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Tool Review: The Easy Chuck by Easy Wood Tools
By Curtis Turner
Round Rock, TX

It takes a real innovator to improve upon something that has become widely accepted as a standard. Easy Wood Tools has done that with their latest product, the Easy Chuck. The manufacturer promises several unique claims and features, including the Snap Lock Technology, which promises 30 second jaw changes.

Let's see if the Easy Chuck lives up to the claims:

Video: The Easy Chuck in Action!

Curtis Turner takes the Easy Chuck for a spin and demonstrates many of the capabilities that make this chuck a great tool in any woodturning shop in this product video - take a look and keep your eye out for more woodturning based video product tours by Curtis in the future!

CLICK HERE to see the Easy Chuck at work:

Mirka Sanding Blocks

Mirka Sanding Blocks and Half-Round Pads

These hand sanding devices by Mirka are ideal for turners to use while spinning a workpiece on a lathe. Three styles of sanding blocks each fit comfortably in the palm, while the half-round-shaped sanding pads provide a sturdy but flexible foam backing structure for holding 5" or 6" hook and loop sandpaper disks and are especially convenient when sanding contoured surfaces.

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Abranet Mesh Sanding Disks for Woodturners

Abranet Mesh Sanding Disks now available in 2" and 3" sizes

We now offer Mirka's premium Abranet sandpaper in 2" and 3" diameter size disks (in addition to 5" and 6" which we already carried), making it an excellent abrasive for turners to use when finishing bowls and other turnings. If used on a sander with a vacuum port, the unique mesh structure of Abranet paper helps make dust collection while sanding more efficient than ever.

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This month we are featuring several unique turnings by Simon Levy, an artist and graphic designer turned woodturner.

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wood turning Avoiding Bandsaw Dust Build-up

I really don't like cleaning up my shop; it takes me away from turning. I dislike it so much, I have let shavings pile up under my feet until I was a good four inches taller.

Here's one trick I found to make cleanup a little easier:
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