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Health and safety in a workshop

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Thor Dust Air Filter Machines To the hobbyist or professional woodturner, there is nothing quite so beautiful as a perfectly crafted wooden article which has been sanded and finished with care and finesse.  Wood is a very satisfying material to work in, as most of the crafting can be done with hand tools and the finished piece takes shape before your eyes.  CXS Tools have a proud history of supplying sanders, abrasives, finishing accessories and other tools to enthusiasts and tradespeople who feel a connection with their chosen material and are constantly searching for new ways to improve the presentation...

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Pen Making for Xmas

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During the years of making pens, it has been a challenge to find suitable ways of finishing pens. This may well depend on what material you are using, varying from various wood to synthetic materials. When using wood as your main material, I still find the VSM sanding cloth one of the most effective abrasives, working down to P400 grit. You may prefer finer sanding for dense woods or acrylic materials. Some silicon wet & dry goes as fine as P2500 or my favourite is a foam backed abrasives from P600 to P1000 for dry sanding, or up to P4000...

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Which abrasive to use for sanding

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There is such a wide variety of different abrasive types that many people feel spoilt for choice or confused. It is good to understand what benefits from the various types. The quality of abrasives vary considerably, some are designed to keep a cutting edge for longer, some are designed for quick jobs which do not need to keep a cutting edge for as long. One aspect to consider is the material you are sanding and how much it can clog the sanding surface, where additional surface covering like stearate helps to minimize the impact of clogging. Another thought is what...

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Sanding for woodwork and woodturning

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which type of sanding materials are best suited to which job.

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Pen Making and Pen Finishing

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Pen making abrasives and pen finishing techniques.

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