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<a href='/blog/the-toolpost-1997-2020'>The ToolPost 1997 - 2020</a>

The ToolPost 1997 - 2020

30 Sep 2020 09:00:00 The Toolpost - Full article...
The changing economics of retail, the increased cost of importing, along with fierce competition from larger organisations, have hit us hard. Trading has been incredibly challenging, especially over the past 5 years, and we have relied heavily on personal investment and community support to try and stay here for you.   However, as you will no doubt understand, the additional and very sudden impact of Covid-19 on top of these other factors has further weakened our position, where
<a href='/blog/cancelled-summer-open-house'>Cancelled: Summer Open House</a>

Cancelled: Summer Open House

1 Apr 2020 11:00:00 The Toolpost - Full article...
This may appear to be a rather premature move, given the Open House is some time away, however we have taken the decision that all those involved deserve to have adequate warning of the situation, from our demonstrators to our visitors.   We deeply regret having to take this decision, but we believe that with the latest announcement of the COVID-19 virus being classed as a pandemic, we all have a responsibility to act responsibly and in good time wherever possible. We have
<a href='/blog/multi-handles-multiple-choices'>Multi-Handles. Multiple-Choices.</a>

Multi-Handles. Multiple-Choices.

1 Dec 2019 18:00:00 The Toolpost - Full article...
It’s no secret that multi-handles and tools have grown in popularity in recent years, notably because there are more options of handles and better availability of tools. That said, without heading here and holding each of the handles, it can be a daunting prospect trying to feel ‘informed’ about each of the handles and their respective characteristics.   With that in mind, we have tried to compile something of a ‘top trumps’ for multi-handles, leaving
<a href='/blog/how-to-dry-timber-at-home'>How-To: Dry Timber at Home</a>

How-To: Dry Timber at Home

1 Dec 2019 17:00:00 The Toolpost - Full article...
Congratulations, you’ve cut down a mighty tree or got hold of some freshly felled wood and you’re going to be turning for years absolutely cost free on wood...well hold that dream and see how to get the best chance of seeing it come true - in our eyes anyway.   Firstly, what follows is no guarantee to success, just a set of thoughts cobbled from experience which I wanted to share with those looking to dry timber at home (and assuming you don't own a
<a href='/blog/gouge-measuring-so-near-yet-so-far'>Gouge Measuring: So Near Yet So Far</a>

Gouge Measuring: So Near Yet So Far

1 Dec 2019 16:00:00 The Toolpost - Full article...
Agreed, the UK and the rest of the world could be deemed close or far depending on your perspective, but we're here to try and clear up a few things - though not all of them as we discover some anomalies every week...but for 99% of everything, here goes...are you sitting comfortably? For what it's worth I'll explain to you how these things appear to me:   My approach to any such question is to take it outside the immediate, local, context which gave rise to it, then
<a href='/blog/how-to-heat-your-workshop-effectively'>How-To: Heat Your Workshop Effectively</a>

How-To: Heat Your Workshop Effectively

1 Dec 2019 15:00:00 The Toolpost - Full article...
As winter approaches, this is likely something a number of you are thinking about getting sorted before it’s too late, and with good reason - you want to be able to work in comfort through the colder months, and we don’t blame you after the workshop evacuating summer we’ve had. It’s worth noting early on here that there are a number of factors that you need to bear in mind when selecting a heating system. The balance between these requirements will normally lead you
<a href='/blog/how-to-measure-a-lathe-spindle-thread'>How-To: Measure a Lathe Spindle Thread</a>

How-To: Measure a Lathe Spindle Thread

1 Dec 2019 14:00:00 The Toolpost - Full article...
To fit any accessories (such as a chuck or faceplate) to your lathe, you will need to know the headstock spindle thread size. Bear in mind, these can be manufactured in Imperial (inch) or Metric (millimeter) sizes. Using a pair of calipers - ideally digital calipers - measure the thread diameter across the maximum diameter of the threads, peak to peak. This will normally be marginally under the nominal thread size due to wear and tear and essential operating clearances as well as
<a href='/blog/thor-filtration-s-high-performance-ambient-air-filters'>Thor Filtration's High Performance Ambient Air Filters</a>

Thor Filtration's High Performance Ambient Air Filters

1 Dec 2019 13:00:00 The Toolpost - Full article...
Woodturning enthusiasts across the UK who whom recall the sad demise of Microclene and the phoenix-like rise in its place of Thor Filtration, may well be aware that their range of high-performance ambient air filters is available through The ToolPost.   There are more than a few reasons why, whether as an amateur or professional in woodturning, you should take great interest in these fabulous machines. It is now rightly recognised just how crucial it is for woodturners to suitably
<a href='/blog/demo-day-hollowing-tools-techniques-a-wight-old-day'>Demo Day: Hollowing Tools & Techniques - A Wight Old Day</a>

Demo Day: Hollowing Tools & Techniques - A Wight Old Day

1 Dec 2019 12:00:00 The Toolpost - Full article...
It’s no secret that over the past 20 years, the topic of hollowing has been long debated, the tools have evolved and the discipline has become more accessible. However, this has meant that as turners we are now faced with more options than you can point a sharpened HSS stick at! In an effort to help guide and inform turners on this topic, we played host to the charming Wight Woodturners, who ventured across the open waters to join us for a day exploring the myriad of techniques,
<a href='/blog/investigate-our-additions-to-the-carter-son-range-of-m42-premium-turning-tools'>Investigate our additions to the Carter & Son range of M42 premium turning tools</a>

Investigate our additions to the Carter & Son range of M42 premium turning tools

1 Dec 2019 11:00:00 The Toolpost - Full article...
One of the woodturning tool manufacturers for which we are the sole UK and Ireland distributors here at The ToolPost is Carter & Son Toolworks. Its M42 high speed steel (HSS) premium woodturning tools have already attracted a steady and enthusiastic following, despite only being available for a relatively short time. Now, we're delighted to be able to offer yet more tools in this formidable range.   The existing Carter woodturning tools that can be purchased from
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