Posted on July 12, 2008 by Stuart
This is a comment I made on the Australian Woodworking BB in reference to giving turning a try- thought it would be good recording it here as well.
You can still do some pretty acceptable work on a $99 GMC lathe. May not be the highest quality lathe, but for the occasional turning job for toymaking, it may be all that you need, and isn’t a large outlay.
If you find that the bug then really grabs, no real loss if you upgrade.
Grab a (small) lump of wood, jamb it on the lathe, grab a chisel and give it a try. (The U shaped one ) 5 minutes (literally), and you’ll start to see how it can aid your toy making ventures. Do a little more practice each time – even if it is just turning a block to round.
You will discover what not to do very quickly, but also find that there is success pretty quickly as well. (Then years to master it, but the rest of us can still get something useful out of it, even without really knowing what we are doing).
Borrow some books from the library, perhaps a DVD or two.
In the end, like all our tools – you don’t learn by having it sit in the corner gathering dust.
Filed under: Lathe | Tagged: GMC, Spindle Gouge, Toy Making, Turning, Woodwork 101 | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 5, 2008 by Stuart
Introduction to Safety Week on the Wood Whisperer Network 2008
A quick introduction and discussion about personal safety equipment, not only using it, but ensuring that the solution actually works for you so that you actually use the equipment when needed, rather than leaving it sitting on the shelf as being too cumbersome or uncomfortable to bother using.
Also too – the first (brief) look inside Stu’s Shed 1.7 as it continues to undergo its physical transformation.
Filed under: Podcast, Uncategorized | Tagged: Carbatec, Dust Mask, Ear Defenders, Hearing, Powered Respirator, Respiratory Protection, Safety, Safety Week, Stu's Shed TV, Triton, TS10L, Video, Woodwork 101 | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 21, 2008 by Stuart
This episode looks at watercooled grinding stones, such as the Triton, Scheppach and Tormek. In this instance, a $A199 Triton Wetstone Sharpener is used to produce an edge on a plane blade of HSS.
It also happens to be the last video shot in the old shed, so a bit of nostalgia there!
Filed under: Podcast | Tagged: Honing, Japanese Waterstone, Plane, Scheppach, Sharpener, Sharpening, Tormek, Triton, Video, Woodwork 101 | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 13, 2008 by Stuart
The saw blade – irrespective of how good the saw is, how flat the table, how rigid the fence, if your saw blade is substandard, everything else is cheapened. The blade tends to be somewhat overlooked (ok a bit of a generalisation), as it just seems to keep going and going and going. What it is however, is a series of tiny chisels. A hand chisel gets looked after, cleaned, sharpened and stored correctly, and the saw blade should receive the same attention.
These days, the blade is often laser cut from high carbon alloyed steel, with the cutting edge being a Tungsten Carbide Tip (often a Tungsten-Cobalt alloy) The tip is very hard, but brittle, and is brazed onto the body of the blade. It is used because it will retain its edge for about 10 times longer than steel. The width of cut (the kerf) is primarily the width of the Carbide Tip, although there are other factors that come into play. In general, the kerf is 3mm, but there are also thin-kerf blades which are good for minimising wastage, and to get better performance out of lower-powered saws.
Click here to read full article
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tagged: Carbide, Circular Saw, Circular Saw Blade, Steel, Tablesaw, Woodwork 101 | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 27, 2008 by Stuart
After spending time planning the job, spending good money purchasing the wood, etc etc, why would you then not spend the time getting the finish right?
A bad piece can’t be made good by getting the finish right, but a good piece can be wrecked with a bad finish.
I tend to find that you need to spend as much time on finishing (sanding, polishing etc), as you do on the construction of the project. And unfortunately, some areas of the project have to be bought to a reasonable degree of finishing before assembly, as it becomes very difficult to reach some places after assembly.
If you want a woodworkers ‘Bible’ on finishing, get “A Polishers Handbook”, by Neil Ellis. Read it cover to cover, twice, then keep referring back to it- there’s heaps to learn, and it is chock full of information
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Posted on February 17, 2008 by Stuart
Imagine a barrier exists at least 6″ away from any spinning router bit, saw blade, or other cutting machine hellbent on getting you.
Can’t think of any better way to elaborate on that. (Ok, I know I break this rule where it comes to scroll and bandsaws, but they are inherently a safer design. However, they can and do still inflict significant injuries, and I certainly abide by this rule when my 1.3 TPI 3/4″ blade is running – scary bloody thing!) (Well hopefully not literally obviously!)
I really wish I could afford a Saw Stop cabinet saw. Even after years, they (tablesaws) still give me the willies (and that is probably a very good way to be, and even with a Saw Stop, I’d still feel and act the same, but at least there’s just that one extra thing acting as backstop if I EVER drop the ball).
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tagged: Cabinet Saw, Hazards, Router Table, Safety, Sawstop, Tablesaw, Woodwork 101 | Leave a comment »