October 2018
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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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