Some may be aware that the earliest known hand planes originated in Ancient Greece during the bronze age, but many don’t know that the Greeks were the early inventors of the disk sander! For the first Olympics a woodworker is reported to have donated the disk from his sander for use in the track and field discus event …ok, that my not be entirely accurate but the disk sander is an extremely helpful tool that has its place in every shop. The Greeks called it a discus sander. Continue reading
Let’s get two facts straight; dust control is the biggest battle we fight in the wood shop and your lungs are NOT dust filters. It doesn’t matter if your shop is a one car garage or a 10,000 square foot professional cabinet shop, you need good dust protection every time you turn on a machine. Fortunately, Rikon have a couple dust weapons that really suck – to help you win the battle over dust. Continue reading
Hock tools has an awesome Chef’s Knife Kit that allows you to make your own custom handled 5″ long kitchen knife. Anyone with some basic tools can tackle this project and the end result will really amaze you. In just a few hours you’ll make a custom high quality knife while finally using those small pieces of scrap stock you’ve been collecting for just this occasion. Did we mention this knife kit also makes one of the best gifts for anyone that enjoys cooking?
One of the inescapable truths while woodworking is that there is always debris and dust, neither of which are good for you. Most of the time it’s small particulate you breathe in but sometimes it’s also part of the tool you are using to do the cutting. That’s why it’s always wise to wear your safety equipment, the more protective, the better. The Dust Bee Gone Mask and our Polycarbonate Face Shields are exciting new safety products we think every woodworker should have (and use) in their shop. Not only do they offer impressive safety credentials, they’re the most comfortable safety accessories we’ve ever worn while woodworking.
If I was forced to get rid of all my power tools except one, my bandsaw would be the last tool standing. I don’t think I have built a project without using it since I brought it home. I sometimes catch myself fantasizing about getting another bandsaw to keep it company. I think you get the idea, I love my bandsaw. If you don’t have a bandsaw, or just don’t love your machine as much as I love mine, I suggest you take a close look at these two 14″ Rikon bandsaws. Continue reading
Woodturning is one of those hobbies that once you give it a spin you never look back. Maybe it has something to do with instant gratification and a touch of pragmatism. Most furniture build projects can take weeks, months, or even years to complete and the material list can be pricey. A wood turner on the other hand, can transform a chunk of what would be considered scrap wood into a lovely bowl or platter in as little as an hour. Pen turning is a good example, take a cut-off from your scrap bin and turn yourself pen that you can be using to write with the very same day. Heck you can incorporate turning into your furniture by making legs, knobs, pulls or any number of other decorative items. If this sounds like fun, it might be time to take the Nova Comet II for a spin. Continue reading
If you’ve ever looked for a set of router bits for making cabinet doors you know there are a lot of choices. You might say there are more choices than you can shake a cope and stick at. There are reversible bits that you have to disassemble, matched sets that you have to change in and out, and prices varying from dirt cheap to crazy expensive. The cheap stuff will leave you wondering if they’ll even make it through the job.
Have you ever struggled to make a hole in a project because you didn’t have a big enough drill bit? Heck even if you did have a huge bit was the hole clean, accurate, and burn free? Whenever we need to make large holes here in the Wood Lab we reach for our Circle and Radius Cutting Template.
I always tell people woodworking is in my blood. Many of my family members were woodworkers of some form or another. Not only that, quite a few were musicians as well. To top it all off my last name is Gibson. Looking back it all makes sense that I would want to build instruments. Even though I didn’t get the chance to spend a lot of time with my woodworking family members growing up, I have always been drawn to the wood shop and had the desire to make things with my hands. Continue reading
Its that time of year when we all start looking at home remodeling projects. These are the days when the bathroom or kitchen remodel happens, the buildout of the wet bar in the basement, or possibly the new backyard deck. One project that I frequently get asked questions about is how to make custom flooring. So how do I turn my beautiful hardwood lumber into flooring? It’s easy with Infinity Tools Tongue and Groove Flooring router bit set with nail slot. Continue reading