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Pen 101

This 6 minute video tutorial gives step by step instructions on the materials needed to start turning on a lathe, specifically making a pen out of a kit.  It is designed to inform and help you get comfortable with the tools and the exact procedure needed to make a pen.


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Stones

This comparison chart show you the American grit and the comparable Japanese grit for easy selection.

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Author J. D. Lawrence, writing in Furniture Making From The Inside Out, published the following list of tools and aids that are essential for any workshop. 

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Sapps 640x420

Much like in woodworking, where the craft is passed on from generation to generation with a mentor leading the way, the same concept applies to the Woodcraft Franchise business…it can transcend generations! Learn more and continue the woodworking tradition in a business you own!

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George Snyder explains the difference between Japanese Kanna planes and western style planes.

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Woodworking

Ever wonder what attracts people to woodworking?  You can buy finished goods made of wood more cheaply than you can make them yourself. You’ll need a lot of tools to get started and it takes years of practice to master the craft.

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Youngwoodworker

If you have a chance introduce a youth to woodworking, you should do it.  It will be good for them and even better for you. It isn’t hard – you just need to offer opportunities for kids to try woodworking on their own terms and they will clamor for more.

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Superglue

Super glue really does deserve its name – a 1-square-inch bond can hold more than a ton.  It looks like water, so what makes it so powerful?

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Superduper

Ever wonder about difference between super glue, crazy glue, instant glue and CA glue?  Actually, they’re just different names for the same product.  The technical name is “cyanoacrylate”.  CA glue really is “super” – a one square inch bonding of cyanoacrylate can hold about a ton.

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Bits

Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to drilling, but all holes are not created equal.  There is a big difference between punching a hole in a 2×4 and boring a precise hole for furniture joinery or a hinge.  It’s easy to get a hole that is out of round or has splintered edges.  To drill a satisfactory hole, you need the right type of drill bit.

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