Woodturning Jig Techniques

Once you make or purchase a jig it is important to use it correctly.  Many jigs are self evident in how they work, but other that a little instruction.

Fingernail Grinds with the Tormek

In order to be successful in this endeavor, you will have to have read the article on fingernail sharpening using the One-way jig. This sets the entire basis for what I am talking about here. You will need the same gouge tool jig as in that article (available from Packard Woodwork) as well as a Tormek water sharpener (no kidding) and the One-way Wolverine Jig. 

Shop-Built Compression Chuck

This is a jig I had discussed a long time ago on the Pond, and had planned to post pictures to clarify my description. I finally got a round to it, so here they are.

Bowl Steadies and Steady Rests

Bowl Steadies and Steady Rests A cheap solution.


I’ve found that a two-wheeled Back Steady can be very useful in suppressing chatter when turning thin spindles.  Since it only has two wheels and the Magnetic Base has limited grip, it won’t secure heavy spindles or suppress a catch.  However using the Magnetic Base means it can be mounted on the lathe in seconds without even turning the lathe off, and relocated with one hand if needed.

Segmented Ring Press

I wanted to make one from wood if possible, and I came up with the idea using a cheap (hydraulic) bottle jack and Newton's 3rd Law of motion.

Building a pen assembly press

There are many ways to assemble a turned pen. I wanted a way to assemble my pens which was easy and portable. You can buy assembly presses in the stores and catalogs but I wanted to make my own using my years of experience.

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