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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...

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    Turning the tables on table saws - What to buy, motor differences and every category explained

    Turning the tables on table saws - What to buy, motor differences and every category explained

    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?

    Category: Table Saws
    Straight from the back shed to you - Meet two brands keeping it down-to-earth

    Straight from the back shed to you - Meet two brands keeping it down-to-earth

    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…

    Category: Timbecon
    Cool, Calm and Collected – The work of Luke Kallquist

    Cool, Calm and Collected – The work of Luke Kallquist

    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.
    Category: Timbecon
    Why don't Aussies use featherboards?

    Why don't Aussies use featherboards?

    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.
    Category: Timbecon
    The Router Guru - 9 must-know router bits

    The Router Guru - 9 must-know router bits

    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...

    Category: Routing
    ‘Kids never using saws is a national tragedy’ - Social worker Greg Miller on the community benefits of woodworking

    ‘Kids never using saws is a national tragedy’ - Social worker Greg Miller on the community benefits of woodworking

    “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…”

    Category: Timbecon
    The Bandsaw Blogs - Do bandsaws have a place in modern woodworking?

    The Bandsaw Blogs - Do bandsaws have a place in modern woodworking?

    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…

    Category: Sawing
    The Bandsaw Blogs - How to get the best out of your bandsaw

    The Bandsaw Blogs - How to get the best out of your bandsaw

    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.

     

    Category: Sawing
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