Category Archives: Carl’s For Students

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

Screw Eyes for Christmas Ornaments

Photo: Screw Eyes for Christmas Ornaments (ornament_screw_eyes_00)

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

Carl’s Overhead Light Bar (and Camera Bar)

Photo: Carl's Overhead Steel (or Wood) Light (& Camera) Bar (carls_light_bar_page1_blue)

Click here for a black & white PRINTABLE version of the above blueprint.

Over the last 20+ years I have seen and used a lot of lathe lighting solutions. I have gone thru a number of different solutions in my studio. I started with incandescent Moffatt flex arm lights when they were all the rage. Then, I moved on to …

Then roughly 10+ years ago, I came up with my own Overhead Light Bar system with magnetically attached LED lights. See above drawing and photos below. Continue reading Carl’s Overhead Light Bar (and Camera Bar)

DIY Magnetic Light Base

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I like to add my own magnetic bases to my IKEA Jansjo or QUANS gooseneck LED lights. I have gooseneck LED lights on magnetic bases all over my studio. On my lathes, bandsaws, drill press, and grinders. On the dust hood in my carving area, etc.

This blog entry shows some examples of my lights in use, talks about magnet and light options, and then step by step instructions on how to make your own magnetic bases.

The above photos shows two of my lights. The one on the left is two LED gooseneck lights on a $7 "Ceramic Cup Magnet" with 80 pounds of holding power. The one on the right is two LED gooseneck lights on a $13 "Harbor Freight On/Off Switched Magnetic Base" with 45 pounds of holding power.

All of the LED goosenecks light in the photo are "QUANS 5W COB LED Gooseneck Light" lights. Each light is 500 lumens each. Two of them is like two old fashion 60 watt incandescent light bulbs.

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Rotary V-Cutter (V-Tool Carving Chisel)

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In January of 2023, I purchased a Rotary Carbide V-Cutter. It is a real game changer. It is like 10 times faster than a good old hand held V-tool or a V-tool in a reciprocating power carver. It is easy to use and control.

It is great for cutting straight lines or gentle curves. However, tight curves are better done with a good old V-tool.

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Rotating T-Square

Rotating T-Square

Here is a pointer to my “Shopmade Rotating T-Square” article that appeared on page 35 of the AAW June 2023 “American Woodturner” Journal.
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1/4″ Die Grinders

Photo: 1/4″ Die Grinders 1 Many of the bigger carving burs have a 1/4″ shank on the bur. Thus they will not fit in a Dremel style tool with a 1/8″ collet chuck. I recommend one of the following 1/4″ die grinders. Continue reading 1/4″ Die Grinders