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  • July 22, 2021 Johan Pieterse

    Wood Turning - Choose your weapons - Part 2

    Tools Tungsten Carbide shafts and Tips (Inserts) for Woodturning In this second article in a two part series on wood turning tools we are going to look at tools that use tungsten carbide inserts. During the past 10 years there...

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  • June 30, 2021 Johan Pieterse

    Choose your weapons - Wood Turning Tools Part 1

    Choose your weapons - Wood Turning Tools Part 1

    In this first of a two-part series I will be introducing the basic woodturning tools to you. I will focus on traditional tool steel turning tools in this article and on carbide wood turning tools in the second part. 

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  • June 17, 2021 Johan Pieterse

    Work holding on a wood turning lathe

    Once you’ve decided what kinds of projects you want to turn on your lathe, you need to start looking at the most important accessories you will need to get under way. Most lathes come with a spur drive, faceplate and...

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  • June 10, 2021 Johan Pieterse

    One good turn deserves another – choosing your first lathe

    Woodturning has its roots in the production of furniture parts such as table and chair legs, household treen ware (items made of wood) and decorative turning. Over the past 25 years the creative artistic development of the craft especially in the USA and Britain prompted manufactures re-design and produce new more versatile woodturning lathes and tools.

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  • Brandon Winks
    December 31, 2020 Brian Thomas

    Brandon’s Favourite Tool

    As a professional piano restorer, conservator and woodworking specialist having the right tool for each job is essential to an efficient and quality workflow, however there is one tool which I carry all the time which is neither specialist nor...

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  • Christo’s Product of the Week
    December 14, 2020 Steve Cilliers

    Christo’s Product of the Week

    I spent eight years as a spray painter in the automotive industry so I know a thing or two about compressors. Obviously in a bodyshop big industrial compressors are the order of the day, so imagine my surprise when I encountered the TradeAir 100 litre silent compressor. 
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    December 7, 2020 Steve Cilliers


    Having been at BPM for 14 years, I have been surrounded by some of the best tools available anywhere in the world. As a result I certainly have an appreciation for quality, but form must always follow function. When both...

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