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Wood Lathes

Choosing The Perfect Wood Lathes For Your Wood Shop

Whether you are a beginning woodworker or have been at this gig for quite some time, it’s likely that you understand the importance of wood lathes. These are the best tools for turning any detailed piece of woodworking. They are commonly used to create legs for furniture. However, they are also easily adjusted to complete mini projects like wooden bowls or yo-yos. In the shop, a lathe is truly a multipurpose tool that you will not want to be without.

Different lathes have different capabilities, so knowing what you plan on using the machine for is important before you make your purchase. Cheaper machines, of course, have less features and flexibility. However, buying the most advanced models may not be the best choice for your needs either. Understand your needs and check the reviews on each model before determining the best fit. When making your final selection, pay attention to the specifications, including the bed length, swing, horsepower and RPM. Whether or not the wood lathes you consider have variable speed can also make a difference in the successful completion of your projects. Finally, don’t forget to include the chucks, chisels and gouges in your initial purchase so you can get working right away.

It seems like there are dozens of companies that are in the business of making and selling wood lathes. Some common options include Craftsman, Delta, Jet, Oliver, Glaser, Grizzly, Rikon, Stabilax, Supenova, Powermatic, Ohio Forge and Tranpower. Unless you read reviews that suggest a particular brand or model is sub-par, your main concern when shopping will be price and features. You also may prefer a particular brand if you already have woodworking tools made by the same company. This can make learning the particular operation of your lathe much easier as the setup is often configured similarly with different machines in the same product line.

Working with your hands can be very fulfilling. Taking a simple block of wood and creating something truly useful and beautiful has a lot of appeal. Having the proper tools can make your hobby even more fulfilling. Wood lathes are one of the funnest woodworking tools in your shop, so take the time to make sure that you purchase the right one for your needs. One more option to consider is using your router as a lathe. It sounds odd, but there are articles online on how to do it. It’s probably not for the beginner.

Biscuit Joiner

Make Quality And Durable Connections With Your Biscuit Joiner

When it comes to tools in a woodworking shop, many tools can serve more than one purpose and this is a very good thing, however, when it comes to a biscuit joiner, this rule certainly does not apply. A joiner like this one only serves only one purpose, but it does so with such skill and precision that it you should always have one on hand.

Before going any further, it is important to understand what a biscuit joiner is and what it does. When creating something like a tabletop, you will often need to glue multiple pieces of wood together to create a tabletop. While you can simply glue the wood together and clamp it together, the strength of such bonding simply will not last. That is why, in combination with glue, a biscuit is normally inserted. This gives added strength to the boding and allows the table to last as long as you want it too without the wood pieces coming apart.

A biscuit joiner is rather simple to use. You simply cut a slot into one piece of wood. Once the cut is complete, you will repeat the cut on the second piece of wood. Once both cuts are done, you will pour a small amount of glue in the cuts and insert a small football shaped piece of wood called a biscuit. This biscuit is normally made of beech wood. This type of connection along with wood glue makes a connections that will last throughout the years. This type of bonding is very popular in cabinet making.

If you need to adjoin two pieces of wood for any purpose, whether it is a tabletop, a wood cabinet, or a drawer of any kind, a biscuit joiner is the right tool for the job. If you are looking to make a business of woodworking then you will need to construct quality pieces of woodwork that is both pleasant to look at and rugged enough to outlive the people that own them. If you are just a serious weekend woodworking warrior, you still want to make the best woodworking pieces possible. In any event, a biscuit joiner is an absolute must for any shop, professional or not.

Some brands to consider are Lamello, Freud, Vermont American, Virutex, Dewalt, and Porter Cable. You can looks for reviews online and compare features to see which is best for you. You can sometimes find good prices on reconditioned units. One other option, if you know what you are doing is to use a router as a biscuit joiner. There are some good articles online that explain how to do that. Take the time to do a thorough comparison of your different options.

Thickness Planer

Get Your Woodworking Jobs Right With A Thickness Planer

There are many things that make up a quality wood working shop, and whether you are looking to make a business out of woodworking or you are just a very serious hobbyist, there are a few things that a good wood shop will need. One of those things is a thickness planer. Now before you decide on purchasing a planer, it is important to know exactly what this piece of equipment does.

The thing that is most common is that people often get a thickness planer confused with a joiner. The reality is that wood you will get from a hardware store or lumberyard will tend to be cupped or bowed and sometimes warped. If it is not, if the wood sits too long, it can become warped as well. In order to fix this condition and make them straight, you will need to run them through a joiner. However, Often times you will need to match multiple pieces of wood in terms of thickness, down to a fraction of an inch. That is where a planer is necessary.

The best thing to do if you are in the market for a thickness planer is to check your local hardware or home improvement store. Whether you are looking for a portable planer or a permanent unit, these stores will normally have just about every model you could possibly want. However, if you are looking to get the most bang for your buck, you can check online for your planer needs. While you might have to wait for your planer a little longer by purchasing it online, you are likely to get a better deal because you have more options. A couple of brands to consider are Delta and Ridgid.

Putting together a good shop with every possible tool you could want is something that appeals to many wood working enthusiasts. Whether it is a professional venture for you, or you are looking to start a business, there is simply no substitute for a well-equipped shop, and a thickness planer should be high on your list of necessary items. The need for exact thickness in any quality woodworking is of the upmost importance, and a planer, with a nice sharp blade, is the only thing that can do the job and do it right.

Outdoor Beach Shower

Summer is the best season to strut and look hot. Why not! There is always fun in the sun. Getting away from the stress of work and school, and from problems, families, friends, and lovers think of the best way get on that ride for real fun. And one thing comes to their mind – when the sun is high, beach is where we fly. Beaches are the top of the lists when it comes to summer escapades. Swimsuits, surf boards, tan lotions, and hot bodies are the eye-catchers and must-haves in such season. Swimming, surfing, kayaking, jet skiing, name them all and it goes down to this – getting wet. After long hours of fun and action, everything, with no exception, ends up with rinsing and bathing. Nothing can refresh us before going to our homes and our hotel rooms without even taking an outdoor beach shower.

Outdoor Beach Shower

​It’s not that you would look hot taking a shower (for some it could be a nice scenery of nature), but it is about the feeling of freshness and relief from the hot sun and salt water. It gives a great feeling of rejuvenation and ease after long and yet exciting day it has been, a great chance to socialize and interact with others

​A beach outdoor shower is usually not enclosed and is free-standing. It is mostly stationary and has a fixed area assigned for it. It has a shower head like other shower rooms. At the same time, it could either have a foot shower for rinsing sand and other dirt or a faucet for other purposes, or both. And some have only shower heads for rinsing.

​There are two types of beach outdoor shower based on where it is situated. First type is a wall-mounted beach shower. This type beach outdoor shower is attached to a wall, either side-by-side or only in one side, where a series of shower heads are present to accommodate a number of people. Some create divisions for privacy matters and some don’t. The second type of beach outdoor shower is a stand alone beach shower. This type of beach shower comes with a concrete base with a shower stand and head. Some have multiple shower stands to also accommodate more people.

​Whatever and wherever you are at the beach, try to end the day with cool outdoor shower. Enjoy it. Feel it. And indulge the freshness of a cool outdoor beach shower.

Caravan and Camping Heaters

Caravan and Camping Heaters

The types of heaters used by campers and caravaners are usually small, portable and efficient and this means that some of them can double up as garden heaters.

Camping style heaters can run off electricity, gas, or oil and since versatility and ease of transport are their main features, some of them can work very well if you want localised heat around a patio table or small gathering.

Most of these camper heaters are small and compact, have very low running costs and weigh very little. They can also be cheap to buy.

On the down side, camper style heaters are built for practicality and therefore they offer little in the way of rustic charm. However, if you want a small heater that is easy to set up, easy to use and easy to store away, they are ideal.

Many of these heaters a very basic to look at and compose nothing more than the gas bottle, burner, protector and reflector.

Caravan and Camping Heaters

Examples of Camper Heaters

At the cheapest end of the scale there are small portable gas powered parabolic heaters. These heaters can often be carried in one hand and have an adjustable burner, a protective cage or mesh, and a directional heat reflective surface to maximise efficiency.

These heaters literally cost peanuts and a small one can generate up to 1 KW of heat. The real cost of using this kind of heater is in the cost of the gas bottle refills used for power.

Larger butane gas heaters cost more (although they are still very cheap) and they may resemble something closer to an old style mini stove. They are still very portable, but have a higher heat output.

At the top end of the size scale there are cabinet heaters that look and perform like regular domestic cabinet heaters.


Check First

You should always check out the details of any camping or caravan heater that you consider buying for outdoor use.

Although camping heaters are used in an outdoor environment, they do have the benefit of the waterproof tent for protective cover and this will not be present if the use is modified to that of a patio or garden heater.