Woodworking Techniques and Advice

The versatility of veneer

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.



Sanding head variations have their roles

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.



Saw upkeep should be high on your list

Wednesday, 27 August 2008 15:28

Consistent care and maintenance is necessary to ensure your tool's peak performance for many years to come



Tolerance threshold vital for wide belt sanders

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.



Adjustment of wide belt sander can be tricky

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



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