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Woodworking Made Easier With 3D CAD

I remember trying to build my first wood project, using an old hand drawn plan and trying to figure out exactly how I was going to make this thing. The plan itself was ok, not great but ok. Some of the views were hard to follow, some of the details difficult to read. I took my time and would have to admit the project turned out great, I even impressed my self. I still have that entertainment center in my basement.

Woodturning Techniques – Center Savers Make Multiple Bowls From One Blank

Like most people, I enjoy saving money whenever possible. Years ago, I routinely wasted away the center area on bowls during turning. This article will discuss how you can stop wasting wood in your studio by using a bowl center saver to remove a solid core from the center of your bowls. This saved center core can then be remounted on your lathe and turned into additional bowls. You can easily save one bowl for every inch of thickness in your bowl blank. This means you can get four bowls out of a four inch thick bowl blank, instead of one if hollowed in the traditional way.

Woodturning Tips – Micro Turning Tools Create Fine Detail With Ease

Micro tools by their very nature are small in size, which allows you to get into tight areas with ease and execute certain tasks that would be difficult, if not impossible with larger tools. The micro bevels on these tools take a very light cut, allowing you to achieve glass-smooth surfaces right off the gouge. Having the ability to get such a smooth surface off the gouge is invaluable, because your crisp detail remains intact and requires little, if any sanding prior to finishing. In this article you will learn why micro turning tools are an indispensable part of any woodturners tool inventory.

Woodturning Tips – Dyes, Coloring Wood For Dramatic Effects

One of the more popular ways to enhance the visual look of a woodturning, is to change its color. By using various dyes and other coloring products, you can easily transform a bland piece of wood into something spectacular. Pale timbers can be made to look vibrant and glowing. Dark timbers can also benefit from coloring, adding warmer and richer undertones and highlights. If you’ve never experimented with coloring wood before, don’t worry. It’s an easy technique to learn and the products are usually inexpensive, allowing you to freely experiment on various projects.

Woodturning Tips – Precious Metal Leaf, Adding Decorative Embellishments

Decorative embellishments have taken the woodturning world by storm in the last ten years. These decorative effects may include carving of the surface, coloring work, inlays with crushed stone, inlays with gemstones and precious metals, deconstruction of the finished form, patination, segmented forms and more. Long gone are the days when woodturnings were considered only as functional items for the home, or workshop. Artistic and highly embellished woodturnings have raised the bar for woodturners as a whole, catapulting the art form into new and greater heights. One of the easiest embellishments you can add to your woodturnings to change the visual and tactile quality of the surface is decorative metal leaf.

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