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The Woodturner’s Edge: Sharp Tools Give Greater Enjoyment

The most frustrating part of woodturning is trying to turn wood with dull tools. Here are some hints and tips to getting tools sharp and keeping them that way for your turning pleasure.

Woodworking Using Hand Tools

Woodworking using hand tools may be completely new to you if you are a modern day woodworker. Most people avoid hand tools at all costs. They think that they are outdated, less accurate and slower than the modern day machines. This simply is not true in most cases. This article will provide you with some facts about using hand tools in your every day wood working projects.

Dry Grinder Wheels – Essential Maintenance Tips For Woodturners

Let’s face it – Woodturners love to turn wood, not stand in front of the grinder sharpening tools. However, to enjoy our true passion, we must learn to master each aspect of the sharpening process. One important area that is often overlooked by woodturners is grinder wheel maintenance. In this article you will learn how to maintain your grinder wheels for optimal performance.

Oil Finishes – Buffing Tips For Woodturnings

Buffing your finish after it has fully cured is one of the most important things you can do to improve the visual and tactile quality of your woodturnings. This critical last step in the finishing process can dramatically improve the look, feel and perception of your project. In this article you will learn how to set up a simple lathe mounted buffing station and how to properly buff cured oil finishes on your woodturnings.

Woodturning Tips – Precious Metal Leaf, Adding Decorative Embellishments

Decorative embellishments have taken the woodturning world by storm in the last ten years. These decorative effects may include carving of the surface, coloring work, inlays with crushed stone, inlays with gemstones and precious metals, deconstruction of the finished form, patination, segmented forms and more. Long gone are the days when woodturnings were considered only as functional items for the home, or workshop. Artistic and highly embellished woodturnings have raised the bar for woodturners as a whole, catapulting the art form into new and greater heights. One of the easiest embellishments you can add to your woodturnings to change the visual and tactile quality of the surface is decorative metal leaf.

Caring For And Sharpening Your Woodworking Chisels

There are many types of woodworking chisels around. But no matter which type of chisels you have they all need to be cared for and at some point your woodworking chisel will need sharpening. During this article we will explain how to care for your chisels and the steps you need to take for woodworking chisel sharpening.

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Woodturning Techniques – Preventing Grain Tear Out

One of the more difficult challenges new and intermediate wood turners face is how to deal with torn grain areas on their projects while turning. Sometimes, even with the sharpest tools and the best techniques, you torn grain can develop. In this article you will learn how to prevent torn grain if possible and how to effectively deal with it if all else fails.

Stanley Woodworking Tools Just Seem To Keep Going

Unfortunately today it seems as if the woodworking hand tool has very much become the second-class citizen in many tool shops around the world. It seems that more and more people are ready to use power tools such as table saws and band saws for carrying out those tasks that were once only done using hand tools.

Router Extension For Table Saws – Choosing One For Your Woodworking Projects

There are many router extensions for table saws on the market today. The arts and crafts era helped these come into many home shops and garages. Many people use these saws to create fine crafts and furniture. Your handiwork may well depend on one of these fine saws.

Woodturning Tips – Dyes, Coloring Wood For Dramatic Effects

One of the more popular ways to enhance the visual look of a woodturning, is to change its color. By using various dyes and other coloring products, you can easily transform a bland piece of wood into something spectacular. Pale timbers can be made to look vibrant and glowing. Dark timbers can also benefit from coloring, adding warmer and richer undertones and highlights. If you’ve never experimented with coloring wood before, don’t worry. It’s an easy technique to learn and the products are usually inexpensive, allowing you to freely experiment on various projects.

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