Carl’s Teaching Handouts – Demos, Jigs & Tools

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I put all of my Teaching Handouts here on the same page to make it easier to search for what you want.

This is the stuff that was on my old web site under the “Demos” and “Jigs & Tools” main menu items. Plus any new stuff that I have added after 9/15/2020.

Note: Click on [category/XYZ] after the category heading if you want a longer summary.


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 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 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 [...]


Currently there are 125 posts in Carl's blog. Posts may be assigned to more than one category. Currently there are 4 categories on this page with 25 posts.

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