Trent Bosh left us with some good reading. Click the links below to read his thoughts.

10 Ideas to Make Your Work Your Work

10 Ideas to Help Troubleshoot Your Designs

James Johnson found these interesting sites.

Health and Safety in the Arts - Woodworking

Health and Safety in the Arts - Woodworking Toxic Woods

Lumber chart and board foot conversions

Drill Press Speed Chart

Guide to Woodworking Glues

Screen Calipers is a great little program. I often find myself looking at turnings and diagrams on the web and often would like to measure the ratios of the design. This little program places what looks like a dial caliper on your desktop and you can use it to accurately measure any object's dimensions. You can download it for free and try it out. 

Tim Yoder

Microlathe Progam: is a very small program, I think about 87k.  It is a simple cad program.  Iíve played around with it a little and it is pretty simple once you read the instructions.  The control panel is where most of the creativity occurs once you plot the points.  The program is shareware so it can be distributed freely. There isnít a setup file in the zip.  You have to create a folder and then unzip the executable lathe file into the folder. Click on Microlathe Program and go to the bottom of the page you link to and you will be able to download the program.

Joe Smith

Webmaster note: In searching the web to find a link for the Microlathe Program I came across another program made by Woodturner Pro. If someone wants to check these programs out, maybe they could write us a report :^)

Off and On Again...
If you thought you couldn't but a turned piece back on the lathe (when using a face plate) the same way you took it off maybe this will help. I use at least six quarter inch lag screws (length depending on the size of wood) to fasten on the faceplate. Once in awhile there will be a reason to remove the work from the lathe and even remove the faceplate from the work for another rush job. When you are ready to get back to the original job reinstall the faceplate in the same holes as before and put the work back on the lathe. Align the tool rest on the side of your work at the tail stock end while turning the lathe by hand until the wood just touches the tool rest. Take a box end wrench and loosen or tighten the appropriate lag screws until your work lines up as much as possible. With a little returning you are back in business.
Bill Evans

Tired of the screw lid sealing shut on your finishes? Just put a wrap of Teflon tape (plumbers white tape) on the threads. No more stuck lids!    Bob Fulton

One of the best tips that I learned was from Bob Fulton:  Cut out washers from your plastic milk jugs, to put behind your chucks, or faceplates, etc. You can tighten them up and they will come loose easier when you are ready to change to another chuck etc....Works Great... Dan Combs


Poor Man's Exhaust System     Click on thumbnail for larger image

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I use a 20" box fan. With a 20"X 20"X 1" filter duct taped to the back of the fan (filter found easily at Wal-Mart)...I set it behind my lathe. You have three speeds low, Med, Hi... It sucks up the small particles pretty well.  I also in the summer, put a fan behind me. This cools me and also pushes the dust away from me into the other fan. You can install the filter with the ribs vertical and the dust will fall down and not clog the filter as fast. I also still use a mask as a back up.... Dan Combs



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