Woodworking Presentations
     Given ample advance scheduling, I am available to present programs on different topics to interested woodworking groups.   Please contact me to check on availability.

       I have presented the following presentations to various groups of woodworkers

"A Review of Woodworking Abrasives" - This is a Powerpoint presentation that reviews the basics of abrasives used in woodworking to achieve superior finishes.   A background is given about what kinds of abrasives work best in which situations,  and explanations of grit sizes and systems of coated abrasives reporting (i.e. CAMI versus FEPA), backings, and various sanding systems for different applications.  In addition to the discussion on abrasives themselves, a review of sanding equipment (hand and power) and the merits and limitations of each system is also presented.  Suggestions and hints on abrasive use, and involvement of the audience to share experiences is also incorporated at the end of the discussion.

"Dust Collection:  Basics of System Design and Installation" - This presentation includes a discussion of basic facts about the difference between dust collection and air filtration, and how the latter does not compensate for the lack of the former!  In this Powerpoint talk, I give an introduction to dust collection systems, including a review of the fundamentals of ductwork and dust collection theory, an explanation of static pressure (and system static pressure loss), resistance, air flow volumes, particle separation and filtration, and associated concepts.  Several examples of dust collection installations are compared, and different ductwork components, and attachment to stationary woodworking machinery.  Consideration of the use of non-metal ductwork and 'small scale' systems is also discussed.  Basic human health factors about generation of wood dust, and personal protection equipment are also included in the discussion.

"Tool Buying Strategies" - This presentation reviews some basic strategies for procuring a range of tools for the hobbyist woodworker, and goes over the options available for those setting-up a woodworking shop, for both beginners and established woodworkers.  Availability of woodworking tools on the used market, through auction sites and the Internet, and from various tool vendors are compared as to advantages and disadvantages.  The concept of developing a "whole-shop" tool buying strategy is presented, along with recommendations for when and when not to buy used tools, making use of discounts and special sales, and when it is advisable to "go new" or to re-build "classic" older tools.  This presentation generates a lot of audience discussion and presentation of a range of audience tool buying anecdotes!

"Setting-up A Woodworking Shop" -  The design and layout of a woodworking shop is particularly important to maximize use and efficiency of the available space.  How the equipment is arranged in the workshop space must be decided in conjunction with considerations of a dust collection system design, available electrical service, work flow, and anticipated diversity of equipment and intended projects the shop is supposed to support.  Ergonomic considerations of equipment arrangement, lighting, air filtration, and dust collection are examined, along with electrical requirements for powering the shop's equipment.  The importance of where the shop is located (i.e. garage, basement, outbuilding, etc.), the scale of intended projects, storage requirements, and providing a pleasant and healthy work environment are also discussed.  This presentation is useful to those who are setting-up a woodworking shop for the first time, or for those with established shops who are interested in improving the efficiency, safety, and "enjoyability" of their shop.  

"An Introduction To Woodturning" - is a Powerpoint presentation that reviews the history of the lathe as a woodworking tool, presents the basics of lathe selection, describes the main types of turning tools, and various types of woodturning projects.  This is also coupled with a demonstration of basic turning techniques at the lathe for both spindle turning and bowl/vessel turning.   The presentation is helpful to both beginning woodturners, as well as woodturners with some experience, since it reviews the basics of the lathe and the tools used to do all basic techniques of woodturning.

"The Geometry of Woodturning" - This is a demonstration that integrates two approaches to show the importance of understanding the geometry of how woodturning is done.  The demonstration integrates Powerpoint graphics to show the basic theory behind the geometry of different woodturning techniques, and 
an on-lathe demonstration and explanation of the use of lathe tools when making specific cuts with gouges, parting tools, scrapers, and skews. The importance of understanding proper lathe tool presentation (and the angles required in proper positions relative to the spinning workpiece) that are necessary to make efficient and effective cuts are emphasized.

"The Complexity and Diversity of Wood" - This is a Powerpoint presentation that explains the characteristics of wood at the cellular level, reviews how trees make wood, and explains many physical characteristics of wood, and how wood is processed, including the milling and drying of timber.  The presentation also provides an overview of the diverse kinds of wood from many families of trees, including both domestic and exotic woods.

My Contact Information:

 rwallace@iastate.edu  OR  robwallacewoodturner@mchsi.com

        Telephone:  1-515-292-5785 - Please call between 5:30 and 9:30 pm (Central Time Zone)

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Last Updated:  6 May 2007