Tag Archives: Carl’s Tools

Carl’s Travel Woodturning Tool Set

Carl's Travel Tool Set 1

Updated: 12/31/2019: I now use a red tool tray rather than a Tool Roll. See new section at the end of this blog entry.

I recently created a new Travel Tool Set that I can EASILY take to demos, club meetings and symposiums. I have been using it full time in my studio recently to test it out. I am real happy with it. See photo below.

The heart of the system is a new 5/8″ Quick Release Tool Handle from Jimmy Clewes. It works really good. I saw Jimmy use it on the 2018 Norway Woodturning Cruise. I was real impressed with the Quick Release mechanism that Jimmy has come up with. Just a simple 1/4 turn of the handle with your hand (no tools) locks a tool in place or releases it. You can change tools real fast. So, swapping tools does not interfere with the flow of a demo.
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Carl’s Modern Woodturning Tool Set

Photo: Carl’s Modern Woodturning Tool Set Page 1

Updated 5/3/2024 : An update to the document is long overdue. It has been delayed because I no longer have access to the Framemaker program that I used to create this document. I am in the process of making a new HTML based doc for my bog.

It has been delayed by taking pictures, etc. I am making a few direct changes to the PDF via Acrobat program in the mean time.

Click here for the demo handout PDF updated on 5/3/2024.

I like many turners, started out by purchasing a set of tools from a well known manufacturer. Then while attending classes, demos and symposiums, I learned that I did not need most of the tools in the set. Modern turners have moved on beyond the scrapers and spindle turning tools featured in the old fashion sets still sold by many well known manufactures.
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Vacuum Chucks Demo

Photo: Vacuum Chucks Demo 1

Click here for the PDF demo handout.

What are they? What are they good for? What do I need to set up my own Vacuum Chuck System? How can I keep the cost down?

Updated: 9/4/2020. I am no longer interested in doing this demo. There is still some good info in the handout. Thus, I am leaving it on the web.