Category Archives: Carl’s Tools

Downdraft Paint Booth

Photo: Downdraft Paint Booth

I 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 with an airbrush or spay cans. I spray mostly clear acrylic lacquer or clear polyurethane out of rattle cans. I have a spray gun that I almost never use. Continue reading Downdraft Paint Booth

Travel Tool Set


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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My Modern Woodturning Tool Set

Click 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 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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