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Here you will find anything and everything you always wanted to know about wood turning tools.

The articles are grouped into some broad categories as follows:

Tool

  • Maintenance

  • Making
  • Technique

You should always make sure that you use sharp tools while turning wood. AAW has some resources on how to sharpen your wood turning tools.

TOOL TALK

Stumpy Nubs
nubs 2020-11

MAINTENANCE

Stumpy Nubs

Nov 2020

Dust collection

11 common workshop dust collection mistakes

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Mark Koenig
koenig 2018-04

MAINTENANCE

Mark Koenig

Apr 2018

Gouge Sharpening

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Claude Godcharles, Dennis Lillis
godcharles lillis 2015-06

MAINTENANCE

Claude Godcharles, Dennis Lillis

Jun 2015

Lookin' sharp

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Dennis Lillis
lillis 2013-09

MAINTENANCE

Dennis Lillis

Sep 2013

Carbide cutter screw care

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Rich Johnson
johnson 2007-04

MAINTENANCE

Rich Johnson

Apr 2007

RIch Johnson gives us his angle on sharpening

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Jim Rodgers
rodgers 2020-11

MAKING

Jim Rodgers

Nov 2020

DIY inexpensive texturing tool

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Brian Havens
havens 2017-06

MAKING

Brian Havens

Jun 2017

Making and using a round skew

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2014-04

MAKING

Mike Lanahan

Apr 2014

Rolling pin with ball bearing mechanism

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Brian Havens
havens 2012-08

MAKING

Brian Havens

Aug 2012

Round skew & small spindle work

Brian describes how to make a round skew, shape, sharpen and hone it.

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Jim Rodgers
rodgers 2012-01

MAKING

Jim Rodgers

Jan 2012

Tool making

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Phil Roybal
roybal 2008-07

MAKING

Phil Roybal

Jul 2008

Making a Graeme Priddle style high-powered woodburner

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Phil Roybal
roybal 2005-03

MAKING

Phil Roybal

Mar 2005

Making hook tools

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Gordon Patnude
patnude 2017-02

TECHNIQUE

Gordon Patnude

Feb 2017

Lathe tool rest positioning

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Bob Gerenser
gerenser 2014-01

TECHNIQUE

Bob Gerenser

Jan 2014

Cosmetic work, chucks & expansion plugs

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Mike Cunningham
Cunningham 2013-07

TECHNIQUE

Mike Cunningham

Jul 2013

Mike demonstrates the use of carbide tools

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2013-03

TECHNIQUE

Mike Lanahan

Mar 2013

Finishing the ends of eggs

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Dave Feind
Feind 2011-03

TECHNIQUE

Dave Feind

Mar 2011

The skew

Dave demonstrates the use of the skew.

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John Brugo
brugo 2006-12

TECHNIQUE

John Brugo

Dec 2006

Chainsaws

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Dennis Lillis
lillis 2019-01

MAINTENANCE

Dennis Lillis

Jan 2019

Lathe maintenance

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2018-04

MAINTENANCE

Mike Lanahan

Apr 2018

Ellsworth Grind

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Bob Gerenser
gerenser 2014-09

MAINTENANCE

Bob Gerenser

Sep 2014

Wd40 and Bar Keepers Friend

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2011-11

MAINTENANCE

Mike Lanahan

Nov 2011

Bandsaw drive pulley de-glop

Bandsaw tuneup

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Ard Sealy
sealy 2006-06

MAINTENANCE

Ard Sealy

Jun 2006

Ard Sealy gets to the point

Ard Sealy talks about tool sharpening.

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rikon 2020-06

MAKING

Jun 2020

Base for Rikon grinder

Plans to make a base for the Rikon grinder out of MDF.

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2015-07

MAKING

Mike Lanahan

Jul 2015

Bandsaw circle cutting jig

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Bob Gerenser
gerenser 2014-02

MAKING

Bob Gerenser

Feb 2014

Cam follower and hexagon fixture

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2012-08

MAKING

Mike Lanahan

Aug 2012

Compressed Air Backup

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Phil Roybal
roybal 2010-01

MAKING

Phil Roybal

Jan 2010

Tool making for woodworkers

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Bob Heltman
heltman 2006-12

MAKING

Bob Heltman

Dec 2006

Making inexpensive foam backed sanders

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Alan Lacer
lacer 2005-02

MAKING

Alan Lacer

Feb 2005

Alan Lacer's skew techniques and hook tools

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2015-05

TECHNIQUE

Mike Lanahan

May 2015

CBN wheel and tool steel dust

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Jim Gott
gott 2013-10

TECHNIQUE

Jim Gott

Oct 2013

No more lifting

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2013-07

TECHNIQUE

Mike Lanahan

Jul 2013

Trivet

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Jim Gott
gott 2013-02

TECHNIQUE

Jim Gott

Feb 2013

Extended chuck jaw change, made easier

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Frank Penta
penta 2010-01

TECHNIQUE

Frank Penta

Jan 2010

Using a three point tool to make beads

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Joshua Salesin
salesin 2006-09

TECHNIQUE

Joshua Salesin

Sep 2006

Vacuum Kilns

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2018-09

MAINTENANCE

Mike Lanahan

Sep 2018

Bandsaw maintenance

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Don Pettit
pettit 2017-04

MAINTENANCE

Don Pettit

Apr 2017

Bandsaw seminar

Bandsaw tuneup

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Jim Gott
gott 2014-08

MAINTENANCE

Jim Gott

Aug 2014

Bandsaw tire installation jig

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Phil Roybal
roybal 2007-05

MAINTENANCE

Phil Roybal

May 2007

Aligning lathes

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Rich Johnson, Jim Gott, Mike Rude
johnson gott rude 2005-01

MAINTENANCE

Rich Johnson, Jim Gott, Mike Rude

Jan 2005

Sharpening

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Bob Gerenser
gerenser 2017-08

MAKING

Bob Gerenser

Aug 2017

CNC and the wood lathe

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Dick Westfall
westfall 2014-05

MAKING

Dick Westfall

May 2014

Thin rip jig

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Bob Gerenser
gerenser 2013-05

MAKING

Bob Gerenser

May 2013

Disk collet chuck

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2012-07

MAKING

Mike Lanahan

Jul 2012

Inexpensive custom live center shapes

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Phil Roybal
roybal 2009-04

MAKING

Phil Roybal

Apr 2009

Making a Sanding Disc Mandrel

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J. Paul Fennell
fennell 2006-02

MAKING

J. Paul Fennell

Feb 2006

Hollowing out tools

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Bob Heltman
heltman 2017-08

TECHNIQUE

Bob Heltman

Aug 2017

Debark safely with a hand adze

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Bob Gerenser
gerenser 2014-03

TECHNIQUE

Bob Gerenser

Mar 2014

Ball bearing live center

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Bob Gerenser
gerenser 2013-08

TECHNIQUE

Bob Gerenser

Aug 2013

The band saw sled

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Mike Lanahan
lanahan 2013-06

TECHNIQUE

Mike Lanahan

Jun 2013

The wood lathe as a very large hole cutter

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Mike Lanahan, Dean Adkins
lanahan adkins 2011-05

TECHNIQUE

Mike Lanahan, Dean Adkins

May 2011

When is bad epoxy not bad

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Rich Johnson
johnson 2008-09

TECHNIQUE

Rich Johnson

Sep 2008

Get a grip on chucks

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Phil Roybal
roybal 2005-10

TECHNIQUE

Phil Roybal

Oct 2005

Getting around the corner

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