbnnailCarl's take on the best Woodburners, Tips, & Books for woodturners. What he recommends for his students.

    Books, Carl's For Students, Tools Machines

Carl's Articles (18) [category/carls-articles]

Carl's Magazine Articles

Carl's Artwork (17) [category/carls-artwork]

  • “Craters and Sun” for AAW Live Auction    - May 23, 2014    [Carl's Artwork]

    “Craters and Sun” for AAW  Live Auction ThumbnnailCarl's "Craters and Sun" square bowl was 1 of 30 pieces featured in the 2014 AAW Symposium Saturday Night Banquet Live Action.

    Carl's Artwork

  • Updated 60 Covid-19 Hollow Forms    - October 12, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]    (Original: July 7, 2020)

    60 Covid-19 Hollow Forms ThumbnnailCarl turned 60 hollow forms in the first 3 months of 2020, Covid-19 lock down. So far so good. They have kept the doctor away.

    Carl's Artwork

  • AAW Turning of the Week    - March 6, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    AAW Turning of the Week ThumbnnailCarl's Pennsylvania Dutch Cake Stand was just selected as the "AAW Turning of the Week" on 3/6/2019.

    Carl's Artwork, Projects

  • Agar Class at Arrowmont    - July 2, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    Agar Class at Arrowmont ThumbnnailPhotos of the artwork that Carl created in June 2019 "WOW Factor" master class with Nick Agar at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

    Carl's Artwork

  • Carl Ford’s Etsy Shop Grand Opening    - November 27, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    Carl Ford’s Etsy Shop Grand Opening ThumbnnailCarl just opened his new "CarlFordWoodturner" shop on etsy! Please shop early and often!

    Carl's Artwork

  • Updated Carl’s Artwork – Fall 2020    - December 16, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]    (Original: November 14, 2020)

    Carl’s Artwork – Fall 2020 ThumbnnailPhotos of artwork made by Carl in the Fall of 2020. Star Bowls, Maple Leaf Plate & Sunset Wide Rim Bowl.

    Carl's Artwork

  • Updated Carl’s Cactus Plate Bowl    - March 9, 2023    [Carl's Artwork]    (Original: January 26, 2019)

    Carl’s Cactus Plate Bowl ThumbnnailCarl shows the inspiration for his Ric Rac Orchid Cactus Plate/Bowl and how he created it using the sgraffito process he learned from Al Stirt.

    Carl's Artwork, Projects

  • Updated Covid-19 Hollow Forms    - October 12, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]    (Original: April 9, 2020)

    Covid-19 Hollow Forms ThumbnnailPhotos of the 60 hollow forms that Carl turned in the first 3 months of the Covid-19 lock down. Carl turned one hollow form a day to keep the Covid-19 doctor away.

    Carl's Artwork

  • Updated Done In One Day Vases    - November 28, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]    (Original: February 16, 2020)

    Done In One Day Vases ThumbnnailA quick summary of Carl's techniqe that allows him to turn a wooden vase (hollow form vessel) in one day.

    Carl's Artwork

  • Updated Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery    - September 4, 2021    [Carl's Artwork]    (Original: December 2, 2014)

    Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Members' Gallery" section of AAW magazine PDF. Carl's artwork was featured in the August 2014 issue of "American Woodturner" the Journal of the American Association of Woodturners.

    Carl's Articles, Carl's Artwork

  • Hollow Forms Winter 2015/2016    - April 21, 2016    [Carl's Artwork]

    Hollow Forms Winter 2015/2016 ThumbnnailGroup photo of hollow forms turned by Carl over the winter of 2015/2016. Turned from Cherry or Black Birch logs.

    Carl's Artwork

  • Live Demos at 2022 Totally Turning    - March 18, 2022    [Carl's Artwork]

    Live Demos at 2022 Totally Turning ThumbnnailCarl will be demonstrating live at 2022 Totally Turning Symposium in Saratoga Springs, NY on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 & 27, 2022.

    Carl's Artwork, Carl's Demos

  • New Pinterest Gallery of Carl’s Wood Art    - March 9, 2022    [Carl's Artwork]

    New Pinterest Gallery of Carl’s Wood Art ThumbnnailCheck out Carl's new Pinterest Photo Gallery of his Wood Art. Over 300 items with a user friendly front end interface to Pinterest.

    Carl's Artwork, Carl's Blog, Popular

  • Updated New Ring Tool    - April 28, 2024    [Carl's Artwork]    (Original: December 20, 2018)

    New Ring Tool ThumbnnailPhotos of Cedar Vases made by Carl with his new Sorby Ring Tool. Turned out of green Cedar logs. What you see is what came off the tool. NO sanding.

    Carl's Artwork, Turning Tools, Videos

  • Nutmeg 2×4 Challenge    - December 29, 2018    [Carl's Artwork]

    Nutmeg 2×4 Challenge ThumbnnailCarl's bowl that he turned from a 2x4 for the January 2014 "Nutmeg 2x4 Challenge". Step by step photos and suggestions.

    Carl's Artwork, Projects

  • Viking Sunset Bowl    - December 19, 2018    [Carl's Artwork]

    Viking Sunset Bowl ThumbnnailPhotos of Nick Agar style Viking Sunset Bowl made by Carl. Quick intro to airbrushes and cheap airbrush advice.

    Carl's Artwork, Projects

  • Wall Art – Summer 2020    - August 29, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]

    Wall Art – Summer 2020 ThumbnnailPhotos of Nick Agar style Square Wall Art made by Carl during the summer of 2020. Square woodturnings with, spiral tool and airbrushed decorations.

    Carl's Artwork

Carl's Blog (6) [category/carls-blog]

  • Updated Blog Moved from Quick Blogcast to WordPress    - May 6, 2022    [Carl's Blog]    (Original: June 23, 2014)

    Blog Moved from Quick Blogcast to WordPress ThumbnnailGoDaddy is discontinued Quick Blogcast on June 25, 2014. I moved my blog to Wordpress at www.carlford.us. This turned out to a blessing in disguise. I like Wordpress a lot better.

    Carl's Blog

  • Updated Carl’s Website & Blog Merged    - May 6, 2022    [Carl's Blog]    (Original: September 18, 2020)

    Carl’s Website & Blog Merged ThumbnnailCarl merged his Woodturning Website and Blog on On 9/15/2020. They now use the same Wordpress Blog platform hosted by GoDaddy.

    Carl's Blog

  • Updated Leaner, Meaner & Faster    - May 6, 2022    [Carl's Blog]    (Original: January 22, 2022)

    Leaner, Meaner & Faster ThumbnnailCarl's Website and Blog are now Leaner and Faster. New faster web server. Downsized and moved all photos to be inside of Wordpress.

    Carl's Blog

  • New Pinterest Gallery of Carl’s Wood Art    - March 9, 2022    [Carl's Blog]

    New Pinterest Gallery of Carl’s Wood Art ThumbnnailCheck out Carl's new Pinterest Photo Gallery of his Wood Art. Over 300 items with a user friendly front end interface to Pinterest.

    Carl's Artwork, Carl's Blog, Popular

  • Use Blog Search Box    - April 12, 2024    [Carl's Blog]

    Use Blog Search Box ThumbnnailCarl' recommends using the "Search Box" on his blog or "All Posts by Category" blog page to find things on his blog or Google.

    Carl's Blog

  • Website & Blog Moved to SiteGround    - May 8, 2022    [Carl's Blog]

    Website & Blog Moved to SiteGround ThumbnnailOn 5/6/2022, Carl moved his www.carlford.us Website & Blog from GoDaddy to SiteGround. He will be deleting www.carlford.info. Use www.carlford.us.

    Carl's Blog

Carl's Blueprints (13) [category/carls-blueprints]

Carl's Demos (13) [category/carls-demos]

  • Airbrushed Wood Dyes & Web Fx Paint Demo    - September 9, 2019    [Carl's Demos]

    Airbrushed Wood Dyes & Web Fx Paint Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for Nutmeg “Airbushed Wood Dyes and Web-FxPaint Demo” on 9/9/2019

    Carl's Demos, Carl's For Students

  • Antique Candlestick Demo    - February 28, 2014    [Carl's Demos]

    Antique Candlestick Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Antique Candlesticks" demo. Turning new Antique Candlesticks is a great way to improve your spindle turning skills and use up scraps of wood.

    Carl's Demos, Carl's For Students, Projects

  • Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration Demo    - December 7, 2018    [Carl's Demos]

    Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration" demo. The surface decoration techniques that Carl learned from Clay Foster in a June 2018 class with John Jordan and Clay Foster.

    Carl's Demos, Carl's For Students

  • Candle Dish Demo or Class    - May 8, 2010    [Carl's Demos]

    Candle Dish Demo or Class ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Candle Dish" project demo. Turning a dish style candle stick holder is a great little project.

    Carl's Demos

  • Updated Great Polyurethane Finishes    - November 29, 2019    [Carl's Demos]    (Original: January 10, 2013)

    Great Polyurethane Finishes ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Great Polyurethane Finishes" demo. Do you want to learn how to get a great tough “Baby Bottom Smooth” finish with only 2 coats of Polyurethane?

    Carl's Demos, Finshes

  • Intro to Woodturning Public Demo    - April 26, 2009    [Carl's Demos]

    Intro to Woodturning Public Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Intro to Woodturning" demo. What is Woodturing? Why is it fun? What do I need to known to get into woodturning?

    Carl's Demos

  • Live Demos at 2022 Totally Turning    - March 18, 2022    [Carl's Demos]

    Live Demos at 2022 Totally Turning ThumbnnailCarl will be demonstrating live at 2022 Totally Turning Symposium in Saratoga Springs, NY on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 & 27, 2022.

    Carl's Artwork, Carl's Demos

  • Updated Munro Hollower Demo    - September 4, 2020    [Carl's Demos]    (Original: April 26, 2018)

    Munro Hollower Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Munro Hollower" demo. The Munro Hollower2 is a great tool for making vases and hollow forms. Tips and tricks that will allow you to hit the ground running.

    Carl's Demos

  • Natural Edge Bowls Demo    - July 16, 2009    [Carl's Demos]

    Natural Edge Bowls Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Natural Edge Bowls" demo. How to turn natural edge bowls using the versatile David Ellsworth Signature Gouge. And Carl's step by step Bowl Turning Process (Cut Edge and Natural Edge).

    Carl's Demos, Carl's For Students

  • Owl Plaque Demo or Class    - November 6, 2010    [Carl's Demos]

    Owl Plaque Demo or Class ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Owl Plaque" demo or class. How to turn a cute Owl Plaque just in time for Christmas.

    Carl's Demos

  • Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo    - August 18, 2008    [Carl's Demos]

    Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Painting On the Lathe" demo. Painting with the lathe running is easy! It is a great way to spice up and make beautiful artwork out of boring cheap wood.

    Carl's Demos, Carl's For Students, Finshes

  • Updated Small Vases & Hollow Forms Demo    - September 4, 2020    [Carl's Demos]    (Original: June 8, 2011)

    Small Vases & Hollow Forms Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Small Vases & Hollow Forms" demo. Turning small vases is a great low stress way to learn how to create hollow forms and to experiment with shapes and surface decorations.

    Carl's Demos

  • The Detail Gouge Demo or Class    - January 25, 2010    [Carl's Demos]

    The Detail Gouge Demo or Class ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Detail Gouge" demo. A detail gouge is the only tool you need for spindle turning. It is an easy to use. Easy to learn. It produces clean cuts like a spindle gouge or skew without the nasty catches.

    Carl's Demos

Carl's For Students (58) [category/carls-students]

Resources, Sources, Handouts, Tools, etc for Carl's Students.

Carl's Jigs (8) [category/carls-jigs]

Carl's Studio (6) [category/carls-studio]

  • A Day in My “Winter 2018 Studio Class”    - July 9, 2018    [Carl's Studio]

    A Day in My “Winter 2018 Studio Class” ThumbnnailFeel good photos of students and their work in Carl Ford's Winter 2018 Studio Class.

    Carl's Studio

  • Updated Carl’s Photo Studio 2018    - October 6, 2021    [Carl's Studio]    (Original: February 11, 2019)

    Carl’s Photo Studio 2018 ThumbnnailCarl's photo studio setup. He started using it in 2018 and he is very happy with it. He uses big soft box lights with easy to stow graduated black to white background.

    Carl's Studio

  • Updated Carl’s Studio July 2015    - March 2, 2023    [Carl's Studio]    (Original: August 2, 2015)

    Carl’s Studio July 2015 ThumbnnailPhotos of Carl's Woodturning Studio. A picture is worth a thousand words.

    Carl's Studio, Popular

  • Carl’s Woodturning Workshop Class    - October 9, 2019    [Carl's Studio]

    Carl’s Woodturning Workshop Class Thumbnnail“Class Information, Suggested Projects for Beginners and the Fine Print” for Carl's long running and very popular Woodturning Workshop Class. In Carl's Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.

    Carl's Studio, Projects

  • Happy Students Winter 2022    - October 13, 2022    [Carl's Studio]

    Happy Students Winter 2022 ThumbnnailPhotos of GREAT projects recently completed by the students in my Winter 2022 class in my studio on Thursdays.

    Carl's Studio

  • Winter 2020 Studio Class    - January 17, 2020    [Carl's Studio]

    Winter 2020 Studio Class ThumbnnailMy Winter 2020 Studio Classes got off to a great start his week. Here are some photos of Tom Gorbutt decorating the top of his cake stand with spin art.

    Carl's Studio

Carl's Tools (25) [category/carls-tools]

Dust Collection (6) [category/dust_collection]

Finshes (12) [category/finshes]

Paints, Clear Finishes, Airbrushes, etc

Great Ideas (8) [category/great-ideas]

Misc (7) [category/misc]

  • 64ths of an Inch Ruler / Table    - March 3, 2023    [Misc]

    64ths of an Inch Ruler / Table ThumbnnailThis 64ths of an inch ruler/table makes finding the right drill bit easy. You need a drill bit that is a little bigger than 3/4". What size do you need? 49/64" Right?

    Books, Misc

  • Updated Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners    - September 8, 2022    [Misc]    (Original: May 28, 2021)

    Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners ThumbnnailCarl often see Woodturners get all twisted up by 1" = 25.4mm. His advice is to forget about the 0.4mm! Carl does the MM to inches conversion in his head using this method.

    Books, Misc

  • Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals    - January 20, 2019    [Misc]

    Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals ThumbnnailCarl recommends Zon (brand) hand exercisers for woodturners who need to improve their hand strength. The Zon ones are good for mere mortals.

    Misc

  • Maple Log Delivery 12/2022    - December 2, 2022    [Misc]

    Maple Log Delivery 12/2022 ThumbnnailNow this is the way you should have your logs delivered!

    Misc

  • Retired from IBM    - August 31, 2016    [Misc]

    Retired from IBM ThumbnnailCarl voluntarily retired from IBM after 33 years, 2 months and 19 days. He is looking forward to his 2nd career as a full time Studio Woodturner.

    Misc

  • Updated Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives    - July 18, 2022    [Misc]    (Original: February 28, 2019)

    Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives ThumbnnailCarl reviews Turning Smocks and suggests some low cost alternatives. Get one before nature calls or "She Who Must be Obeyed" outlaws woodturning due to shavings in the house.

    Carl's For Students, Misc, Popular

  • Woodturning Mugs    - November 13, 2022    [Misc]

    Woodturning Mugs ThumbnnailTime to think about a new Woodturning Mug for Christmas.

    Misc

Obsolete (1) [category/obsolete]

  • Updated Stikit Sandpaper    - December 16, 2019    [Obsolete]    (Original: November 20, 2014)

    Stikit Sandpaper ThumbnnailCarl has changed to use sandpaper rolls from Klingspor for all of his hand sanding. Rather than “Porter Cable Stikit Sandpaper”

    Obsolete

Projects (12) [category/projects]

Suppliers (15) [category/suppliers]

  • Updated Blue & Purple Masking Tape    - April 7, 2023    [Suppliers]    (Original: July 26, 2020)

    Blue & Purple Masking Tape ThumbnnailCarl recently started using the new 3M Scotch "Delicate Surface Painter's Tape #2080" Purple masking tape. He likes it. It works good on top of a layer of sealer.

    Finshes, Suppliers

  • Blue Flex Sanding Disks    - November 20, 2014    [Suppliers]

    Blue Flex Sanding Disks ThumbnnailCarl likes the “Blue Flex” sanding disk sold by Vince’s Wooden Wonders. He has been using them for the last 4-5 years and is am very happy.

    Finshes, Suppliers, Tools Sanding

  • C-Line Sheet Protectors    - January 26, 2014    [Suppliers]

    C-Line Sheet Protectors ThumbnnailCarl uses a "C-Line Sheet Protector" to protect his reference papers while turning. The Neon Orange color makes it easy to find. It is made of tough clear plastic with a nice grommet that allows me to hang it up.

    Suppliers

  • Fancy “S” Hooks for Christmas Ornaments    - December 16, 2023    [Suppliers]

    Fancy “S” Hooks for Christmas Ornaments ThumbnnailCarl likes to use Fancy Decorative "S" Hooks on his turned wooden Christmas Tree Ornaments. They add a little something extra to his ornaments.

    Suppliers

  • Good Cheap Masking Tape    - September 17, 2021    [Suppliers]

    Good Cheap Masking Tape ThumbnnailCarl recommends Blick brand masking tape from Dick Blick on the web. It is a bit on the thin side but it works good and the price is reasonable.

    Finshes, Suppliers

  • Green Wood Sealer    - August 7, 2022    [Suppliers]

    Green Wood Sealer ThumbnnailCarl recommends "AnchorSeal CLASSIC" when people ask me about Green Wood Sealer!

    Suppliers

  • Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls    - December 3, 2019    [Suppliers]

    Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls ThumbnnailCarl is now using sandpaper rolls from Klingspor for all of his hand sanding. Rather than "Porter Cable Stikit Sandpaper".

    Suppliers, Tools Sanding

  • Updated McMaster-Carr    - June 28, 2021    [Suppliers]    (Original: February 22, 2013)

    McMaster-Carr ThumbnnailPeople are always asking me where did you get that? And, my answer is always “Mcmaster”. Mcmaster-Carr is an old time industrial supply company with a very efficient modern business model.

    Suppliers

  • Updated Morse Taper Drills on Ebay    - April 18, 2021    [Suppliers]    (Original: March 5, 2014)

    Morse Taper Drills on Ebay ThumbnnailCarl likes to use Morse Taper drills in the tailstock of his lathe to drill holes. Ebay is a good place to purchase large Morse Taper drills cheap.

    Suppliers, Tools Misc

  • Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool)    - September 11, 2019    [Suppliers]

    Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool) ThumbnnailCarl's take on Steel Wool. Carl uses Nylon Mesh Rolls from McMaster-Carr. Part numbers for "Carl Ford" Course, Medium and Fine.

    Finshes, Suppliers, Tools Sanding

  • Updated Paint Brushes & Acrylic Paint    - March 17, 2022    [Suppliers]    (Original: October 9, 2021)

    Paint Brushes & Acrylic Paint ThumbnnailCarl recommends paint brushes and acrylic paint for painting on the wood lathe with the lathe running.

    Carl's For Students, Finshes, Suppliers

  • Plate Display Stands    - September 5, 2022    [Suppliers]

    Plate Display Stands ThumbnnailCarl reviews low cost metal plate display stands for 10" diameter plates and low wide rim bowls.

    Suppliers

  • Updated Power Carving Textures    - December 12, 2022    [Suppliers]    (Original: January 8, 2017)

    Power Carving Textures ThumbnnailCarl's take on carving textures with Reciprocating and Rotary Power Carving Tools. Recommended Burrs, Gouges, Layout, Cleaning up with Bristle Discs, etc.

    Books, Suppliers, Tools Carving

  • RG45 Gas Welding Rod    - November 12, 2021    [Suppliers]

    RG45 Gas Welding Rod ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl keeps a good supply of RG45 Gas Welding Rod on hand. He uses it to hang things up and lots of other things.

    Suppliers

  • West System 5 Minute Epoxy    - September 4, 2020    [Suppliers]

    West System 5 Minute Epoxy ThumbnnailCarl uses West System 5 minute epoxy. He is saving money and he likes the West System stuff a lot better than the ubiquitous 2 part syringes from local hardware store.

    Suppliers

Tools Carving (15) [category/tools-carving]

Tools Chucks (12) [category/tools-chucks]

  • Updated Best Drive Center    - May 8, 2020    [Tools Chucks]    (Original: November 14, 2014)

    Best Drive Center ThumbnnailThe “Nova Jumbo Spur Center” use to be the best 2 or 4 prong drive center in Carl's not so humble opinion. However, he now likes the “Oneway Big Bite Spur” better.

    Tools Chucks

  • Carl’s Jam Chucks    - January 22, 2023    [Tools Chucks]

    Carl’s Jam Chucks ThumbnnailCarl likes jam chucks made out of 3/4" plywood and PVC pipe couplings. Carl's jam chucks are Drum Chucks that you can be used with or with out vacuum. How to make your own.

    Carl's Blueprints, Carl's For Students, Carl's Tools, Tools Chucks

  • Collet Chuck Revisited    - June 5, 2020    [Tools Chucks]

    Collet Chuck Revisited ThumbnnailA metal working "Straight Shank ER32 Collet Holder" on Amazon is a cheaper alternative to the pricey Apprentice or Beall Collet Chucks available in the woodturning world.

    Tools Chucks

  • Updated Collet Chucks    - June 5, 2020    [Tools Chucks]    (Original: March 19, 2013)

    Collet Chucks ThumbnnailCarl finds collet chucks convenient for holding small work. It is very easy to mount a chunk of dowel as a turning blank. Carl reviews 2 poplar brands of collet chucks.

    Tools Chucks

  • Color Code Your Faceplate Screws    - February 10, 2024    [Tools Chucks]

    Color Code Your Faceplate Screws ThumbnnailCarl likes to use faceplates. He color codes his faceplate screws to avoid mistakes. 1‐1/2" screws are pink. 1-3/4" screws are green. Carl likes number 14, high thread, stainless steel Sheet Metal screws purchased from McMaster.com.

    Carl's Articles, Tools Chucks

  • Updated Foam Cole Jaws    - December 27, 2021    [Tools Chucks]    (Original: April 8, 2019)

    Foam Cole Jaws ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Foam Cole Jaws" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. Sticky-back craft foam on my Jumbo Jaws helps protect a bowl’s rim when reverse-chucked to finish the bottom.

    Carl's Articles, Tools Chucks

  • Lathe Accessories for a New Turner    - February 5, 2019    [Tools Chucks]

    Lathe Accessories for a New Turner ThumbnnailCarl's suggestions for a new woodturner. Join the AAW, Take a Class, Turning Tools, Faceplates, Drill Chuck, 4 Jaw Chuck, and Turning Smocks.

    Carl's For Students, Tools Chucks, Turning Tools

  • Longer Oneway Chuck Wrench Handle    - August 20, 2023    [Tools Chucks]

    Longer Oneway Chuck Wrench Handle ThumbnnailCarl likes to install a longer bar in his Oneway Chuck Wrench Handles to make them easier to use. The short bar slips out of his hand, hurts his hand or he can’t get enough leverage.

    Tools Chucks

  • Updated Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls    - September 8, 2023    [Tools Chucks]    (Original: November 16, 2019)

    Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Drilled Chucking Recess" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. A 2-1/2″ diameter hole is an easy and secure way to mount blanks for plates and shallow bowls on the lathe.

    Carl's Articles, Carl's For Students, Great Ideas, Tools Chucks

  • Oneway Big Bite Spur Center    - May 8, 2020    [Tools Chucks]

    Oneway Big Bite Spur Center ThumbnnailCarl recommends the “Oneway Big Bite Spur” center for driving big things. Big blanks for bowls or logs for hollow forms. It only costs around $20 on 5/5/2020.

    Carl's For Students, Tools Chucks

  • Updated SC1 & SC2 Mini 4 Jaw Scroll Chucks    - January 29, 2024    [Tools Chucks]    (Original: March 10, 2023)

    SC1 & SC2 Mini 4 Jaw Scroll Chucks ThumbnnailCarl really likes the new Record Power (brand) Mini SC1 & SC2 4 Jaw Scroll Chucks. They are high quality chucks that work great on small things.

    Tools Chucks

  • Updated Shopmade Collet Chuck    - September 4, 2021    [Tools Chucks]    (Original: November 19, 2018)

    Shopmade Collet Chuck ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Shopmade Collet Chuck" AAW magazine article PDF. How to make your own custom collet chucks out of UHMW plastic.

    Carl's Articles, Carl's For Students, Tools Chucks

Tools Jigs (8) [category/tools-jigs]

Tools Lathes (15) [category/tools-lathes]

Tools Machines (15) [category/tools-machines]

Tools Misc (12) [category/tools-misc]

  • Carl’s Overhead Light Bar (and Camera Bar)    - November 21, 2023    [Tools Misc]

    Carl’s Overhead Light Bar (and Camera Bar) ThumbnnailCarl has discovered that an Overhead Light Bar with magnetically attached LED lights is the best lathe lighting solution. Why? 1. Let there be light anywhere! 2. EASY to REPOSITION lights! 3. Never in the way! 4. No shake! 5. Low cost DIY solution.

    Carl's Blueprints, Carl's For Students, Tools Lathes, Tools Misc, Tools Studio

  • Center Drill Set    - February 14, 2022    [Tools Misc]

    Center Drill Set ThumbnnailCarl uses a "Center Drill" to create a starting hole for twist drills when he wants to drill a precise hole. Everyone should own a set of center drills.

    Tools Misc

  • Cheap Big Drills    - January 22, 2013    [Tools Misc]

    Cheap Big Drills ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Good price on "S&D Drill, 9/16" to 1" by 16ths" (8 drills) set from Victory Machinery in Brooklyn NY

    Tools Misc

  • DIY Magnetic Light Base    - November 11, 2023    [Tools Misc]

    DIY Magnetic Light Base ThumbnnailCarl likes to add his own magnetic bases to his IKEA Jansjo or QUANS gooseneck LED lights. He has LED lights on magnetic bases all over his studio. On his lathes, bandsaws, drill press, and grinders. On the dust hood in his carving area, etc.

    Carl's For Students, Tools Misc

  • Good Quality Plywood    - December 30, 2022    [Tools Misc]

    Good Quality Plywood ThumbnnailFinding good quality plywood at a reasonable price is not impossible. I use 3/4" "Radiata Pine" plywood in the Northeastern USA.

    Tools Misc

  • Led Flashlight for Hollowing    - April 19, 2024    [Tools Misc]

    Led Flashlight for Hollowing ThumbnnailCarl has discovered that the "NextLED NT-7647 20-Inch Gooseneck Flashlight" makes a great light for looking inside of vases and hollow forms.

    Tools Misc

  • Magnets Capture Metal Grinding Dust    - December 17, 2022    [Tools Misc]

    Magnets Capture Metal Grinding Dust ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Super Magnets (Rare Earth Magnets) attached to the wheel guards on my grinder captures the powdery metal grinding dust that is created when I grind my turning tools.

    Tools Misc

  • Updated Morse Taper Drills on Ebay    - April 18, 2021    [Tools Misc]    (Original: March 5, 2014)

    Morse Taper Drills on Ebay ThumbnnailCarl likes to use Morse Taper drills in the tailstock of his lathe to drill holes. Ebay is a good place to purchase large Morse Taper drills cheap.

    Suppliers, Tools Misc

  • QUANS Led Lamp replacement for IKEA Jansjo Led Lamp    - November 1, 2023    [Tools Misc]

    QUANS Led Lamp replacement for IKEA Jansjo Led Lamp ThumbnnailCarl has found a good replacement for the discontinued IKEA Jansjo LED Lamp. It is the "QUANS 5W COB LED Gooseneck Light". The Amazon price is $17 on 10/11/2023.

    Tools Misc

  • Roman Carbide Forstner Drill Bits    - September 8, 2023    [Tools Misc]

    Roman Carbide Forstner Drill Bits ThumbnnailCarl really likes the new fangled Carbide Forstner bits made by "Roman Carbide" (brand). They drill into end grain EASY and FAST. The big wide openings in the bit easily clear the shavings. The shavings almost jump out of the hole.

    Tools Misc

  • Updated Silky Landscape Saw    - April 27, 2024    [Tools Misc]    (Original: May 10, 2022)

    Silky Landscape Saw ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl recommends a Silky Gomboy 210 Landscape Saw for woodturning. He uses it to cut off the tenon on woodturnings.

    Carl's For Students, Tools Misc

  • Storage Baskets    - January 28, 2024    [Tools Misc]

    Storage Baskets ThumbnnailCarl uses two different sizes of storage baskets in his studio. They are good for storing all kinds of things. Acrylic paints, sanding supplies, spray cans, etc.

    Tools Misc

Tools Sanding (19) [category/tools-sanding]

  • 3M Roloc Bristle Disc    - October 30, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    3M Roloc Bristle Disc ThumbnnailCarl is now using "3M ROLOC Bristle Discs" to clean up my carvings on almost FLAT things. You can really go at it and scrub a piece with a Roloc disc.

    Tools Carving, Tools Sanding

  • Abralon Sanding Pads    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Abralon Sanding Pads ThumbnnailCarl uses Abralon Sanding Pads to sand polyurethane, acrylic and lacquer when finishing things. Nothing else works like Abralon! Accept no substitutes!

    Tools Sanding

  • Blue Flex Sanding Disks    - November 20, 2014    [Tools Sanding]

    Blue Flex Sanding Disks ThumbnnailCarl likes the “Blue Flex” sanding disk sold by Vince’s Wooden Wonders. He has been using them for the last 4-5 years and is am very happy.

    Finshes, Suppliers, Tools Sanding

  • Carl’s Sanding Backup Pads    - January 31, 2023    [Tools Sanding]

    Carl’s Sanding Backup Pads ThumbnnailCarl likes Sanding Backup Pads (mandrels) that are thin, low profile and HARD. He makes his own out of 1/4" plywood and 1/4" flat head bolts. He attaches firm and soft foam interface pads to make his hard backup pad softer as needed.

    Carl's Blueprints, Carl's For Students, Carl's Tools, Tools Sanding

  • Corner Code Your Sandpaper    - April 4, 2024    [Tools Sanding]

    Corner Code Your Sandpaper ThumbnnailCarl likes to "Corner Code" his sandpaper to avoid mistakes. On 220-grit sandpaper, he cuts off two corners; on 180 grit, he cuts off one corner; etc.

    Carl's Articles, Tools Sanding

  • Drill and Pads for Sanding    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Drill and Pads for Sanding ThumbnnailCarl recommends a Drill, Backer Pads, and Interface Pads for power sanding. See his “Blue Flex Sanding Disks” blog entry.

    Tools Sanding

  • Drill Brush    - August 10, 2022    [Tools Sanding]

    Drill Brush ThumbnnailCarl is now using a "Drill Brush" to clean up my power carvings. To remove wood fuzz, etc. It is a good cheap alternative to a "3M Roloc Bristle Disc".

    Tools Carving, Tools Sanding

  • Handy Sandpaper    - January 7, 2015    [Tools Sanding]

    Handy Sandpaper ThumbnnailCarl shows how he keeps his sandpaper handy and organized. With 1/8" plywood boards he can hang up and take over to the lathe. Sandpaper organization tips.

    Great Ideas, Tools Sanding

  • Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills    - October 28, 2017    [Tools Sanding]

    Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl keeps his Power Sanding Drills handy by hanging them on the front of his lathe. Photos and how to.

    Tools Sanding

  • Inside Bottom Sanding Stick    - May 1, 2022    [Tools Sanding]

    Inside Bottom Sanding Stick ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl makes sanding sticks out of styrofoam rather than wood. Why? It hurts a lot less if the lathe rips the sanding stick out of my hands and it hits me!

    Tools Sanding

  • Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls    - December 3, 2019    [Tools Sanding]

    Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls ThumbnnailCarl is now using sandpaper rolls from Klingspor for all of his hand sanding. Rather than "Porter Cable Stikit Sandpaper".

    Suppliers, Tools Sanding

  • Lathe Disk Sander    - March 16, 2014    [Tools Sanding]

    Lathe Disk Sander ThumbnnailA variable speed lathe makes a great VARIABLE speed disk sander. You can adjust the speed to avoid burning the end grain on woods like Cherry.

    Tools Lathes, Tools Sanding

  • Updated Mirka Autonet Sandpaper    - February 6, 2023    [Tools Sanding]    (Original: March 31, 2020)

    Mirka Autonet Sandpaper ThumbnnailCarl recommends Mirka Autonet Sandpaper rather than Abranet. Autonet is virtually the same and cheaper. Autonet makes sanding WET wood possible!

    Tools Sanding

  • Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool)    - September 11, 2019    [Tools Sanding]

    Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool) ThumbnnailCarl's take on Steel Wool. Carl uses Nylon Mesh Rolls from McMaster-Carr. Part numbers for "Carl Ford" Course, Medium and Fine.

    Finshes, Suppliers, Tools Sanding

  • Red Siasoft Sandpaper    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Red Siasoft Sandpaper ThumbnnailCarl recommends "Siasoft Red Foam Backed" sandpaper. It is tougher than nails and works great on spindle turnings and wet wood. You can wash it out with water. Then reuse it over and over.

    Tools Sanding

  • Sanding Cheat Sheet    - April 1, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Sanding Cheat Sheet ThumbnnailCarl's "Sanding Cheat Sheet" ties all of his sanding blog entries together. Wet Wood? Then use ... Already Finished? Spindle Turning? Bowl or Hollow Form?

    Carl's For Students, Popular, Tools Sanding

  • Sanding Wet Wood    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Sanding Wet Wood ThumbnnailCarl has developed a method that allows him to defy old school wisdom and sand wet wood. He friction dries with Siasoft then sands with Autonet.

    Tools Sanding

  • Updated Sanding Wheel Brush    - October 30, 2020    [Tools Sanding]    (Original: November 9, 2019)

    Sanding Wheel Brush ThumbnnailCarl recommends “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr. They are a good alternative to the “3M Radial Bristle Discs”. Cheaper & last longer.

    Tools Carving, Tools Sanding

  • Updated Use Metalworking Steel Wool    - April 5, 2024    [Tools Sanding]    (Original: April 12, 2024)

    Use Metalworking Steel Wool ThumbnnailCarl likes to us "Silicon Carbide - Metalworking Steel Wool" on Woodturning projects. "Woodworking Steel Wool" is Aluminum Oxide. AO melts to easily if you apply too much pressure with the lathe running fast.

    Carl's Articles, Tools Sanding

Tools Studio (7) [category/tools-studio]

  • Better Floor Sweep    - June 12, 2021    [Tools Studio]

    Better Floor Sweep ThumbnnailCarl likes the Powertec model #70282 floor sweep. Because the handle is EASILY adjustable! No more disagreements with tall students.

    Dust Collection, Tools Studio

  • Carl’s Overhead Light Bar (and Camera Bar)    - November 21, 2023    [Tools Studio]

    Carl’s Overhead Light Bar (and Camera Bar) ThumbnnailCarl has discovered that an Overhead Light Bar with magnetically attached LED lights is the best lathe lighting solution. Why? 1. Let there be light anywhere! 2. EASY to REPOSITION lights! 3. Never in the way! 4. No shake! 5. Low cost DIY solution.

    Carl's Blueprints, Carl's For Students, Tools Lathes, Tools Misc, Tools Studio

  • Updated Face Shields    - December 10, 2022    [Tools Studio]    (Original: April 22, 2019)

    Face Shields ThumbnnailCarl reviews face shields. Face shields are HIGHLY PERSONAL. Therefore you should try before you buy. What are your options? Powered vs non powered. Etc.

    Carl's For Students, Tools Studio

  • Floor Mats    - December 18, 2019    [Tools Studio]

    Floor Mats ThumbnnailCarl recommends “Rubber-Cal Dura-Chef" floor mats. Good tough Anti-Fatigue mats that stay put. Not to soft or hard. Affordable with Amazon Prime free shipping.

    Tools Studio

  • Gojo Supro Max    - September 9, 2020    [Tools Studio]

    Gojo Supro Max ThumbnnailCarl recommends Gojo Supro Max. It removes almost all of the paint and stains from his hands. It leaves his hands feeling good. Better than Gojo Citrus Orange.

    Tools Studio

  • Updated Lathe Shower Curtains    - January 22, 2021    [Tools Studio]    (Original: March 26, 2015)

    Lathe Shower Curtains ThumbnnailTip: CLOTH Shower Curtains are great for quick clean up. Make your own hooks and track (EMT pipe) to minimize the cost. Cloth! No plastic!

    Carl's For Students, Dust Collection, Tools Studio

  • Ram Board Workbench Cover    - February 27, 2015    [Tools Studio]

    Ram Board Workbench Cover ThumbnnailCarl uses "Ram Board" cardboard to cover his work benches. Its tough. It works great! Comes in 38" by 50' rolls. Sold at big box hardware stores.

    Tools Studio

Turning Tools (19) [category/turning-tools]

Videos (3) [category/videos]

  • Craft in America on Create TV    - December 22, 2013    [Videos]

    Craft in America on Create TV ThumbnnailCarl recommends "Craft in America" TV show. He really like the forge and potters episodes. Often things done by clay potters are easy to translate into Woodturning

    Videos

  • Hosaluk Woodturning DVD    - December 5, 2014    [Videos]

    Hosaluk Woodturning DVD ThumbnnailCarl recommends "The Art of Hosaluk in Woodturning DVD" by Michael Hosaluk. It covers lots of good stuff. The $60 price is releasable for 2 very long DVDs.

    Videos

  • Updated New Ring Tool    - April 28, 2024    [Videos]    (Original: December 20, 2018)

    New Ring Tool ThumbnnailPhotos of Cedar Vases made by Carl with his new Sorby Ring Tool. Turned out of green Cedar logs. What you see is what came off the tool. NO sanding.

    Carl's Artwork, Turning Tools, Videos

Wood (3) [category/wood]


Currently there are 204 posts in Carl's blog. Posts may be assigned to more than one category. Currently there are 29 categories on this page with 373 posts.

Website & Blog Pages (22)

  • Carl's Woodturning Classes & Calendar    - April 18, 2024    [Website Pages]

    Carl's Woodturning Classes & Calendar ThumbnailCalendar of Woodturning Classes taught by Carl Ford and events (symposiums, shows, etc.) that Carl will be attending.

  • Welcome to Carl's Website & Blog    - September 7, 2020    [Website Pages]

    Welcome to Carl's Website & Blog ThumbnailCarl produces one of a kind turned, carved, burned and painted wood vessels. His current obsession is Big, Bold, Surface Decoration. He also loves to turn natural edge vases and jazzing up wood turnings with lots of color.

  • CarlFordWoodturner on Instagram    - May 8, 2022    [Website Pages]

    CarlFordWoodturner on Instagram ThumbnailPlease check out my "CarlFordWoodturner" account on Instagram and follow it! I try to post one new high quality photo of my artwork per day.

  • Carl Ford Woodturner on Facebook    - May 8, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Carl Ford Woodturner on Facebook ThumbnailCarl is "Carl Ford Woodturner" on Facebook. He is not a big fan of Facebook. He likes Instagram. Check out "CarlFordWoodturner" on Instagram!

  • CarlFordWoodturner on Pinterest    - November 26, 2021    [Website Pages]

    CarlFordWoodturner on Pinterest ThumbnailCarl is "CarlFordWoodturner" on Pinterest. He is also "CarlFordWoodturner" on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook!

  • Photo Gallery of Carl's Wood Art    - September 8, 2020    [Website Pages]

    Photo Gallery of Carl's Wood Art ThumbnailLinks to Carl's Artwork on his "CarlFordWoodturner" Instagram page and his "CarlFordWoodturner" Etsy shop.

  • Pinterest Gallery of Carl's Wood Art (Zoomed In)    - January 27, 2024    [Website Pages]

    Pinterest Gallery of Carl's Wood Art (Zoomed In) ThumbnailZoomed In Photo Gallery of Carl Ford's "Eye Popping Hand Turned Wood Art". User friendly front end (no login required) to Carl's gallery on Pinterest.

  • Pinterest Gallery of Carl's Wood Art    - March 2, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Pinterest Gallery of Carl's Wood Art ThumbnailPhoto Gallery of Carl Ford's "Eye Popping Hand Turned Wood Art". User friendly front end (no login required) to Carl's gallery on Pinterest.

  • Carl' Woodturning Blog Intro    - May 6, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Carl' Woodturning Blog Intro ThumbnailCarl started his own woodturning blog in 2013. Why? 1. Carl has good ideas that he would like to share with others. 2. Carl often finds new tools, etc that work well and he would like to share with others. ...

  • Use Blog Search Box    - May 30, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Use Blog Search Box ThumbnailCarl' recommends using the "Search Box" on his blog or "All Posts by Category" blog page to find things on his blog or Google.

  • Popular Blog Posts    - March 12, 2018    [Website Pages]

    Popular Blog Posts ThumbnailA short summary of Popular Blog Posts on Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog. Carl's new Powermatic 3520C lathe, Carl's Modern Tools set, etc.

  • All Posts by Category    - November 7, 2014    [Website Pages]

    All Posts by Category ThumbnailA short summary of All Blog Posts by Category on Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog with thumbnail photos. You can view the text or search on this page.

  • All Post by Category - NO Thumbnails    - January 15, 2022    [Website Pages]

    All Post by Category - NO Thumbnails ThumbnailA short summary of All Blog Posts by Category on Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog. Text only. You can just view the text or search on this page.

  • All Posts by Date (What's New?)    - October 19, 2023    [Website Pages]

    All Posts by Date (What's New?) ThumbnailA short summary of All Blog Posts by Date on Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog with thumbnail photos. You can view the text or search on this page.

  • All Posts by Modified Date (What's Updated?)    - January 1, 2024    [Website Pages]

    All Posts by Modified Date (What's Updated?) ThumbnailA short summary of All Blog Posts by Modified Date on Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog with thumbnail photos. You can view the text or search on this page.

  • Subscribe to Carl's Woodturning Blog    - June 13, 2014    [Website Pages]

    Subscribe to Carl's Woodturning Blog ThumbnailSubscribe to Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog if you want to receive an email when Carl makes a new blog entry.

  • Carl's Woodturning Studio    - September 9, 2020    [Website Pages]

    Carl's Woodturning Studio ThumbnailIntro to Carl's Studio with photos and directions to Carl's Woodturning Studio for Classes, etc.

  • Carl's Resources For Students - Tools, Jigs, Handouts    - September 9, 2020    [Website Pages]

    Carl's Resources For Students - Tools, Jigs, Handouts ThumbnailA short summary and links to Carl's Teaching Handouts. All on the same same page to make things easier to find. You can "search" on this page for what you want.

  • Carl Ford's Woodturning Resume    - September 6, 2020    [Website Pages]

    Carl Ford's Woodturning Resume ThumbnailCarl's Woodturning Resume in PDF and HTML format. Carl's objective. Carl's experience. Classes taken by Carl. Symposiums attended by Carl. Etc.

  • Carl's Contact Information    - June 13, 2014    [Website Pages]

    Carl's Contact Information ThumbnailHow to contact Carl. By EMAIL please! Locator map for Poughkeepsie NY, Directions to Carl's Woodturning Studio in Poughkeepse NY.

  • Carl's Contact Form    - June 28, 2023    [Website Pages]

    Carl's Contact Form ThumbnailContact Form for Carl Ford's Website and Blog. The form is protected against spam and other types of automated abuse by “Google reCAPTCHA v3” and “Akismet”.

  • Kaatskill Woodturners    - May 31, 2023    [Website Pages]

    Kaatskill Woodturners ThumbnailThe Kaatskill Woodturners have moved there club info and events to the "Groupworks Club Management Platform" at https://app.groupworks.com/#/groups/996/posts


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