It seems like, there is a new lathe on the market every time you pick up a new issue of a woodturning magazine. Most of them are of little or no interest to me. However, recently two new lathes have come out that really get my attention. I think they are going to become very popular. I think the new Powermatic 2014 is really going to revolutionize the under $2000 market.
I went over to the dark side a couple of years ago when the price of good CBN grinding wheels dropped down near $100.
I recently decided I should start recommending the purchase of CBN wheels for newbies. You never need to “dress” a CBN grinding wheel thus the size of the wheel never changes. This really simplifies things for newbies. Once they get their grinder and sharpening jigs set up they never need to adjust things. Continue reading CBN Grinder Wheels→
Meta Description: Carl recommends CBN wheels for newbies. They really simplify things because the size of the wheel never changes. What grit? Get a wide wheel?
I have a concrete floor in my studio. I also have flat feet, thus I need really good floor mats in my studio. Over the years I have tried lots of different options for floor mats.
I tried the cheap ones from Home Depot, etc. When they were not soft enough, I tried stacking up the cheap ones, etc. I even let someone at a AAW symposium talk me into a really expensive $200 mat. A sucker is born every minute! I hate that mat with a passion! It will not stay put! It is always sliding out of position! Err!!!
A few years ago I decided to change all of my mats to the expensive kitchen mats with holes from Rubber-Cal. If they are good enough for chiefs who stand on them all day in the kitchen then they are good enough for me.