Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: Carl uses two different sizes of storage baskets in his studio. They are good for storing all kinds of things. Acrylic paints, sanding supplies, spray cans, etc.
It seems like I am always ordering more storage baskets from Amazon. I keep finding more and
more uses for them around my studio.
Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: Carl has discovered that an Overhead Light Bar with magnetically attached LED lights is the best lathe lighting solution. Why? 1. Let there be light anywhere! 2. EASY to REPOSITION lights! 3. Never in the way! 4. No shake! 5. Low cost DIY solution.
Click here for a black & white PRINTABLE version of the above blueprint.
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 …
Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: Carl likes to add his own magnetic bases to his IKEA Jansjo or QUANS gooseneck LED lights. He has LED lights on magnetic bases all over his studio. On his lathes, bandsaws, drill press, and grinders. On the dust hood in his carving area, etc.
I like to add my own magnetic bases to my IKEA Jansjo or QUANS gooseneck LED lights. I have
gooseneck LED lights on magnetic bases all over my studio. On my lathes, bandsaws, drill press, and
grinders. On the dust hood in my carving area, etc.
This blog entry shows some examples of my lights in use, talks about magnet and light options,
and then step by step instructions on how to make your own magnetic bases.
The above photos shows two of my lights. The one on the left is two LED gooseneck lights on a
$7 "Ceramic Cup Magnet" with 80 pounds of holding power. The one on the right is two LED gooseneck
lights on a $13 "Harbor Freight On/Off Switched Magnetic Base" with 45 pounds of holding power.
All of the LED goosenecks light in the photo are "QUANS 5W COB LED Gooseneck
Light" lights. Each light is 500 lumens each. Two of them is like two old fashion 60 watt
incandescent light bulbs.
Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: Carl has found a good replacement for the discontinued IKEA Jansjo LED Lamp. It is the "QUANS 5W COB LED Gooseneck Light". The Amazon price is $17 on 10/11/2023.
I have lots of IKEA Jansjo Led Lamps in my studio. 4 or 5 of them over each lathe. My students
and I love them. They are the perfect light! Not to bright, not to dim. The 19" gooseneck is not to
stiff or soft. It stays put were you put it. HOWEVER, they are out of production. IKEA stopped
selling them several years ago.
I have been looking for a good replacement for my students for the last couple of years. I
think I have finally found one. It is the "QUANS 5W COB LED Gooseneck Light". The Amazon price is $17 on 10/11/2023. Note: I have seen the same light for a lot more other places.
Meta Description: Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog: Carl really likes the new fangled Carbide Forstner bits made by "Roman Carbide" (brand). They drill into end grain EASY and FAST. The big wide openings in the bit easily clear the shavings. The shavings almost jump out of the hole.
Finally a set of Forstner bits that I can write home about! I have been looking for a GOOD new
set of Forstner drill bits at a PRICE I COULD AFFORD for a long time! My old set is way to dull and
can not be sharpened. Continue reading Roman Carbide Forstner Drill Bits→
Finding good quality plywood at a reasonable price is not impossible. But, you do have to look around and be selective. I use 3/4″ “Radiata Pine” plywood in the Northeastern USA. Continue reading Good Quality Plywood→