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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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