Best Wood-knife Handle: How Wooden Knives are Extra Durable?
Aug22

Best Wood-knife Handle: How Wooden Knives are Extra Durable?

When you’re planning to buy a knife, quality certainly becomes the first priority. Among the components, blade is definitely the most crucial part but the handle of the knife has to be the second priority. If the handle is poorly installed or defective, it decreases the overall utility and value of the knife. As different kinds of handle materials are available in the market, it can be an uphill task to choose the one best for you. Knife handles are mainly divided into two categories – natural and artificial. Let’s have a detailed look at these categories. Types of Knife Handle Materials Natural Handle Materials Wood Wood is the traditional and perhaps the most used component for making knife handles. The reasons are varied – it’s widely available, durable, inexpensive and incredibly beautiful. Wood can be patterned, carved and shaped, and can be stained with any color. However, the natural expansion and contraction varies based on the kind of wood. Very oily woods such as African Blackwood or Desert Ironwood are solid and stable. Other woods need to be stabilized to increase the sustainability of the knives. So which is the best wood-knife handle? Bone Bone is most commonly used for crafting the scales of pocketknives. Bone made handles are preferred for their ability to be carved and dyed. For making knife handles, bone is typically obtained from the following: Cattle (shin bones most of the time) Camel bone is also used sometimes nowadays Horn It enhances the visual appeal quotient of the knife handle. Horn is more susceptible to natural expansion and contraction and provides less durability compared to its other natural peers. However, none of these decrease its popularity when it comes to making knife handles because these are just characteristics of horn. Two types of horns that are mainly used in knife handles are: Buffalo horn Impala horn Antler It’s one of the mostly used materials found in premium quality traditional knives. Unlike horn, which is hair, antler is bone. Thus, antler makes the handle more stable and much stronger than even some of the most durable woods. The antler utilized for making knife handles can come from the following sources: Indian Sambar Stag (the actual quality stuff) Deer Elk Artificial Handle Materials Micarta This resin-saturated substrate provides a great look, excellent grip and is almost indestructible. Originally developed in as early as 1910 for insulating electrical parts and decorative applications, Micarta uses paper or cloth as its substrate. The main reasons that make this material widely used for crafting handles of hard-use knives are its complete stability and the absence of any probability of expansion...

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Guide and Practical Instructions on How to Use a Bandsaw
May22

Guide and Practical Instructions on How to Use a Bandsaw

The bandsaw is a cutting tool used for both woodworking and metalworking. Because of its design, this type of saw can cut all kinds of materials in all kinds of shapes. It can cut curved shapes like a jigsaw would, but can also be used for fast uniform cutting action, which is useful for jobs like lumbering. But how to use a band saw? Just reading about the bandsaw will show you how useful this tool can be. However, none of it will matter unless you learn how to use a bandsaw properly. In order to help you out, we’ve decided to provide you with some practical tips and tricks on how to properly use a bandsaw. Keep on reading this article and you will find out how to do the following: Cutting wood and plastic with a bandsaw Using aregular wood-cutting bandsaw to cut metal Handling a portable bandsaw Apart from teaching you the basics of bandsaw handling, we will also give you valuable guidelines on how to choose the ideal saw how to choose the ideal saw. So, with no further ado, here are the tips for using a regular bandsaw! How to Use the Bandsaw to Chop Wood and Plastic? Probably the most common use of this type of saw is cutting logs of wood. In fact, the bandsaw seems as a perfect tool for that. Using it will save you a lot of time and effort, not to mention that the chops of wood you cut with it will be cut proportionally, regardless of the shape of the log. The first thing to do is mark a line on the log where you want to cut through. The next step is putting the log onto the bandsaw sled. At this point, you need to make sure that the saw is stable and that the log won’t roll down. Now it’s time to make the initial cut. You should know that this is the most difficult part, so make sure to push the log slowly, but steadily. Depending on the sharpness of the blades, it may require a bit of force from you. Making the first cut is the hardest job, but from there, everything will go smoothly. The images above show that using a bandsaw to cut wood is actually a very easy job. The same goes for cutting chinks of plastic or some other material. You can even chop metal, but in order to do this, you would need a different kind of blades. Cutting Metal with a Bandsaw Different materials require different speeds of the saw, which is why some people think that cutting...

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What You Need To Know About Practical Screws For Particle Board
May10

What You Need To Know About Practical Screws For Particle Board

We have all been in an awkward situation regarding particle boards and screws. Just because they were probably given to us or because we found them on the street and decided to make up something totally renewed. But shortly after, using screws against this special type of wood came and it all went to hell. In this article, we are going to be discussing the nature of this man-made type of wood and how it is best handled. Sounds promising, right? I can assure you that by the end of this article, you will be giving tips to all of your friends with their recently-purchased Ikea items, luckily now installed and in place. What are particle boards precisely? It is well know that wood comes from trees but not all wood pieces suffer the same kind of treatment once the tree has seen the saw for the first time. Actually, there are subtler classifications of woods, and many of these are meant to play by the rules of different roles within construction. The first classification that is concerned when addressing particle boards is that of density. Particle boards pertain to soft wood, as opposed to hard wood. The tag already gives us a hint as to what it means but the differences lays on the fact that they are used distinctively. Also known as chipboard, particle boards are made with wood chips, sawmill shavings and wood dust, all combined with the glue power of almighty and centuries-old resin (or other 21st century binders). Once these elements have been combined, they are pressed and extruded before combining on top and for the last time with a thin layer of cover. The cover, in fact, is an essential part of any chipboard. Why? Well, at first sight we cannot differentiate a solid wood-made piece of furniture from one made with only particle boards, precisely because of the cover. It provides any piece of furniture with the most professional outlook while relieving the stress of the floor, which sustains a very different kind of weight. Yes, both types of furniture may look the same on the exterior but actually, the variance remains inside. The mixture of wood-derived elements found on the inside of particle boards confers a light-weight feature. Probably, the first step for telling apart one wood-solid piece of furniture from one that is made with chipboard is addressing their respective weights. Try lifting them both and, as for their size, see how many arms you need to pull them up, or rather, through. Why particle boards? By this point, you probably understood that particle boards aren’t as structurally sound as...

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Safety Tips While Using Belt Sander
Apr03

Safety Tips While Using Belt Sander

The number one objective of every workplace in the world, especially construction sites, is to provide a safe place to work as much as possible. But sometimes, accidents happen, especially if you become too complacent with your work and forget to take extra precautionary measures to avoid disasters. Sometimes, even a seemingly innocent tool can be the cause of major accidents that can leave you wondering what went wrong. A tool accident that can easily be prevented if you would only adhere and follow the safety tips provided. In this article, we will tackle belt sanders, the danger it poses and ways in which we can avoid accidents to take place. Belt Sanders and the Danger It Imposes According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014, construction sites are one of the most common places where accidents are most likely to happen. About 10% of accidents are caused by the tools used inside the construction sites. Part of the list of tools considered very dangerous and should be handled with utmost caution is the belt sander. A belt sander is an indispensable tool for people who work around wood. According to Wood news online, it is on the list of a must-have tool if you have a passion for crafting wood or metal and turning them into a beautiful work of art. For more information about crafting wood or if you want to start wood crafting as a hobby, you can read on certain guidelines to help you. Although very useful, belt sanders are considered very dangerous, and if used unwisely and incorrectly, may result in accidents that can cause injury, permanent damage, or in a worst case scenario, death. Age and experience do not even prevent belt sanders accidents from taking place. No matter how well experienced you are with this tool, negligence of the safety tips imposed on proper handling of this device can result in a bigger damage. So please always remember that when working with a dangerous tool, extreme precautionary measures should always be observed. Belt Sander Safety Tips Before using a belt sander, make sure that you are properly equipped with the following: – Safety goggles – Belt sanders emit a lot of sawdust, especially the old-fashioned ones who don’t have a dust bag attached to the machine. Make sure to protect your eyes from sawdust because a single dust that penetrates the eye can cause severe damage. – Dust mask – This is essential as inhaling dust can be fatal. – Hearing protection – Belt sanders can be very loud so it is important to keep your ears safe and...

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Types of CNC Machines
Sep26

Types of CNC Machines

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) refers to the way that engineers and operators can order a manufacturing tool or machine to work through the aid of computer programming. These machines use the g-code language which tells the machine exactly how to cut, shape, grind, mold or melt a source material put into the machine, such as plastic, wood or metal and turn out the finished product exactly as it is wanted. There are several types of CNC machines in the market today, thanks largely to their versatility in terms of applications. CNC machines are programmed and computer-controlled devices that perform myriad tasks in industries without human assistance. They follow steps sequentially that render them reliable, accurate and precise. This kind of machining has wide applications universally, in manufacturing industries, such as mining, automobiles and metal fabrication. There are five basic types of CNC machines. They are listed below. Take a look. #1. CNC Lathe Machines: These machines are fast replacing older type of lathes such as multi-spindles because they are easy to use and set, and are extremely precise. They are manual lathes in automated avatar and can change tools automatically. They are highly capable of producing 3D moulds and shapes of plastic, metal and wood objects. After a typical part is designed, its tool paths are programmed by CAD/CAM and the resulting file is uploaded to the machine. After it is set, and the machine goes through a trial run, it turns out parts occasionally supervised by an operator. #2. CNC Plasma Cutting Machine: This machine is similar to CNC routers, except that it does not need a powerful setup, which a CNC router does. The CNC plasma machine uses plasma to cut metal moulds and 2D shapes. However, their organization isn’t as powerful as CNC routers as they use a plasma torch instead of the heavy spinning tool that CNC routers use to function. CNC plasma cutters are similar to their plasma counterparts, despite this, the force that moves a laser cutter is not at all as destructive as a plasma torch. #3. CNC Router Machine: These highly automated machines are used to cut highly complex shapes and prototypes of sheets of plastic, metal and wood. Usually, 3-axis router machines are used, but you can find up to 6-axis CNC routers that are used to do highly technical and complicated tasks. #4. CNC Milling Machines: CNC Milling machines are the most universally used of all CNC machines. This is a particular kind of CNC machining very much akin to drilling and cutting. This machine can achieve many functions that normal drilling and cutting machines would do. CNC milling...

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Wood Carving Kits for Beginners
Sep20

Wood Carving Kits for Beginners

Everyone aspires to be a good woodcarver but knows that it means a lot of hard work, precision at work and imagination. For a budding woodcarver, these traits are elementary. However, there are a lot of helpful woodcarvers who are keen to help anyone keen to learn this trade, even if only as a hobby. A random search on the Net brings forth many sites full of helpful information regarding woodcarving for beginners, links and aids to be a successful budding woodcarver. What it takes to be a good budding woodcarver: The “tools” you need to carve something from wood needs thought, training and experience. That apart, you need a few more qualities to be a successful budding woodcarver, whether for pleasure or for profit. Here they are: You should look closely and carefully to take in all the details of the object you want to create. You should want to go the extra mile by researching to learn as many details of the object you want to carve. You need to have enough patience to complete carving an object until you are satisfied with your effort. At this stage of your interest in woodcarving, it’s important that you learn this craft without making too many mistakes. One way of learning woodcarving is to invest in a good basic woodcarving kit. There are many woodcarving sites on the Net, each offering what it terms as good and complete wood carving kits for beginners. Here are some links you can use: Gimars Carbon Steel Carving Tools for Kids & Beginners Beginner Wood Carving Kit Basic Knife Set for Wood Carving Wood Carving for Beginners Tools Knife Set Here’s a great resource for woodcarving tutorials: L S Irish Now that you know all about wood carving kits for beginners, take a look at how to choose woodcarving tools. How to choose woodcarving tools for beginners: As a beginner, it’s understandable that you will be overwhelmed by the wealth of information and products available at the nearby store and online. To clear the mist on this, consider buying wood carving tools for beginners based on the following parameters: A set of various tools: By buying yourself a set of wood carving tools, you can enter a world of creating various objects, from simple whistles to letter openers, jars, figurines, etc. Tools made of carbon steel: By insisting on a carbon steel set of tools, you can use a harder material on wood, enabling cutting hardwood easy. Inspect for quality: Ensure that the set you buy is examined and passed for quality, so that you can use it to work on all kinds...

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