Mountaineer Woodturners


Small Miscellaneous Items Around the Shop


Additional Items


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Additional Items Introduction


by Jason Carnes

Books and DVDs

There are many fine books and DVDs out there to help you in your quest for knowledge about woodturning.  Our club has a DVD library that members can check out DVDs for a very low fee.

To find books on woodturning all you have to do is a websearch!  You could also visit a local woodcraft store to hold and check out some books in person.

Safety Mask

A safety mask is a must, especially for a beginner.  As you gain more experience you might migrate to safety glasses.  It is a given fact that you will make mistakes in the beginning (and even experienced turners).

The mask will ensure that your entire face is protected when that piece of wood or chip comes hurling at you from a 2,000 rpm piece of wood.

Make sure your safety mask uses impact resistant polycarbonate visor rated at ANSI Z87+

Center Punch

You use this little tool to mark the center of your square wood stock when mounting work for spindle turning.

Dust Mask

Essential piece of gear when your sanding.  Do not depend on the cheap 'hard shell' cover mask, you want something that completly covers your mouth and nose.  Eventually you might want to upgrade to a full ventalation mask system.

A dusk mask will NOT protect you from chemicals, fumes, or some allergies.


Wooden, plastic, or metal it doesn't matter but you will want a ruler to help with marking measurments on a stock of spindle wood or for drawing your straight cross lines on your square spindle block for finding the center.


Useful for measuring the diameter of the wood stock both inside and out.  I suggest you get a dial caliper as opposed to digital as the batteries will eventually wear out on your digital.

Wooden Mallet

If you want to hammer anything, you want to use a wooden mallet.  In fact this could be an early project for you to make your own wooden mallet!


If you are looking for that super smooth finish you will need sandpaper.

I suggest you get grades 150, 220, 320, and 400.

Thompson Thickness Gauge

If you wish to turn bowls, this is the gauge you will want to get.  It helps you measure the thickness of the walls on your bowl so you can ensure a consist uniform precision throughout your bowl.

Drill Chuck

Helpful for drilling a whole down the center of your piece.  This piece of equipment goes in your live center location.

You will also need drill bits of coarse.

Forstner Bit

This little tool goes into your drill chuck to help you remove larger amounts of wood and can save you time.

I have seen some people use this on a drill press to prepare a natural edge bowl for mounting.  This is NOT safe as the bowl can slip from your hands from the force of the press and hurt you.

Caliper set

Sometimes easier to hold and quicker to use then a normal caliper.  If you end up doing a lot of the same type of pieces (ie, boxes) then having a preset measured set can speed up your process.  They have other uses too that you will learn over time.

Wood Glue

Titebond II is the goto clue for most woodturners.  Segmented turners use this clue to form their pieces for their style of turning.

CA Instant Glue

Used to fill in small cracks.  Also useful for making natural edge bowls (glue the bark so it gets stronger and doesn't flake off).  Pen turners use this glue when applying clear coats to their pens.  It hardens to a clear finish.

This is not the end all be all of small miscellanceous items, but it is a good starting point.  I will be writing another article on shop equipment. I will cover finishes (and their various products) in another article as well because it is just to complex to cover in a few sentences.  If something was not addressed here, please feel free to email or ask about it at one of our meetings.