Pen Turner’s Workbook: Step-by-step instructions for 9 projects

Pen Turner’s Workbook: Step-by-step instructions for 9 projects
Getting started in turning pens has never been easier! With this
step-by-step guide, you will learn everything you need to know – from
choosing a
lathe to turning techniques and even marketing your work.
Features step-by-step instructions for a wooden slim line pen
and Corian® cigar pen.
Written by Barry Gross.
80 pages.

Pen Turner’s Workbook: Step-by-step instructions for 9 projects

Pen Turner

Kansas City Woodworking Show Review

The 2008 Woodworking show was last weekend in Kansas City. It was much improved over last years show. The entire show floor was packed this year compared to 50 percent full last year. There was no parking spots to be found that is how busy it was. There was a minor issue with the online ticket ordering system. I did not receive the tickets, only an invoice. The invoice was accepted without any problems.

There were a few new local wood-turning and woodworking clubs compared to previous years. Most were providing free demonstrations throughout the show. I attended a demo by wood magazine on installing crown moulding. The only problem was some difficulty hearing over the crowd noise.

The vendors were friendly to deal with. The discounts were not as good as I hoped. I saved shipping on some heavy purchases from Craft Supplies USA.  There will be a review of the CSUSA Pen Press and Blank Drilling jig.  Also look for a review of Penn State Industries lathe.

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Building Woodshop Workstations Book

Building Woodshop Workstations Book
A dedicated workstation for every tool will increase your storage space and
maximize efficiency. This book will show you how with 12 handy projects,
each designed to accommodate the needs of a particular tool. You’ll find
simple solutions to common shortcomings, like the fact that most standard
miter saws won’t let you set the stop under 6″. Includes projects for all the
major tools, plus a workbench and more. Each project is accompanied by
detailed exploded drawings, a materials list and expert step-by-step
instruction. 128 pages.

Building Woodshop Workstations Book

Building Woodshop Workstations Book

Trellises, Arbors and Pergolas Book

Trellises, Arbors and Pergolas Book
Discover the wonderful world of decorative landscape structures and transform your yard or garden into a relaxing retreat. This book offers a revealing look at the endless possibilities for creating shade and shelter with trellises, arbors and pergolas. With climbing plants and beautiful blooms or just the bare wood showing, these amazing structures add a new point of view to any yard or garden. From planning and designing to planting and building, here’s the advice you need to create your own. 176 pages.

Trellises, Arbors and Pergolas Book

Trellises, Arbors and Pergolas Book

Woodworking Shop Gallery: Fixtures

A couple of shop fixture were very well designed. The Wall Cleat System and Clamp Rack would be useful in any size shop. The Mobile Drawer Cabinet inspired an idea I might investigate. There is a hardware liquidation store locally that frequently has damaged goods section with file cabinets. The smaller ones I believe are around $10.00. Some metal work, paint and a set of casters and there can be a complete cabinet for $20.00. It would be difficult to make a similar cabinet out of plywood or MDF for cheaper.

Wall cleat system

Wall Cleat System

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The proposed cabinet hanging system allows for easy re-configuration in the workshop. I could see the benefit where a finished wall material has been applied. In the case of drywall, the cleats could be painted the same color allowing them to blend in. Cabinets can be moved without leaving a large number of holes behind. My shop is currently studs without any wall covering. This will work well for now.

Clamp Rack

Wall Clamp Rack

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The clamp rack design for this idea shop makes efficient use of space. Storage is confined to a small amount of wall space that is a premium in a smaller shop. The design could easily be modified for different kinds of clamps Scrap material that is normally discarded could be used. The rack can be screwed directly to the studs under drywall if the wall cleat system is not used.

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