Archive for the ‘Tools and Jigs’ Category


My Home Made Scoop Chuck For Difficult Mounts

May also be viewed on YouTube. This scoop is actually my Vicmark vm120 body with wood jaws mounted to the body. The jaws are made from an 8″ by 8″ by 1/2″ piece of Baltic birch plywood(the good stuff). The standard jaws were used as templates to mark bolt holes. The holes were then counter […]

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Woodturning Celtic Knot On Pigtail Barbecue Tool Handle

May also be viewed on YouTube. In this project, I’m making a handle for a barbecue turner. But not just any handle – this one has a Celtic knot. For the celtic knot, I threw together a sliding cutting jig to ensure accuracy in the cuts that have to be just right. A Celtic knot […]

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Woodturn Simple Egg Chuck From PVC Fitting

May also be viewed on YouTube. My friend, Jerry Klug wrote an article for Cascade Woodturners on turned eggs and chucks for making eggs. This video will focus on my adaptation of these chucks for my use. One early chuck was from Dick Sing using PVC slip fitting. It works on a compression principle with […]

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Green Woodturning Techniques – Alcohol Soak & Walnut Oil Finish

I’m experimenting with two techniques for my woodturning: one for drying wet or green wood; one for finishishing. For drying a bowl after rough turning the bowl blank, I’m using denatured alcohol (DNA) for an overnight soak, then drying the bowl in a controlled environment such as a brown paper bag. For finishing, I’m following […]

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Update To My DIY Lathe Steady Rest

Also viewable on YouTube I’ve been using my home made steady rest for over a year. During this time, I’ve thought of a couple of improvements: Use locknuts in place of the nuts. Vibration in use caused nuts to come loose and fall off. Replace the base that mounts it to the lathe so that […]

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Home Made Cole Jaws For Woodturning Large Bowls

I’ve needed a set of large chuck jaws to remount bowls in order to turn their bases. I’ve used jamb chucks successfully but want to expand my options but not pay the high price of commercial cole jaws. So, I’ve made my own 17″ wood jaws to fit my vicmark chuck. Steps: Cut plywood to the size desired. […]

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Woodturning A Multi-Tip 4-In-1 Screwdriver

I’ve been on location for remodeling a house in Mesa Arizona. One of the tools I found very useful was an ordinary 4 in 1 screwdriver. In this project, I dress up that screwdriver. It is a very quick, simple project using only a cheap screwdriver from Home Depot. The handle is Padauk finished with […]

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Sharpening On The Road – Portability Revisited

This is a followup to my previous video concerning sharpening tools while away from home base. With that video, I was not happy with that solution due to significant runout of my home built mandrel. I ask for suggestions and received a lot. This video covers the two main categories of suggestions and my current […]

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Sharpening On The Road – Portable Tool Sharpening Station

When I use my portable mini lathe “On Location” I sharpen my lathe tools before I leave. The problem is that all these tools get dull as I use them. My grinder is nice but not portable. So what can I do? Keep using dull tools? Use my diamond hone more? Try some way to […]

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Giant Sanding Disc Offers Options For Woodturning

After seeing a large sanding disc at Dale Larson’s shop here in the Portland area, I decided to get one for myself. They’re not available commercially except as a very expensive stationary tool. So, I decided to make my own. I ordered a piece of 1/4″ thick aluminum 20.25″ square allowing a little bit for […]

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