(Day 50) Assembling the Blender Bench, Some Carving

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.

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.

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.

Plan The Right Kind Of Layout For Your Woodworking Workshop

When you are looking at the workshop layout for woodworking each wood worker will be faced with a unique set of challenges in order to build one that is right for them. Firstly they will need to decide where it is going to be located. Will it be in the basement, the garage or will it have its own dedicated building?

Woodturning Tips – Finding Free Green Wood Logs For Your Projects

One of the most common challenges facing new woodturners is how to find sufficient quantities of low cost, or free green wood to turn. Finding a reliable supply of free wood is the key to maintaining fresh turning stock for your projects. Of course, you could just buy all of your blanks and turning squares from a local supplier, however most woodturners enjoy turning wood that’s free whenever possible. This article will help you to find numerous sources for low cost, or free green wood in the area where you live.

Try Using Hand Planes And Experience Woodworking The Old Time Way

A generation ago hand planes were used everyday. They were used for everything from flattening boards to putting the final polish on that tabletop. Today the hand plane has been replaced by modern day power machinery. With all the technology available today you may wonder why the modern woodworker would want to use a hand plane when you could get a power tool to do the job faster and easier.

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.

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.

Woodturning Tips – Finding Inspiration For Artistic Woodturnings

Woodturners often ask me how I can continually find inspiration for my artistic projects. Sooner or later, you may need a little inspiration to move in a different direction with your work, or perhaps just revitalize your current focus. As artists, we all need to be inspired from time to time – this is normal. No one is an unlimited vessel of creativity. Finding the right kind of inspiration is the key to overcoming the “creative wall” and keeping your work fresh.

Woodturning Tips – Woodturning Tool Selection For Beginners

You’ve spent weeks mulling over which woodturning lathe to purchase and now you’re ready to select your woodturning tools. As you open your favorite tool catalog, your head starts to spin. There are pages and pages of different sizes, shapes and styles of tools available. Which alloy should I choose – M2, M4, ASP 2030, ASP 2060, cryogenically treated? Would it be better to buy a set of tools, or buy individual tools to make my own starter set? In this article you will learn how to choose the right woodturning tools to get you started, with specific size recommendations for each type of tool.

Top 6 Woodwork Plans You Should Make Time For During Vacation

When searching for woodwork plans for wine racks, consider the number of bottles you typically store in a year, the size of these bottles, and the amount of space you’re working with. If you’ll be installing the wine cellar at your basement, consider using laminated wood to make it more resistant to moisture damage.

What Types Of Accessories Are Available For A Woodworking Table Saw

There are a number of different woodworking accessories for table saws that are worth considering. This is especially true if you are looking to take up woodworking as a hobby or something a little more serious.

Oil Finishes – Tips For Creating The Perfect Finish on Your Woodturnings

Oil finishes are considered by many turners to be the ultimate woodturning finish. Among the easiest of all finishes to apply, oil finishes impart a close to the wood feeling that begs to be touched. In my woodturning demonstrations around the United States and in discussions with other turners via the Internet, no other subject has spawned more questions than finishing. In this article you will learn how to create and perfect oil finishes on your woodturnings. Detailed step-by-step instructions are included to insure your success.

Wax Emulsion End Grain Sealers – Application Tips For Woodturners

In the woodturning workshop, wax emulsions (end grain sealers) serve an important function by controlling the rapid loss of moisture through freshly cut surfaces on logs, blanks and roughed out projects. As woodturners, our goal is not to prevent moisture from moving through the log or the wax coating, but instead to retard the rate of moisture evaporation. When this is achieved, drying defects are reduced and the maximum amount of timber can be utilized in every log. In this article you will learn about different types of wax emulsions and how to properly apply these end grain sealers to reduce drying degrade in green wood.

Microcrystalline Waxes – The Ultimate Wax For Woodturnings

One of the many things that I learned the hard way when I first opened my studio is that finishing woodturnings is very different from finishing furniture. Turned wood items demand different finishing protocols, because many of the items that we produce are designed to be used or handled frequently. In this article you will learn about different waxes for woodturnings and why Microcrystalline waxes offer excellent protection for your finished projects.

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