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Japanning - Traditional Finishes Series

Japanning - Traditional Finishes Series
Japanning within the context of a furniture finish, refers to finishes that are usually in the form of a dark, complex lacquer.  It emerged as a finish in the 17th century after Oriental lacquered objects were imported into Europe in the late 16th Century.
Carbatec's resident restorer and preserver of beautiful furniture, Don Jones shares some of his knowledge on Japanning.
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Polishes - Traditional Finishes Series

Polishes - Traditional Finishes Series
Wood has been used for ages for making furniture. As a natural material, wood is vulnerable to the effects of aging which means it can become dried out, cracked, or stained. For thousands of years, people have recognized the usefulness of coating wooden surfaces with oils, balms, and unguents.
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Shellac - Traditional Finishes Series

Shellac - Traditional Finishes Series

Shellac has been a popular finish for timber, and as a dye literally for thousands of years. Historical records have dated its use as early as 3,000 years ago in Asia and India.  The form of shellac used by woodworkers as a finish is made by dissolving flakes of shellac in a denatured alcohol solvent.
Carbatec's resident restorer and preserver of beautiful furniture, Don Jones shares some of his knowledge on using Shellac.
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THE VERITAS PM-V11 STORY

The Veritas PM-V11 Story

The Team at Veritas Tools design from scratch. Each product they develop involves the consideration of new concepts, new materials, and new manufacturing processes. They expect the tools they design to be innovative and provide excellent value for customers.
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Tung Oil - Traditional Finishes Series

Tung Oil - Traditional Finishes Series

Tung oil is a very popular finish because it is a natural oil derived from the tung nut that dries into the wood surface.  After it fully cures - usually between 5 to 30 days, the result is a very hard and easily repaired finish. It has traditionally been used on furniture, boat decks and timber floors. Carbatec's resident restorer and preserver of beautiful furniture, Don Jones shares some of his knowledge on using Tung Oil.
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Working with Hardwoods and Softwoods

Working with Hardwoods and Softwoods

The same features of strength and durability that make hardwoods popular also happen to be the reasons why working with hardwoods can be harder than working with softwoods. Softwood is a lot easier to cut and shape, enabling the use of smaller woodworking machines and motors. (That said resinous softwoods can also be challenging to work with.)
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Caring For Wooden Furniture by Don Jones

Caring for wooden furniture by Don Jones

As a restorer and preserver of beautiful furniture, Don often sees the results of years of neglect or misplaced good intentions on caring for wooden furniture of all ages. Whether you are caring for a 100 year old antique, a new purchase or something you have created yourself, Don shares some basic things you should consider to care for your furniture.
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Is your workshop ready for winter? Part 2 - Dust Extraction set up

Is your workshop ready for winter? Part 2 - Dust Extraction set up
Part 2 - Ensuring that your Dust Extraction set up is adequate and serviceable.


The dangers of wood dust are well documented and from a Health & Safety perspective, it is important to ensure that the dust collection system installed matches the machinery and its intended purpose. All woodworking machinery produces waste, which needs to be managed with the most appropriate equipment.
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'In the Frame' for Mother's Day by Carol Russell

'In the Frame' for Mother's Day by Carol Russell
If you're looking for a truly unique gift this Mother’s Day, what about buying your Mum the tools that will introduce her to a highly addictive hobby? Picture framing is an incredibly rewarding pastime and anyone who has ever paid to have something framed will know how cost prohibitive it can be to get it done professionally.
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Meet the Maker: Elliot Holdstock

Meet the Maker: Elliot Holdstock
As a woodworker, Elliot Holdstock has cultivated an impressive portfolio of unique fine furniture pieces comprised of tables, chairs and lamps. The level of skill involved to create these functional pieces is paralleled to his level of craftsmanship to create these seamless designs.
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Wood Review Student Awards 2016

Wood Review Student Awards 2016
Carbatec has once again sponsored the Australian Wood Review in their yearly Student Awards for 2016! Students from year 11 and 12 submitted their work to be assessed by a panel of judges across several categories of skill sets.
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New MicroJig MJ Splitters Comparison

New MicroJig MJ Splitters Comparison
Safety should always the number one thought as a woodworker commences any work. Sometimes the removing the riving knife is required for cutting trenches, rebates and shallow cuts where the riving knife would get in the way. This has always been a risky practice until the MicroJig Splitters came along.
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Jeremy's Top Product Picks

Jeremy's Top Product Picks
Jeremy is a brand manager of the Wakerley team and for 22 years has worked in luthiery. Most luthiers would agree that it can appear overwhelming at first. However, Jeremy’s recommendation is to start simple and build your workshop over time...
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Finishing with Shellac by Carol Russell

Finishing with Shellac by Carol Russell
More woodworkers are choosing traditional methods of finishing rather than quick-fix solutions that don’t age well. Shellac is an ancient finish that gives a lustrous depth to timber and works well on both contemporary and traditional furniture.
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Tools We Can't Live Without

Tools We Can't Live Without
Here at Carbatec, many employees both in retail and customer care are very knowledgeable in all different types of woodworking, with years of experience under their belt. So we asked around to find out what products our expert woodworkers cannot live without!
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Lindsay's Top Product Picks

Lindsay's Top Product Picks
When not working as a retail specialist in Carbatec’s Wakerley store, Lindsay devotes his time to woodturning. After having had this passion for 12 years, he has cultivated years of knowledge and expertise, especially in Carbatec products.
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Spoon Carving Tools for Beginners

Spoon Carving Tools for Beginners
Spoon carving provides an easy and inexpensive entry into the art and skill of woodcarving for any beginner. It is recognised as a free form style of carving as there is really no limit to the design and form style of carving. Spoon carving also provides an excellent manner of learning the different aspects of various wood selections, including grain direction, colour, hardness/softness relating to ease of carving.
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Allan's Top Product Picks

Allan's Top Product Picks
Allan makes up part of our Technical Customer Service Team here at Carbatec and also sends time as a Retail Assistance in the Wakerley store. Allan has been with us for 2 years and spends a lot of his spare time making wooden models of classic cars and recently won an award for his segmented woodturning.
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Sharpening Chisels & Plane Blades

Sharpening Chisels & Plane Blades
Peter Young gives us some advice on sharpening chisels and plane blades.

If your blade is older and has had a lot of use, it may have some damage. Remove any nicks from cutting edge – I think it is better to do this first up so that you don’t waste time on metal which may need to be removed.
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Which Kreg Jig Is Right For Me?

Which Kreg Jig Is Right For Me?
With so many amazing Kreg Jigs available, customers are always asking which jig is right for their project. So we have decided to make it a little easier to pick out your next Kreg Jig...
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Jordan Phillis - Aspiring Woodturner

Jordan Phillis - Aspiring Woodturner
Jordan Phillis came into our Brisbane Carbatec Store a few weeks ago, to buy his first lathe at the ripe old age of 12! Our staff were all really impressed by his enthusiasm and we wanted to learn more about how he found a passion for woodturning…
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Setting Up Your Workshop

Setting Up Your Workshop
Workshops tend to evolve over time and you don't always get the chance to plan as much as you may want to. However having a vision of where you are heading with your woodworking and what you want to make can help a lot.
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The Basics of Woodturning

The Basics of Woodturning
When you first take up woodturning it’s possible and tempting to spend an enormous amount of money acquiring a comprehensive range of tools, chucks and accessories. However to get started it isn’t really necessary, you’re better to begin with a basic kit and go from there.
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Spotlight on Microplanes

Spotlight on Microplanes
Written by Lindsay, our Brisbane Showroom Assistant.

This past weekend, I had a good look at the range of microplanes we have on offer here at Carbatec and I have to say - they are a really special tool to have in the kit bag.

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Confessions of a Pen Addict

Confessions of a Pen Addict
Cameron Ward shares his addiction to pen turning.

Turning pens is a fun and rewarding hobby. This is undoubtedly the reason behind its increasing popularity. Its easy accessibility in terms of requisite skill level and relative affordability makes it the hobby of choice for most first-time woodworkers. 

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Why Use Handplanes In A Modern World?

Why Use Handplanes In A Modern World?
Written by Peter Geddes - a Brisbane-based woodworker.

It's very interesting to look at the place the handplane occupies in the history of woodworking. One of the most important changes that occurred in this history was the progression from the carpenter - whose main tools were the axe, adze and saw - to the joiner, cabinet maker and other craftsmen...

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All About Handsaws

All About Handsaws
Even if you use machinery for cutting most of your joinery, there are some things that are still best done with a handsaw. Being able to saw accurately to a line is a fundamental woodworking skill that can take a lot of practice to get it right, but is well worth the effort. Once you gain confidence, you may even find yourself cutting your dovetails or tenons by hand.
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The Basics of Dust Extraction - Part 2

The Basics of Dust Extraction - Part 2
In this edition, Tony will expand on the subject and offer some direction for designing small workshop extraction systems. First, we need to look at requirements, specifically considering which machines you have and which machines you plan to add (the latter being the thing most people forget to take into account). Each type of machine has a certain airflow requirement for effective dust extraction.
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All Wood Chat: Woodturning with Theo Haralampou

All Wood Chat: Woodturning with Theo Haralampou
PODCAST

Theo Haralampou or 'Theo the Woodturner', tells us about his passion for woodturning, his journey with it and where beginners should look to start. Theo is based in Brisbane and regularly hosts free demonstrations at Carbatec's Brisbane store.

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Tuning Your Bandsaw

Tuning Your Bandsaw
Bandsaws are a must in any workshop, they are wonderful for cutting curves or preparing blanks for woodcarving or woodturning. If set up correctly, they can be used for ripping veneers or cutting mortises or even dovetails.
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Workshop Tip - Splinter Free Dovetailing

Workshop Tip - Splinter Free Dovetailing
Carol Russell gives us a great tip for splinter free dovetailing.

I can’t remember where this tip came from, I think it was an old Fine Woodworking Magazine originally, but it’s one of the simplest and most effective tips I have ever been given. 

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How to Make a Longworth Chuck

How to Make a Longworth Chuck
Written by Allan Short.

The Longworth chuck features a self-centring mechanism that easily and quickly adjusts to the size of your turning by using a pair of disks which rotate against each other...

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From Observation to Expression

From Observation to Expression
Written by Carol Russell about Gary Field.

Gary has been a stalwart of the woodworking community in Brisbane for three decades. His work has featured in galleries and exhibitions Australia-wide...

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All About Japanese Saws

All About Japanese Saws
Written by Jan Schilling.

It is unusual to visit a fine woodworker’s workshop and not find some Japanese saws (nokogiri) hanging on the tool rack. For people who haven’t encountered them, Jan Schilling offers some advice...

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Open Segment Jig

Open Segment Jig
Allan Short works in our Customer Call Centre at Carbatec Brisbane and is an esteemed woodworker. 

This open segment jig is not complicated to use but has required thought and planning to construct so here is a summary of how I made my jig.

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Rendel's Top Product Picks

Rendel's Top Product Picks
Rendel makes up part of our Marketing team here at Carbatec and has been here for 5 years. Rendel is a qualified cabinet maker and loves his DIY woodworking. He is currently working on designer bespoke bedside tables for his home.

We asked Rendell what his favourite tools in his workshop are and these were his top picks.

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Setting Up Shop

Setting Up Shop
Written by Bruce Sharp.

Making stuff is fun and for five days a week, through most of my career as a teacher, I have made wooden stuff with teenagers. Imagine working with uninhibited creative minds and having the unfettered use of a well-equipped (semi-industrial) workshop. 

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Why I Love My Kreg Jig

Why I Love My Kreg Jig
My love affair with the Kreg® Jig started at the Brisbane Timber and Working With Wood Show over ten years ago. The applications seemed endless and over the years the jig paid for itself by miles in both time and effort.
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A Drawing Template For Spindle Turning

A Drawing Template For Spindle Turning
Robert McKee has been teaching woodturning and joinery to adults for over 25 years. Originally he trained as a wood machinist, but relatively early in his career he discovered that teaching was the thing that really motivated him.
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Jet Combination Planer Thicknesser

Jet Combination Planer Thicknesser
The JET-JPT310HH combination machine is a dream machine that is designed to perform both its task of planing and thicknessing with accuracy and ease. This is a ‘no-compromise’ option to save space and have a machine that will perform at a professional level.
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Jet Cone Vortex Technology

Jet Cone Vortex Technology
Professional workshops have known for decades that one of the most important pieces of machinery in the workshop is an adequate dust extractor. A clean, dust-free workplace is not only safer, but far less work in the long run. There is less cleanup and less airborne dust, which is very important when it comes to the finishing stage. Another important fact is that it is far better for your machinery to have the dust and shavings removed.
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Setting Up Your Workshop Part 2

Setting Up Your Workshop Part 2
One of the most recognisable symbols of woodworking and fine craftsmanship is the handplane. They come in many styles and are a highly versatile tool that many woodworkers are hesitant to really get into using beyond a superficial level. They require a degree of skill to get the best performance out of, particularly if you are going to be flattening boards or shooting edges for jointing, the only way to get to this point is by practising.
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