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Saturday, December 31, 2011

How to bend wood - vacuum methods

While researching bending methods for a counter-top wine rack I am designing, I came across this excellent post on JoeWoodworker.com.  I found the author's real-world expertise informative, as he describes a few tricks of the trade I haven't seen elsewhere.  If you want to bend wood with a vacuum bag, check this site. 

The site also offers plans and materials for building your own vacuum press.  These are relatively sophisticated systems and there are many options and parameters to consider.  Take a deep dive into vacuum press FAQs here

...And stay tuned for pics of my new "Wine Wave" counter-top wine rack!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

CS Machinery: A source for pattern-maker's and Tucker vises

While looking for a power stock feeder on eBay, I came across a great source for the highly sought-after (and out of production) Emmert ViseCS Machinery is run by Bill Kerfoot, and is located in Oxford, PA, not far from Philly, NYC, and Charm City.  They have an incredible number of antique vises and vise parts, especially Tucker vises and pattern-maker's vises.  I wrote Bill an email with a question about how to use a stock feeder on a table saw.  He was very helpful and knowledgeable, which is not always the case with owners of machinery stores.  I imagine Bill knows quite a bit about vises of all types, so if you're looking for a vise, why not give CS Machinery a try?

210 Lower Hopewell Rd
Oxford, PA 19363
Phone: (610) 998-0544
Email: csmachinery@zoominternet.net

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Russ Fairfield's Woodturner's Blog

While looking for information on turning (in preparation for using my new Lathe), I came across this excellent resource