Category Archives: Carl’s Tools

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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Octagon Template Cuts Corners

Octagon Template Cuts Corners

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Here is my “Octagon Template Cuts Corners” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 15 of the AAW August 2020 “American Woodturner” Journal.
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Carl’s Carving Stand

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Over the years I have seen and made a number of different carving stand designs. Here is my latest design. It is bare bones simple and works good! I really like it. Continue reading Carl’s Carving Stand