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Each one is expert-written by prominent woodworkers, either about prominent woodworkers or investigating issues facing woodworkers today. The aim is to provide in-depth analysis of the woodworking industry while staying on top of the latest trends and developments. Oh, and have a good laugh at our own expense...
Cast your mind back to when you first started woodworking...
It’s enough to do your head in.
It’s Saturday arvo and the kids have to be at soccer practice, but you just can’t ignore that underlined scribble on your TO DO LIST any longer: It might be a new chest of drawers, a shelf or even a bedside table – whatever it is, you’ve been putting it off for months.
Why? Because like any flat-out workaholic, inevitably you’re going to end up at IKEA, Bed, Bath & Beyond or Harvey Norman, wasting your hard-earned dollars on the latest crappy plywood Strømrøforget that will last about 20 minutes until it cops a soccer ball to a leg and self-combusts.
It’s times like these that you wish you could step up your DIY capabilities. But where do you begin?
Traditionally cyclone dust collectors were the domain of big manufacturers. We have all seen them driving through industrial estates, huge cones of steel hanging off the side of even huger factories – these extractors were strictly for the big boys.
If you want to chisel all the fluff around hand tools down to the raw basics, there are two types of hand tools in this world: practical and creative.
What kind of company releases a wax called ‘Shithot’ and markets their goods as ”Products with a gimmick…THEY WORK.”?
An “All Australian and proud of it” brand of course. A brand called U Beaut. U Beaut is the extraordinary brainchild of a proudly ordinary Aussie bloke called Neil, who we’ll introduce later.
But first, in an industry increasingly dominated by the soulless big corporates, we thought we’d introduce you to a couple of back-shed family businesses bucking the trend…
One of the questions we encounter nearly everyday is ‘What's the difference between the spiral cutterhead on this $900 thicknesser and this $1,600 thicknesser?' Well, the truth is, not all spiral cutterheads are born equal...
I was working for Gregory Machinery at the time, when in walks this skinny looking hipster wanting to buy a drum sanding machine. I pointed him towards the Jet 18/36 sitting on the showroom floor and cracked up a bit of a conversation. Now if you know Luke Kallquist, then you know he is a softly spoken, cool kind of dude, so at first it was a bit difficult to get a word out of him.
A featherboard can add pressure in a position closer to the action than human finger should ever dare venture. We all know that point, right there near the sharp bit where a little pressure would be most effective and reduce the chance of vibration greatly. However, if you use your hands and the stock kicks back, well that’s an hour or two in the emergency waiting room or worse.
If you're an experienced woodworker and own a router, you know when utilised with the right router bit, it is one of the most useful and versatile tools in your workshop. However, if you are a new woodworker, you may find the hundreds of router bit options available rather confronting...
If you’re a water-stoner, you probably spent most of the long weekend furiously rubbing your chisels back and forth on ‘old faithful’ trying to reset the edge.
Hand-mitre saws and a mitre box aren’t just an essential for woodworkers, they’re one of those tools that everyone should have. We’re talking hammer and nails, meat and two veg territory.
We've all rocked up at the traffic lights next to some guy in a Ferrari, an Audi, or our personal favourite, a lowered Toyota Celica that looks like it could fall of its chassis at any minute. They're blasting techno, sunglasses on an overcast day, you know the type...
“I was so proud to receive this saw at age 10, my mate and I couldn't wait to get home from school that day. Down the back there was this huge hunk of Jarrah, in my memory about 12-feet long. Of course, we didn't just cut a bit off the end, we cut it smack in the middle.
“Dad wasn't very happy about that but I remember that interaction through this saw…”
In Timbecon’s new ‘Meet the Makers’ series, we’re interviewing the renowned woodworkers that present our popular range of DIY videos. It only made sense to kick off with a very special figure in the industry, furniture maker Phoebe Everill.
In part one of our new five-part series, we’re delivering the ultimate how-to guide to bandsaws, in the hope of answering the big questions:
Are bandsaws still relevant in modern woodworking? How do you get the best out of them? Do you even need one? But most importantly, what does ‘Black is the new orange’ mean anyway…
In our new three-part series, we’re delivering the ultimate how-to guide to bandsaws, in the hope of answering the big questions:
Do bandsaws have a place in modern woodworking? How do you get the best out of them? Do you even need one?
In part two, we dive into the mechanics behind the bandsaw and how to tune yours perfectly, to ensure world class cuts.
In part three of our three-part series, we strip bandsaws back to basics to find out the most common mistakes bandsaw owners make.
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Australian Woodsmith Issue #122 has just been released and contained within is a review by the editor, Chris Clark, on the full Narex Chisel Range.
The Australian Woodsmith has just released their latest edition and included within is a review on the Torquata Ultimate Flush Trim Bits.
In this video shot by Australian Wood Review, Greg Miller, West Australian woodworker and woodwork teacher, talks about the benefits of carving spoons from green wood. He then goes on to illustrate basic shaping techniques using spoon carving tools and knives.
For more info on this and other great woodworking, go to the Australian Wood Review website.