October 2018
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Encourage Carving

The Nature Coast Carving Club of Citrus County, Florida will be holding their 20th annual show on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, at the Citrus County Auditorium in Inverness, Florida. They are expecting about a thousand guests and are inviting vendors to participate in the show by sending catalogs and other promotional materials for free distribution. The audience consists of carvers, locals and visitors from out of state who spend some or all of their winters in Florida. The club would also really appreciate items such as gift certificates, discount cards, or even items suitable for a raffle during the show, and these can be sent to 146 North Robin Hood Road, Inverness, FL 34450.



House Of Cards


Seasonal Cards Made Out Of Wood

Michigan based Cards of Wood has introduced some new greeting cards for this season, including 'Joy Happiness Peace and Love', shown at far left. They offer an unusual and appropriate way for woodshops to remember their clients during the holidays. Each 5 x 7 or 4.5 x 6 (folded) card is made in either birch, maple, cherry or red cedar and the minimum order is just 25. They are also available in a round 5.5 inch version. The cards come with the appropraite envelopes (paper, cream colored) and they are very customizable. The screen printed cards are in limited quantity, and once a design is gone, it is discontinued. Cards of Wood offers everything from business cards to notebooks and calendars, all in real wood. There are fifteen species in the online gallery.

T-Slot Pivot Has Lots Of Uses

Woodworkers who like to build jigs are going to like the new Pivoting Fence for T-slot tracks from Veritas (item 13K12.20). It is a work stop for holding round or irregular shapes, and it can also be used to support guides such as smaller router table fences. It would be ideal as a stop set into a miter saw extension table. The pivoting aluminum fence is 2 inches wide and 11/16 inches tall, and it has a pair of pre-drilled holes that can be used to screw it to a wooden extension or a custom-shaped fence for various tools. It works in standard 1/4 by 20 T-slot track, and can be secured at any point along the track by twisting the knurled post. Just tighten the post and then drop the aluminum fence onto it. Made in Canada, it sells for $14.50 US on the Lee Valley & Veritas website.





A Machine-Cut, Hand Carved Look

Woodworker's Supply has branches in Wyoming(Casper), New Mexico (Albuquerque) and a new location in Burlington, North Carolina. The company has just started carrying the new Ball Gouge from the Australian company Arbortech™. It delivers the look of hand-tooled chisel lines on carvings, creating smooth concave surfaces or a hewn texture on wooden surfaces. The Ball Gouge is perfect for carving clean hollows in spoons and small bowls, and makes it easy to easy hollow out and undercut profiles. The ring shaped cutter measures 30mm (1.18 inches) in diameter, and was designed with an anti-grab technology that means the Ball Gouge won't dig in. It has a self sharpening blade that is both rotatable (so you can expose new faces) and replaceable, and it attaches to standard 4 inch and 4-1/2 inch angle grinders. It runs $109.

Turning Wood On A Table Saw

Izzy Swan is one of the most inventive and entertaining people who have ever owned a woodshop - just visit his YouTube page to see some of the incredible things he does. This week, he uploaded two videos on turning spiral table legs on a table saw. The first one is about making what he calls a churro, and the second is a refinement of that using a geared jig. He describes himself as somebody who creates "everything from money saving tips to woodworking projects, jigs and completely wild contraptions. I have been building and designing since I was old enough to swing a hammer. With a mind for out-of-the-box thinking and an unusual mix of artful design and engineering interests, you never know what's going to happen next." While the YouTube videos above are free to watch, woodworkers can also sign up as members of his website for $14.95 a month.


Izzy Swan



Engrave and Cut With This CNC Laser Kit

Ohio based Next Wave Automation has introduced a 7 Watt, plug-and-play, solid state laser module with enough power to engrave wood and leather, and cut fabric, veneer, and most woods up to 1/8" thick. The new module can be easily mounted or removed by simply chucking it in the router collet, and the router doesn't need to be removed. Made in the USA, it includes all necessary components and is available now. It is fully compatible with all of the company's CNCs and can be adapted for previous, non-pendant CNC Sharks. It has a fan and soft start built in, plus LED status lights and a thermal shutdown control. It will generate true raster images at 1000 levels of gray, and the module can be purchased online in the NextWave store ($999.99)

Visual Controls and Better CNC Clamping

Homag is adding intelliGuide to drilling and dowel inserting machines, and offering an entry-level aluminum matrix table for its CNC machines. The intelliGuide system uses an interactive LED strip to show the operator where the workpiece should be positioned. The LED strip provides information using various colors: white indicates where a workpiece needs to be placed, while green confirms that it is positioned correctly. And Homag's new aluminum grooved matrix table provides greater flexibility to CNC users, even on entry-level models. It means that clamping equipment can be attached with positive locking, so workpieces are held securely even with high hogging forces. Plus, a newly designed vacuum within the table reduces leaks and losses, and makes complex installations unnecessary.





Jobsite and Workshop Organizer

Gearwrench, part of Apex Tool Group, has unveiled a new Mobile Work Station that glides on 6 inch diameter by 2 inch wide industrial grade polyurethane locking casters, and supports up to 2,000 pounds. It has eleven different sized drawers, including a full-size top drawer with adjustable partitions and a lockable side cabinet with an adjustable shelf. The drawers have 100-pound capacity ball-bearing locking drawer slides. It has vise-mounting capability, and at 42 by 24.5 inches it’s compact enough to roll through most standard work areas. There's a charging tray and power strip with six 120-volt outlets and two USB ports. A spray can shelf and pegboard panel offer options for customizable storage. Available through outlets such as Grainger, Menards and The Home Depot, WoodEzine also found it online for $1,299.80 plus shipping at Ohio Power Tool.

Learn How To Carve

The 24th annual Learning Seminar will be presented by the Michigan Wood Carvers Association from May 13th through the 17th, 2019 (Mon-Fri). The event will take place at the fairgrounds in Midland, and each class is limited to twelve students. The MWCA members fee is $175, and non-members pay just $190. The facility is heated and barrier free, and camping is available. There are also several motels close by. Carvers’ partners are encouraged to attend non-carving activities, and the Midland Mall, movie theatre, golf courses and the 110 acres of the Dow Gardens are all close by. All classes will start at 8:30 AM each morning and finish up at 4:30 PM. Some classes may end early on Friday afternoon. The carving building will open at approximately 7:30 AM each morning and open carving will be available most evenings.





Mini Dust Collector For Fine Work

Foredom’s new variable speed MADC20 dust collector is whisper quiet at 52 decibels, and has powerful 115 CFM suction. For woodcarvers with pulmonsry concerns, the cyclone's polycarbonate collection chamber will pre-filter 99% of all debris and then the HEPA filter eliminates 99.98% of debris up to 0.3micron. This quality-built, single-station unit has casters for easy portability. It is simple to use and basically maintenance free. An excellent companion to Foredom's work chambers, it is a stand-alone unit for collecting dust from grinding, polishing, deburring and sanding wood, metal, die stone, plaster and many other materials (dry dust only). It comes with a two-year limited warranty, a remote switch with a 9 foot cable, PSA backing for positioning in a convenient location near the work, a 6 foot power cord, a 5 foot hose, and two HEPA filters. Connecticut based Foredom makes power carving tools.

Battery Operated...Jackets?

Makita Tools is helping workers deal with warm jobsites by introducing two 18 Volt fan-cooled jackets. The DFJ304Z (cotton) and DFJ405Z (titanium coated polyester/UV resistant), called Fan Jackets, will work outdoors or in hot places such as attics and crawl spaces. Each battery has an integrated belt clip and powers two recessed fan units located on the lower-left and right sides of the jacket. There are three air flow modes plus turbo mode, to adjust air flow to work conditions. The fan units provide air circulation inside the jacket for up to 15 hours on the high setting when using a 5.0Ah battery (BL1850B, sold separately). There arew two ice pack storage compartments on the back of the jacket for increased cooling. Each jacket has 5 pockets and the sleeves can be folded short. For added convenience, users can charge their portable electronic devices with the on-board USB power port.





18 Gauge Nailer Gets Award

Paslode's new 18 gauge cordless brad nailer, the IM200Li.2, has just been awarded a 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Award by media professionals from across the United States and Canada. The awards panel said that while battery power typically makes tools lighter and more compact, that’s not the case when it comes to nailers. Paslode is making some progress in those areas with their latest 18-gauge cordless model. By going with a smaller magazine, the overall footprint gets you into some tighter spaces, and Paslode is laying claim as having the lightest cordless brad on the market. The nailer is designed with a one-strip magazine for access to tight spaces, so there's no need to use workarounds that obstruct visibility and increase the chances of damaging wood. Weighing just 4.25 lbs., it’s the lightest cordless brad nailer on the market and works with Paslode’s fuel and nails.

New Hammers

DeWALT has expanded its line of hammers with 14 new tools. Among the new items are the XP™ series that features the company's More Swing, Less Sting™ vibration dampening technology and side nail pullers (such as the 22 oz, one-piece DWHT51381 shown at top, right). The new grip reduces sting by 35% and ups grip durability by 25%. Lowering vibration and increasing grip durability help to reduce arm fatigue, and also help the hammers stand up to rigorous use. The handle material offers moisture resistance to help prevent slippage and promote safety on the jobsite. And there's a Tri-Pull feature for removing framing and finish nails, and staples. In addition to 16 and 20 oz. general purpose hammers and a 22 oz. framing hammer, the line also includes an 18 oz. framing hammer (DWHT51383) that has carbon fiber composite overstrike protection for 25% added durability, to help prevent handle breakage. DEWALT will soon be adding a new, eight-tool range of claw, framing, and specialty hammers, and a hatchet.





So Cool They're Hot!

The new family of Bosch 18 Volt batteries is now available at Lowe's stores nationwide. The Core18V comes in three configurations - a lightweight Compact version for tight spots, the standard 6.3 Amp hour (Ah), and a larger Performance battery that will be available in 2019 and will deliver a whopping 8 Ah. Together, these represent the very latest in cell technology including more power and better heat management - their CoolPack 2.0 system protects the cells from heat damage, and that means longer battery life. Plus, a cooler battery delivers longer runtime, too. Lightweight but extremely powerful, the new Core18V batteries are 100% compatible with Bosch's 18 Volt tools and chargers.

Five New Chisel Sets from Narex

The Czech company Narex has been producing high quality hand tools since 1919, and among its new offerings are five chisel sets in canvas toolholders, each of which in turn contains five bench chisels. They come in plastic, wood and high impact plastic handle options with steel stems, and a couple of sets have an innovative blade cross-section that minimizes friction when cutting into wood. A new and improved grinding technology for the edges creates expecially thin sides, which makes them particularly well suited for dovetailing. All five sets are heat treated to 59 HRc. North American distributors for Narex tools are Lee Valley & Veritas, Langevin Forest in Montreal, Welbeck Sawmill Ltd. in Ontario, Taylor Toolworks LLC in Missouri, Highland Woodworking in Georgia and Infinity Cutting Tools in Florida.





CMA To Visit the MiLL

On November 9, the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) will host a one-day event at The MiLL National Training Center, plus a tour of the Concepts in Millwork shop. Attendees will learn more about the program and see the facility during a school day. Then a panel discussion with representatives from Concepts in Millwork will explain what it takes to have a successful internship program, and a former student and current employee of Concepts will also share his story. Finally, the group will tour Concepts to see their production facility and meet former MiLL students at work. Registration is $55 for current CMA members and $75 for non-members. Student/Instructor members are free, while non-member students/instructors are $25. Registration includes lunch. For more information and to register, click here. CMA membership is mostly shops with 20 or fewer employees, and the majority are 1 to 5 person shops.

Lamello and Your CNC

Colonial Saw's Lamello division took advantage of several opportunities at IWF to showcase its partnerships with other industry leaders. Now the company has posted videos from the event that show what's possible. Komo Machine included Lamello Clamex P system fasteners in bird houses that were donated to Camp Good Days in Branchport, NY. Felder Group used its Format-4 CNCs with the Lamello spindle moulder tool, and Holz-Her demonstrated its Dynestic-Clamex solution - an aggregate head for the Clamex profile cutter, a special indexing tool changer to position the aggregate, complete tooling kit and a complete set of macros. It allows case good manufacturers to combine the convenience of the Clamex assembly system with nesting.





Heavy Duty, Industrial Grade Vacuum

The new GAS20-17AH wet/dry dust extractor from Bosch is an industrial-grade, 300 CFM machine with a 17-gallon capacity and an automatic filter cleaning system. The HEPA filter captures 99.97% of particles at 0.3 microns and larger. There's a 17.5 Amp motor so it can handle concrete cutting and surface grinding, and a water-level sensor to help preclude overfilling, with a discharge hose for easy drainage. Easy to transport, it has sturdy metal castors and a metal frame with a fold-down handle. It also has a dumping mechanism for emptying convenience. In the box are a HEPA filter, a three-layer heavy-duty filter bag and a 16 Ft. anti-static hose. Part of the Bosch PRO+GUARD™ system, this vac helps users move toward compliance with the OSHA silica dust regulation.

Variable Speed Motor For Band Saws

Massachusetts based Rikon Power Tools is introducing a new variable speed control and motor upgrade for some of its 14" band saws. It's infinitely variable, and offers continuous torque. Band saw owners who upgrade will see mproved energy efficiency and quiet, vibration-free operation. With an easy-to-read screen and DVR controller, this technology adds several features to the bandsaw. These include ample power for any sawing job, operation on 110V or 220V power, a blade speed that is variable from 100 RPM (45 SFPM) to 2,375 RPM (4400 SFPM), continuous torque, fast electronic braking and load spike detection. The upgrade will fit these Rikons 14" models: the 10-320, 10-321, 10-324, 10-325, 10-326 and RK14CS. Suggested retail for the controller and motor is $629.99, and it will be available by year's end 2018.





Thinking Of Spraying Moldings?

For cabinet shops that use a lot of decorative moldings, and flooring installers that go through large amounts of base trim, Stanza Machinery in Charlotte, North Carolina has posted a new video to its website which is a very basic, easy-to-follow introduction to molding spray booths. It covers what's involved in setting up one of the company's automatic linear profile molding sprayers, which use automatic spray guns to coat various profiles in a cabinet. The machines can spray stains, paints, varnishes, primer, reactives, UV, oils, sealers, top coats and other coatings. Automatic sprayers offer high production speeds, minimal overspray, coatings savings, and a uniform finish. Stanza offers several models.

Vicmarc Chuck Index

If you own a Vicmarc (or any other brand) chuck with an indexing wheel on the back, here's a simple jig to make it work. The base just clamps onto the bed ways with a bolt and threaded knob, and the vertical plywood 'leg' has enough give to make it spring, and lock. The pin is just a small bolt sized to fit, and it's driven by a screwdriver into an undersized hole in the plywood. Click on the image for a larger version. And remove the jig before power to the lathe is turned on.





The SATAjet X 5500 Spray Gun

Developed in co-operation with Porsche's design studio, the impressive new SATAjet X 5500 will be available in the U.S. and Canada on November 1st. It is equipped with SATA's X-nozzle system, which is based on two distinct spray fan shapes for each nozzle size: parallel and oval-shaped. It's very quiet, matches any paint material, climatic conditions or painting method, and has a much easier and faster cleaning process. It's very precise because of enhanced atomisation. And with constant fan size across the entire nozzle spectrum, it's very consistent. Finishers can choose between HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) and the RP (Reduced Pressure) versions, and also between the two different spray fan shapes for each individual nozzle size. The SATAjet X 5500 is available with or without an integrated digital/non-digital pressure gauge.

Cribbage Board Templates

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has introduced six new cribbage board template sets that let users create custom game boards, using only a handheld drill. The new templates include two and three player versions, and set-ups for 1/8" and 1/4" pins. Curved and straight track templates are available. Rockler also is offering a free plan for a folding travel cribbage board. The templates are made of durable, transparent acrylic for easy alignment during the drilling process. Indexing pins (included) align the jig, and each template set includes a spring-loaded self-centering drill bit to make it easier to drill straight, accurate holes. Curved-track templates incorporate a rounded end that can serve as a pattern for routing a matching curved edge on the cribbage board. To accompany the new templates, Rockler also offers three-player sets of solid steel cribbage pegs in both 1/8" and 1/4" sizes.





Registration Opens For AWFS

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) show will take place from July 17th through the 20th at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. Booth space for the show is already 90% sold, so it promises to be quite an event. Registration for tickets to attend is now open. Woodworkers can spend four days at North America's largest 2019 gathering of woodworking equipment and technology, where they can immerse themselves in hardware, tooling, components, power tools, manufacturing software, lumber, panels and construction materials as well as an endless array of supplies for furniture, cabinet and millwork manufacturers, and custom woodworking shops of all sizes. The show promises "solutions, learning, shopping, technology, networking, and innovative new products".

A Compact Clamp With Gears!

BESSEY Tools' unique new GearKlamp offers a more compact solution than the classic bar clamp. Broad movements are done with a quick-adjust button, and fine action is completed by turning the handle. Each turn transfers the clamping force to the spindle via a geared mechanism on the sliding bar. Surprisingly comfortable, it can fit in places where traditional clamps won't. The GearKlamp is tough, with a profiled rail made of tempered, burnished steel. The unique soft pad can be removed to make clamping of oddly shaped objects easier. It comes in 4 lengths (6", 12", 18" and 24") with a throat depth of 2-3/8" and an every day clamping force of 450 lbs.





Carry Your Tools In Style

Milwaukee Tool is changing the way woodworkers can carry tools and equipment to the jobsite, or store and organize them in the shop. The company's new PACKOUT™ modular storage system was designed to provide users with the ability to interchange and interlock a wide assortment of heavy duty tool boxes, organizers, and storage totes in multiple different configurations. There's a rolling tool box (the bottom units in the photo) with 9" wheels and a telescoping handle, large and small toolboxes, a couple of parts organizers with clear view lids, three softsided totes (10", 15" and 20"), and 15" and 20" softsided toolbags with shoulder straps. The tool boxes can be locked when not in use, and have built-in hardware for tie-downs so they stay in the truck. They are constructed with impact resistant polymers and metal reinforced corners for hard, jobsite use.

A Riveting New Addition

Woodworkers who incorporate metal in their work will appreciate the new 18V brushless, compact rivet gun from Metabo Corporation. The NP 18 LTX BL 5.0 is perfect for securing steel, stainless steel or aluminum in place. It can rivet up to 3/16" in steel and ¼" in aluminum. With a compact 4.0 Ah Li high density battery, it can secure two thousand 3/16" rivets on a single charge and has a pulling force of 2,250 lbs. The one-handed gun is extremely fast, lightweight and balanced for maximized ergonomics. It includes safety features such as a hand protection guard, balancing loop, integrated nose piece storage, and an LED light. It also has a transparent container attached to the back for convenient storage of pins that doubles as a tool for quick changing nose pieces. Fastenal carries Metabo tools.





A Very Precise Cordless Saw

Mafell has made cross-cutting easier and more portable with its new battery powered KSS 40 18M bl. The saw was designed to make cross or rip cuts, rail-guided cuts, miter or compound miter cuts at angles up to 45°, and plunge cuts. The new, compact brushless motor is extremely durable, efficient and maintenance-free. The quick-release catch enables you to detach the machine from the rail in a single, quick action. The saw can then be used as a separate portable circular unit with all the functionality of the company's K series. With a cutting depth of 40 mm on the rail, it can handle any jobsite task with immaculate MAFELL quality. One stop is fixed while the other can quickly be adjusted for precise angle cuts, thanks to large scale markings. And when used with the roll-up Flexi-Guide FX140, it will make quality cuts up to 4-1/2 feet long. Contact Timberwolf Tools in Chicago for more info and pricing.

A Couple Of New Festool Accessories

Festool has just announced several new accessories including the SYS-MINI compact Systainer; a limited-edition SYS-MINI with 74-piece Centrotec bit and chuck set (shown); and the ST-BAG that was designed to hold a Festool lighting tripod and STL Surface Inspection Light. The SYS-MINI's features include a clear cover for easily locating parts, a smaller size for portability, and the ability to stack the unit with other MINI-SYS Systainers. There are two basic formats - the basic unit which is clear and has dividers, and the UNI option, which contains the 74-piece accessory set. The new ST-BAG has a cushioned carry handle and shoulder strap, plus a large opening that allows the tripod to be quickly removed and stowed. And a SYSLITE STL 450 surface control light with accessories can be stored in the side pockets.



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