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Experience Sharper Tools with the Tormek Wet Grinder

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Knife sharpening with the Tormek sharpener

Knife sharpening with the Tormek sharpener

FREE Woodworking Demonstration:
June 11, 2014 | 11:00 am & 2:00 PM
Woodworkers Source Phoenix
18115 N. Black Canyon Hwy

 

We could tell you about the wonders of good sharp chisels, knives and plan blades until we’re blue in the face. But instead, why don’t you come on down to our Phoenix location on Wednesday June 11 and see it for yourself?

Tormek is a company that makes slow-speed wet grinders that use clever fixtures for holding your tools at the precise angles needed for every kind of gouge, knife, or blade. In turn, the grinder produces exceptionally sharp tools quickly and easily. Sharpening spooks a lot of woodworkers because they’re worried about damaging their blades by sharpening at bad angles – so they don’t sharpen at all. That’s even more frightening because, as they say, a dull tool is a dangerous tool.

Enjoy a free demonstration on how and why the Tormek sharpener works – we have a factory trainer coming all the way from Scandinavia to show us the ins and outs.

Choose from two different times:

June 11, 2014 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM

Woodworkers Source Phoenix
18115 N. Black Canyon Hwy
Phoenix, AZ 85023

 

Ultimate Guide to Baltic Birch Plywood: Why It’s Better, When to Use It

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Baltic birch plywood is unique because of it's all-birch veneer core that's cross-banded and laminated with exterior grade glue, making for a superior stable sheet good. It also has a thicker face veneer than traditional cabinet grade plywood.

Baltic birch plywood is unique because of it’s all-birch veneer core that’s cross-banded and laminated with exterior grade glue, making for a superior stable sheet. It also has a thicker face veneer than traditional cabinet grade plywood.

Over the last few months, I’ve whittled up a healthy number of Baltic birch sheets to build a wide array of projects. A router table and fence, several drawer boxes, a craft table. In the same months, I’ve seen my colleagues use Baltic birch to make a table saw cross cut sled, a glue rack, a bookcase. The uses for Baltic birch are seemingly endless and the reasons why become apparent when you see what makes Baltic birch unique. read more

How to Finish Quarter Sawn White Oak For the Best Figure

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Quarter sawn white oak finish examples

Whether you want a light, natural color or a dark color, there’s a way to make the figure really pop out. The raw quarter sawn white oak board on the left is compared to a dark mission finished piece and a piece finished with Danish oil.

Stop right there. Before you finish your quarter sawn white oak projects, consider how to make that beautiful ray figure jump out. The good news is that you have several simple techniques that provide impressive results. It takes no special hard-to-master technique, or an arsenal of chemicals, or a new set of tools to add to your shop.  In fact, you can get a popping finish without even stepping foot into a “real” woodworking shop.  You could do this within the tight confines of a veranda of a New York City apartment if you had to.

In this video we demonstrate 3 nice ways to finish quarter sawn white oak to get the best pop from the figure.

(ALSO: See our selection of quarter sawn white oak lumber while it’s on sale) read more