3 Must-Have Electronic Gadgets For Woodworking
Jun30

3 Must-Have Electronic Gadgets For Woodworking

If you’re looking for a gift for a woodworker friend that he’d appreciate, why not gift him digital measuring tools? These electronic gadgets are perfect for woodworking projects and they are so reasonably priced that they won’t pinch your pocket. Why buy electronic gadgets for woodworking? Well, to begin with, they bring a lot of accuracy to your work, are incredibly convenient and as gadgets, they are very appealing. For all their pluses, they are highly affordable and easy to wrap. For woodworkers, it’s a big boon. Here are some that you might like to consider for their individual strengths: Digital Fractional Calipers Using these calipers, you can measure extremely accurately and ensure it’s right. You needn’t work with a measuring tape and hope to God that your measurement is right. These calipers can be successfully used to measure material thickness, hole depth and diameter of a drill bit. When you go shopping for calipers, be sure to buy the fractional type like this one over here. With this gadget, you can measure in fractional inches and in decimal and in millimeters. If you buy digital calipers that aren’t fractional, they will read in thousandths of an inch and you will be left converting it into fractions, thereby increasing your work and leaving you confused and wondering if you’re right. All woodworkers will find the digital caliper extremely useful. If you too need to do a lot of calculations, consider buying a a Fractional Digital Caliper if you work in fractional notations. Fractional readings are available right down to 1/128ths of an inch, which is as accurate as you can get. By pressing a button you can get the readout in decimal form for the maximum accuracy. Digital Planer Read Out This add-on gadget can be installed on several different portable planers. This gadget is easy to use and it’s extremely accurate. All you need to do is to measure the thickness of the wood and set the planer to just a little below that and there you go. If you want to hit a particular thickness, using this tool would be more than sufficient because the readout here will give you the exact material thickness that leaves your planer. So, if you don’t have digital calipers, you can use this readout too to measure board thickness. Fractional Calculator This is a reliable tool which works as an excellent calculator. So, you don’t have to do any mental maths to get the right measurements. Now, using this calculator, you can enter any fractions and carry out all the required math functions. It helps you calculate in yards, meters, feet...

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How to Choose the Best Hearing Protection
Jun29

How to Choose the Best Hearing Protection

Do you want to know how to choose the best hearing protection for your wood shop or while working on a wood project – Read on… Though there’s a huge range of hearing protection available today, yet it pays to choose hearing protection designed especially for the noise you are trying to counter. Wearing the wrong kind of hearing protection may give you the wrong impression that you’re adequately covered (pun not intended), when actually the sounds at high frequencies like those made by a router can wreck your hearing forever. Benefits of hearing protection for woodworkers So, when we speak of hearing protection for woodworkers, what exactly are these professionals looking for? Comfort: First things first, they expect comfort. After all, woodworkers are going to be wearing them for indefinitely long periods. Compatibility with other safety gear: Since wood is the material woodworkers use, it is mandatory for them to protect their eyes in case bits of wood, chemicals and airborne dust fly up in the air when machine-cut. Lung protection is also imperative, since it is highly likely that they may inhale the talc or sawdust thrown up in the air from wood when cut by machine. High frequency protection: This is necessary for woodworkers who cut wood using a circular saw or router. Medium range volume protection: When woodworkers use a circular saw, it can screech very loud at close range, causing hearing loss to the woodworker. Woodworking, though innovative, can be dangerous. But if you follow a few rules, you can lower the risk of being severely injured. By getting into the habit of wearing the safety equipment outlined below, you will always want to work with it and be safe. Here they are for you: Kinds of hearing protection for woodworkers Ear muffs: Anyone wearing ear muffs will look like he’s wearing headphones. These ear pieces are one of the best ear protection as cover the ears completely and keep the sound out completely. They work to reduce the noise more than ear plugs do, despite their bulky size. This makes woodworkers treat this protection equipment with much skepticism. Ear muffs are available these days in their electronic avatar which serve to reduce noise levels much more. Ear plugs: Ear plugs aren’t as cumbersome as ear muffs, nor do they provide an equal level of protection. They are made from memory foam that the woodworker compresses and puts into the outer ear canal. The foam then expands to fit the ear completely and tightly. Woodworkers usually find these more comfortable to wear for protracted periods rather than ear muffs, particularly in warm weather. Other...

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How to Choose the Correct Band Saw Blade Width
Jun27

How to Choose the Correct Band Saw Blade Width

Band saw blades are available in a wide variety of materials, widths, tooth design and configurations. How band saw blade width is determined Band saw blade width is measured the tips of the blade teeth to the edge of the blade at the rear. When selecting blade width of a band saw, the relevant instructions for the machine in question should be followed. How to choose the correct band saw blade width The word ‘width’ in this context refers to: the maximum capacity of a particular band saw; and the minimum radius a woodworker would want to cut. For example, if you’re resawing or doing cut-off sawing or cant, the maximum blade width of your machine should be used. This will ensure you get really nice, straight and neat cuts and you’ll also get a good feed rate without any blades breaking. At the other end of the spectrum, if you’re into contour sawing, use a blade that’s narrow enough to cut the required radius. These blades can cut a much smaller radius than their wide counterparts when they are cutting a curve. For instance, if you use a 3/4-inch- wide blade, it can cut a 5-1/2-inch radius (as shown in the table below), just as a 1/8-inch blade can cut a 3/16-inch radius. Here’s a chart that will show you the correlation between blade width of a band saw blade and the minimum radius it can cut: Blade Width Minimum Radius 1/8″3/16″ 3/16″5/16" 1/4″5/8" 3/8"1-1/2" 1/2"2-1/2" 5/8"4" 3/4"5-1/2" 1"7" Source: Choosing And Using Bandsaw Blades, https://www.kmstools.com/blog/choosing-bandsaw-blades Band saw blade width can also be chosen according to the number of teeth per inch (TPI). Through this, the desired finish and the correct feed rate can be obtained. A coarse tooth blade of about 2 or 3 TPI can be used to re-saw wood and cut thicker stock to a maximum of eight inches. For cutting thinner metals and plastics below a quarter inch in thickness, one can use a fine-toothed blade, ranging from 18 to 32 TPI. If you cut wood of about 3/4″ thickness, use a 4TPI blade for a fast cut and 14 TPI for a slow cut but an infinitely smoother finish. While choosing a blade for your band saw, remember that the wider blades are stiffer and work well for cutting metal. They also track better on band wheels than on narrow blades. If thicker material must be cut, a wider blade is less able to deviate because when the back end is in the cut, it steers the front part of the blade. When you re-saw a piece of wood, the narrower your blade,...

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What is a wood Router? What is it Used For in Woodworking?
Jun09

What is a wood Router? What is it Used For in Woodworking?

Is wood crafting your hobby or you are a professional woodworker? If yes, you probably know that you need a large variety of tools to get the best, one of them being a wood router. This amazing tool is equipped to help you in completing all the woodcraft projects you undertake to express yourself in wood. To know more about the applications of wood routers and their place in the world of woodcraft, read on. What is a wood router? A wood router refers to a tool that helps woodworkers cut, shape or trim all kinds of materials in wood. However, it’s important to note that there are several types of routers available apart from a wood router, for instance power routers. Besides, there are those routers that are meant to cut, trim and shape plastic, metal and other materials. With woodcraft as your hobby, you will choose to use a wood router to give a piece of wood a particular shape so that it can be joined to another piece of wood which can be added on to another, pretty much like a jigsaw puzzle. By this means, you do away with using brackets or adhesives in joining two pieces of wood. So, to make a chest of drawers, you can use a tongue and groove joint. What does a wood router comprise? A wood router comprises a router unit, a cutting tool (bit) and a guide template. Uses of wood routers: Wood routers are used to make tables, chairs, shelves and staircases and for making any other kinds of wooden fixtures. Types of wood routers: Wood routers are of two kinds, and are widely used in the construction and carpentry industries: A large wood router placed on a table: Here, a large wooden hand plane and a slim blade peep out of the plane. It is helpful in making all kinds of patterns and wooden cuts for creating fixtures and furniture. A hand-held router or router plane: This device is smaller than its table-set counterpart and more versatile. It can be used to cut large slabs of wood to make furniture and fixtures, and trim the edges of finished furniture so that you can add an elegant trim design to lift your wooden creation. You can also use this device much like the table-mounted routers in joining two pieces of wood without the use of nails, brackets or adhesive. Spindle router: This type of router has a vertically set electric motor and a collet or holding device on its shaft. The user uses this device by holding tight to its handles. The spindle has two sub-types: Plunge-base...

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Impact Wrench vs Impact Driver
Jun08

Impact Wrench vs Impact Driver

There’s a great resemblance between impact wrenches and impact drivers, but the differences lie in their specific purposes and power. If you don’t know the difference between impact wrench vs impact driver, you could end up wasting a lot of precious money because you won’t be able to use the device you’ve bought. If you want to use your money judiciously and use just the tool that’s right for your needs, it’s imperative that you learn the differences between these two devices. Impact Wrench vs Impact Driver Power A powerful product that delivers an impressive torque of about 2500 lbs to 7500 lbs per inch, the impact wrench is also known by the monikers impactor, air gun and torque gun. Watch it rotate to see the great downward force it gives out. On the other hand, an impact driver gives out a sudden but forceful rotational power whose strength increases when greater force is applied. However, unlike the impact wrench, the impact driver does not give out a downward push. However, manual impact drivers can make a downward motion when hit with a hammer. Applications Thanks to an impact wrench’s capacities, it can be successfully used to remove nuts, bolts, shocks and lug nuts. It also has wide applications in industries where steel beams and girders are bolted together. Vehicles requiring heavy-duty works will also gain greatly from this device. Its power is so vast and great that it can install and remove fasteners very easily. The impact driver’s inherent capabilities render it easy to take on carpentry projects and any smaller uses. Since it applies force smoothly, quickly and flawlessly, it is the driver of choice of cabinetmakers and mobile home owners. Screws can easily be driven into any material easily without any fear of the heads being stripped off. Sizes Their functions being different, the sizes of the impact wrench and impact drivers vary. For light commercial uses and for home use, it’s best to go with socket sizes of ¼”, ½” and 3/8″. Larger models of these devices are used strictly by industries. For impact drivers, attachments are available in sizes of ¼” and 3/8″. User Experience For best results, operators of impact wrenches should have several years of experience in using this device. However, for using impact drivers, no training for immediate use is necessary. For ease of comfort when using these devices, both are alike and equal since the operator hardly ever feels the torque delivered by these tools. The Verdict For projects that require the use of either an impact wrench or impact driver, consider the deliverables such as torque. In such cases,...

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Hammer Drill vs Impact Driver
Jun07

Hammer Drill vs Impact Driver

A carpenter, plumber or construction worker or even an electrician will be all too familiar with the use of a hammer drill and an impact driver. In fact, they will see it as two of the best tools of their trade to own. These highly specialized tools make the work much easier for these professionals when they need to drill into hard materials. Beyond this similarity there lie several differences between these two tools. Let’s take a close look at hammer drill vs impact driver. Hammer Drill A casual look at a hammer drill might lead one to think that it resembles any ordinary power drill. However, it is designed to have a highly unique feature that makes drilling hard materials a dream. In fact, the power of this feature prompts several handymen to comment that working with a hammer drill is like holding a mini jackhammer in their hands! What this means is that the hammer drill works with lightning speed to drill materials faster and deeper. This piece of equipment is perfect for a mason, carpenter or anyone needing to drill solid materials like stone or concrete. With the hammer drill, a skilled professional can obtain a much larger punch on the bit, when it goes much further into the solid material. And now, if this convinces you to invest in a hammer drill, perhaps it’s time to know that this device is much louder than a normal drill and demands much more force, making it yet again like a mini jackhammer. Impact Driver The impact driver is unique in its category, in terms of its shape and capability. It is smaller and rounder than an ordinary drill and the hex socket takes the place of the chuck. It gets its impact from what a set of vise grips would give when tied to the shank of the drill. In fact, it gives the extra effect of hitting the handles that revolves the bit while simultaneously drilling the bit into the solid material. By increasing the torque, the device can have better control of the bit and the drill lead. When longer screws enter the material with ease, it makes the work of carpenters, roofers and framers that much easier as they can achieve easy drilling with lesser effort. A typical impact driver is designed to have three main parts: an impact mass or weight, a T-shaped anvil and a tough compression spring. When the drill is switched on, the compression spring immediately spins at the same speed as the weight when it is alongside the t-shaped anvil. When the resistance from the material’s density increases, the...

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