Making a Pen with Your New Wood Lathe

Written by Kaitlin Carruth

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4. Have an idea. As with everything else in life, your pen will turn out better if you have an idea on what you want to create before you start. Decide before usingrepparttar wood lathe on what type of shape you want your pen to be.

5. Markrepparttar 147630 wood blank before you cut. It is nice to put a pencil mark acrossrepparttar 147631 grain ofrepparttar 147632 wood before you start. This will make it easier to match uprepparttar 147633 grain pattern after you cutrepparttar 147634 wood blank.

6. Make sure your ends are square. Ifrepparttar 147635 ends of your wood blank are not perfectly square before usingrepparttar 147636 wood lathe, there will be possibilities of cracking whenrepparttar 147637 pen is assembled.

7. The smaller wood latherepparttar 147638 better. This tip is really just meant to make your life easier. Any wood lathe is suitable for pen turning; however,repparttar 147639 smallerrepparttar 147640 wood latherepparttar 147641 easier your job is.

8. Keep it simplerepparttar 147642 first couple of times. It is tempting to want to do some fun and intricate pen shapesrepparttar 147643 first couple of times but stick torepparttar 147644 basics until you figure out just exactly what it is you are doing.

A pen is an easy project that can help you withrepparttar 147645 beginning possibilities of your new wood lathe. After you conquer creating your own pen, there are several other projects to start with such as table and chair legs, wooden bowls, wooden hammers, candle sticks, or even pieces to a chess set. Just remember to begin with a simple project with your wood lathe to get use to your new tool before attempting more difficult projects.

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Percolators vs. ADM's

Written by Cathy O

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Pricewise, percolators run a bit more (per cup)than ADM's but are well worth persuing.

Most ADM's go from anywhere starting at $19.95 for a generic name brand to $139.95 for a Krups. All these are 12 cup ADM's,repparttar industry standard. Percolators can run from $14.99 for a glass 8 cup Simex stovetop model to $79.99 (actually less than a ADM) for a 12 cup Cuisinart Brew Centrel Electric Programmable Coffee Maker.

When it comes to replacement parts, however,repparttar 147370 percolators haverepparttar 147371 ADM's beat. Most only need to haverepparttar 147372 glass tops replaced and they run as little as $1.99 each. Glass carafes forrepparttar 147373 ADM's can start at $29.99, in some cases, more than an entire coffee maker and more than doublerepparttar 147374 cost of an 8 cup glass stovetop model percolator.

So how do you choose? If you already own a state-of-the-art ADM, you have halfrepparttar 147375 battle won. You already know how well this type of machine performs, so your next step is to try out a reasonably priced percolator to seerepparttar 147376 difference. Ifrepparttar 147377 stovetop variety leves you a bit onrepparttar 147378 nervous side, a nice electric model by Farberware can run you about $34.99 and will last quite a long time, if well maintained.

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