These are some of the hand tools I use most often on my gourds. I use what I sell!
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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.
NEW! Each tool comes with a free tool cleaning brush.
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.
Mushroom Cleaner - Medium Grit - $36
Mushroom Cleaner - FINE Grit - $36
Birdhouse Cleaner - Medium Grit - $26
Donut Cleaner - Medium Grit - $36
Cyanoacrylate (Super Glue)
The best gap-filling super glue for inlaying heishi and stones, and has many other uses! Lots of uses. Fast setting (5-15 seconds) and thick enough to stay where you put it. Comes with a fine applicator tip and instructions.
$4 for a 1/2 oz. bottle
Insta-Set Glue Accelerator
Just spray a bit of this fast acting catalyst on your project and the glue will set immediately! $6 for a 2 oz. bottle
New: Un-Cure Glue Solvent
This solvent will loosen and dissolve dried cyanoacrylate glues (it will work on all brands) Great for when you glue your fingers together! $4 for a 1 oz. bottle
Extra screw on tips
in case the tip gets clogged
or damaged. $.50 each
P-C Petrifier Wood Hardener
A great way to salvage weak or thin shelled gourds. Sandable and Paintable. This product is a non-toxic, water based, liquid epoxy. The liquid formula allows for deep penetration and rapid absorption into the soft gourd pulp. Product dries to a rock hard finish overnight. $7.50 for an 8 oz. bottle
Note: Liquids cannot be shipped out of the US
10pc 140mm 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. $8
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 - $13.50
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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! $10
This handy little torch is powered by butane fuel and produces a nice pinpoint flame. It has an easy push button ignition and you can refill the torch with ordinary butane fuel (the kind used for lighters.)
I use mine for burning petroglyph designs and other decorative effects on gourd projects. (Use caution when doing this - you'll want to create a dark, charred effect, NOT set your gourd on fire!) Refill the torch with ordinary butane fuel (the kind used for lighters.)
With extreme care, the torch may also be used to burn residue from structured tooth carbide burs. Do NOT use it to clean other types of burs!
Below: Gourd with charred effects and a detail view.
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. $14
New - Travel size Diamond Files
Perfect for your class work box, these are the same files as above, but in a smaller size (about 4" long). $10
Additional sanding bands
5 pack of assorted grits. $7.50
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
Nice large rolls of 1/4" masking tape - perfect for laying out designs and masking small areas! $1.25 per roll
NEW ~ Replacement Sanding Disks
For the Microlux or Caning Shop disk sanders. Self adhesive backing. Assorted; may vary by abrasive manufacuturer and grits from package to package.
10 discs in a package - $2.50
Out of Stock
The Staybowlizer is made from soft and flexible silicone rubber. While it was designed to hold a mixing bowl steady for kitchen use, it is also a great tool for holding your gourds while you work on them. The surface isn't sticky, but the silicone rubber grabs items and holds them firmly in place. Order here
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."
Note: Liquids cannot be shipped out of the US