Meta Description: Carl often see Woodturners get all twisted up by 1" = 25.4mm. His advice is to forget about the 0.4mm! Carl does the MM to inches conversion in his head using this method.
Woodturners in the US often have to deal with Millimetres. Bowl gouges made in Europe are often 12mm
rather than 1/2″. Etc.
I often see Woodturners get all twisted up by 1″ = 25.4mm. My advice is to forget about the 0.4mm!
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Meta Description: Carl reviews Turning Smocks and suggests some low cost alternatives. Get one before nature calls or "She Who Must be Obeyed" outlaws woodturning due to shavings in the house.
Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives
Over the years I have owned a number of different turning smocks.
Here are MY thoughts.
Sooner or latter every turner decides they need a turning smock.
Because, sooner or latter nature calls and you just don’t have time to shed
all the wood chips, etc. She who must be obeyed, has a no wood chips in the
In A Nutshell
I like the AAW Turning Smock best. I absolutely HATE the blue color. The
dark grey one is not a whole lot better. But, I have found the lightweight,
short sleeve and roomy design works best. It is easy to get on and off. It
easily sheds wood chips.
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Meta Description: Carl recommends Zon (brand) hand exercisers for woodturners who need to improve their hand strength. The Zon ones are good for mere mortals.
A few years ago I realized I needed to improve my hand strength if I wanted to be a better turner. Thus, I purchased a set of “Zon Resistance Strength Hand Grips” from Amazon for $7. I use them in the morning while I am riding my exercise bike. They give my hands a good work out. I like em. They have improved my turning.
When I was a kid my uncle had a set of these that you needed to be Superman to use. They were made for weight lifting, etc. The Zon ones I have are good for mere mortals. The resistance is enough, but not to much.
Meta Description: Carl voluntarily retired from IBM after 33 years, 2 months and 19 days. He is looking forward to his 2nd career as a full time Studio Woodturner.
Today 8/31/2016 was my last day at IBM. I started on 6/13/1983.
I voluntarily retired after 33 years, 2 months and 19 days. Approximately 8347 working days (no weekends or public holidays).
I am looking forward to my 2nd career as a full time Studio Woodturner.