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What to Consider Before Buying Your Wood Lathe

What to Consider Before Buying Your Wood Lathe

Building things from scratch has become a hobby for many people. Some of them create small objects to give away as gifts, while others create them for their own need.

But what those people do have in common is their love for creating things with their own two hands. It keeps them busy and it’s also a great way to relieve stress. From my personal observation, woodworks are very popular throughout the States. Although there are several tools for woodworking, one of the most popular ones is the wood lathe.

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What’s a wood lathe?   

A wood lathe is an electrical machine that’s built with a small motor, a headstock, and a tailstock. The headstock and the tailstock are there to hold your piece of wood firmly in place while the chisel is doing the carvings. Although wood lathes are some very simple machines, you do have to know their differences in order to buy the right one for your needs or projects.

With a wood lathe, you’ll be able to create many different types of items. However, it’s important that you know beforehand what you’ll be using yours for. If you’re going to get yourself a wood lathe, here are some important factors to consider before you spend your money.

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The type of project you’re about to undertake

It’s a must that you know your project first as some wood lathes may be perfect while other types may not be so good for your project. With that being said, it’s not one size for all when it comes to wood lathes.

A tabletop wood lathe could be the best one for you if you’re planning on making some small objects. For example, with a tabletop wood lathe, you can make wooden pens, small bowls, and many other small size objects.

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If you want to make larger size objects then a wood lathe may not be powerful enough for you. In this case, you’ll have to buy a steel or cast-iron lathe. They’re able to handle larger pieces of wood that would be needed for larger size objects.

Size does matter with wood lathes

The larger isyour wood lathe is, the more beneficial it is, because once you own one you’ll start having new ideas of new objects to create. You don’t want to keep upgrading while you could have just bought a larger one at once. A large one can still make small objects, but a small one will not be able to make big ones. Therefore, you’ll get more in return for your money by buying a larger size wood lathe.

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Evaluate your working station first

Wood lathes are bulky equipment that can occupy a fairly large space. Luckily, it’s very easy to know the size that can fit in your space since they’re all measured in inches. To be sure that you’re buying the right size for your space area, take its measurement first. And then you can go from there.

Don’t forget about your safety

Safety first! You’ll have to buy some kind of face mask to protect your face and your eyes. You shouldn’t ignore that those types of works are very dangerous to your face. While doing those type of works tiny pieces of wood and dirt are flying everywhere. They can land on any part of your body, but your face should be at least protected from them. Buy yourself a full face shield; you’ll be very glad that you did.

Conclusion

Wood lathes are very important equipment that enables us to create beautiful objects. Whether it’s a salad bowl or table legs, a wood lathe can help you get that done easily. However, you’ll need to pay attention to every piece of information shared with you through this article as they are very important.

Don’t forget to install your equipment according to your installation’s manual; it has to be balanced and sturdy for good results.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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