Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Staying on the straight and narrow

Written by John English Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

john_englishMaintenance costs time and money. But if we don’t do it, the cost goes up.

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CNC tooling manufacturers plan for a boom

Written by John English Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

john_englishWith housing starts strengthening, manufacturers of CNC tooling are planning for a period of sustained growth in the woodworking world. So far, the major emphasis seems to be at the lighter end of the tooling scale and often on sets of cutters.

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Profits start to add up with an aggregate

Written by Bob Barone Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

baroneWikipedia states: “An aggregate is a collection of items that are gathered together to form a total quantity.” OK, I can work with that, although it’s probably not the best description of a tool for our industry. An aggregate or angle head, as the metal working industry calls it, is a device that is attached to the spindle drive of a CNC to allow the user to rout or drill at different angles other than where the spindle is orientated. They are almost always used in conjunction with a tool change format like HSK, ISO or BT.

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Belt cleaning is a cost-saving and critical tool

Written by Howard Grivna Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

howard-grivnaBelt loading can occur when sanding virtually any wood species, especially if excessive material removal is being attempted, but is especially encountered when sanding soft resinous woods. To minimize belt loading, do not force the cut, keep material removal rates within the recommended maximum parameters for each species being sanded and within the feed speed parameters.

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How to avoid those ever-lingering VOCs

Written by John English Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

john_englishWe’re hearing a lot in our industry lately about volatile organic compounds, commonly called VOCs. The Environmental Protection Agency says they “include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.”

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