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Segmented Turning Software

Segmented Turning Software

03-18-2015 03:18 PM by OSU55 | 3 comments »

I became interested in segmented turning because of the flexibility in design it provides. There are a lot of ways of approaching the design, from guesstimating, laying it out full size on paper, building your own spreadsheet to auto calculate segment sizes etc., using some online calculators, or software. I found all of the online calculators worked, but didn’t help with overall layout and design. I was about ready to start building my own spreadsheet calculator when I found this produ...

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Great dovetail guide!

Great dovetail guide!

03-15-2015 08:29 PM by AESamuel | 3 comments »

I bought one of these magnetic dovetail guides from David Barron after unsuccessfully trying freehand myself and am astounded by the results on my first try using the guide with my budget zona gent’s saw. I ordered the guide by e-mail in the evening, David posted the guide the next day and the day after the guide arrived on my doorstep. It was very well packaged and is solidly built. It even came with spare replacement covers for the magnets and a packet of haribo sweets too! The ...

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Line boring machine.

Line boring machine.

03-09-2015 01:41 AM by Steve | 1 comment »

Well finally got a set of 5mm. boring bits and installed them in my machine. The bits fit quite tight into the 10mm chuck and I am hoping that when I need to change them out it can be done with no issues. The machine is quite noisy but there is a hearing protection required warning sign on it. I bored a couple sets of holes in a piece of baltic birch plywood and also a piece of pine, the machine worked fine and the bored holes were very clean with no tear out. This machine seems to be constr...

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Woodstock cross slide vise

Woodstock cross slide vise

03-08-2015 05:59 AM by TheFridge | 6 comments »

Terrible machining but can be made to function decently with some scraping, filing and sanding.

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The Ultra Carver......Two Thumbs Up.

The Ultra Carver......Two Thumbs Up.

03-06-2015 09:41 PM by thechipcarver | 9 comments »

This is my first review so bare with me. I found the Ultra Carver two weeks ago while searching for some power carvers. Here is the wesite: www.ultracarver.comI have read so many articles and website about power carvers it is unreal. What I have found is that you can go small (30,000 rpm) or go big (300,000+ rpm). Until now…..(I know, I sound like an infomercail) Let put a scale, 1 through 5. 5 being the best while 1 being, you got it, I wouldn’t give it to my worst en...

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Turning Basics class at Woodcraft

Turning Basics class at Woodcraft

03-02-2015 01:28 AM by DW833 | 2 comments »

I took this class at Woodcraft of Orlando this week. Cost is $105.It is taught by Mark Behrens and runs from 10am – 5pm. I started turning recently and had no idea how to use the tools. I find it difficult to transfer skills I see onlineand dvds for turning to real workshop turning. So I wanted to attend a hands on training class.With few other options for local training, I decided to try this class.Attended a beginning woodworking class at a different woodcraft years ago and foun...

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Excellent Joinery System

Excellent Joinery System

01-29-2015 04:07 AM by edwood1975 | 11 comments »

When I was designing one of my first projects (Router Cabinet) I came across this pocket hole system and its awesome and forms extremely strong joints. The kit comes with everything you need to create a somewhat hidden joint, especially when you use the Kreg Plugs. If you build frames for anything from cabinets to pictures this method is awesome.

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Shelix Head Ugrades the 735 Planer

Shelix Head Ugrades the 735 Planer

01-13-2015 12:52 AM by pintodeluxe | 17 comments »

I installed a Shelix cutterhead in my Dewalt 735 planer. It is a segmented cutterhead that has a helical shape, and uses individual carbide inserts. OLD THREE KNIFE CUTTERHEAD: With the old cutterhead I was losing about 10% of my stock to severe tearout. Even switching to the slower finishing speed, and skewing the board at an angle did not correct the problem. Walnut and maple seemed to plane okay, but the figured QSWO I usually mill was a problem for the factory cutterhead. I was chan...

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Free CAD/CAM Software for the Hobbyist and DIYer

Free CAD/CAM Software for the Hobbyist and DIYer

12-29-2014 01:08 AM by Dirk Van Essendelft | 16 comments »

I’ve been a woodworker and computer geek since I was a little kid. Now I have a shop of my own and some disposable income to spend on woodworking. As you may have seen if you follow my woodworking, I like to do CNC woodworking. Even before that I would use 3D CAD software to design my projects so that I would know how to cut my materials. It is definitely worth it to model and assemble your projects virtually before you do it in expensive woods. At any rate, I was looking for aff...

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Smooth wood handles? Hands slipping? Non-Slip Grip Tape

Smooth wood handles? Hands slipping? Non-Slip Grip Tape

12-20-2014 04:44 PM by JoeinGa | 14 comments »

As I age, I find my grip just isn’t as strong as it used to be. Simply opening a pickle jar is sometimes a pain and this carries over into my shop as well, especially during the colder weather. Several years ago I had several glue-ups fail while making cutting boards and upon close inspection I realized it was because the clamps could have been tighter during the gluing process. I had also noticed that sometimes my hands would slip on the smooth wooden handles of my Jorgy clamps. N...

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