When Steve Johnson, the Down to Earth Woodworker, had to grind and sand some large ash slabs for a project he was working on, he started out using a regular dust mask. But after just one hour of sanding, he decided that he’d had enough and figured he would try out the Trend Airshield Pro.
For the May 2019 issue of Wood News Online, Jeff Fleisher took the Trend Airshield Pro for a spin in his own shop. An avid woodturner, Jeff frequently creates a lot of dust and he knows that breathing it in can be very bad for his lungs. Even so, he was initially skeptical about the size and weight of the Trend Airshield Pro, and wasn’t sure if he would want to incorporate it into his workshop.
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If you are new to spray finishing or do not have an air compressor, then this HVLP spray system is just the ticket for you. The Earlex HV5500 provides a low cost entry system to the world of spray finishing with excellent results.
Give spray finishing a try this year and you won’t want to go back to painting with brushes! The Earlex HV5500 Spray Station is a great value for an easy-to-use, high quality product.
In the video below, Morton takes a closer look at the Earlex HV5500 Spray Station, available at Highland Woodworking.
If you have some tricky drilling to do in your shop and you don’t own a drill press, the Portable Drill Guide might be the tool you are looking for!
In the video below, David Picciuto from Make Something explains the easy setup and use of the Portable Drill Guide, including how to approach tricky operations, such as drilling through round objects.
For the sixth time, Mortise & Tenon Magazine creator and editor Joshua Klein has given us a superb example of a high quality woodworking publication. As with its predecessors, its 10 articles are well-balanced in content, beautifully photographed and engagingly written, collectively reflecting a spirit of individualism and self-sufficiency in the design and execution of craftsmanship.
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For the May issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer writes about the history of woodworking language and the importance of getting the details right:
A standard terminology is an important part of any craft or discipline. If you are going to be certified as a master electrician, you have to know the difference between a wire nut and a split bolt. More importantly, you have to be able to describe why you should use one over the other. Woodworking has its own craft terminology and there are many resources, dictionaries, and glossaries. In general, we are pretty clear on what is what although there are certainly some variations among us. I think we can live with “rebates” and “rabbets”. Maybe even with “slip feather” and “veneer spline”. However, when I see an expert making a “tusk-wedged tenon” when they are actually making a keyed through tenon — well, things have just gone too far.
Read the rest of the May issue of Wood News Online