The issue of the adhesive sanding pads flying off under high heat from use has been addressed with a prototype version of the screw and flange. We started production and testing of the screw and flange prototypes back in September last year. We provided the folks over at Australian Woodsmith magazine a sample of this prototype for testing and evaluation. Here is their evaluation based on their in house testing and published in the latest issue (Feb/March 2015).
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We also offered the screw and flange prototypes to customers who previously purchased the Arbortech Contour Sander via drect request. Our team has been working on production versions of the screw and flange and we will provide further updates over the next few weeks. if you have any queries about your Contour Sander or the screw and flange, please click here to send an inquiry.
Reviewed By: Peter Boyd, Professional Sculptor
Tool Reviewed: Arbortech TURBOPlane
I have been working with wood for 30 years. I started in historic house renovation, and then moved on to traditional chair making and woodcarving. I combine experience and the correct tools to work efficiently, and this brings out the best of my abilities and the qualities of the wood. I have made hundreds of pieces of unique woodwork; chairs, tables, mirror, cabinets, figurative and abstract sculpture. I have always been driven to seek out new projects and new tools, and soon found that the Arbortech products used with a standard angle grinder opened up exciting new possibilities.
I have been using an Arbortech Tuff Cut for many year and it has outlasted three angle grinders and is still as good as new. The only problem I have found is that it is hard to make curves accurately, as it cuts on the outside edge of the blade. It is also quite dangerous as it could jam into the wood and run backwards. Angle Grinders have no safety switch so they run around like a manic shark until you pull the plug. Firmly holding the tool will prevent this. I have only had this happen once in 10 years of use, but it is not something I want to repeat.
When I heard about the Arbortech TURBOPlane , I was very excited to see if this would open up new opportunities and it certainly did! I found it excellent for removing bark, smoothing off the rough finish made by chainsaw or axe work, and even shaping bowls and large carvings such as the tree carvings (as shown in my pictures below). It is much safer to use than the edge cutting discs as it cannot dig in, and also because it makes nice big shavings rather than dust, it massively reduces the risk of lung or eye damage. I found it did need resharpening more than the Tuff Cut, though it still kept sharp for a long time. I only needed to sharpen it twice on a life size female nude carving in oak. Keeping it sharp is easy. No need to remove it from the machine; just make sure it is unplugged though! A few passes with a cheap diamond flat file on each cutter brought it back to a sharp edge. Carving bowls is a good way to start using this useful tool, and even a beginner to power carving should be able to make beautiful gifts easily, and soon cover the cost of buying the TURBOPlane. See Peter’s life sized nude woman carving from start to finish of the project here. Peter used the Arbortech TURBOPlane and Power Chisel.
Different wood species are good for different purposes and uses.
This blog post we will be putting larch wood in the spotlight. This wood is the ideal wood and perfect for exterior work and furniture.
Read on for the rundown on larch wood.
- In practical medicine the bark of Larch and resin were used for respiratory and kidney ailments as well as in bandages for burns
- Larch prefers to grow alone in full sunlight
- It’s habitat is Russian Siberia with plenty of swamps, bogs and moist soil
- When Larch is properly processed, its inherent beauty becomes more vivid
- Due to its legendary properties Larch is considered to be one of the best among the wood types. It used to be especially popular in Venice, Italy and other great marinas
- Larch wood has become a staple of residential and commercial applications
- Larch is resistant to extreme climate conditions, repels, insect and fungus attacks, and is not harmed by acids or alkalis. It possesses inherent silica content and natural oils, which eliminate the need of using any preservatives or sealants
- Larch may be left untreated for years and yet be easily restored to its original golden brown color, although some prefer to add some color to it
- The beauty and durability of Larch has led to its lasting popularity in the production of outdoor decking and interior decorative trim, as well as all military and commercial European ships until XIXth Century
- Larch is the ideal wood for decking, for it’s become the standard of excellence. Boat builders have appreciated natural characteristics of Larch for centuries; its unparalleled durability, workability and resistance to all extremes of climate. Larch wood remains unaffected by insects, fungus, acids or alkalis. The natural oils eliminate the need for preservatives and sealants used to prevent wood from cracking. Larch is also appreciated for its golden color, dark markings and straight grain. Although coarse in texture, it is smooth to the touch and virtually has no raised grain. Owners may choose any shade of finishing or leave its natural silver grey color
- The City of Venice was constructed on platforms raised above water, and resting on piles made of Siberian Larch. After 1400 years some of the piles were inspected. It turned out that larch piles serving as a base for the underwater part of the city have become so hard that cutting them either with an axe or with a saw is next to impossible
- Larch decking requires no further maintenance and has a number of advantages. This product is suitable for residential decks and walkways as well as commercial and public spaces