While the theme of some of my art may be fanciful, these objects are not not intended for children. Also, no piece should be considered food safe unless specifically labeled otherwise.

About the images:

(Left to Right)

- "Take me to your leader" (2011)
- "Purpleheart rocket box (2011)
- "Hall of the Mountain King" (2001)
- "Colony #1" (2008)
- "Departure" (2006)

Last Modified:

August 2013

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Please note: Woodworking is an inherently dangerous activity. The non-woodworking techniques described here aren't all that safe, either. Sharp tools, powerful motors, big lumps of wood, chemicals, fumes, etc. can cause you serious bodily injury or even death. These pages are NOT meant as a substitute for instruction by a qualified teacher, just as an illustration of how I do certain things. I take no responsibility for any mishaps you may experience during a fit of inspiration. You've been warned.

All text and photos and the design of the "Auxiliary headstock Jig" are c. Johnna Y. Klukas, all rights reserved. Using this design to build a jig for your own use is fine, but building them for resale is not.

The friction plates on the auxiliary headstock jig.

Photo 4

To mount the spindle, I drilled a 5/8" diameter hole through the headstock block, then wrapped some sandpaper around a 1/2" dowel and sanded the interior of the hole just enough to let the spindle turn smoothly, but not so much that it was rattling around in the hole. The friction plates on the entry and exit sides of the hole are made from 1/8" thick UHMW plastic. This plastic is used in jigs and such, is slippery and sturdy but easy to machine. It's available in various sizes from most woodworking retailers. I cut the plates on my bandsaw and drilled it with a 5/8" forstner bit without any difficulty. Since glue doesn't stick readily to UHMW plastic, I screwed the plates into position with small wood scres set into countersunk holes. Note that you could also use thin maple or other hardwood to make the plates, and apply a little wax to make things turn smoothly.

The spindle installed in the headstock.

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If you look closely at the spindle, it has a tapered shoulder behind the threaded area. I was concerned that this taper would dig into the soft poplar over time, and the friction plates help to prevent that also.


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