Sanders & How to Choose One
Sanders are not all alike, so knowing how each type of sander works is
crucial to being able to select an appropriate portable sander for your
needs. To further assist you to make the right purchase, we have compiled
a survey of the portable routers currently available.
Altona Woodworkers Inc (VIC) utilises older style heavy duty industrial
woodworking machinery to produce their woodwork, Lara Woodworkers Inc
(VIC) celebrate 25 years and the Port Stephens Community Woodworkers Inc
(NSW) produce a range of woodworking kits which are delivered to local
primary schools and nursing homes, to be assembled by children and the
Warfare to Woodworking
The slicing action of true helix spiral cutters as found in planers and
thicknessers can be equated with the slicing stroke of various curved
swords used in warfare through the ages.
on Woodturning Part 36 - Twin Naval Woodturners
by John Ewart
With a disciplined approach to their activities, defence force personnel
often become keen woodworkers when they take up the craft. Twins, Chief
Petty Officer Col Frampton and Petty Officer David Frampton, are a good
example, with Col even taking his midi lathe to sea.
Moisture Content of Wood
The #46 instalment in our Beginner's Series, we look at the importance
of moisture content when selecting the material for a specific project.
Depending on the workpiece, ignoring the effect of moisture content during
the design and construction can lead to cracking, warping and other failures.
Skews and Detail Gouges
by Mike Darlow
A keen proponent of finding the best way to turn, Mike is concerned at
the proliferation of advice that ignores the physics of the turning process.
He discusses the sharpening of skews and detail gouges and supports his
contention that an understanding of the forces involved in using the tool
on the lathe will assist you to sharpen the skew or detail gouge for better
Laminated Bowls from a Single Board
by John Di Stefano
While laminated work can be similar in appearance to segmented work, it
is made in quite a different manner. These laminated bowls are made from
cutting rings from a laminated board and then re-assembling them into
a bowl blank (effectively a second lamination). John discusses his method
and the software he uses to mark out the rings required.
Musical Percussion Instruments
by Aaron Ehrlich
Many percussion instruments require a turned body or turned components.
Aaron illustrates eight traditional percussion instruments which are both
easy and fun for the woodturner to make.
by Carolyn McCully
This relatively simple burn provides the opportunity to experiment with
your spoon shader and the use of colour. Carolyn provides tips for your
pyrography and colouring, based on unexpected difficulties she encountered
with this piece.
Wares #24 The Napkin Holder
by Don Phillips
A fairly simple design that is easy to make in batches, this wooden napkin
holder is a very handy means of placing napkins on a table for easy access
by guests while preventing them from being blown about in the breeze.
by John Swinkels
Single wine bottle holders which balance the bottle in mid-air have been
around for years. There are many examples on the Internet, but John noticed
that few designs involved turning. He developed his own design, based
on a spindle turning with a captive ring.
by Reg Cooke
Offcuts from guitar-making inspired this project, though the final piece
did not incorporate the original offcuts. The innovative design incorporates
a number of unusual features and involved a fair amount of trial and error
to get the whole thing to work properly.
Wooden Bowls - 1
by Richard Collins
While round bowls are typically turned, square and polygonal bowls can
be made by cutting faceted segments on a compound mitre saw and assembling
them in the appropriate sequence. Richard explains the steps involved.