Category Archives: Misc

Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners

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Woodturners in the US often have to deal with Millimetres. Bowl gouges made in Europe are often 12mm
rather than 1/2″. Etc.

I often see Woodturners get all twisted up by 1″ = 25.4mm.   My advice is to forget about the 0.4mm!
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Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives

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Updated: 5/12/2022. I wrote this blog entry roughly 3 years ago. Google says it is poplar. Thus, I am updating it to say things have not really changed much in the last 3 years. Well, yea prices have gone up.

I updated some links. I don’t have time to update all the prices. They have gone up by roughly $5 to $10.

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Over the years I have owned a number of different turning smocks. Here are MY thoughts.

Sooner or latter every turner decides they need a turning smock. Because, sooner or latter nature calls and you just don’t have time to shed all the wood chips, etc. She who must be obeyed, has a no wood chips in the house policy!

In A Nutshell

I like the AAW Turning Smock best. I absolutely HATE the blue color. The dark grey one is not a whole lot better. But, I have found the lightweight, short sleeve and roomy design works best. It is easy to get on and off. It easily sheds wood chips. Continue reading Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives

Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals

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A few years ago I realized I needed to improve my hand strength if I wanted to be a better turner. Thus, I purchased a set of “Zon Resistance Strength Hand Grips” from Amazon for $7. I use them in the morning while I am riding my exercise bike. They give my hands a good work out. I like em. They have improved my turning.

When I was a kid my uncle had a set of these that you needed to be Superman to use. They were made for weight lifting, etc. The Zon ones I have are good for mere mortals. The resistance is enough, but not to much.

Retired from IBM

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Today 8/31/2016 was my last day at IBM.  I started on 6/13/1983.

I voluntarily retired after 33 years, 2 months and 19 days.  Approximately 8347 working days (no weekends or public holidays).

I am looking forward to my 2nd career as a full time Studio Woodturner.