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How To Turn a Mortar & Pestle – WOOD magazine

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How To Turn a Mortar & Pestle – WOOD magazine


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Learn turn a mortar and pestle. This project is unique because it features spindle turning, end grain hollowing as well as bowl turning. Since each piece has the grain running a different direction, the approaches for turning will grow your skills and knowledge. ’s Brian Simmons breaks down the best techniques to make this project.

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Choosing Woodworking Saws

Table saws are an important piece of equipment and often the first power tool purchased for a workshop. Saws come in either 120 or 240 voltage. If the saw is 120, it will run on normal household current. If it is 240, you will need a dedicated circuit. An electrician can run a dedicated line for the tool. For most home workshops, 120 is plenty of power. Professionals generally use 240, which stands up better to regular use.

Things to Consider:

o Power of the motor

o Direction of the tilt, left or right

o Dust collection, these saws tend to create a lot of dust, which is messy to clean and can be a health hazard

o Accuracy of the fence; look for a fence that is adjustable and easy to use.

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