November 2018
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New Orleans Tool Lending Library

Every year, the New Orleans based Green Project prevents 40,000 gallons of paint from being dumped down the drain, reclaims two million pounds of construction materials, and educates local students and residents on ways to recycle. The project's brand new MakerSpace is located on the second floor of its storefront at 2831 Marais Street, and includes a Tool Lending Library, Community Workshop, and Educational Classroom. It hosts community workshops on home repair, creative re-use, and woodworking topics. There are open workshop hours on Saturdays where creators and makers can build personal projects, and beginning in 2019 community members will be able to take tools home, too, through weekly rentals. The MakerSpace is made possible by Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together, a volunteer organization that improves the quality of life of low income homeowners.

Auto-Jig Pocket Hole System

Armor Tool says its new Auto-Jig (MSRP $149.99) is "changing the landscape of pocket hole joinery". The self-adjusting system automatically sets the drill guide block and drill bit collar based off the thickness of the workpiece. No more manual setting, measuring, or adjusting. Just clamp the workpiece and start making pocket holes. The jig features Armor’s patented Auto-Adjust clamping technology, which lets a woodworker set and maintain clamping pressure when working with materials of different thickness. The company has also developed a color coded screw selection system, and when the block self-adjusts the correct screw length color is displayed. While the color helps identify the correct screw length, the coating serves as an anti-corrosive by protecting screws from moisture. Click here for the movie.





New Retail Outlet

This month the editor of WoodEzine started uploading woodworking projects to Black Hills Gifts, a new Etsy store. Most of the initial offering is turned wood pieces, but knockdown furniture is also in the works. For example, the project at left is a large boxelder bowl that has a black walnut base and a walnut and boxelder rim. Both species were harvested locally in South Dakota's Black Hills. Around the rim are 192 small sticks, some of which are painted red in a random pattern to complement the natural crimson streaks in the boxelder. This is a display piece rather than a utilitarian one, and the dimensions are 15-1/4" diameter x 4.25" tall. The sticks were located and placed using the 24-position indexing feature on the back of a Vicmarc chuck. A spring-loaded board with a sawn-off screw acts as a positive indent, and engages the holes in the indexing plate.

New Phenolic/Composite Tools

Vortex Tool Company, Inc. has expanded its Series 6100 & 6200 line of three-flute phenolic/composite spirals with four new spiral tool sizes designed to provide maximum tool life. For upcut geometry, part 6143C with a 3/8 Cutting Edge Diameter (CED) and part 6152C with a 1/2 CED have been added. For downcut geometry, part 6243C with 3/8 CED and part 6252C with 1/2 RB13969CED have been added. These tools provide better finishes and significantly lower noise levels when cutting phenolic panels and composite materials at high feed rates. American owned and operated, Vortex designs and manufactures a wide variety of standard and custom high-performance router and insert cutting tools, and provides re-tipping and sharpening services.





Running a Paul OTT Edgebander?

Atlantic Machinery Corp., which is located in New Milford, Connecticut, is known in the industry as the source forboth Vitap and Atlantic products. The company has just announced that it is now the exclusive importer and distributor of OTT spare parts in North America. With over 55 years of experience and using innovative development, Paul OTT GmbH is a leading Austrian manufacturer of high-quality edgebanders and hot presses in the world market. "There are many hundreds of OTT machines in use today in North America," says Atlantic;'s president Riccardo Azzoni, "and we are committed to providing excellent service and support for all these machines". Woodshops that need parts for an OTT machine can contact Jeff Ulreich, Atlantic Machinery's parts and service manager.

A New Collection at KBIS

Top Knobs is celebrating its 25 anniversary, and to kick off the milestone year the company will unveil its new collection, Grace, at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas (February 19-21) at booth N2763. The historic neighborhoods of New York inspired the collection, which includes 276 pieces in 6 series - Barrow, Henderson, Kent, Pomander, Minetta and Riverside. Product manager Christine Zimmer says that Top Knobs "wanted to deliver a collection to our loyal customers that would showcase some of our finest pieces, only reinvented to translate into more modern-day designs".





Book Rooms Now For AWFS

Yes, it's still about nine months away but AWFS Fair (July 17 - 20, 2019) has just partnered with onPeak as an exclusive official hotel provider to offer woodshops some exclusive reduced rates at popular Las Vegas hotels. When woodworkers book in advance, they can "take advantage of deep discounts, pay delays, and full group booking control". However, rooms at the special group rates are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis. Attendees can book now from live inventory, and receive an immediate confirmation. The hotels on the list include Bally's Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Embassey Suites at the Convention Center, Fairfield Inn, Flamingo Las Vegas and Hilton Grand Vacations Club. The rates shown range from $65 to $149 a night. Click here or on the image to go to the booking page on the AWFS website for more info.

Trade Up To A ShopBot - But Hurry!

For one week beginning on Black Friday, November 23rd, through Friday, November 30th, owners of other desktop-type CNC tools can trade up their existing machine toward a new ShopBot Desktop, Desktop MAX, or the larger ShopBot Gantry CNC tool. ShopBot will issue credits towards a tool purchase based on the make and model of the equipment being traded. Included with each trade-up purchase is a free 2-day basic training session, to be held at the company's Durham, North Carolina facility. CNC tool owners who are interested in participating can visit the ShopBot Tools website and complete an online form. They will then be asked to ship the tool they are trading in by December 15 and will receive a credit to use towards the purchase of a ShopBot tool before December 31.





New Line of Bench Planes

Rockler's Bench Dog line has added seven new hand planes including a No. 7 jointer, No. 5, No. 5-1/2 and a No. 62 low-angle, a No. 4-1/2 smoother, and two shoulder planes - a No. 92 and a 3-in-1 model that can be converted to a bullnose and chisel plane. They join the existing No. 4 smoother and a No. 60-1/2 block plane. All feature bodies made from ductile iron, (stronger and more impact-resistant than typical cast iron), and soles machined flat to high tolerances.

A New Source For Doors, Drawers

Olon Industries (Ontario, Canada) and LICAR spa (Pordenone, Italy) have formed a joint venture company called OL Frontal Solutions, LLC. It will operate from Jeffersonville, Indiana and focus on manufacturing high volume, fully assembled 5-piece cabinet doors and drawer fronts for major customers in North America. It combines LICAR’s leading edge European designs and world class manufacturing technology with Olon’s North American expertise in designing and manufacturing profile wrapped moldings and components for the cabinet market. Production will begin in early 2019 and is expected to deliver "reduced lead times, lower inventory levels and improved logistics through high volume products with exceptional quality and value, due to the use of new state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and processes".





Veritas' Shooting Board Fence

The new fence kit is for building a shooting board that can shoot miters of various angles. A spring-loaded button registers in fixed detents at 0, 18, 22.5, 25.7, 30, 36, 45 and 60 degrees, for square angles as well as miters for frames with ten, eight, seven, six, five, four or three sides. For angles in between, it locks in place with a lever handle. The fence is cast from a strong zinc-aluminum alloy, with steel and brass fittings. It is easily installed on a user-made shooting board in a right or left-hand configuration, using the included mounting hardware. A slot in the fence face accepts an adjustable user-made wooden sacrificial extension, which helps prevent grain blow-out by supporting stock from behind.
(Item 05P54.85, $109)

Alphacam Updates Nesting, Automation

The new 2019 R1 release has a completely redesigned and compact nesting interface. Drag-and-drop support for manually nested parts means it is easier for programmers to begin the process of manual nesting. Another process which reduces the number of steps is the ability to automatically align a part to a neighbouring angled part on the nest. An update to Automation Manager does away with the need to create a CSV file when producing assemblies, plus complex and parametric objects can now be fully controlled. This update greatly enhances functionality in previous releases by including complex geometries, opening new possibilities for 4-axis machining.





A Silencer For Your Dust Collector

The new stacking sound filters from Oneida are now available in 13" and 18" diameter models, with two heights available in the 18" version. The compact silencer units reduce a dust collector's noise output by 6 to 7 dBA without increasing the system's overall footprint. It installs in minutes onto the cartridge filters of the company's V-System dust collector product line. The noise filters are constructed from heavy-gauge welded steel, with an industrial powder coated finish. They can significantly reduce the overall noise level of a dust collection system, and they're ideal for small hobby and pro shops where noise is a primary concern. Each unit includes a gasket and the necessary clamp hardware for installation. Oneida is located in Syracuse, New York.

Rout A Dovetail, Use A Clamp

MicroJig has updated its innovative Matchfit™ dovetail clamps by introducing a new dovetail router bit that leaves a very slightly rounded top on the grooves. The breakthrough dovetail clamp arm design gives woodworkers the freedom to create their own track grooves, using a dovetail router bit to clamp virtually anywhere. Shown in the image are two sawhorses with dovetail grooves on top, and a fence that is clamped to the plywood via a dovetail groove, to guide a circular saw. The clamps slide into and along the grooves, so they can be placed anywhere. The newest version of the Matchfit has a rubberized handle that improves the grip. The new router bit eliminates snags and makes more durable and safe jigs. MicroJig has posted several ideas on its website for ways the system can be used in the shop or on the jobsite.





Bit Can Withstand Up To 30 Nail Hits

Bosch's new Nail Strike wood-boring bit is the first that can strike nails and cut through them! It has enhanced edges that can cut through up to 30 nails, along with a fully threaded cone tip and paddle design for fast cordless drilling. Nail Strike is the right bit for jobs where the user doesn’t want to switch back and forth between a spade bit and an auger bit. It requires use of a drill/driver in high-torque/slow speed mode when drilling through nails. Its hex shank with Power Groove reduces bit slippage in the tool and makes it suitable for use with a variety of drill types, including impact drivers (for wood drilling only). The bit is not designed for use in a drill press, and is not intended for counter boring applications or doweling. It will be available in February 2019.

Lockdowel Drawer Slides Excel In Test

Snap-in drawer slides from California based Lockdowel have been tested by Integrity Testing Laboratories and have passed all ANSI/BIFMA testing requirements for hardware as specified by both the Woodwork Institute (WI) and the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI). In a written statement, lab manager Ed Leach wrote that Lockdowel has "done all the slide tests and far exceeded all requirements." The testing included 50,000 cycle testing with a 100 lb load and extendable member testing of the Lockdowel undermount soft close and side mount soft close (both shown), and also the company's three piece sidemount drawer slides. Lockdowel won the 2017 AWFS Visionary Award for its snap-in drawer slides because they require no tools or screws, and installation time is three times faster than conventional drawer slides. Because CNC routed slots allow for perfect alignment, drawer adjustment is minimal.





Vesta® Fine Hardware Introduces Alston

New Jersey based Vesta says that "performance and perfection unite to reveal a collection of decorative hardware fit to provide the ultimate pièce de résistance for kitchens and baths". The new Alston collection is rooted in European flair, evoking opulence with a handcrafted impression. Strong, definitive lines are surrounded by a curved silhouette that lends both dimension and balance to please the senses. Made of solid brass with a hand-polished finish, Alston reflects Vesta's innovative approach to perfecting luxury in decorative hardware. "The Alston collection exudes timeless refinement," says product manager Christine Zimmer. The collection includes fifty-six pieces in seven enduring finishes including Brushed Satin Nickel (shown), Milano Bronze, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Brass and Unlacquered Brass.

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