Woodworking Techniques and Advice

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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Sanded finish should always be consistent

Written by Howard Grivna Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00

howard-grivnaTable A allows you to compare abrasive belt mineral sizes based on several different grading systems. Please note that the P-designated belts (European grades) are a different mineral size than the X-designated belts (U.S. grades] except for 180 grit.

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