The compound miter saw is known for its accuracy and versatility whether making beveled cross-cuts or square angle work. It is, however, also one of the most dangerous power tools in your workshop if you use it improperly. In order to incorporate this highly functional equipment into your work place you need to learn and obsessively follow all the necessary safety rules for safe operation.
Firstly, dress properly for safety. Wear good quality safety goggles or glasses to protect your eyes and ear plugs for your hearing. While operating the miter saw you will occasionally have to check the blade guard to see if it is still aligned properly as well as checking the sharpness of the blades. Always unplug the saw before performing either of these functions. The fingers you save will be your own.
While it may be hard to believe some people remove the adjustable fence, this guide does more than just assure consistent cuts. It also helps firmly guide the wood through the blade. So never try to “free-hand” the cut, it makes the chance of your wood jumping or bouncing off the blade and into you much more likely.
Keep your blades and the working area clean. Use a bucket to hold cut off bits and a vacuum or blower to keep sawdust off the working area. Also make sure sawdust is not building up in the notches on the blades. All these items can diminish the effectiveness of the cut or create an obstacle that can throw your cut off or the blade into you.
Use a little common sense in your work. No matter how eager you are to finish a project, hurrying the operation of power tools can quickly lead to mistakes, forgotten steps, or injury from bypassing safety precautions. Woodworking is supposed to be an enjoyable endeavor. Make sure to keep it safe enough to enjoy.
A person beginning to get into woodworking will not go long before they see reference after reference about a tool called a “router.” With its many uses in the craft; it is essential to have a good basic understanding of what a router is and does.
The wood router is used to cut patterns, joists, insets, and other intricate designs into wood or other firm materials such as plastic and some metals. Most often a router looks like a planing tool with a blade protruding from the planing surface. While many people now prefer the modern electrically powered routers, there are still some uses that are best performed by the old hand powered routers of old.
Routers are usually hand-held tools but can be attached to a table for specific cuts as well as safety. The most basic router uses a spindle. An electric motor is attached with a collet to the shaft and is manipulated via the handle or handles attached. Most of the router and the guide templates are simple.
It is because of the variety and versatility of the cutting tools and bits that can be used that give the router its extreme range of uses. Depending on the cut, the route, or hollow, can be anything from a connecting joint, like a dovetail or v-groove, to an intricate design or beveled edge.
The bits vary greatly and are generally classified by the type of material they are best used with and the design or cut desired. Edged bits are used to mold the sides of a wood piece. Examples would be for crown molding, ogee or beading. They include a “fence” to hold the bit steady and create a consistent edge. Non-edged bits most often create interlacing joins to wood pieces or as a cutout for holes or decorative designs. The size of the shaft also adds variety to the cuts available to the DIY woodworker.
If you’ve been looking for the appliance that’s really going to put your kitchen design over the edge, you should seriously consider investing in a commercial food processor. You may be thinking, “Isn’t a food processor basically a blender anyway? Don’t they do pretty much the same thing?” The answer is a definite no.
While there are some cheap residential no name food processors that probably work just about the same as a blender, a commercial food processor is on a level all its own. Aside from a few smart residential kitchens here and there, you’ll generally find a commercial processor in places like hotels, restaurants, or catering companies – places that have to have a machine that can handle big quantities of food without giving out. So, if that’s where you usually find them, then why do you need one for your kitchen?
If you have the space (and you probably will when you see how many appliances you could get rid of if you invested in one), a commercial food processor can save you a ton of time. You’ll likely never have to replace it, because they’re built to withstand a lot of use, and you’re not likely going to use it as much as a restaurant or catering company will. You’re almost guaranteed to get dishwasher friendly parts as well, which will come in incredibly handy when it comes to cleaning up.
If you tend to host a lot of parties or you find yourself cooking huge meals, a commercial food processor is an amazing investment for you because it can handle the great big quantities of food that you’re going to put through it. However, if you’re just looking for something to make smoothies and milkshakes with, a blender is your better bet as it needs the liquid to function properly. If you have the space for both, it wouldn’t hurt to have both.