Woodworking Techniques and Advice

A look at the past, present and future of cordless tools

Written by John English Monday, 18 March 2013 00:00

john_englishManufacturers are constantly introducing new tools, but most of the time it’s just design and packaging updates rather than technological breakthroughs. And while the evolution of design constantly improves the way tools feel and fit our hands and job sites, what we’re really after is performance. That begins with the power source. And batteries can be confusing.

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The versatility of veneer

Written by John English Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

john_englishWhether repairing antiques, building one-of-a-kind furniture or laminating curves on cabinets, most woodworkers eventually discover veneer. One’s first instinct is to think of it as simply a way to get the most out of rare cuts or species. But veneer serves many functions beyond thrift. It makes life easier when dealing with curves, gives a woodworker access to some very dramatic grains and colors and can be applied to a stable substrate to create wide panels or complex patterns.

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Sanding head variations have their roles

Written by Howard Grivna Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

howard-grivnaThere are four basic types of sanding heads and one major hybrid variation that can be applicable to any sanding head type that incorporates a polishing platen.

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Tolerance threshold vital for wide belt sanders

Written by Howard Grivna Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

howard-grivnaThere are several factors that affect a wide belt sander’s ability to hold a close thickness tolerance. When a sander is new, with proper operating procedures, any rigid orifice-type machine should reasonably hold plus or minus .005” tolerance. If a machine has been specifically designed and has the right characteristics to hold a close tolerance, thickness tolerances of plus or minus .0025” are achievable. However, within a short period of time (less than one year), certain wear factors require machine maintenance procedures along with proper operating procedures in order to continue to obtain tight thickness tolerances.

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Adjustment of wide belt sander can be tricky

Written by Howard Grivna Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00

howard-grivnaIn previous issues, we have addressed the following questions:

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