Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: Carl made a custom Concave Cup Center with a Hole in the middle. It allows him to easily turn finials or Christmas ornaments with out leaving any unwanted impressions on his work.
I made my own concave cup center with a hole in the middle when I ran into a need for one
while turning Christmas tree ornaments. It allows me to turn down the top of my Christmas ornaments
to all most nothing, before parting them off. It also allows me to sand the ornaments before parting
them off. I have access to almost all of the ornament and I don't need to worry about breaking it
I am going to use the same Hollow Concave Cup Live Center the next time I turn a finial.
Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: 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.
Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: Carl uses a shop made mallet and awl to mark the center of things. As he gets older, he tries to be more careful with his hands. He does not want to develop arthritis,
Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: Carl now uses "slip on" custom UHMW cones. Slip on cones are better! They are easier to make and they are easier to use. Why? Because, they just slip on!
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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→
Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: 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.
Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: Carl likes jam chucks made out of 3/4" plywood and PVC pipe couplings. Carl's jam chucks are Drum Chucks that you can be used with or with out vacuum. How to make your own.
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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→