table saw safety legislation is proposed

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed in California by Assemblyman Das Williams. The bill he introduced would require Sawstop type of technology which would detect flesh and stop the blade with an electronic brake.

Bill Esler of Woodworking Network writes.

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed

SACRAMENTO, CA – Table saws sold in California after jan. 1, 2015 would need to include flesh-detecting technology integrated to an electronic saw blade brake, under proposed legislation…

…Woodworking equipment and table saw manufacturer Delta Machinery issued a statement on the California legislation:

Many of you have heard about and voiced your opinion in various forums and postings regarding the potential requirement for “Flesh Detecting Technology” on every table saw. Recently,a bill that would REQUIRE this technology on every table saw sold in California (AB 2218 Table Saw Safety Act) was introduced in the California Assembly by Assemblyman Das Williams (D- Santa Barbara).

Click here to read the full post at woodworkingnetwork.com

table saw safety legislation is proposed
Table saw safety legislation is proposed requiring brakes similar to those made by Sawstop.

We all have our own opinions of this type of legislation. Here at Aspiring Woodworker we has discussed this in the past in our Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central post regarding the CPSC’s proposed safety rules. As you can read in that post, while I feel that the Sawstop technology discussed is great for safety, the government should not tell us we have to have it.

While the comment period for this bill has passed this may be coming to other states. If we hear that other table saw safety legislation is proposed or have more info on the present proposals we will post it here.

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Woodturning A Big Bowl In Time Lapse Video

An aspiring woodworker from Hawaii is woodturning a big bowl in time lapse video shown below. Aaron Hammer a wood turner from Hau’ula on the north shore of the island of Oahu turns a 36″ Monkey Pod bowl. With the steps captured on time lapse video.

Woodturning A Big Bowl In Time Lapse Video

Another video featuring Aaron was posted by HGTV in a That’s Clever segment.

I enjoyed these video’s having seen them in the past and thought some of you might enjoy them as well. If you want to see more of Aaron’s work see his website at www.hammercrafthawaii.com. I especially enjoyed watching him woodturning a big bowl in time lapse video and was impressed by his setup. As a fan of the beautiful woods of Hawaii I am jealous.

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Michigan Woodcarvers Will Be Showing Their Stuff

Michigan Woodcarvers Will Be Showing Their Stuff

A group of Michigan woodcarvers will be showing their stuff at a woodworking show this weekend. The woodcarvers from Metro Carvers of Michigan are having their 32 annual woodcarving show at Madison Place in Madison Heights on Saturday March 17th and Sunday the 18th.

 

 Michigan Woodcarvers Will Be Showing Their Stuff

The gathering of skilled woodworkers and art enthusiasts is the largest for the Metro Carvers of Michigan, a satellite group of the Michigan Woodcarvers Association. About 2,000 attendees are expected from all over Michigan and a couple of outlying states, such as Ohio and Kentucky.

Michigan Woodcarvers Will Be Showing Their Stuff
A blue ribbon was given to John Karalunas at a previous Michigan woodcarvers show.

Expect a wide variety of artists working in wood burning, bark carving, chip carving, relief carving, “carving in the round” (three-dimensional) and …
…At last year’s event, many of the carvers were professionals in technical fields who never fancied themselves as the expressive type. They couldn’t grasp 2D art with a pencil or paintbrush, but given a knife and some wood to shape and form in 3D, they fell in love.

“You never know until you stop to smell the roses and pick up a knife,” said Paul Blanchard of Rochester Hills, president of the Metro Carvers of Michigan. “I know people who are heavy into computers, do programming and all that, and suddenly they pick up a knife and they have a talent for it, even though they always thought of themselves as an engineer or computer person.

Click here to read more about the show from Andy Kozlowski of candgnews.com

If you are going to be in the area be sure and stop by while the Michigan woodcarvers will be showing their stuff. There should be woodcarvings on display for every interest.

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Woodworking In America

Woodworking in America 2012: Update

Popular Woodworking has posted an update about the Woodworking in America 2012 conferences. As you know there are going to be two conferences this year, one in California with another in the Cincinnati area.

The update yesterday was published by Megan Fitzpatrick.

Woodworking in America 2012: Update

Woodworking In America

We’re busy editing the session descriptions, nailing down the after-hours events and getting contracts out to our expert presenters (you’ll see some new faces among them this year – as well as your favorites from conferences past, of course!).

And we’ll soon (very soon!) be releasing that information to you on our conference web site…

To read the full post click here

Be sure and check back here often, as we will be posting updates as we hear more.

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Lie-Nielsen Factory Tour

Lie-Nielsen Factory Tour

Michael Christopher of Wuzzup TV a local community television show produced this Lie-Nielsen factory tour video. The show based out of Lincoln County, Maine is hosted by Bobby Whear and Kit Hayden and highlights various regional locations, businesses and events.

I am not sure if the hosts are woodworkers but they do a good job discussing various aspects of the Lie-Nielsen woodworking tool business. The video runs around 25 minutes long, has some lighthearted moments including one when the cameraman “walks into” a problem.

Lie-Nielsen Factory Tour

Click here for more videos from the show on brctv.org.

It is nice to see that all of the material and parts Lie-Nielsen uses to make their tools are from the USA, primarily from New England. As they state on their website at www.lie-nielsen.com

We are proud to continue the tradition of “Made in America.” Instead of out-sourcing all our jobs for the cheapest price and short term profit, we are stubbornly local. We have found that the best quality is right here in Maine. We source our metal castings from New England foundries, our wood from Maine sawyers, and make almost everything else the old-fashioned way at our shop in Warren.

Lie-Nielsen Factory Tour
No. 4 1/2 Smoothing Plane like those shown in Lie-Nielsen factory tour video.

I would like to thank Nancy from nanuink.com for sending me the link to this video tour of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, be sure and check out her artwork! If you have a woodworking video, post or website you think should be posted here at Aspiring Woodworker send us a message via the contact us page and we will take a look at it.

Every woodworker can appreciate the quality of woodworking tools made by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Click here if you would like to learn more about some of the tools featured in the Lie-Nielsen factory tour.

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How Many Chisels Do You Have?

How Many Chisels Do You Have?

As an aspiring woodworker I own a number of different chisels, how many chisels do you have?  There are specialized chisels for many different purposes as Dennis Laney of A Woodworker Musings explains.

How many chisels do you Have?

How Many Chisels Do You Have?
How many chisels do you have, aspiring woodworkers want to know?

I used to think that my wife simply didn’t understand me when she would widen her eyes and ask, “why do you need so many tools?”.  Then not too long ago a friend came into the shop and asked, “what in the name of all that’s holy do you use all of these different chisels for?”   (His adjectives were actually a little different…

…an English “pigsticker” sash mortise chisel, tanged and heavily shouldered, it is used to “chop” mortises cross grain;  a Continental style sash mortise chisel, hooped, ferruled and washered (still not as durable as the English pigsticker; a large firmer chisel, front and back surfaces are usually parallel (or darned close to it), generally used in heavy work and to align (“register”) the walls of mortises created by boring with a boring machine or brace and bit; a gooseneck or lock mortise chisel, used to clean up the bottom of blind mortises…

Read the full article at dblaney.wordpress.com

Be sure and spend a little time reading the other posts on Dennis’s site, he does a great job talking about traditional woodworking techniques.

A chisel is one of the most basic tools a woodworker can use, yet they are vital in so many ways. I love old chisels and have a number that I picked up over the years, some are still missing handles that someday I will get around fixing.  So how many chisels do you have, let us know in the comments.

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