CARBIDE Gourd Cleaners
I'm pleased to add these fantastic new carbide gourd cleaning tools to the Arizona Gourds website. Unlike other gourd cleaning tools, these tough carbide cleaners will last a lifetime, and will not crack, peel or wear out! You'll never need to replace these tools, but you may find it useful to have more than one shape or grit.
Mushroom cleaners have a 9" shaft
These are solid metal tools with extra tough carbide grit! If you know how expensive even small carbide carving burs are, you'll realize that these are very reasonably priced.
Each carbide tool is mounted on a heavy duty 3/8" steel shaft. These tools work in a regular size drill, and work most efficiently at low speeds. The 2" mushroom head cleaner is a good general purpose shape. The smaller 1 1/2" birdhouse tool is perfect for cleaning gourds with very small openings, and works great on gourds with small necks or in hard to reach areas. The donut cleaner has a larger head (2 1/2" wide) and is great for bowls and gourds with larger openings.
Medium Grit Mushroom Cleaner $36
FINE Grit Mushroom Cleaner - $36
Medium Grit Birdhouse Cleaner $26
Medium Grit Donut cleaner 10" Shaft $36
10pc 180 mm Riffler File Set
Originally designed for woodworkers, rifflers are great for rapid smoothing of carved areas! The curved ends fit into tight corners, and each file has a different shape. Coarser than sandpaper, these will remove material quickly, and leave a smooth finish. Packaged in a handy vinyl pouch.
180 mm $10
Pin Vise - This handy little tool holds drill bits or small burs so you can use them without power. It's great for a travel tool box! 4 different size collets (extra stored in handle). You can also use dremel collets for larger sizes. $5
These are some of the hand tools I use most often on my gourds. I use what I sell!
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Hole Saw Set
These high carbon steel hole saws will drill perfectly round holes in gourds! Use them to cut round openings for lids, birdhouse openings, etc. This set comes with a plastic storage case and includes a hex wrench, a mandrel and 8 sizes of saws that will create different sized holes from 3/4" to 2 1/2" wide.
Hole saws are should be used with a full sized cordless or electric drill; a variable speed drill allows for good control and efficient cutting. *Please note that these saws are too large for use in a Dremel type tool.
Hole Saw Set - $15
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3M 9211 Respirator with Exhalation Valve
This three-panel flat fold respirator features an innovative design. The low profile provides a good, comfortable fit (even for people with small faces!) and allows for better visibility than the common cup style mask. The exhalation valve prevents fogging of eyeglasses. This is a government-approved N95 particulate respirator.
Sanding Sticks and Replacement Bands
A perfect complement to riffler files, this sanding stick is wonderful for getting into tight areas that can't be smoothed with normal sandpaper, especially flat background areas and tight corners. Use this tool to do your final smoothing after carving. The spring loaded design maintains belt tension, and allows you to rotate the abrasive belt 360 degrees for complete and ecomonical use. Comes in assorted colors and includes one sanding band.
Three different surfaces for sanding - tapered/angled end, flat side and rounded end. The stick is 1/4" wide x 6" long Assorted Colors
Mini Abrasives Cleaning Block
Use one of these handy little cleaners to extend the life of all your abrasives - works great on mini disc sanders, drum sanders, and belt sanders. Just hold it against the spinning abrasive surface and the cleaner will remove all the fine particles that clog the sandpaper. $3.50
These are what we use in all of my classes. These extra firm 120 grit sanding strips keep their edge and stay stiff so they can be used for sanding nice, sharp edges. Great for smoothing carved ripples and last a long time!
10 strips in a package - $2.50
Brass Brush - Great for cleaning burs. Put your dirty or clogged burs in a small jar with a bit of acetone or other solvent and soak them for a while. Clean off any remaining residue by brushing the burs with this brass brush - it cleans great but isn't too harsh on the burs. $1
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Hole saws work great for quick, perfect round openings!
The Keyless Chuck (Dremel 4486) will eliminate the need for wrenches and collets! It will accept all accessory bits with 1/32" to 1/8" shanks. They work with Dremel models 275, 285, 395, 398, 750, 770, and 780. Also use with Dremel attachments and flexible shafts 212, 225, 575, and 961.
They may also work on other models and brands, but it is not guaranteed.
This is one of the handiest accessories you'll ever find - you'll wonder how you got by without it! $12
Genuine Packaged Dremel Part
10 piece Diamond File Set
These small diamond files are finer than riffler files, and work great for smoothing hard to reach areas. They work especially well for smoothing filigree holes and cut edges. They are 5 1/2" long.
Packaged in a handy vinyl pouch. $10
Additional sanding bands
5 pack of assorted grits. $7.50
From Staybowlizer owner Michelle Barber: "The staybowlizer is the best gourd tool I have and I love it! I have two of them and they are so easy to use. They are great to use in the kitchen when making cookies with kids. They are also great for woodworkers as well as us gourd freaks."
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New - Abranet Sanding Mesh
I love this stuff! This sanding product is a favorite of woodworkers and woodturners. Because it is a mesh, sanding dust does not clog the paper, leading to better results and longer lasting product. The backing is stiffer than regular sandpaper so it doesn't get soft and "mushy" during use. It is great for hand sanding. As an added bonus, the backing has a fuzzy surface for use with hook and loop type sanding dics.
While this product is more expensive than regular sandpaper, it works great and lasts longer.
Abranet Sanding Sample Packs
You can use Abranet with small disc sanders. There are instructions on converting a Microlux disc sander for use with Abranet in the
January 2015 Arizona Gourds Newsletter These sample packs come with strips measuring 2 3/4" wide x 9" long, perfect for creating at least 3 sanding discs out of every sheet - or cut them into smaller pieces for hand sanding. They can also be used on a sanding block, just cut them to the correct size. The standard sample packs sold by Mirka are shorter and don't allow you to maximize the amount of discs you can cut from a strip. They also cost more per inch than the packs sold here. These sample packs are designed for gourders!
Each sample pack contains one strip of 5 different grits - 120, 180, 240, 320, and 400, and is $10. Or, buy a double pack with 2 strips of each for $18 and save. Single grit packs have 5 sheets of a single grit. Packs of single grits are $10 each.
Sample Pack Double Pack 120 Grit 180 Grit 240 Grit 320 Grit 400 Grit
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Leather Shears. These economy priced leather shears are really fantastic for cutting leather! They have nice comfortable large grips and heavy blades to cut easily cut through leather (or fabrics). Very sharp stainless steel blades! $6.50
NEW - Finishing Sanders Extenders with Replaceable Sanding Heads
Less expensive than fancy sanding mops and sanding stars, these finishing sanders will sand and smooth the gourd interior to a great finish. They can be used with either a 6" or 12" extender. When the head wears out, you can keep the extender and use it again with a new replacement sanding head.
It's easy to change sanding heads, the extender has an included hex key for fast changes. (Note: These work in an regular drill - not for use with a dremel)
1/4" Masking Tape
Great for laying out designs on your gourd projects. $1.25 per roll.
6" extender WITH finishing sander combo $15
12" extender WITH finishing sander combo $16