Category Archives: Carl’s Tools

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. 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

Golden Ratio Calipers

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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

Burnishing Tool for Wood Lathe

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I like to burnish the textures that I create with my Sorby Spiraling and Texture Tool. The burnishing step smooths the texture, pushes down any burrs that sticking up, etc. It makes things look better.

Note: You should also check out my “Crown Verses Sorby Spiraling & Texturing Tool” blog entry.

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Sharpening & Buffing Lathe Attachment

Sharpening & Buffing Lathe Attachment

I created a “Sharpening and Buffing Attachment” for my wood lathe. I use it to sharpen my wood carving gouges and to buff my metal spinning tools.

It attaches to my lathe via a 4 jaw chuck in expansion mode. Thus it is cheap and easy to make. Continue reading Sharpening & Buffing Lathe Attachment

Carl’s Turntable for Finishing

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Carl’s Turntable

I often use my homemade turntable (aka lazy susan) when painting and finishing things. It really helps me get a nice even finish on things with out finger prints.

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