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What is it About “Hand-Made” that Keeps People Going Back(wards)?

07 Jun,2017 - Here at Machines4u, we’re always interested in new and increasingly futuristic manufacturing techniques. Discussions around the water cooler about the takeover by our looming robotic overlords are not uncommon. However, occasionally we like to get back to basics and check out some real masters of craft and inspect some traditional or ‘dying’ arts. It seems, ...

The Complete Guide to the Humble Hand Plane from Steve Hay

07 Jun,2017 - All worthwhile pursuits have their gurus. Selfies? Kim Kardashian. Nonviolent civil disobedience? Gandhi. Woodworking? Steve Hay. Steve Hay’s Woodworking Master Class teaches novice and sage woodworking enthusiasts alike a lifetime of tips and tricks via his television and YouTube channels. Here, we take a look at some of his best hacks for the humble hand ...

Builders of the Future: The Kids Taking on the Trade

09 May,2017 - Australia is seeing a worrying decline in the number of school-leavers taking up a trade. As social attitudes lean towards an almost mandatory university education, there are concerns that we will soon be facing huge skills shortages in traditional trades such as construction. One Sunshine Coast organisation is tackling the issue by introducing children as ...

Handy Hand Tool Tricks in the Wood-Lover’s Workshop

28 Apr,2017 - Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, having a useful set of work tricks up your sleeve may save you a trip down to Bunnings the day one of your measures go missing. In this quick article, we take a look at some of the construction/handyman tips the ClassicWorker Channel shares in this video: 3,4,5 Square Trick ...

Got wood? Wooden Furniture Set to Make a Rebound in 2017

21 Mar,2017 - Wood has not escaped the downturn which has rattled mining and manufacturing industries around the globe. With Chinese markets slowing and the still-smarting global financial crisis disrupting markets, wooden furniture has suffered in kind. However, recent trends in high-end and bespoke furniture may pull the wooden furniture market from the brink. In recent years, the ...

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