Woodworking Tips, Techniques

Steel Types - Uses and Sharpening

Posted by David Pickard on

Provided by WL Fuller, Inc. All of the tools we sell are made from one of seven different types of steel. Each has its own unique characteristics and use. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for but each has a specific purpose. The types are, from cheapest to most expensive: Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, High Speed Steel, Cobalt Steel, Ferro-Tic Carbide, Carbide Tipped and Solid Carbide. Some types of tools are offered in more than one type of steel. Please refer to this page to determine which type of steel is best for your purpose. We have the equipment...

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Drill Bit Points - What is the best point for my application?

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Drill bits have various different point configurations with each configuration designed for specific uses. Each type of point design has its specific uses. There are 6 types of drill points:       Regular or Standard Point Split Point or Four Facet Point Brad Point Plexi Point Screw Point Taper Point Standard Industrial or Regular Point Drill Bits - Regular point drill bits or v-point drill bits have a 118 degree included angle point with cutting relief angles suited to cut metal. Drills with standard points specifically designed to cut wood usually have a longer point angle (i.e. 80 degrees). The...

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A Few Woodworking Tips

Posted by David Pickard on

Buy Quality Tools Starting out in woodworking? Don’t forget this basic tip....Buy quality tools! This doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive tools. Get input from woodworker’s who have been at it for a while. For example, one of the worst mistakes you can make is to buy a cheap table saw that is underpowered and has a a poorly constructed fence. Not only will you be frustrated because it doesn’t have enough power to cut the material you are using, but the lack of power along with a fence that won’t stay parallel with the blade is...

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What's the Difference Between a Finger Joint and a Box Joint?

Posted by David Pickard on

This is a topic that incites a little bit of controversy. Some woodworking enthusiasts consider these one in the same. Others would insist that they are different with each serving a separate purpose. Someone has taken the liberty of posting on Wikipedia that a finger joint is also known as a box joint. This quick post is a look at it from the angle of woodworkers that have determined finger joints and box joints to be two separate types of joints. I’m hoping some of you readers will chime in on this as well. Finger Joints Many woodworkers believe that...

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