STL241: Dust collectors vs. dust extractors

Get The Most From Your Sandpaper

OK you have just spent a lot of time sawing, fitting, and gluing your woodworking project and it is now time to make it look good. Today I’m going to try to cut through some pros and cons about orbital sanders and sandpaper, so lets get started.

Marking Tools: Gauges

Marking gauges are extremely useful for marking lines parallel to an edge with great accuracy, such as when you’re laying out joints to be cut. A marking gauge basically consists of four parts: a beam, a fence (or stock), a thumbscrew, and a marking pin.

Creating and Working From Woodworking Plans

Woodworking plans are one of the most important tools to a woodworker. Whether you are a novice or a professional woodworker you are going to need access to a steady supply of woodworking plans. They are basically a recipe for creating new products out of wood.

Measuring Tools: Compasses

A compass is useful in the shop for laying out circles and arcs. The most common types are the bow compass and the wing compass. The bow compass is a drafting tool with a threaded shaft that runs between the legs held together with a spring on top. One leg holds a steel point, the other a pencil lead. The legs of a wing compass are hinged at the top or joined with a spring and forced open or closed by turning a knurled knob that attaches to a threaded post that spans the legs. One leg has a steel point and the other is often designed to hold a standard pencil.

How to Peel Logs for Log Furniture

Techniques and Styles of Peeling Logs for Log Furniture When making log furniture, the goal is to make a work of art. Regardless of what type of material you are using, the hand crafting is an art form. The art form comes from the type of wood used, the design used in creating the form of an hand crafted chair, and the finishing application of the log in both the bark peel and stain color.

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