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Books (6) [category/books]

Woodturning Books & Dvds

  • Essential Books & DVDs for Students    - March 13, 2015    [Books]

    Essential Books & DVDs for Students ThumbnailUpdated: 5/24/2018. Add “Project Books” section and Jordan “The Aesthetics & Properties of Wood” DVD. Here are the books and DVDs I recommend to students when I teach a class. You may be able to get these books from your [...]

  • Hard Versus Soft Maple – The Wood Database    - January 26, 2015    [Books]

    Hard Versus Soft Maple – The Wood Database ThumbnailIt seems like people always put the word “Hard” before the word “Maple”. So when people tell me they have a nice “Hard Maple” log, I think it is really probably “Soft Maple”.  Because that is what I [...]

  • Power Carving Textures    - January 8, 2017    [Books]

    Power Carving Textures ThumbnailHere is some information I put together for a Power Carving Textures demo that I am doing at my local club. I learned most of the stuff presented here in various wood turning symposiums and classes. Mostly from Al [...]

  • Projects at Woodturning Magazine    - February 22, 2015    [Books]

    Projects at Woodturning Magazine ThumbnailI recently discovered that the Woodturning Magazine from the UK has some nice projects on the web.  Some of the projects are to simple or clumsy for me, but others are very nice. I really like the “Print This Page” link at the bottom of [...]

  • Steel By The Numbers    - June 28, 2020    [Books]

    Steel By The Numbers ThumbnailClick here or on the photo for a PDF file. Everyone knows about “cold rolled” and “stainless” steel. When you want something else you need to order steel by the numbers. 4140, 1215, etc steel. The steel industry uses a [...]

  • Woodburners & Pyrography    - April 28, 2013    [Books]

    Woodburners & Pyrography ThumbnailHere is my response to an e-mail asking about woodburners. I currently own and use a Detail Master Excalibre (the silver one with 2 ports) with lots of different Fixed Tip Detail Master Vented pens (the silver aluminum ones). I also have a couple of [...]


Carl's Articles (6) [category/carls-articles]

Carl's Magazine Articles

  • Custom Centering Cones    - January 1, 2008    [Carl's Articles]

    Custom Centering Cones ThumbnailI could not live without my Custom Centering Cones that I have turned out of ultar-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene. I have turned lots of different shapes and use them often.   In 2007, I wrote a magazine artificial that explains [...]

  • Custom Tool Handles    - May 10, 2015    [Carl's Articles]

    Custom Tool Handles ThumbnailMake your own Custom Tool Handles from PVC Pipe and Heat Shrinkable [...]

  • Foam Cole Jaws    - April 8, 2019    [Carl's Articles]

    Foam Cole Jaws ThumbnailHere is my “Craft Foam Projects Bowl Rim” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 15 of the AAW February 2019 “American Woodturner” [...]

  • Get A Grip    - November 7, 2018    [Carl's Articles]

    Get A Grip ThumbnailHere is my “Get A Grip” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 18 of the AAW August 2018 “American Woodturner” Journal. Adding a layer of elastic mesh sleeve is a cheap and easy way to get a better grip [...]

  • Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls    - November 16, 2019    [Carl's Articles]

    Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls ThumbnailI have found that using a 2-1/2″ diameter hole that is 1/4″ deep is a good way to mount blanks for plates and shallow bowls on the lathe. It is easy and very [...]

  • Shopmade Collet Chuck    - November 19, 2018    [Carl's Articles]

    Shopmade Collet Chuck ThumbnailHere is a pointer to my “Shopmade Collet Chuck” article that appeared on page 18 of the AAW August 2018 “American Woodturner” [...]


Carl's Artwork (13) [category/carls-artwork]

  • “Craters and Sun” for AAW Live Auction    - May 23, 2014    [Carl's Artwork]

    “Craters and Sun” for AAW  Live Auction ThumbnailI am proud to report that my “Craters and Sun” square bowl is 1 of 30 pieces that has been selected by jury for the big Saturday Night Banquet Live Auction at the AAW National Symposium in Phoenix Arizona on June 13th, 2014. Please bid [...]

  • 60 Covid-19 Hollow Forms    - July 7, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]

    60 Covid-19 Hollow Forms ThumbnailI have now turned 60 hollow forms in the last 3 months. During the Covid-19 shutdown. So far so good. They have kept the doctor away. Click here for more photos and info. Updated: 10/12/2020. Many of the above hollow forms are now for sale in my [...]

  • AAW Turning of the Week    - March 6, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    AAW Turning of the Week ThumbnailMy Pennsylvania Dutch Cake Stand was just selected as the “AAW Turning of the Week” on 3/6/2019. Click on the photo above for more photos of my recent [...]

  • Agar Class at Arrowmont    - July 2, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    Agar Class at Arrowmont ThumbnailI recently took a WOW Factor master class with Nick Agar at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. June 9-16, 2019. Here are some photos of the work I created in the class. I had a great time at the class. Nick is a great [...]

  • Cactus Plate Bowl    - January 26, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    Cactus Plate Bowl ThumbnailRic Rac Orchid Cactus Plate Bowl Last month, I found these old photos that I never got around to writing up. They are still relevant. Thus, here is my Ric Rac Cactus Plate [...]

  • Carl Ford’s Etsy Shop Grand Opening    - November 27, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    Carl Ford’s Etsy Shop Grand Opening ThumbnailI just opened my new “CarlFordWoodturner” shop on etsy! Please shop early and often! https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/ My high quality pieces are priced to sell! You win because I have a lot of pieces that I want to sell! I [...]

  • Covid-19 Hollow Forms    - April 9, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]

    Covid-19 Hollow Forms ThumbnailI decided to self quarantine myself for 2 weeks after I returned from a rafting trip to Costa Rica on March 17th. Then Governor Cuomo added a few more weeks. I decided to turn one hollow form a day to keep the doctor away. See photos. 21 hollow [...]

  • Done In One Day Vases    - February 16, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]

    Done In One Day Vases ThumbnailUpdated: 4/23/2020. The vases are now for sale on my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy Store I recently completed the above vases in a little over a week. One per day! I needed to turn a vase in one day for a student demo. From green log to sanded, painted [...]

  • Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery    - December 2, 2014    [Carl's Artwork]

    Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery ThumbnailMy work was recently featured on page 57 in the “Members’ Gallery” section of the August 2014 issue of “American Woodturner” the Journal of the American Association of [...]

  • Hollow Forms Winter 2015/2016    - April 21, 2016    [Carl's Artwork]

    Hollow Forms Winter 2015/2016 ThumbnailI will be retiring from IBM on Aug 31, 2016.    After that I should have a lot more time to make blog entries.   I have a lot of ideas and pictures ready to go.  Stay tuned. Here are some hollow forms I turned over the winter of 2015/2016.   [...]

  • New Ring Tool    - December 20, 2018    [Carl's Artwork]

    New Ring Tool ThumbnailHere are some Cedar Vases I made with my new Sorby Ring Tool. The vases are roughly 6″ diameter by 5″ to 6-1/2″ tall. I turned these out of green Cedar logs. What you see is what came off the tool. NO sanding, 1 coat of poly when [...]

  • Viking Sunset Bowl    - December 19, 2018    [Carl's Artwork]

    Viking Sunset Bowl ThumbnailHere is a Nick Agar style Viking Sunset Bowl that I just finished. 8″ diameter by 2″ tall. I really enjoyed making this piece. My students are also having a good time making these in my “Woodturning Workshop” studio [...]

  • Wall Art – Summer 2020    - August 29, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]

    Wall Art – Summer 2020 ThumbnailHere are some of the Nick Agar style square wall hangings that I made this summer (Summer of 2020). I also made some plates. I am using the techniques I learned in a class with Nick at Arrowmont last year. Nick’s technique. My [...]


Carl's Demos (12) [category/carls-demos]

  • Airbrushed Wood Dyes & Web Fx Paint Demo    - September 9, 2019    [Carl's Demos]

    Airbrushed Wood Dyes & Web Fx Paint Demo ThumbnailClick here for the demo handout PDF. Hi, I am going to do a different style handout here for my Nutmeg “Airbushed Wood Dyes and Web-Fx Paint Demo” on [...]

  • Antique Candlestick Demo    - February 28, 2014    [Carl's Demos]

    Antique Candlestick Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Turning new Antique Candlesticks is a great way to improve your spindle turning skills and use up scraps of wood. I call them “antiques” because I use up old scraps of wood with cracks and knots. Then [...]

  • Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration Demo    - December 7, 2018    [Carl's Demos]

    Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Please contact me if you would like me to do this demo for your club or [...]

  • Candle Dish Demo or Class    - May 8, 2010    [Carl's Demos]

    Candle Dish Demo or Class ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Turning a dish style candle stick holder is a great little project. This short demo shows how turn a candle dish in a 1/2 hour or less. The demo features just a few simple tools and just a small block of easy to [...]

  • Great Polyurethane Finishes Demo    - January 10, 2013    [Carl's Demos]

    Great Polyurethane Finishes Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Want to learn how to get a great tough “Baby Bottom Smooth” finish with only 2 coats of Polyurethane? Then this is the demo for [...]

  • Intro to Woodturning Public Demo    - April 26, 2009    [Carl's Demos]

    Intro to Woodturning Public Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Woodturning is an age old craft that is enjoying a modern resurgence as art. This demo introduces woodturning to novices. What is it? Why is it fun? What do I need to known to get into woodturning? This demo is [...]

  • Munro Hollower Demo    - April 26, 2018    [Carl's Demos]

    Munro Hollower Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. The Munro Hollower2 is a great tool for making vases and hollow forms. This demo shows how I hollow a bowl and vase with the Munro Hollower 2. I cover lots of tips and tricks that will allow you to hit the ground [...]

  • Natural Edge Bowls Demo    - July 16, 2009    [Carl's Demos]

    Natural Edge Bowls Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. I love to turn green wood and I love to turn natural edge bowls. This demo focuses on turning medium size (10 to 12″) natural edge bowls using the versatile David Ellsworth Signature Gouge. A natural edge [...]

  • Owl Plaque Demo or Class    - November 6, 2010    [Carl's Demos]

    Owl Plaque Demo or Class ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. In this easy one day workshop students will turn a cute Owl Plaque just in time for Christmas. Simple tools and techniques will be used to create a very satisfying project. Each student should complete 1 or more [...]

  • Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo    - August 18, 2008    [Carl's Demos]

    Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Adding color via paint and/or stain to your turnings is a great way to spice up boring wood. It allows you to make beautiful pieces out of cheap wood. Painting with the lathe running is easy! Anyone can do it. [...]

  • Small Vases & Hollow Forms Demo    - June 8, 2011    [Carl's Demos]

    Small Vases & Hollow Forms Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Turning small vases is a great low stress way to learn how to create hollow forms and to experiment with shapes and surface [...]

  • The Detail Gouge Demo or Class    - January 25, 2010    [Carl's Demos]

    The Detail Gouge Demo or Class ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Experience the fun of using a detail gouge with a Michael Hosaluk grind. Good clean cuts with this versatile tool will be the focus of this 2-day class open to [...]


Carl's Jigs (1) [category/carls-jigs]

  • Tool Sharpening Templates    - May 17, 2013    [Carl's Jigs]

    Tool Sharpening Templates ThumbnailI like to create sharpening templates for my tools. The templates allow me to quickly and easily set up my grinder. I get a consistent grind every time. Click here for PDF file of Tool Sharpening [...]


Carl's Studio (5) [category/carls-studio]

  • A Day in My “Winter 2018 Studio Class”    - July 9, 2018    [Carl's Studio]

    A Day in My “Winter 2018 Studio Class” ThumbnailTom, Scott & Steve with Finished Pieces Here are 3 students with the pieces they made in my class on Thursday 3/22/2018. Left to right. Tom, Scott, and Steve. They were taking my "2018 Winter Woodturning Workshop" class in my Studio [...]

  • Carl’s Photo Studio 2018    - February 11, 2019    [Carl's Studio]

    Carl’s Photo Studio 2018 ThumbnailChick here for printable PDF Carl’s Photo Studio 2018 Here is my new photo setup. I started using it in 2018. I am very happy with [...]

  • Carl’s Woodturning Workshop Class    - October 9, 2019    [Carl's Studio]

    Carl’s Woodturning Workshop Class ThumbnailClick here for the current “Class Information, Suggested Projects for Beginners and the Fine Print” for my long running and very popular Woodturning Workshop Class in my Studio in Poughkeepsie NY. Click here for Carl’s Calendar of [...]

  • My Studio July 2015    - August 2, 2015    [Carl's Studio]

    My Studio July 2015 ThumbnailHere are some photos of my studio in July of 2015. Note: Click here for more studio info. Carl Ford Studio Woodturner The entrance to Aladdin's [...]

  • Winter 2020 Studio Class    - January 17, 2020    [Carl's Studio]

    Winter 2020 Studio Class ThumbnailMy Winter 2020 Studio Classes got off to a great start his week. Here are some photos of Tom Gorbutt decorating the top of his cake stand with spin [...]


Carl's Tools (6) [category/carls-tools]

  • Carl’s TV Hollowing Rig    - November 20, 2019    [Carl's Tools]

    Carl’s TV Hollowing Rig ThumbnailClick here for the demo handout PDF. I am not very happy with this handout. I need to make a better [...]

  • Chainsaw Bench    - June 19, 2020    [Carl's Tools]

    Chainsaw Bench ThumbnailHere is my chainsaw bench. It is heavy and built like a tank! I use it to saw up all of my logs before turning them. This is like the 3rd or 4th generation design. I really like it. I like to think of it as my SAFETY bench. It has lots of features [...]

  • Downdraft Paint Booth    - August 7, 2020    [Carl's Tools]

    Downdraft Paint Booth ThumbnailI finally got around to making the DOWNDRAFT Paint Booth that I have been dreaming of for years. I have been using it now for a couple of weeks and I am very happy! No paint fumes end up in my studio. They all go outside. I do most of my painting [...]

  • My Modern Woodturning Tool Set    - February 12, 2015    [Carl's Tools]

    My Modern Woodturning Tool Set ThumbnailClick here for the demo handout PDF. 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 [...]

  • Travel Tool Set    - December 2, 2018    [Carl's Tools]

    Travel Tool Set ThumbnailUpdated: 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 [...]

  • Vacuum Chucks Demo    - January 1, 2006    [Carl's Tools]

    Vacuum Chucks Demo ThumbnailClick 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 [...]


Dust Collection (3) [category/dust_collection]

  • Big Gulp Dust Hood    - February 2, 2014    [Dust Collection]

    Big Gulp Dust Hood ThumbnailSomeone asked about the Dust Collector in the photo behind my 3520B lathe. I like the “Big Gulp Dust Hood” from PSI (Penn State Industries) on Amazon, Rockler, etc. I have tried others and I have made my own. I like the Big Gulp because [...]

  • Lathe Shower Curtains    - March 26, 2015    [Dust Collection]

    Lathe Shower Curtains ThumbnailA “Lathe Curtains” tip in the December 2014 issue of the AAW Journal magazine inspired me. I decided to replace the dirty old painters tarps I used in my studio to control wood shavings with some nice new shower curtains. The new [...]

  • Workshop Blower for Cleanup    - October 15, 2018    [Dust Collection]

    Workshop Blower for Cleanup ThumbnailOne of my students showed up one day with a little battery powered workshop blower. I tried it and I was sold. I had to have one. I put it on my Christmas list last year and it is the best Christmas present [...]


Finshes (7) [category/finshes]

Paints, Clear Finishes, Airbrushes, etc

  • 8” Buffing Wheel, 4” Bowl Buff, and 8” Long Buffing Adapter    - November 29, 2019    [Finshes]

    8” Buffing Wheel, 4” Bowl Buff, and 8” Long Buffing Adapter ThumbnailIn the handout for my “Great Polyurethane Finishes Demo” (http://carlford.info/blog/2013/01/great-polyurethane-finishes-demo/) I talk about getting a “8” Buffing Wheel, 4” Bowl Buff, and 8” Long Buffing Adapter” from [...]

  • Blue & Purple Masking Tape    - July 26, 2020    [Finshes]

    Blue & Purple Masking Tape ThumbnailI recently started using the new Purple masking tape. I like it. It works good on top of a layer of sealer. You can easily remove it with no residue left behind. The tape is made by 3M Scotch “Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape [...]

  • Blue Flex Sanding Disks    - November 20, 2014    [Finshes]

    Blue Flex Sanding Disks ThumbnailUpdated: 9/30/2019. Change bars in Blue on left.  Recently someone asked me for advice on sanding disks. That is easy! I like the “Blue Flex” sanding disk sold by Vince’s Wooden Wonders. http://www.vinceswoodnwonders.com I have been using [...]

  • Great Polyurethane Finishes Demo    - January 10, 2013    [Finshes]

    Great Polyurethane Finishes Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Want to learn how to get a great tough “Baby Bottom Smooth” finish with only 2 coats of Polyurethane? Then this is the demo for [...]

  • Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool)    - September 11, 2019    [Finshes]

    Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool) ThumbnailI want to document this here in my blog for my students. The Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool, aka Scotch Brite Pads) that I use [...]

  • Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo    - August 18, 2008    [Finshes]

    Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Adding color via paint and/or stain to your turnings is a great way to spice up boring wood. It allows you to make beautiful pieces out of cheap wood. Painting with the lathe running is easy! Anyone can do it. [...]

  • Pistol Style Airbrush    - September 12, 2020    [Finshes]

    Pistol  Style Airbrush ThumbnailPistol Gun Style Airbrush. Some people have a lot of trouble with the trigger on top style of air brush. This pistol gun style trigger airbrush is more money than the $20 Harbor Freight airbrush that I like. But is a better choice for someo [...]


Galleries (2) [category/galleries]

  • “Craters and Sun” for AAW Live Auction    - May 23, 2014    [Galleries]

    “Craters and Sun” for AAW  Live Auction ThumbnailI am proud to report that my “Craters and Sun” square bowl is 1 of 30 pieces that has been selected by jury for the big Saturday Night Banquet Live Auction at the AAW National Symposium in Phoenix Arizona on June 13th, 2014. Please bid [...]

  • Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery    - December 2, 2014    [Galleries]

    Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery ThumbnailMy work was recently featured on page 57 in the “Members’ Gallery” section of the August 2014 issue of “American Woodturner” the Journal of the American Association of [...]


Great Ideas (9) [category/great-ideas]

  • C-Line Sheet Protectors    - January 26, 2014    [Great Ideas]

    C-Line Sheet Protectors ThumbnailI found a C-Line Sheet Protector at a local craft store that I really like. It works good for protecting my reference papers while turning. The Neon Orange color makes it easy to find. It is made of tough clear plastic with a nice gromet that allows [...]

  • Get A Grip    - November 7, 2018    [Great Ideas]

    Get A Grip ThumbnailHere is my “Get A Grip” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 18 of the AAW August 2018 “American Woodturner” Journal. Adding a layer of elastic mesh sleeve is a cheap and easy way to get a better grip [...]

  • Handy Sandpaper    - January 7, 2015    [Great Ideas]

    Handy Sandpaper ThumbnailI like to keep my sandpaper handy and organized. Here is how I do it. Handy Sandpaper Here is how I keep my sandpaper handy. I attach it to 1/8" plywood boards and hang it up. When I am ready to use the sandpaper I take the board over to the [...]

  • Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills    - October 28, 2017    [Great Ideas]

    Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills ThumbnailI like to keep my Power Sanding Drills handy by hanging them on the front of my lathe. My friends and students have copied this idea.  Thus it must be a good [...]

  • Label Your Tools    - October 2, 2014    [Great Ideas]

    Label Your Tools ThumbnailNo Color Code When someone saw the following photo they asked me. Do you have a “color code” for the bands on your tools.   I often get this question. No I don’t. Long ago I started off in that direction. But, I just did not have [...]

  • Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls    - November 16, 2019    [Great Ideas]

    Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls ThumbnailI have found that using a 2-1/2″ diameter hole that is 1/4″ deep is a good way to mount blanks for plates and shallow bowls on the lathe. It is easy and very [...]

  • Travel Tool Set    - December 2, 2018    [Great Ideas]

    Travel Tool Set ThumbnailUpdated: 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 [...]

  • Two Quick “Oneway” Improvements    - February 2, 2013    [Great Ideas]

    Two Quick “Oneway” Improvements ThumbnailHere are two quick improvements to “Oneway” tools Longer Chuck Wrench Handle For me, the bar on the Oneway Chuck handles is to short.   It slips out of my hand, hurts my hand or I can’t get enough leverage. I have [...]

  • Workshop Blower for Cleanup    - October 15, 2018    [Great Ideas]

    Workshop Blower for Cleanup ThumbnailOne of my students showed up one day with a little battery powered workshop blower. I tried it and I was sold. I had to have one. I put it on my Christmas list last year and it is the best Christmas present [...]


Misc (6) [category/misc]

  • Blog Moved from Quick Blogcast to WordPress    - June 23, 2014    [Misc]

    Blog Moved from Quick Blogcast to WordPress ThumbnailI was forced by the GoDaddy people to move my blog from Quick Blogcast hosted by www.GoDaddy.com to WordPress hosted by www.carlford.us New and Old Blog address is the same.  No change. blog.carlford.us   (Preferred Address) or [...]

  • Carl’s Website & Blog Merged    - September 18, 2020    [Misc]

    Carl’s Website & Blog Merged ThumbnailOn 9/15/2020, I merged my Woodturning Website and Blog onto the same WordPress Blog platform. If you go to www.carlford.us it now takes you to the new Home page for my Website on my blog. If you go to www.carlford.us/blog it takes you to my most [...]

  • Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals    - January 20, 2019    [Misc]

    Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals ThumbnailA 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 [...]

  • My New Woodturning Blog    - January 22, 2013    [Misc]

    My New Woodturning Blog ThumbnailI decided to start my own new woodturning blog. Why? Because my Wednesday Night Woodturning group says I have good ideas that I should share with others. Because I often find new tools, etc that work well for me and that I would like to share with [...]

  • Retired from IBM    - August 31, 2016    [Misc]

    Retired from IBM ThumbnailToday 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 [...]

  • Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives    - February 28, 2019    [Misc]

    Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives ThumbnailTurning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives 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 [...]


Obsolete (2) [category/obsolete]

  • BCC Woodturning Studio Tour 2017    - November 29, 2017    [Obsolete]

    I made a video to help promote my classes at the Brookfield Craft Center. It allows people to see what the Turning Studio at the Brookfield Craft Center looks like and has to offer. The video is 6.5 minutes long. Here is the [...]

  • Stikit Sandpaper    - November 20, 2014    [Obsolete]

    Stikit Sandpaper ThumbnailUpdated: [...]


  • My Modern Woodturning Tool Set    - February 12, 2015    [Popular]

    My Modern Woodturning Tool Set ThumbnailClick here for the demo handout PDF. 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 [...]

  • My New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses My Old Powermatic 3520B    - March 13, 2018    [Popular]

    My New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses My Old Powermatic 3520B ThumbnailChick here for printable PDF My New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses my Old Powermatic 3520B I decided to replace my old Powermatic 3520B Lathe with the new C Model. Here is my unpacking and set up experience. Plus some comparison of the B and C [...]

  • My Studio July 2015    - August 2, 2015    [Popular]

    My Studio July 2015 ThumbnailHere are some photos of my studio in July of 2015. Note: Click here for more studio info. Carl Ford Studio Woodturner The entrance to Aladdin's [...]

  • So you want to buy a lathe? A real lathe?    - July 31, 2015    [Popular]

    So you want to buy a lathe?    A real lathe? ThumbnailUpdated: 9/10/2020. I have a lot of trouble updating this blog entry. It is to big. WordPress often crashes when I try to do anything in this post. My php buffer size is not big enough. I am waiting for GoDaddy to upgrade my web sever. In general [...]

  • Travel Tool Set    - December 2, 2018    [Popular]

    Travel Tool Set ThumbnailUpdated: 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 [...]


Projects (10) [category/projects]

  • 1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - April 20, 2018    [Projects]

    1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe Thumbnail1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe The second thing I turned on my new Powermatic 3520C Lathe was a nice cherry hollow form. I put a high gloss finish on this piece. Gloss sells. But, it made getting a good photo a real pain. To many [...]

  • 1st Plate Bowl on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - March 22, 2018    [Projects]

    1st Plate Bowl on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe Thumbnail1st Plate Bowl on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe The first thing I turned on my new Powermatic 3520C Lathe is what I call a plate bowl. A plate with a little bowl in the center. I like to turn this shape and then use it as a canvas that I can decorate. [...]

  • AAW Turning of the Week    - March 6, 2019    [Projects]

    AAW Turning of the Week ThumbnailMy Pennsylvania Dutch Cake Stand was just selected as the “AAW Turning of the Week” on 3/6/2019. Click on the photo above for more photos of my recent [...]

  • Antique Candlestick Demo    - February 28, 2014    [Projects]

    Antique Candlestick Demo ThumbnailClick here for the PDF demo handout. Turning new Antique Candlesticks is a great way to improve your spindle turning skills and use up scraps of wood. I call them “antiques” because I use up old scraps of wood with cracks and knots. Then [...]

  • Cactus Plate Bowl    - January 26, 2019    [Projects]

    Cactus Plate Bowl ThumbnailRic Rac Orchid Cactus Plate Bowl Last month, I found these old photos that I never got around to writing up. They are still relevant. Thus, here is my Ric Rac Cactus Plate [...]

  • Carl’s Woodturning Workshop Class    - October 9, 2019    [Projects]

    Carl’s Woodturning Workshop Class ThumbnailClick here for the current “Class Information, Suggested Projects for Beginners and the Fine Print” for my long running and very popular Woodturning Workshop Class in my Studio in Poughkeepsie NY. Click here for Carl’s Calendar of [...]

  • Nutmeg 2×4 Challenge    - December 29, 2018    [Projects]

    Nutmeg 2×4 Challenge ThumbnailHere is my bowl from a 2×4. I made it for the “Nutmeg Woodturners 2×4 Challenge” on January 14th, [...]

  • Projects at Woodturning Magazine    - February 22, 2015    [Projects]

    Projects at Woodturning Magazine ThumbnailI recently discovered that the Woodturning Magazine from the UK has some nice projects on the web.  Some of the projects are to simple or clumsy for me, but others are very nice. I really like the “Print This Page” link at the bottom of [...]

  • Turning Bottle Stoppers    - May 28, 2013    [Projects]

    Turning Bottle Stoppers ThumbnailTurning Bottle Stoppers is a great way to improve your turning skills. It is also a great way to use up little scraps of wood or experiment with exotic woods. I turn bottle stoppers so I have some low end items to sell. I want to draw people in to [...]

  • Viking Sunset Bowl    - December 19, 2018    [Projects]

    Viking Sunset Bowl ThumbnailHere is a Nick Agar style Viking Sunset Bowl that I just finished. 8″ diameter by 2″ tall. I really enjoyed making this piece. My students are also having a good time making these in my “Woodturning Workshop” studio [...]


Suppliers (9) [category/suppliers]

  • Blue & Purple Masking Tape    - July 26, 2020    [Suppliers]

    Blue & Purple Masking Tape ThumbnailI recently started using the new Purple masking tape. I like it. It works good on top of a layer of sealer. You can easily remove it with no residue left behind. The tape is made by 3M Scotch “Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape [...]

  • Blue Flex Sanding Disks    - November 20, 2014    [Suppliers]

    Blue Flex Sanding Disks ThumbnailUpdated: 9/30/2019. Change bars in Blue on left.  Recently someone asked me for advice on sanding disks. That is easy! I like the “Blue Flex” sanding disk sold by Vince’s Wooden Wonders. http://www.vinceswoodnwonders.com I have been using [...]

  • C-Line Sheet Protectors    - January 26, 2014    [Suppliers]

    C-Line Sheet Protectors ThumbnailI found a C-Line Sheet Protector at a local craft store that I really like. It works good for protecting my reference papers while turning. The Neon Orange color makes it easy to find. It is made of tough clear plastic with a nice gromet that allows [...]

  • Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls    - December 3, 2019    [Suppliers]

    Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls ThumbnailI am now using sandpaper rolls from Klingspor for all of my hand sanding. Rather than “Porter Cable Stikit Sandpaper”. I still like the Stikit paper but it is to hard to [...]

  • McMaster-Carr    - February 22, 2013    [Suppliers]

    McMaster-Carr ThumbnailPeople are always asking me where did you get that?   And, my answer is always “Mcmaster”. Mcmaster-Carr is an old time industrial supply company with a very efficient modern business model.  It’s a big cut above all [...]

  • Morse Taper Drills on Ebay    - March 5, 2014    [Suppliers]

    Morse Taper Drills on Ebay ThumbnailEbay is a good place to purchase large Morse Taper drills cheap. I like to use Morse Taper drills in the tailstock of my lathe to drill [...]

  • Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool)    - September 11, 2019    [Suppliers]

    Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool) ThumbnailI want to document this here in my blog for my students. The Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool, aka Scotch Brite Pads) that I use [...]

  • Power Carving Textures    - January 8, 2017    [Suppliers]

    Power Carving Textures ThumbnailHere is some information I put together for a Power Carving Textures demo that I am doing at my local club. I learned most of the stuff presented here in various wood turning symposiums and classes. Mostly from Al [...]

  • West System 5 Minute Epoxy    - September 4, 2020    [Suppliers]

    West System 5 Minute Epoxy ThumbnailI often use 5 minute epoxy to glue things together. I now use West System 5 minute [...]


Tools Carving (2) [category/tools-carving]

  • Power Carving Textures    - January 8, 2017    [Tools Carving]

    Power Carving Textures ThumbnailHere is some information I put together for a Power Carving Textures demo that I am doing at my local club. I learned most of the stuff presented here in various wood turning symposiums and classes. Mostly from Al [...]

  • Sanding Wheel Brush    - November 9, 2019    [Tools Carving]

    Sanding Wheel Brush ThumbnailI have found that the “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr are a good alternative to the “3M Radial Bristle Discs” that I talk about in my “Power Carving Textures” blog [...]


Tools Chucks (9) [category/tools-chucks]

  • Best Drive Center    - November 14, 2014    [Tools Chucks]

    Best Drive Center ThumbnailUpdated: 5/8/2020: I just discovered that this center is now be manufactured by Nova. It is called the “Nova Jumbo Spur Center”. You can get it from www.packardwoodworks.com it is $90 on 5/8/2020. However, I now like the “Oneway [...]

  • Collet Chuck Revisited    - June 5, 2020    [Tools Chucks]

    Collet Chuck Revisited ThumbnailI find collet chucks convenient for holding small work. For bottle stoppers, bird calls, etc. The screw on Apprentice and Beall Collet Chucks are getting pretty pricey. I recently found a cheaper alternative in the metal working world. You can [...]

  • Collet Chucks    - March 19, 2013    [Tools Chucks]

    Collet Chucks ThumbnailUpdated: 6/5/2020. All check out my “Collet Chuck Revisited” blog entry and my “Shopmade Collet Chuck” blog entry. I find collet chucks convenient for holding small work.   Collets typically come in standard dowel [...]

  • Custom Centering Cones    - January 1, 2008    [Tools Chucks]

    Custom Centering Cones ThumbnailI could not live without my Custom Centering Cones that I have turned out of ultar-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene. I have turned lots of different shapes and use them often.   In 2007, I wrote a magazine artificial that explains [...]

  • Foam Cole Jaws    - April 8, 2019    [Tools Chucks]

    Foam Cole Jaws ThumbnailHere is my “Craft Foam Projects Bowl Rim” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 15 of the AAW February 2019 “American Woodturner” [...]

  • Lathe Accessories for a New Turner    - February 5, 2019    [Tools Chucks]

    Lathe Accessories for a New Turner ThumbnailChick here for printable PDF Here is some advice I wrote for a new turner who has just purchased a Powermatic 3520C lathe. He was looking for advice on chucks, faceplates and a drill chuck. A threw in a little extra stuff. Join the American [...]

  • Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls    - November 16, 2019    [Tools Chucks]

    Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls ThumbnailI have found that using a 2-1/2″ diameter hole that is 1/4″ deep is a good way to mount blanks for plates and shallow bowls on the lathe. It is easy and very [...]

  • Oneway Big Bite Spur Center    - May 8, 2020    [Tools Chucks]

    Oneway Big Bite Spur Center ThumbnailI now recommend the “Oneway Big Bite Spur” center for driving big things. Big blanks for bowls or logs for hollow forms. It only costs around $20 on 5/5/2020. I still have and like my “Stubby Lathe USA Convertible Screw-on Drive [...]

  • Shopmade Collet Chuck    - November 19, 2018    [Tools Chucks]

    Shopmade Collet Chuck ThumbnailHere is a pointer to my “Shopmade Collet Chuck” article that appeared on page 18 of the AAW August 2018 “American Woodturner” [...]


Tools Jigs (3) [category/tools-jigs]

  • Circle Center Finder    - March 21, 2020    [Tools Jigs]

    Circle Center Finder Thumbnail [...]

  • Martel 4 Way Caliper    - October 25, 2020    [Tools Jigs]

    Martel 4 Way Caliper ThumbnailI have noticed that premiergauges.com has been advertising a lot lately. I am not impressed with their products. They are to expensive and the calipers are only single ended (rather than double ended). If I was going to pay big bucks for a caliper [...]

  • Wolverine Grinder Jig Setup    - April 8, 2020    [Tools Jigs]

    Wolverine Grinder Jig Setup ThumbnailIf want to sharpen your tools at home, the same way you learned in a class, then you need to have the same grinder setup at home. If you want to match the setup in my Studio, then here is what I [...]


Tools Lathes (10) [category/tools-lathes]

  • 1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - April 20, 2018    [Tools Lathes]

    1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe Thumbnail1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe The second thing I turned on my new Powermatic 3520C Lathe was a nice cherry hollow form. I put a high gloss finish on this piece. Gloss sells. But, it made getting a good photo a real pain. To many [...]

  • 1st Plate Bowl on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - March 22, 2018    [Tools Lathes]

    1st Plate Bowl on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe Thumbnail1st Plate Bowl on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe The first thing I turned on my new Powermatic 3520C Lathe is what I call a plate bowl. A plate with a little bowl in the center. I like to turn this shape and then use it as a canvas that I can decorate. [...]

  • A Great Little Lathe Review    - May 12, 2010    [Tools Lathes]

    A Great Little Lathe Review ThumbnailClick here for the demo handout [...]

  • Bottom Shelf for Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - April 25, 2018    [Tools Lathes]

    Bottom Shelf for Powermatic 3520C Lathe ThumbnailBottom Shelf for Powermatic 3520C Lathe I added a Bottom Shelf to my new Powermatic 3520C lathe with roughly 240 lbs of stone weight. It is really a two level shelf. With stone on the bottom and a storage shelf [...]

  • Carl’s Tool Rest Design    - May 29, 2020    [Tools Lathes]

    Carl’s Tool Rest Design ThumbnailHere are some pictures and drawings of the tool rests that I prefer. They are NOT commercially available. You have to find someone to make them for [...]

  • Headstock Shelf for Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - May 7, 2018    [Tools Lathes]

    Headstock Shelf for Powermatic 3520C Lathe ThumbnailHeadstock Shelf for Powermatic 3520C Lathe I added a shelf to the Headstock of my new Powermatic 3520C lathe. See photo. All of my lathes have a shelf on top of the headstock. I have found that it makes a great place to store live centers, chucks, [...]

  • Lathe Disk Sander    - March 16, 2014    [Tools Lathes]

    Lathe Disk Sander ThumbnailA variable speed lathe makes a great disk sander. You can adjust the speed of the sanding disk to control how fast you remove wood and to avoid burning the end grain on woods like [...]

  • My New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses My Old Powermatic 3520B    - March 13, 2018    [Tools Lathes]

    My New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses My Old Powermatic 3520B ThumbnailChick here for printable PDF My New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses my Old Powermatic 3520B I decided to replace my old Powermatic 3520B Lathe with the new C Model. Here is my unpacking and set up experience. Plus some comparison of the B and C [...]

  • Revolutionary New 110 Volt Lathes    - August 15, 2020    [Tools Lathes]

    Revolutionary New 110 Volt Lathes ThumbnailLaguna Revo 15/24 Lathe and Powermatic 2014 Lathe It seems like, there is a new lathe on the market every time you pick up a new issue of a woodturning magazine. Most of them are of little or no interest to me. However, recently two new lathes have [...]

  • So you want to buy a lathe? A real lathe?    - July 31, 2015    [Tools Lathes]

    So you want to buy a lathe?    A real lathe? ThumbnailUpdated: 9/10/2020. I have a lot of trouble updating this blog entry. It is to big. WordPress often crashes when I try to do anything in this post. My php buffer size is not big enough. I am waiting for GoDaddy to upgrade my web sever. In general [...]


Tools Machines (14) [category/tools-machines]

  • CBN Grinder Wheels    - March 19, 2020    [Tools Machines]

    CBN Grinder Wheels ThumbnailI went over to the dark side a couple of years ago when the price of good CBN grinding wheels dropped down near $100. I recently decided I should start recommending the purchase of CBN wheels for newbies. You never need to “dress” a CBN [...]

  • Cheap Big Drills    - January 22, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Cheap Big Drills ThumbnailI recently purchased a set of “S&D Drills, 9/16″ to 1″ by 16ths” (8 drills) for only $30 from Victory Machinery in Brooklyn NY.    I live in NY so I had to pay NY sale tax and shipping.  The shipping charge [...]

  • Drill Press Vise    - October 30, 2017    [Tools Machines]

    Drill Press Vise ThumbnailGroz UG100-3 Drill Press Vise Long ago I got this drill press vise that I really like. It is a Groz UGL100-3 made in India. My friends and students also really like this vise when they use it. They want to get one. But, until recently I had to tell [...]

  • Low Cost Industrial Bench Grinder    - January 27, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Low Cost Industrial Bench Grinder ThumbnailUpdated 7/2/2020. After 8 years of frequent use the “stationary switch” inside of my Dayton 2LKR9 grinder wore out. i.e. the switch that cuts out the motor start capacitor after the motor comes up to speed. (Not the main on/off switch). [...]

  • Metal Cutting Bandsaw    - May 22, 2020    [Tools Machines]

    Metal Cutting Bandsaw ThumbnailFor many years I dreamed of owning a metal cutting bandsaw. I just could not justify the cost. They cost a lot more than wood cutting bandsaws. Then one day I came across this “Portaband Table” made by “Swag Offroad”. It [...]

  • Morse Taper Drills on Ebay    - March 5, 2014    [Tools Machines]

    Morse Taper Drills on Ebay ThumbnailEbay is a good place to purchase large Morse Taper drills cheap. I like to use Morse Taper drills in the tailstock of my lathe to drill [...]

  • Pistol Style Airbrush    - September 12, 2020    [Tools Machines]

    Pistol  Style Airbrush ThumbnailPistol Gun Style Airbrush. Some people have a lot of trouble with the trigger on top style of air brush. This pistol gun style trigger airbrush is more money than the $20 Harbor Freight airbrush that I like. But is a better choice for someo [...]

  • Red Box Heater & Blue Blower    - February 8, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Red Box Heater & Blue Blower ThumbnailIs it time to think about investing in a heater? Are you tired of standing in a cold studio or work shop? Are you letting $1000’s of dollars of turning tools sit idle because you are to cheap to invest $150 in a heater? Main Heat The heat in [...]

  • Self Centering Vise (Pen Drilling Vise)    - May 11, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Self Centering Vise (Pen Drilling Vise) ThumbnailI decided to turn some Pens and Bottle Stoppers. I need some cheaper items to draw people in at Craft Shows, etc. I then decided it’s time to invest in one of those Pen Drilling Vises for my drill press. I need a vise that will allow me to [...]

  • Small Wood Bandsaw    - May 16, 2020    [Tools Machines]

    Small Wood Bandsaw ThumbnailSome people have noticed and asked about the new small wood cutting bandsaw in my studio. It is a “WEN 3939T 2.8-Amp 9-Inch Benchtop Band Saw”. It was $208 when I purchased it on 1/24/2020. I see it is now $179 on Amazon on 5/10/2020. [...]

  • Two Quick “Oneway” Improvements    - February 2, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Two Quick “Oneway” Improvements ThumbnailHere are two quick improvements to “Oneway” tools Longer Chuck Wrench Handle For me, the bar on the Oneway Chuck handles is to short.   It slips out of my hand, hurts my hand or I can’t get enough leverage. I have [...]

  • Woodburners & Pyrography    - April 28, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Woodburners & Pyrography ThumbnailHere is my response to an e-mail asking about woodburners. I currently own and use a Detail Master Excalibre (the silver one with 2 ports) with lots of different Fixed Tip Detail Master Vented pens (the silver aluminum ones). I also have a couple of [...]

  • Woodworker II Table Saw Blade    - August 3, 2020    [Tools Machines]

    Woodworker II Table Saw Blade ThumbnailWhen I am not turning green wood from raw logs; I turn mostly kiln dried Maple or Cherry wood. I purchase 10′ to 12′ long x 2″ x 11″ rough stock. If you cut up a lot of dry Maple or Cherry wood on your table saw then you [...]

  • Workshop Blower for Cleanup    - October 15, 2018    [Tools Machines]

    Workshop Blower for Cleanup ThumbnailOne of my students showed up one day with a little battery powered workshop blower. I tried it and I was sold. I had to have one. I put it on my Christmas list last year and it is the best Christmas present [...]


Tools Sanding (13) [category/tools-sanding]

  • Abralon Sanding Pads    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Abralon Sanding Pads ThumbnailAbralon Sanding Pads are manufactured by Mirka. I use them to sand polyurethane when finishing [...]

  • Blue Flex Sanding Disks    - November 20, 2014    [Tools Sanding]

    Blue Flex Sanding Disks ThumbnailUpdated: 9/30/2019. Change bars in Blue on left.  Recently someone asked me for advice on sanding disks. That is easy! I like the “Blue Flex” sanding disk sold by Vince’s Wooden Wonders. http://www.vinceswoodnwonders.com I have been using [...]

  • Drill and Pads for Sanding    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Drill and Pads for Sanding ThumbnailDrill, Backer Pad, and Interface Pads are covered under my “Blue Flex Sanding Disks” blog entry. See [...]

  • Handy Sandpaper    - January 7, 2015    [Tools Sanding]

    Handy Sandpaper ThumbnailI like to keep my sandpaper handy and organized. Here is how I do it. Handy Sandpaper Here is how I keep my sandpaper handy. I attach it to 1/8" plywood boards and hang it up. When I am ready to use the sandpaper I take the board over to the [...]

  • Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills    - October 28, 2017    [Tools Sanding]

    Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills ThumbnailI like to keep my Power Sanding Drills handy by hanging them on the front of my lathe. My friends and students have copied this idea.  Thus it must be a good [...]

  • Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls    - December 3, 2019    [Tools Sanding]

    Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls ThumbnailI am now using sandpaper rolls from Klingspor for all of my hand sanding. Rather than “Porter Cable Stikit Sandpaper”. I still like the Stikit paper but it is to hard to [...]

  • Lathe Disk Sander    - March 16, 2014    [Tools Sanding]

    Lathe Disk Sander ThumbnailA variable speed lathe makes a great disk sander. You can adjust the speed of the sanding disk to control how fast you remove wood and to avoid burning the end grain on woods like [...]

  • Mirka Autonet Sandpaper    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Mirka Autonet Sandpaper ThumbnailMirka Autonet sandpaper works great on dry or wet wood. It really excels at sanding wet [...]

  • Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool)    - September 11, 2019    [Tools Sanding]

    Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool) ThumbnailI want to document this here in my blog for my students. The Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool, aka Scotch Brite Pads) that I use [...]

  • Red Siasoft Sandpaper    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Red Siasoft Sandpaper ThumbnailLong ago Michael Hosaluk turned me on to using Siasoft Red Foam Backed sandpaper. I really like it. It is tougher than nails and works great on spindle turnings and wet wood. You can wash it out with water. Then reuse it over and over. Red Siasoft [...]

  • Sanding Cheat Sheet    - April 1, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Sanding Cheat Sheet ThumbnailI really hate to sand! I try to avoid it like Covid-19. Thus it seems ironic that I have written a dozen blog entries on sanding. Here is a cheat sheet for my students that sort of ties all of my sanding blog entries [...]

  • Sanding Wet Wood    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Sanding Wet Wood ThumbnailOld school wisdom says you can’t sand wet wood. i.e. something you turned out of a fresh log. You have to wait for the wood to dry out, then sand it. If you try to sand with old school PAPER backed sandpaper the wood turns to mush and almost [...]

  • Sanding Wheel Brush    - November 9, 2019    [Tools Sanding]

    Sanding Wheel Brush ThumbnailI have found that the “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr are a good alternative to the “3M Radial Bristle Discs” that I talk about in my “Power Carving Textures” blog [...]


Tools Studio (5) [category/tools-studio]

  • Face Shields    - April 22, 2019    [Tools Studio]

    Face Shields ThumbnailPeople are always asking me about face shields. In A Nut Shell I have found that face shields are HIGHLY PERSONAL. What one person likes, others will hate! Therefore you should try before you buy. Try at a class, school, club or a friends house. I [...]

  • Floor Mats    - December 18, 2019    [Tools Studio]

    Floor Mats ThumbnailI have a concrete floor in my studio.  I also have flat feet, thus I need really good floor mats in my studio.  Over the years I have tried lots of different options for floor mats. I tried the cheap ones from Home Depot, etc. When they were not [...]

  • Gojo Supro Max    - September 9, 2020    [Tools Studio]

    Gojo Supro Max ThumbnailGojo Supro Max is amazing stuff. The advertising says “Wash away your heaviest grease and grime including tar, oil, asphalt, and adhesives without harsh [...]

  • Lathe Shower Curtains    - March 26, 2015    [Tools Studio]

    Lathe Shower Curtains ThumbnailA “Lathe Curtains” tip in the December 2014 issue of the AAW Journal magazine inspired me. I decided to replace the dirty old painters tarps I used in my studio to control wood shavings with some nice new shower curtains. The new [...]

  • Ram Board Workbench Cover    - February 27, 2015    [Tools Studio]

    Ram Board Workbench Cover ThumbnailI found this new Ram Board stuff at Home Depot a few months ago.  It makes a great workbench cover! They sell it to protect fancy tile and wood floors in houses while they are building them or remodeling. Ram Board Roll Ram board comes in 38 inch [...]


Turning Tools (13) [category/turning-tools]

  • Better Bolt for Munro Hollower II    - November 25, 2018    [Turning Tools]

    Better Bolt for Munro Hollower II ThumbnailIf you have a Munro Hollower II then you probably have discovered that the Button Head Cap Screws (bolts) on the bottom are not the greatest. The allen head wrench hole in the heads strips out easily because the hole is to [...]

  • Carl’s TV Hollowing Rig    - November 20, 2019    [Turning Tools]

    Carl’s TV Hollowing Rig ThumbnailClick here for the demo handout PDF. I am not very happy with this handout. I need to make a better [...]

  • Crown Verses Sorby Spiraling & Texturing Tool    - April 13, 2020    [Turning Tools]

    Crown Verses Sorby Spiraling & Texturing Tool Thumbnail“Crown Spiraling and Texturing Tool”http://www.crownhandtools.ltd.uk/page121.html verses “Sorby Spiraling and Texturing Tool” https://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/b320-spiralling-tool The Sorby “Spiraling and Texturing Tool [...]

  • Custom Tool Handles    - May 10, 2015    [Turning Tools]

    Custom Tool Handles ThumbnailMake your own Custom Tool Handles from PVC Pipe and Heat Shrinkable [...]

  • Label Your Tools    - October 2, 2014    [Turning Tools]

    Label Your Tools ThumbnailNo Color Code When someone saw the following photo they asked me. Do you have a “color code” for the bands on your tools.   I often get this question. No I don’t. Long ago I started off in that direction. But, I just did not have [...]

  • Lathe Accessories for a New Turner    - February 5, 2019    [Turning Tools]

    Lathe Accessories for a New Turner ThumbnailChick here for printable PDF Here is some advice I wrote for a new turner who has just purchased a Powermatic 3520C lathe. He was looking for advice on chucks, faceplates and a drill chuck. A threw in a little extra stuff. Join the American [...]

  • Munro Carbide Cutter    - November 8, 2017    [Turning Tools]

    Munro Carbide Cutter Thumbnail$12 Carbide Cutter for Munro Hollower II A replacement Carbide Cutter for the Munro Hollower II is $20+ from numerous commercial retailers. The "12mm Round Shear Insert Fits 4 Tool RD12S" from Az Carbide is the same product for only $12. I [...]

  • My Modern Woodturning Tool Set    - February 12, 2015    [Turning Tools]

    My Modern Woodturning Tool Set ThumbnailClick here for the demo handout PDF. 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 [...]

  • Narrow & Parting Tools in General    - October 2, 2020    [Turning Tools]

    Narrow & Parting Tools in General Thumbnail [...]

  • New Ring Tool    - December 20, 2018    [Turning Tools]

    New Ring Tool ThumbnailHere are some Cedar Vases I made with my new Sorby Ring Tool. The vases are roughly 6″ diameter by 5″ to 6-1/2″ tall. I turned these out of green Cedar logs. What you see is what came off the tool. NO sanding, 1 coat of poly when [...]

  • Tool Sharpening Templates    - May 17, 2013    [Turning Tools]

    Tool Sharpening Templates ThumbnailI like to create sharpening templates for my tools. The templates allow me to quickly and easily set up my grinder. I get a consistent grind every time. Click here for PDF file of Tool Sharpening [...]

  • Travel Tool Set    - December 2, 2018    [Turning Tools]

    Travel Tool Set ThumbnailUpdated: 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 [...]

  • Turning Tools Bag    - October 2, 2014    [Turning Tools]

    Turning Tools Bag ThumbnailI came across this “Pie Iron” storage bag the other day at Dick’s Sporting Good on sale for $10.    It is made by Rome.  Item #1998.  $20 on Amazon. I have no idea what a “Pie Iron” is but the price was right.   [...]


Videos (4) [category/videos]

  • BCC Woodturning Studio Tour 2017    - November 29, 2017    [Videos]

    I made a video to help promote my classes at the Brookfield Craft Center. It allows people to see what the Turning Studio at the Brookfield Craft Center looks like and has to offer. The video is 6.5 minutes long. Here is the [...]

  • Craft in America on Create TV    - December 22, 2013    [Videos]

    Craft in America on Create TV ThumbnailI have been watching  “Craft In America” TV series on PBS. I really liked the “Forge” episode.   The Silversmith and Metal Sculpture were interesting. http://www.craftinamerica.org/tvseries/story_2252.php I also [...]

  • Hosaluk Woodturning DVD    - December 5, 2014    [Videos]

    Hosaluk Woodturning DVD ThumbnailI just finished watching a Michael Hosaluk DVD I really liked. “The Art of Hosaluk in Woodturning” by Michael Hosaluk. At $60 the 2 DVD set is not cheap.  But, I think it is reasonable because it is a 2 DVD set.  Each DVD is 3.5 [...]

  • New Ring Tool    - December 20, 2018    [Videos]

    New Ring Tool ThumbnailHere are some Cedar Vases I made with my new Sorby Ring Tool. The vases are roughly 6″ diameter by 5″ to 6-1/2″ tall. I turned these out of green Cedar logs. What you see is what came off the tool. NO sanding, 1 coat of poly when [...]


Wood (2) [category/wood]

  • Hard Versus Soft Maple – The Wood Database    - January 26, 2015    [Wood]

    Hard Versus Soft Maple – The Wood Database ThumbnailIt seems like people always put the word “Hard” before the word “Maple”. So when people tell me they have a nice “Hard Maple” log, I think it is really probably “Soft Maple”.  Because that is what I [...]

  • Woodworker II Table Saw Blade    - August 3, 2020    [Wood]

    Woodworker II Table Saw Blade ThumbnailWhen I am not turning green wood from raw logs; I turn mostly kiln dried Maple or Cherry wood. I purchase 10′ to 12′ long x 2″ x 11″ rough stock. If you cut up a lot of dry Maple or Cherry wood on your table saw then you [...]


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