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Carl’s Overhead Light Bar (and Camera Bar)

Photo: Carl's Overhead Steel (or Wood) Light (& Camera) Bar (carls_light_bar_page1_blue)

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Over the last 20+ years I have seen and used a lot of lathe lighting solutions. I have gone thru a number of different solutions in my studio. I started with incandescent Moffatt flex arm lights when they were all the rage. Then, I moved on to …

Then roughly 10+ years ago, I came up with my own Overhead Light Bar system with magnetically attached LED lights. See above drawing and photos below. Continue reading Carl’s Overhead Light Bar (and Camera Bar)

Carl’s Slip On Custom Centering Cones

Photo: Carl's Slip On Custom Centering Cones (slip_on_cones_blue)

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Photo: AAW Journal Slip On Cones

Updated: 2/26/2024. This idea was published as “Shopmade Slip-On Centering Cones” on pages 27 to 31 of the AAW February 2024 “American Woodturner” Journal. Click here for page 27 to 31 PDF.

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

Carl’s Sanding Backup Pads

Photo: Carl's Sanding Backup Pads (sanding_backup_pads_blue)

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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.

I don't like thicker pads. Low profile pads are better at getting into the tight space between headstock and bowl. Continue reading Carl’s Sanding Backup Pads

Carl’s Jam Chucks

Photo: Carl's Jam Chucks (carls_jam_chucks_page1_blue)

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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

Carl’s Hand Held Laser Depth Gauge

Photo: Carl's Hand Held Laser Depth Gauge (laser_depth_gauge_blue)

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Carl’s 4x7x2 Sharpening Jigs

Photo: 4x7x2 Sharpening Jigs System - Set It & Forget It (4x7x2_jigs_page0_blue)

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Students come to my studio and fall in love with my quick and easy grinding jigs. Over the years I have struggled with how can students make there own version of my grinding jigs. This is my solution to the problem. Continue reading Carl’s 4x7x2 Sharpening Jigs