“A Newbie’s Guide to Woodworking” answers common woodworking questions and more! It delivers solid information that woodworking beginners can use and benefit from. We have researched the leading websites and expert information and compiled it all in this convenient book!
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As a beginner you can be confused by the immense scope of aspects to the wonderful craft of woodworking. To many, this can be frustrating and lead them to give up. However, woodworking can not only be a means of making a living, but for many, it is a fun and rewarding hobby.
Have you ever thought that your air compressor was too big, bulky, and noisy for the minimal amount of time that you use it and find yourself wondering why you keep it around? Trade it in for a new system that works excellently for the smaller work shop spaces.
Lowes’ came up with this great Kobalt Portable CO2 regulator that powers most pneumatic nailers. This unit with the 20 oz CO2 canister can shoot 600 16 gauge brads or 1200 pins. This is the same system that paintball guns use, so refills and extra tanks are readily available. The kits cost around $100 each at Lowe’s and one is worth every penny. If you don’t use the gun that often or if you do cabinet installation jobs it remains very useful.
The refills are about $10 each, so it’s a great price for a product that turns all your nail guns into cordless machines. It is very quiet to use and only uses up a small space in your work area. Another positive is that there is no water vapour in the system so the nail gun lasts longer.
One complaint there is with the unit is that if there is any small leak along the line anywhere or in the gasket in your gun, you can easily lose the entire canister of CO2 in a matter of minutes and then require a refill. So it is probably a good idea to have a spare refill canister around. Remember to turn off the valve! Still, it’s a pretty good trade off to be able to use a gun without having to lug around the compressor, and look for an outlet.
Even though this will never replace the air compressor, it is an extremely useful and efficient product in many ways especially if you do house calls or minor repair work. It would warrant a five if they built a quicker shut off valve instead of the screw valve.
A lathe is a machine tool which spins the workpiece to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, or deformation with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object which has symmetry about an axis of rotation (Wikipedia ). Lathes perform the machining operation known as "turning." While turning, material is removed from a workpiece by rotating it against a tool. Turning is a central production operation in the manufacture of many metal, plastic and wood parts. Lathes can be either manually operated or computer controlled (CNC). Lathes can have many differences, unique features and accessories to facilitate a wide range of jobs. Wood Lathes The simplest lathe type is the wood lathe. As the name suggests, it is designed for turning wood. Wood lathes are small machines consisting of a bed, headstock, tailstock and tool rest. Unlike with what is found on a metal-working machine, there are no precision ways since the cutting tools are moved by hand and not by machine power. A steady hand and good skill is needed to control the cutting tool to accurately turn smooth curves and complex contours on the work piece. The spindle is driven by a belt connected to a motor, and speed differentiations are made by manually moving the belt to one of many pulleys mounted to the back of the spindle. Lathe tools are held by hand against the work, with the support of the tool rest. The tool rest is adjustable and is clamped to the bed at a position that best suites the operation at hand.
“Measure twice cut once” I always hated this saying, and despite the fact that I forced myself to adhere to it, it STILL cut boards to the wrong length. It used to aggravate me that no one made a tape measure for right-handed woodworkers. Imagine this for a minute, you have a board that is 30 inches long and you need to cut 15-5/16” off it. You pick up your pencil with your right hand and your measuring tape with the left and lay it out on the wood. All the numbers are up-side down. Can you think of any other single thing we do that is more ripe for making mistakes than reading numbers up-side-down?
Oh sure, we can all read numbers up-side down, unfortunately we often read them wrong don't we, that's why we measure twice and cut once, and hope that our brains and eyes were coordinated in seeing the numbers correctly. Well there is HOPE, finally some tape measure companies have realized that seeing the numbers the right way up might be of help to us woodworkers. Infact, some have even made tapes that are for both left and right hand people because they have numbers you can read EACH WAY.
I love these new tapes, I am making less mistakes and am far less frustrated reading numbers. It's not the whole numbers that go me, it's the fractions and sadly, that's where most of the mistakes happen.
Now if someone could do the same for protractors … oooOO they did, click MORE to see what they did.
The world of woodworking is filled with the world of angles and the angles ALL need to be dead accurate because they are usually compounded by multiples. Take for example a simple picture frame. 4 – 90 degree angles which means 8 – 45 degree cuts. If you happened to be out by only 1 degree on each angle (which isn't that much) on the 8 angles this means you would be out by 8 degrees overall which would produce a LARGE gap in on joint.
The only to make sure your angles are right on is to set up your tools so they are dead accurate when they cut, that is where the digital protractor can help. Need to cut some 13.5 degree angles on your table saw, no problem, use your digital protractor to set the saw blade at the right angle and presto, perfect antles.
These little tools are very accurate and quick and easy to use. The work on multitudes of tools and are great for checking angles or plans and drawings, checking angles on walls and ceilings and setting up your tools to make perfect cuts. This is definetly something you need to add to your tool bag.