Category Archives: Carl’s Tools

Carl’s Turntable for Finishing

Meta Description: Carl made his own turntable. He often uses it when painting and finishing things. It really helps him get a nice even finish on things with out finger prints.

Photo: Carl's Turntable (turn_table_00)

Carl’s Turntable

I often use my homemade turntable (aka lazy susan) when painting and finishing things. It really helps me get a nice even finish on things with out finger prints.

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Octagon Template Cuts Corners

Meta Description: Link to Carl's "Octagon Template & Jig" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. Carl uses a simple Octagon Template and Jig to cut the corners off of plate or shallow bowl blanks.

Octagon Template Cuts Corners


Here is my “Octagon Template Cuts Corners” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 15 of the AAW August 2020 “American Woodturner” Journal.
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Carl’s Carving Stand

Meta Description: Carl's Carving Stand is bare bones simple and works good! You can make your own. It allows you to easily carve any piece of work attached to a wood lathe chuck or faceplate.

Photo: Carl's Carving Stand (cbf_carving_stand)

Over the years I have seen and made a number of different carving stand designs. Here is my latest design. It is bare bones simple and works good! I really like it. Continue reading Carl’s Carving Stand

Handy Rod for Oneway Live Center

Meta Description: Quick Tip: Carl installs or remove cones on his Oneway Live Center with a HANDY rod attached to his lathe tailstock.

Here is a quick tip. You need a rod to install or remove cones on a Oneway Live center. I like to keep the rod handy by attaching it to the tailstock on my lathe with a piece of nice flexible stranded wire.
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Carl’s Grinder Stand

Meta Description: Carl likes having the center of his grinder wheel 46" off the floor on a stand that he can easily move around his studio.

Note: This is actually part of an old blog entry that I split out of my January 13th, 2013 “Low Cost Industrial Bench Grinder” blog append while fixing up the photos on my blog.

Photo: Carl’s Grinder Stand 1
Photo: Carl’s Grinder Stand 2

I mounted my new grinder on a new grinder stand.  It’s my 2nd generation stand.  My 1st generation stand was good. This one is even better.   A friend was over last week and, he really liked the height of my grinder.  Center of grinder wheel is 46″ off the floor.
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Short Quick Release Tool Handle

Meta Description: Carl's 10" long Quick Release Tool Handle. A 10" version of the 16" long 5/8" Quick Release Tool Handle made by Jimmy Clewes. Step by step photos.

Photo: Short Quick Release Tool Handle 1

Short Quick Release Tool Handle

I recently made a shorter 10" version of the 16" long 5/8" Quick Release Tool Handle made by Jimmy Clewes. I made the one with the red stripes in above photo. I like it. Continue reading Short Quick Release Tool Handle