Tools

Air Compressor Selection

Air compressors are very useful tools. They can be used for a variety of different jobs and projects. You can use an air compressor in your shop, at the jobsite, in your garage, or around the house for smaller projects.

So which air compressor selection is right for you? It all depends on where you are going to use it and what projects you would like to accomplish.

Around the House

Using a Compressed Air Paint Spray Gun

A compressed air sprayer is the best way to rapidly put down a flat, even coat of paint. The paint is mixed with compressed air, which atomizes your paint. Compressors, which are powered by either electricity or gasoline, take in air and compresses it in a cylinder, diaphragm or rotating blades, then expels it in the form of high pressure air. There are compressors which deliver pressurized air directly to the spay gun, and other types which store it in a metal receiver tank which delivers air on an as needed basis.

How to Use a Belt Sander

A belt sander is a powerful wood finishing machine. It can remove a large amount of wood from your work surface quickly, particularly when using coarse grit sandpaper. It is easy to ruin a floor surface or piece of furniture, so take care and use the belt sander with care.

Carpenters Hammer Tips

Claw hammers have been in use since the era of the Roman empire and appears often in Medieval tapestries and paintings. Claw hammers, of course, are named for the curved, claw-like split peen at the rear of the head, used to extract nails from wood. A well made steel-head hammer can last for many, many years and prove to be a valuable member of your toolbox, provided you use it properly and take care of it.

Using a Band Saw

Band saws are mostly used for industrial applications such as sawmills, cutting large stocks of lumber to size, especially where curved cuts are required. Versions made for home woodshop use are smaller but just as useful. These models will cut through wood thicknesses of up to 6 inches in either straight or curved cuts. Observe the proper safety guidelines, such as wearing safety goggles and suitable clothing.