December 1

What you need to know about the drill press

Before you buy a new drill press you need to consider all the important factors regarding which model is right for you! For a start what is a drill press? It’s basically just a drill that’s mounted either to a bench/table or to the floor. They’re great for wood work, or metal work. You’ll find they get jobs done much more efficiently than a hand drill would do for the same job. They also save your arms a lot of work – By utilizing leverage.

Regardless of whether you’re a professional woodworker, or just a tinkerer in your spare time a drill press is a great investment. They’re fantastic for aluminum, steel, wood of all sorts, and even glass! Although depending on the material you will need to get the right drill bit accordingly. For example if you try to drill glass with a normal drill but you’re going to have some major issues! As well as risking getting yourself injured.

These days most decent drill presses will have variable speed adjustment settings, which is a bonus. The variable speed settings mean you can make the drill bit go faster, or slower, depending on what you’re drilling into. You should go for a drill press that has 1/4 Horsepower, or more, otherwise they can struggle with heavy duty tasks. You should go for a well known brand and model like the craftsman 12 inch, as they are known to be built to a high quality standard. That being said, it’s still a great idea to check that the machine you choose comes with some kind of warranty or consumer protection, in case you do run into issues.

If you like creating jewelry or other small crafts, then A Mini drill press is perfect for this (See this video). These are also highly portable little machines. Other than for the niche uses like jewellery most people use a benchtop drill, which is a good medium between portability and power. Don’t forget to check out drill press reviews before you buy, there’s always more to learn about these fascinating and useful tools!

Another useful tip is that you should always check the manual! In my time using a drill press I’ve found that the best way to not make mistakes is to first of all become very familiar with your machine. You can do this by reading your manual, watching videos, and asking more experienced experts.

 

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January 15

Picking the right Angle Grinder for your tasks

It’s a great idea for every man to have a good stock of tools in his home. So, if you’re thinking about some tool shopping, then one of the best tools to consider adding to your collection is the Angle Grinder. Not all of them offer the same quality and build excellence as the top models do. So hopefully this article can help you find one that is going to suit you perfectly, and be reliable.

 

What Is An Angle Grinder?

The Angle grinder is a type of grinding tool that has many purposes. It can be used for various things like cutting, grinding and your polishing needs. These are highly convenient and user-friendly tools that offer us a variety of functions at home and in the shed.

What you must know before you buy an angle grinder

To get the best angle grinder, there are important facts to consider. We go over them below in detail so you’re well informed when you go shopping.

 

  • Size of the disc:

The size of the disc is something you aught to be aware of. the disc is the wheel of the grinder that performs the grinding task. While buying a grinder, choose the size accurately according to your needs. The size of the disc you will need depends on the extent of the work that needs to be performed. You can find the various disc sizes for the grinders in the market ranging from 3″ – 9″+.

  • Speed:

Speed is another factor that is crucial to weigh up in the decision regarding buying an Angle grinder. The speed of an angle grinder is calculated in revolutions per minute and higher the revolutions per minute the more the angle grinder will work effectively.

  • The handle of the grinder:

While working with the machinery like angle grinders, it’s best to make sure you’r safe first of all. So for purchasing an angle grinder for your home, always check the handle. An angle grinder with the adjustable handle offers the best comfort and ergonomics. An adjustable handle also offers the users freedom to work with the grinder using both of their hands. Not only this, but a good handle will make sure the job is done accurately, and with precision.

  • Anti-vibration:

An angle grinder can only offer precision and efficiency if it’s not vibrating too much. an angle grinder uses a powerful motor for the grinding task so because of this it must have a way to manage the vibrations. Otherwise it can be rather inaccurate, and hard to hold onto properly.

  • Extra Grinder Attachments:

Always consider what optional extra comes with a specific model grinder. It always depends on the task you’d like to perform; you may even need specific disc add-ons or attachments for polishing (which can be purchased separately or as part of the package). Consider purchasing a tool like this to be an investment – that way you will base your buying decision on what will get you the most use for the money in the long term.

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November 28

Valentine’s Day Globe Base Craft Project

We have all seen directions for making those great homemade snow globes for the different holidays out of left over jars. Sometimes the jars can leave a little bit to be desired. I made some Valentine’s Day themed snow globes out of spaghetti jars one year and was sorely disappointed at how unfinished the bottom of the jars looked. I came up with the clay craft project so that you can simply slip your homemade Valentine’s Day snow globe into the clay base. Each base should cost you less than $5 depending on what type of air-drying clay you buy.

To Make this Homemade Valentine’s Day Snow globe Clay Base You Will Need:

  • Red, white, or purple acrylic paint
  • Clear acrylic spray paint
  • Air Drying Clay
  • Clay Working Tools
  • Water Spray Bottle
  • Your Glass Jar or Your Homemade Snow globe

Tip: take inspiration from whatever Valentine’s Day themed items you place in your snowglobe. You can find great plastic hearts, cupids, and more in any craft store. If you use glitter in place of snow be sure to add some to outside as well.

Start by breaking off a piece of clay. Work it into a coil by rubbing it between your hands or even on the work surface, your coil will work best if it is about ¼” thick.

Now, use these coils to wrap around the base of your glass jar. My jar is upside down, lid side down, and inserted into the clay that way. You are making the inside of the clay base; so don’t worry too much about how it looks right now.

Built your clay coils up until it cover the bottom part of your jar. Basically as high as you want.

Now that you have established the inside of your clay mold you can add more coils to build up the outside of the base and make it look good.

Use water to help smooth the surface and shape it into your desired Valentine’s Day shape. You can use clay-working tools to carve Valentine’s Day designs into the snow globe base. Try carving hearts, swirls, and even words in the base. You can roll out some clay into a sheet that is about 1/8 inch thick. Use your knife to cut out “Be Mine.” Lay the words on the clay and press them in to secure them.

You could even use extra clay to add details. You can cut out hearts and roses and attach them to the surface of the base as well.

Another great embellishment would be to roll out a small flat piece of clay, about 1/8″ thick. Cut it out like a small plaque and carve the date of the year into it or even your family’s last name. Now, use some water to adhere it to the clay snow globe base. This is a great way to remember that Valentine’s Day year after year.

You could also roll out small balls of clay and flatten them into polka dots to embellish the Valentine’s Day snowglobe base.

You have a choice to make now. Do you want your snow globe to be removable from the clay base or not. If you do want to remove it in the future follow these directions: gently pull up your snow globe jar out of the clay. Pull straight up trying to move your clay as little as possible. Once the snow globes it out I like to carefully reinsert it to make sure it will slide in once the clay is dried. Let your clay base dry completely before moving onto the next step.

One reason to be able to remove your snow globe from the clay base is if you think it might leak and need water and glycerin added to it at a later date. You might not ever need this though, so you could simply leave it in the clay to dry. Either way is fine, just let your clay dry completely.

Once the clay is dry you can paint it with Valentine’s Day colored acrylic paints, water colors paints, or even primer.

Allow this paint to dry and then spray on some coats of clear acrylic spray paint.

You can cut out a piece of felt to glue to the bottom to finished the clay snow globe base. You could also add those plastic picture stoppers.

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