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Different Types of Wood Turning Chisels

Wood turning is a specific form of woodworking that involves turning the wood you’re working on via a lathe. A lathe can be easiest understood as a rotisserie for wood. By using a lathe, woodworkers can easily create shapes like table legs, lamps and bowls. Woodworkers need more than the lathe, however. They also need chisels that are made specifically for wood turning. Continue reading for more information regarding the different types of wood turning chisels.

Wood chisels

Flat Sided Skew Chisel

Everyone who does wood turning works with a flat sided skew chisel. After a certain amount of time, they all have at least one story about this particular kind of chisel ruining their project. The flat sided skew chisel is long and flat with a beveled edge. One side extends slightly longer than the other; this side is called the toe and the other is known as the heel. It’s the toe that causes so many problems for woodworkers. If placed against the spinning wood incorrectly, this chisel will dig in and can easily bring a project to a halt. Some people have even told stories of the chisel digging in so sharply that it’s ripped out of their hands.

Oval Skew Chisel

One answer to the difficulties of using the flat sided skew chisel is the oval skew chisel. This chisel has a rounded profile designed to make it easier to manipulate over the wood. A major benefit is less digging in, so this might be a good chisel for those just beginning with wood turning.

Rounded Skew Chisel

A rounded skew chisel takes the idea of the oval skew chisel one step further. The rounded skew chisel has an edge that’s actually rounded. This, too, is aimed at being able to roll the chisel easily over the spinning wood for better handling. Without sharpened edges, there is also less digging in.

Others

There are a number of other skew chisels that can be used for wood turning. Many of them are simply flat sided skew chisels with different angels and different names given by the manufacturer. If you’re just starting out, the three above tools will be more than enough to get the finished product you want.

Differences from Normal Chisels

Wood turning chisels differ from traditional woodworking chisels in a number of important ways. The most obvious one is that a woodturning chisels handle is always much longer. This is meant to provide the user with much greater leverage, which is necessary when the piece of wood you’re carving is spinning at several hundred RPM or more.

Another obvious difference is where these tools get their names from. The blade is “skewed”, after all, so that it finishes at a slant. This is unlike normal wood working chisels that simply have a flat end. The angle is generally around 70 degrees, but many wood turners will use chisels of different angles. This skewed edge further highlights how the chisels used in wood turning are not pounded, but rather rely on their contact with the spinning wood to handle the job of getting the intended shape.

This brings us to the last major difference. Chisels used in wood turning aren’t hammered like they are by a mallet in woodworking. Instead, they are laid against the work piece, generally so that the edge of the chisel meets the wood at a 45 degrees angle. Then the user can simply glide the blade up and down the work piece in order to remove wood from the piece.
If you’re a fan of wood turning or are looking forward to beginning, you’ll need to purchase a reliable lathe. However, you will also need at least a flat sided skew chisel to get started. It will take some practice, but like with all things in wood working, your patience and dedication will pay off.

Sources:
http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/1-Oval-Skew-Chisel-by-Henry-Taylor-HSS/productinfo/227-HS62/
http://www.edswoodturning.com/2010/09/30/skews-oval-flat/
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/LX040AS.html
http://www.woodworking.co.uk/Technical/Beginners/beginners.html#SkewChisel

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Green Wood VS Dry Wood

If you ask most woodworkers whether they’d rather work green wood or dry wood, the majority of them will choose the latter. Dry wood comes with far fewer problems. While you can certainly achieve amazing results by working with green wood, the process can be one filled with anxiety as you nervously anticipate its eventual splinter or breaking.

Green Wood for carving
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Why Green Wood is So Difficult

Taking dry wood as the constant, let’s compare green wood to it to better illustrate why it can be so difficult to work. All wood contains a certain amount of moisture, even dry wood. However, green wood has it in abundance as it was recently removed from a living tree.

Why is this moisture a problem? It isn’t, technically. To be exact, the problem is that the wood shrinks. This happens either as it dries naturally or if you submit it to artificial drying (e.g. via a kiln). As the wood dries, it shrinks. As it shrinks, the water it contains has less and less room until finally it breaks the wood around it.

This is not a unique phenomenon. Imagine if you were to fill a balloon with water. Then, after you tied off the end, you were slowly able to remove the balloon’s surface. The eventual result is predictable, correct?

Why Dry Wood Isn’t Necessarily the Answer

Given the above, many woodworkers automatically assume the solution is to only use dry wood. Naturally, this should solve the problem as the moisture content inside the wood is no longer an issue. Overtime, it has naturally evaporated and left its wood encasement unscathed (or it was forced out through arterial processes).
Unfortunately, dry wood can greatly limit what you can create. Your choices are to either work only small projects or to attempt to laminate smaller pieces of dry wood together. Plenty of woodworkers have been able to do this successfully, but not with a result that takes advantage of the wood’s grain.

Dry Wood Carves Niceley
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How to Make Green Wood Work

As green wood become problematic due to its losing pressure, the solution can be deceptively simple. As you work green wood, be sure to apply moisture back into the wood during and after each session. You can do this with nothing more than a spray bottle and a plastic bag.

Periodically apply some of the water from your spray bottle to the wood as you carve. Then, when your day’s session is complete, dampen the entire piece and cover it in a plastic bag. If you aren’t going to be working on it daily, consider covering the wood in a light oil (mineral is fine).

When you finish with your piece, continue to cover it with your plastic bag throughout the day and night. Every twenty-four hours, turn the bag inside out and cover the piece again. For even better results, place the covered piece out in the sun where the temperature inside the bag will rise and evaporate the moisture more effectively.

Even with all this work, your green wood may still crack. Your best bet then is to cover the crack with a wet cloth. You can also try covering the crack with a bit of masking tape, to keep further moisture from escaping and causing more cracks.

In the end, it shouldn’t be whether you choose dry wood or green wood. If you love woodworking, learn to work with both. This way you’ll never be hard up for materials. While dry wood is certainly the easier of the two to carve, it won’t always be an option or it will severely limit your results. Follow the above advice and you should be able to manage green wood just as well as you do dry.

Source:
https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/tipstechniques/carving-green-wood

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Common Hand Carving Tools

If you’re just beginning in hand carving, it’s best to be patient. People spend years as beginners and the process is fraught with frustration at times. One way to help your chances, of course, is by using the right tools. Read on for a list and descriptions of the most common hand carving tools.

Chip Carving Knife

The most basic tool in your arsenal will be the chip carving knife. If you could trace back the roots of wood carving, it would involve an individual with a piece of wood and a sharp object to work it with. You’ll want a knife with a shorter blade, about 1 ½’’ long. This blade should also be high carbon steel that can hold an edge.

Chip Carving Knife
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U and V-Gouges

Gouges look like chisels that have been bent to a specific shape. For U-gouges, their shape is a smooth “u.” A V-gouge has a sharp center and resembles a “v.” Both of these are used to peel swaths of wood away from your piece. They can also be used to provide shape and contours. There are other kinds of gouges too, such as bent and spoon gouges.

Wood Carving Gouges
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A Mallet

In order to work these gouges, you’ll need a reliable mallet. There are several different kinds of mallet with unique shapes. Simply put, a mallet is a hammer at its crudest. It’s a handle attached to a large head meant for connecting with the butt of a gouge to drive it through the wood. Generally, the head of a mallet is either made out of wood or rubber.

Wood Carving Mallets
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Band Saw

A band saw is a huge advantage for a woodworker looking to make precise cuts or follow a stencil. The blade is long and thin and in the shape of a loop. An electric motor sends the blade through two wheels. Between these wheels is where you place your wood to be carved.

A Bandsaw is a handy tool for starting your wood carving project
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Drill Press

If you want your wood carving to have holes, you can’t have a better tool for the job than a drill press. The name pretty much says it all. It has a drill bit that hovers over a platform where you set your wood. Then you simply adjust the height of the bit so it can come down and drill through. Drill presses can also be fitted with sanding drums and other accessories.

Belt Sander

When you’re done carving your piece, you’ll often want it to have a nice smooth finish. While you can certainly put the time and elbow grease into sanding the piece down, there’s a much easier solution. A belt sander hands off the hard part to electricity while you merely hold the different surfaces of your piece up to the sander to be smoothed.

Chain Saw

If you intend on carving large pieces, you’ll probably find a chain saw to be an invaluable tool. Large pieces of wood can be a burden to work through just to get your rough cut. But a chainsaw can make quick, efficient work of the matter.

A chainsaw will extract your project piece from raw timber
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Safety

As you’ve probably noticed, the majority of these tools could be dangerous if a mistake was made. This is especially the case when you consider how useless they are unless you keep them extremely sharp. So always be conscious of what you’re doing when woodworking and keep your hands clear of the blade’s motion. Safety glasses are important too, in order to protect your eyes from debris.
When you first begin woodworking, you may want to stick to nothing more than a knife and some whittling. Like many crafts, there is no shortage of tools you could buy for your practice. In the beginning, however, stick with the first tool on this list and work your way down. But always remember to keep safety a priority.

Sources:
http://www.thesculpturestudio.com/how_to_carve_wood.html
http://www.thesculpturestudio.com/wood_carving_tools.html

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Must Have Protective & Safety Gear for the DIY Lover

If you enjoy doing the job yourself then you understand the importance of your construction equipment. Each piece of construction equipment in your garage or work truck has a very specific purpose and job to do. Serious DIY people take their gear seriously and take the time to make sure they are properly using and taking care of their construction equipment.

Safety Hat - The most important construction tool
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Sometimes these dedicated DIY individuals forget the most important piece of construction equipment they own – their safety gear. Your protective and safety gear has its own specific job to do and that is to keep you safe so you can finish the job. Here are the absolute must have pieces of protective and safety gear for anyone who loves to ‘Do It Yourself’.

Safety Goggles or Glasses

Safety Glasses - an ofetn overlooked construction tool
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These represent the single most important piece of safety and protective gear available. You rely on your eyes for many things, and they are very vulnerable parts of your body. There are simply too many things that could go wrong during a construction project for you to risk not wearing protective glasses. Never take chances when it comes to your valuable eyes – always wear safety glasses. They say that 90% of all eye injuries could have been prevented if the person had safety glasses on. There are two major types of safety glasses. One type is designed to protect your eyes from hazardous liquids and gases. These are goggle-like and have a foam lining to help keep liquid from entering. These goggles are also good for dusty construction projects. The other kinds of safety glasses are made to help prevent objects like wood splinters from entering your eye. These glasses are typically made from shatterproof plastic and come with side shield. Always wear eye protection!

Hand Protection

Safety Gloves - a handy construction tool
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There are a lot of different work gloves available to fit any project and any hand size. Many of these work gloves come with rubberized grips to make them easier to handle tools. There are form fitting gloves, long-arm protective gloves, Kevlar gloves and cold weather gloves. You can use these gloves to protect your hands from wear and tear, injuries, dangerous materials, cold weather and even from hot chemicals and blades. You rely on your hands to get the job done, so make sure that you protect them.

Face Masks

Dust Masks - a must have construction tool
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Face masks can be used to protect your lungs and throat from potentially dangerous particles. You can also use them to help protect yourself from allergens like dust and pollen while you are working on DIY projects. There is a big difference between a dust mask and a respirator. If you are working with hazardous chemicals like paint thinners or will be around dangerous mold conditions, then you will want an actual respirator, preferably one with an N95 rating. Nontoxic nuisance air particles like dust and pollen can be avoided by using regular dusk masks. Don’t take risks when it comes to your lungs and your health – make sure you have the right face mask for the job.

Hearing Protection

Ear Muffs - dont forget this construction tool
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It doesn’t take much for you to permanently damage your hearing. Many DIY projects use machines that produce loud noises that can damage your hearing. Even pounding a hammer onto a nail can lead to significant hearing loss. For very loud machines you should use protective ear muffs that are rated for specific sound levels. For less serious noises you can get away with those foam ear protection inserts. It only takes one loud noise to cause permanent damage to your ears, so don’t skimp on the ear protection.

Having safety glasses, hand protection, ear protection and lung protection on hand when you are working on your DIY projects will make sure you stay safe so you can finish the job.

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The Art of Wood Turning

Wood Turning

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Craftsman from all over the world use their skills and knowledge to create a variety of specialized items, imaginative art, and decorative practical art forms to produce amazing items. Some of the items are made to be aesthetically pleasing while others offer a practical solution in a decorative design. The world of wood turning allows artists and craftsmen the opportunity to turn their dreams and imagination into beautiful products.

Wood turning offers a unique way to show off a piece of wood’s natural beauty while exposing its decorative grains and designs. The process of wood turning often requires extensive tools and equipment, along with a thorough knowledge obtained either through experience or by watching the hands of an expert.

Many wood turners have the ability to take a unique piece of wood, and transform it into a work of art using nothing more than the tools of a wood lathe. These pieces are often crafted out of exotic woods that are honed, sanded, finished and finally waxed to produce a piece that boasts a lustrous appearance and a tactile feel.

For centuries, wood turners have used disparate techniques and tools to produce stylistic designs and unique pieces. Typically, every piece is individualized and represents the natural wood that is uncovered during the process. Some styles of wood turning include hand-carved inlay designs.

Ornamental Turning

Ornamental wood Turning

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For over four centuries, ornamental turning has been an art form practiced all over the world. The first form of turning has historical reaches as far back as 3500 years ago. Even the Egyptians were no to produce art and other products using simple leaving techniques. The lathe itself is known to have brought in other inventions including the electric motor and steam engine. Many of the Egyptian tombs have been found to contain artifacts that have been “turned.”

Turning Tools

Wood Turning Tools

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The tools used by an artisan or craftsman for turning are usually fabricated out of three specific components including HSS (high speed steel), carbon steel and steel. Lately, powdered metal has made its way into the gouging tools used by craftsmen. HSS tools are hardened steel compounds that can hold their edges much longer and require less sharpening. New powdered metal tools are known to outperform these old standards.

The types of turning tools that craftsmen use on a regular basis include:

• Roughing Gouge
• Detailed Gouge
• Spindle Gouge
• Bowl Gouge
• Parting Tool
• Scraper
• Skew Chisel
• Hollowing Tool
• Auger
• Bowl Scraper
• Wire
• Chatter Tool
• Ring Cutter
• Fluted Gouge
• Thread Cutters
• Chisel/Skew Combinations

Wood Turning Techniques

The artisan craftsman uses a variety of techniques for wood turning, other than the simple turning of a lathe. These include:

• Eccentric Turning
• Segmented Turning
• Therming
• Wet and Green Turning
• Natural and Turning
• Ornamental Turning
• Elliptical Turning
• Peeling

Whether wood turners use modern machinery, or a simple lathe, the artisan can use a variety of strategies to produce all types of goods and artwork. The basic process of turning wood on the lathe can produce basic items including spindles, table legs, chair legs, and decorative pieces.

While today’s modern machinery has replaced many of the jobs once performed by artisans, the art of wood turning is still alive and well. Many of the elegantly carved wood pieces including bowls, plates, and phenomenal artistic work is often displayed in some of the world’s highly recognized museums. Their design, shape and chosen wood have offered the world the best representation of exotic woods available.

Using traditional wood turning techniques, artists and craftsmen have been able to keep the old-style of wood turning alive to pass on to future generations.

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The Top 5 Bench Top Bandsaws

Are you currently looking for the best bench top band saw on the market? If you are, then you know the sheer number of options out there can be overwhelming. When you are choosing a bandsaw, one of the things that you will have to consider is going to be the size. Larger bench top saws are going to carry a higher price tag, but they are going to be able to work with larger pieces of wood more easily. Just make sure that your workspace is going to have the room for the saw you choose.

Despite the differences in size, some brands and models seem to stand out from the crowd. We’ve taken care of the hard part for you when it comes to researching these saws, and without further ado, here are the ones that made it into the top 5!

Rikon 10” Bench Top Bandsaw, Model 10-305

Rikon 10-305

With Model 10-305 from Rikon, you are going to have a great little bandsaw for your workspace. It has all of the features that you love from a full sized bandsaw at a fraction of the size and cost. Those who own the saw say that it is very simple to use and has quite a bit of power. It features a 1/3 horsepower ball bearing motor that helps to give it a nice, smooth feel when operated. The saw has a safety toggle, and it is easy to clean. You will be able to use blades from 1/8” to 1/2” with the saw.

Craftsman 10” Bench Top Bandsaw, Model 21400

Craftsmen 21400

Another bandsaw that receives high marks is this attractive model from Craftsman. The 1/3 horsepower saw will cut cleanly and easily through hard and soft wood and makes it easy for users to create those delicate curves they need for various projects. The cutting table adjusts, which can help make angled cuts quite a bit easier. With this saw, you are also going to be able to use blades ranging from 1/8” to 1/2”. Users love the saw because it offers precision as well as power.

Rockwell 9” Bench Top Bandsaw, Model RK7453

Rockwell RK7453

Here is a simple to use, convenient tool that has some great features. This model features a 120-volt motor that is able to handle some rather large jobs. The table can tilt 45 degrees, and it is possible to do some intricate work with the saw. One of the things that help to set this one apart from the crowd is the fact that it comes with a light on it, which can help you see some of the lighter lines that you have to follow. Many will find this feature quite helpful. However, others might not like it and see the light as getting in the way. It’s all a matter of personal preference.

Grizzly 9” Bench Top Bandsaw, Model G1052

Grizzly G1052

This beast receives quite a few high marks from users and with good reason. It has a host of great features, including a 1/2 horsepower motor, two speeds, a fence scale with magnifying window, a heavy duty stand, and a max cutting height of 6”. This saw will be able to take blades from 3/16” to 3/8”. It has the features and feel of a large bandsaw in a bench top size.

Central Machinery 9” Bench Top Bandsaw, Model 96980

Central Machinery 96980

Here is another great, small bandsaw that is a good solution for woodworkers and for those who have a smaller budget. The saw features a table with a table that can tilt to a 45-degree angle, a miter gauge, and a 1/3 horsepower motor. The saw will be able to use blades from 1/8” to 1/2″. It can cut through the majority of hard and soft wood easily.

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Choosing the Right Spirit Level

Spirit levels are incredibly useful tools that help you determine if a surface is level or if it is askew. You have a wide range of choices when it comes to choosing a spirit level for your construction project. Not all spirit levels are the same and not all of them are 100% accurate. Some are made from plastic while others are made from aluminum. Here are some things to look for when you are choosing a spirit level to ensure that you get one that is useful, accurate and functional.

A Low Manufacturing Tolerance

You want to check with your spirit level’s manufacturer to determine what quality assurance programs they use to determine the accuracy of their products and what guarantees they offer. A spirit level’s manufacturing tolerance is defined as the sum of all of the problems or faults that may occur during the manufacturing process. High quality spirit level manufacturers use quality control tests or other methods to weed out any levels that have manufacturing defects. Quality systems should be certified in accordance with the ISO 9001 protocol.


Easy to Read Measurements

You will be using your spirit level a lot and when you are attempting to work on a project, so it is a good idea to choose one that has easy to see and easy to read levels. Many high quality spirit levels come with magnified levels to make it easier for you to read them. The use of reflectors and other devices that make the levels easier to see in low light conditions are also a plus. The level’s measurements should also be able to be easily read and understand so you can avoid errors. The good spirit levels allow you to read the measurements and the levels from various angles.

Durability

You want to buy a spirit level that will last for years, regardless of the type of handling it gets around the construction site. Aluminum is strong and durable, but not too heavy. Plastic can also be quite tough. Durability is especially important for longer levels. The longer a level is the more accurate it’s going to be. But longer levels are at a higher risk of being bent or warped as time goes by, which will ruin its accuracy. Make sure you read some reviews on a specific spirit level before you purchase it to make sure it is durable enough.

Sensitivity

A level’s sensitivity is described as how fast the bubble moves when the level is moved. If the bubble is too sensitive, you may have difficulty getting it to a place where you can see it or to get it to the middle point for measurements. More sensitive bubbles produce more accurate results, but you want to be able to handle and read your level easily. Make sure that you find the right sensitivity for your needs. You can determine a level’s sensitivity by reading the measurements listed on the level, which are measured in mm per meter. A larger liquid vial will also mean that the bubble inside of it can move more freely.

Choosing the Right Spirit Level

Getting accurate measurements for your construction projects is absolutely necessary if you want level and precise work. This means you will rely heavily on your spirit level to make sure your projects and cuts are even. If your level is not 100% accurate your work will not be precise. This could be disastrous or just annoying. Either way you want to avoid it. It is important that you take a few minutes to do a little research and read a few reviews on the spirit level you are considering buying. You should also take a moment to inspect it before you leave the store with your new spirit level.

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Basic Power Tool Care and Maintenance

Your power tools can last a long time. They can even last a lifetime in some cases. However, this requires that you care for those tools properly. With the right maintenance and care, you will be able to have a beautiful set of tools that functions perfectly for years to come. Here are some tips that you can use to make sure you are treating your tools right so they keep on working.

Storage for Your Tools

First, you have to make sure that you are storing your tools properly. This is where people often get into trouble. They have more tools than they have space, and that means that some of their power tools are not going to have the protection they need. You have to make sure that you are keeping your tools in an area that is out of the moisture and other elements that could cause them damage, for starters.

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Do not keep them on the floor of the basement or garage. If there were a flood, even with just a couple of inches of water, it could ruin the tool. Choose a well-ventilated area for your power tool storage too.

Organization is one of the keys to ensuring that your tools are in great shape as well. When you have a workspace that is organized and you have a space for each of your tools, they are going to be easier to care for properly. At the end of each session of working with the particular tool, simply put it back in its place. It might take a second or two longer, but it is well worth it. This way, you are always going to know right where your tools are.

Great Maintenance for Longer Life

Just as you know that you have to take care of your body and your health to live longer, you have to do the same thing for your power tools. Before you return them to storage after using them, some simple cleaning and maintenance is helpful.

You should have some cleaning tools on hand. A small brush and a cloth are good for wiping down the power tool casing, blades, and other parts after use. You can also use canned air or an air compressor to clean off the tools. Blow the air into the tool’s vents and you will be able to remove much of the debris that accumulates there. When you clear the vents, you are not going to have to worry as much about your tools overheating.

Saw blade

Lubrication is another very important part of maintenance for your tools. Frequent lubrication can reduce friction and make some tools last longer, and keep the internal parts working well. It is generally a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when it comes to lubrication for your power tools.

Power tools often cause vibrations, and in some cases, this can start to rattle loose the screws and other fasteners. It might be a good idea to check on the tightness and integrity of these screws on occasion, just to make sure everything is nice and secure.

Always check the blades on your tools before and after each use. You will be able to sharpen some blades to keep them working longer. However, if you notice any wear along the blade that looks as though it could have irreparable damage, it is time to replace it. It is better for the tool as well as for your safety.

The cords for your tools are vital to their lifespan as well. Always check to make sure that they do not have any damage or fraying on them. Again, this is as much for your safety as it is for the longevity of the tool.

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Guide to The Best Dremel Tool Attachments

Dremel 4000

The Dremel tool is one of the handiest and simplest to use power tools in any toolbox today. Those who don’t already own a Dremel rotary tool are missing quite a bit of the fun and convenience that they can offer. Originally developed by Albert J. Dremel in the 1930s, these tools have come a long way. From DIY to simple home repair and beyond, today, it is possible to find a host of different attachments that you will be able to use with your Dremel tools. You will find tons of great options!

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Cutting Attachments

Dremel Cutting Kit

When it comes to the cutting accessories, you will have quite a few choices based on the type of work that you need to do. You will be able to choose stone disks, small saws, bits for cutting, and even diamond wheels. The sheer number of options is amazing, but it has to be. The rotary tool, thanks to these different cutting attachment choices, is going to be able to work with plastic, wood, and even metal.

This will help them prove useful for a wide range of different projects from woodworking to model building and more. The key to working with the cutting tool attachments is to make sure that they are going at a slower speed; otherwise, they can break. They are relatively low cost as well, so it is a good idea to keep several of these on hand in case one does break.

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Sanding Attachments

Dremel Sanding Kit

Your Dremel tool can make sanding quite a bit easier on you as well thanks to these attachments. You can choose sanding disks and wheels that come with different grains for stronger or gentler options. It will be possible to remove rust from metal, clean tools, sand wood, and much more. The detail sanding brush is going to be a great way for you to get into and sand some smaller areas of large projects that a traditional sander just isn’t going to reach.

Dremel EZ Lock Sanding/Polishing Kit: (See Prices or Buy Here)

Cleaning and Polishing Attachments

Dremel Polishing Kit

Another great use for the Dremel is for cleaning and polishing. The rotary tool can make polishing fast and easy with the right type of attachment. You can find different types of cloth attachments for polishing that will be able to make metal surfaces gleam. Make sure that you use a polishing compound with the attachments for the best effect.

Dremel Cleaning/Polishing Kit 684-01: (See Prices or Buy Here)

Grinding Attachments

Dremel Grinding kit

Grinding attachments come in different varieties as well and include abrasive wheels and points, as well as sharpening stones. These can be quite handy for anyone who needs to sharpen blades, and to remove rust. Because these are more abrasive, they are often a better option for larger and more intensive jobs than the sanding attachments. Be aware that overheating of the attachment is possible. Always watch for signs of overheating. If you are working with wood, for example, overheating could actually cause it to burn!

Dremel Sanding/Grinding Kit 686-01: (See Prices or Buy Here)

Engraving and Carving Attachments

Dremel Engraving Kit

For those who have some fun home projects in mind, the engraving attachments can be a nice choice. Different types of engraving tips and points are available so you can find something for just about any project that you might have no matter the surface. You could engrave your other tools, engrave on stone, glass, wood, and much more. It is even possible to engrave on plastic, but it is a good idea to keep the rotary tool at a slower speed when you do. For those woodworkers who love carving, the various attachments and tips for working with wood are a nice choice. They make removing excess wood and even working on intricate, small pieces much easier.

Dremel Carving/Engraving Kit: (See Prices or Buy Here)

If you have a Dremel, it’s high time that you started buying the different attachments to give your tool even more power.

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Miter Saw Safety Tips

Miter Saw’s are a highly useful power tool and can make short work of difficult cuts and angles, however if not operated correctly, it can result in a poor finished product and possible injury to the operator. Miter saw’s feature a very sharp blade revolving at high speeds and pose a serious danger to the inexperienced.

Here is a video from YouTube that explains in detail correct miter saw operation and safety tips. This will ensure you are getting the most out of your power tool and undertaking the correct safety protocol.

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