Meta Description: Carl's Rotating “T-square.” Unlike a traditional T-square, whose head registers on a straightedge, this one features a circle that registers in the bowl he has turned. This T-square allows Carl to draw evenly spaced lines and replicate patterns easily.
I now use my "slip on" custom UHMW cones rather than the "threaded" custom cones featured in
my 2007 AAW Journal "Custom Centering Cones" article.
Some times you look backwards and realize you had "blinders" on. In 2007 I was replacing the
Oneway thread on aluminum cones with my own cones made out of UHMW plastic. Oneway threaded on there
aluminum cones thus I thought I needed to thread on my cones. It took years, but I have seen the light.
Slip on cones are better! They are easier to make and they are easier to use. Why? Because,
they just slip on! When you press them up against something with tail stock pressure they will stay
in place on there own. You don't need to waste time threading them on. Continue reading Carl’s Slip On Custom Centering Cones→
Meta Description: Carl 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.
Click here for a PRINTABLE version of the above blueprint.
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→
Meta Description: Carl made a set of "Golden Ratio Calipers". He likes to use the "Golden Ratio" (1.618…) when turning hollow forms and wide rim plates. It allows him to create things with pleasing proportions found in nature.
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→