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Expert Advice on Getting Wood in the Wild

23 Jun,2017 - The life of a woodworker is full of triumphs and frustrations. For those dedicated to the craft, the joys are worth the struggle because the struggles are really just part of the joy. There’s no greater example of this than the experience of hunting your own wood in the wild. When you get to see ...

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 ...

Why You Should Be Using A Vertical Band-Saw For Your Mitering Jobs

30 May,2017 - One of the more unique machines at Austech 2017, the team at Power Machinery had the HYDMECH V-20 on full display during the expo. We spoke with Ken Christensen, Director of Power Machinery, to get all the latest on this new tech. Imported from the US, the V-20 is a band-saw configured with a unique overhead ...

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 ...

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