5 Things Beginning Woodturners Don’t Know

Woodturning is fundamentally pretty simple, you rotate a workpiece and remove material from it until you get the desired shape. But it is nonetheless very nuanced, with many subtle details that make it both challenging and rewarding. 1. Safety I’m putting this one first, not because I want to lecture you, but because getting injured while woodturning can take all the fun out of it…in an instant. There are hazards that you need to be aware of and for which you need to take appropriate preventative action. I want to be clear, though, that safety is everyone’s responsibility, and I’m sharing the following thoughts to get you thinking about safety so that you can develop your own safe woodturning practices. I cannot provide a perfectly comprehensive set of safety practice, nor can I be responsible for what you do in your workshop. Lathe safety can be generally thought of in terms of things leaving the lathe and coming into contact […]

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A comparison of Two Pen Kits

In this video I compare two Slimline pen kits from two different suppliers. Rockler: SlimlinePen Kit in Gold US$1.99 (on sale) http://www.rockler.com/slimline-pen-hardware-kit-gold Craft Supplies: Apprentice Fancy Slimline Kit 24K gold US$1.79 https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/1/684/Apprentice-Fancy-Slimline-Pen-Kit They’re almost identical, but the middle band and the clip design make me favor the one from Craft Supplies.

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