Category Archives: Carl’s For Students

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

Carl’s Index Wheels – How To Use

This is the second of two blog entries. The first blog entry covers how to make “Carl’s Index Wheels”. The second blog entry covers how to use “Carl’s Index Wheels”.

I learned everything in both blog entries, a long time ago, in a week long class with Al Stirt at the “Center for Furniture Craftsmanship” in Maine. Al Stirt’s idea and method. My enhanced index wheels. Continue reading Carl’s Index Wheels – How To Use

Carl’s Index Wheels – How to Make

This is the first of two blog entries. The first blog entry covers how to make “Carl’s Index Wheels”. The second blog entry covers how to use “Carl’s Index Wheels”. You may want to read the second blog entry first. After you see how the index wheels are used you may decide that you want to make your own.

I learned everything in both blog entries, a long time ago, in a week long class with Al Stirt at the “Center for Furniture Craftsmanship” in Maine. Al Stirt’s idea and method. My enhanced index wheels. Continue reading Carl’s Index Wheels – How to Make

Carl’s Kiln Dried Wood Process

Photo: Kiln Dried Wood Process (wood_process_11)

Here is the blank cutting process that I use to get the most out of hardwood kiln dried boards for woodturning.

I am documenting this process for my students. This is how I determine the price I charge students for kiln dried blanks. Continue reading Carl’s Kiln Dried Wood Process

Silky Landscape Saw

Photo: Silky Landscape Saw 1

I often finish the bottoms on my bowls and hollow forms by parting down to a 1″ tenon and then sawing thru the tenon with the LATHE STOPPED! See photo above.

I recommend using a saw designed to cut wet green wood. A saw with big teeth. With lots of “set” in the teeth.

Beware! The lathe MUST BE STOPPED! Do not use anything with teeth with the lathe running! Do not use anything with out tool rest support!
Continue reading Silky Landscape Saw

Golden Ratio Calipers

Photo: Golden Ratio Calipers (cbf_golden_ratio_calipers_blueprint_0)

I made a set of "Golden Ratio Calipers".

I like to use the "Golden Ratio" (1.618…) when creating hollow forms and wide rim plates. It allows me to create things with pleasing proportions found in nature.

The golden ratio tells me where the widest diameter of a hollow form should be relative to the top and bottom. It also tells we how big the bowl in the center of wide rim bowl or plate should be. Continue reading Golden Ratio Calipers