December 2018
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Woodcraft Focuses on Dust

Woodcraft customers will be seeing more products branded WoodRiver® Dust Connection™ as the national woodworking equipment retailer emphasizes the range and compatibility of its dust-collection product line. It is also introducing new products such as the WoodRiver Shop Vacuum 12" Hose Kit that includes two tools and connecting hose plus fittings. The clear flexible hose is shown at right. It's reinforced with a black poly helix, making it crush resistant, and woodworkers will be able to see any blockages. Woodcraft customers will also notice new Dust Connection packaging and signage.





Chuck Jaws Recalled

If you own a Barracuda chuck, take a look at the side of it and see if the numbers match those in the photo at left. On December 11th, Penn State Industries recalled model CSCBARR5 quick change jaw chuck systems that are used to hold work on a lathe. The jaws can loosen from the chuck and break off, posing a laceration hazard. Wood turners should immediately stop using the system and contact Penn State Industries (see below) to receive a full refund of the purchase price. The company has received seven reports of the jaw loosening or ejecting from the chuck (luckily, so far no injuries have been reported). About 1,000 units were sold between March 2017 and August 2018. It was manufactured in China by Industrial Supply Ltd. If you purchased this system, call the company at 800-377-7297 between 9 AM and 5PM Eastern time Monday through Friday, or send an e-mail to the recall desk. Customers can also visit the PSI website and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

Saw Guide Wins Award

The Bora Tool QuickCut circular saw guide has been awarded a 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Award. The panel of judges is made up of tool and media professionals from across the United States and Canada. Introduced earlier this year, the QuickCut is an all-in-one tool designed to make perfect crosscuts and common miter cuts without a miter saw. It comes with a guide rail to mark long, straight lines, and use as a saw guide. For the award, hundreds of power tools, hand tools, fasteners, and accessories were judged, and winners had to demonstrate achievement in any combination of the following: innovative features, advanced power delivery, groundbreaking ergonomics, technological advancements, and value. More than sixty tool manufacturers submitted nearly 300 tool entries in dozens of categories. Here's a video on the tool.


Bora Quickcut

Woodmaster app


iOS App Update

The latest version (1.7) of the woodworking app Woodmaster can now calculate the number of deck boards required for a given deck section. Up to three deck sections are supported, and the calculations are based on 5-1/2" wide boards. The app ($7.99, developed by John Lullie, 10.5 mB) has calculators for board feet (with a tally count), shelves, fractions, fraction to decimel conversion, proportions (to enlarge or reduce scales), Golden Rule, nominal to actual size, plus screw and nail sizes. It also has a visual reference for joinery, and a visual wood guide. There are plans for a knockdown sawhorse and workbench, and a printable blank project planning form (handy for materials lists and cost estimates - not an interactive tool). Woodmaster requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

AWI Recognizes Woodworking Excellence

Cohen Architectural Woodworking in St. James, Missouri has received the Award of Excellence from the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) for its work with the Cambridge Tower A at the University of Kansas Health System. This is the premier honor for companies in the millwork and custom woodworking industry. It is the sixth time that AWI has honored Cohen for woodworking excellence. The tower is an 11 story building with approximately 500,000 square feet. It houses 220 private patient bedrooms, a floor of surgical suites and a floor of diagnostic imaging. Cohen supplied the woodworking and fabrication for the facility, and architectural design was by Cannon Design in St. Louis. The majority of the cabinetry is a walnut laminate to provide warmth to patient areas, while giving a modern look. Cohen is a family-owned architectural woodworking firm.


Cohen Architectural



Hands-free Screw Holders

Tired of having to use two hands when driving screws - one to hold the drill and the other to hold the screw? The new driver heads from Micaton are rubberized, magnetic screw holders that make those kinds of tasks much easier, and even one-handed. A powerful neodymium magnet inside each driver head holds screws securely in place, which frees up your hand. The magnets are even strong enough to attract screws out of your tool box or bag, too. The heads (color coded by size) fit in power drill chucks or manual screwdrivers, and Micaton offers sets of 6, 10, or 18 pieces. The 18-piece kit also has a magnetic nail-holder that grips nails while you hammer. These small-but-smart solutions are easy to keep handy and are available from The Grommet's online store, where you'll also find a video. The kits run from $16.95 to $54.95.

The Scaffoldbench™ System

Next time you're at The Home Depot, have a look at the versatile jobsite system called Scaffoldbench. It's exactly that - a scaffold that can reach up to 12 feet high and handle up to 1,100 pounds, plus a safe, secure storage unit for the garage. It's also a utility cart that can move tools and materials from the truck to the jobsite, and a workbench on wheels. Plus, it can easily be turned into a miter saw bench with rails that will hold your miter saw or table saw. Metaltech's new Scaffoldbench is "the only product of its kind on the market today". It is an innovative multiple-purpose four-in-one unit with many uses on the job site and in the home garage. It is a six-foot wide by about 30" deep Baker scaffold (stackable up to three units), a storage unit, a utility cart with 5" heavy duty double-locking casters, and a mobile workbench with a miter saw stand. Units start at $325.





Individual Cigar Humidor Turning Kit

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has created a turning kit that lets turners craft a custom, single-cigar humidor. The user can regulate the humidity inside the chamber, to preserve the cigar's freshness and flavor and it fits cigar sizes up to a Churchill. There's a hygrometer with a dial, and if more moisture is needed the user can add a drop or two of cigar humidifier solution or distilled water to a foam disk in the bottom cap. The cigar rests on a platform above the foam disk to keep it from absorbing too much moisture. The kit requires a turning blank measuring at least 2" by 2" by 6" long. Users cut the blank in two and drill 1-1/16" holes down the center of each piece. The kit's aluminum tubes are epoxied to the inside of the blank sections, much as brass tubes from a pen kit are glued inside the sections of a pen blank. A set of bushings sized to the final diameter of the humidor is available for purchase separately, so it can be turned on a standard pen mandrel.

Affordable High Tech Fence

Rip-It is a fully automated tablesaw fence for small professional woodshops and serious hobbyists. It comes with a touch screen display, auto calibration (it moves by itself) and autolocking features, so it's ideal for shops that need repeatability for casework, drawers and so on. The Rip-it fence will be launched in early 2019 through a crowdfunder on This is automation for the rest of us - just use the touchscreen to program it and put your tape measure away. The inventor is working on physical and software re-design at the moment, and some slight re-engineering. He has partnered with some big names including Arrow Electronics.



Bora Tools


New Conveyor, Clamps

Michigan based Bora Tool has released several new products over the past few weeks including the Portable Conveyor Roller (PM-2700) shown here, which is an expandable rolling system used for infeed, outfeed, moving, packing and loading. Also just announced is an expanded line of professional grade, pistol grip clamps, spring clamps, and lever clamps, including the heavy-duty parallel clamps shown. The company's Affinity Tool Works division is the exclusive North American distributor for FISCH, Tormek and Sjobergs.

Saw and Router Table Sled

MLCS Woodworking has introduced a clear acrylic jig for the table saw or router table that makes it safer to cut tenons and custom profiles in the vertical position. The Vertex™ Multi-Angle Sled fits most of these machines' miter slots. The sled face can be set at 45°, 60°, 75°, and 90° angles, and its precision miter bar allows for controlled movements. This jig helps cut tenons, slots, custom moldings and end grain profiles. One can safely work with stock in vertical positions, and it's easy to use and set up. Therre's a large size to make it easier to hold and process larger parts. Both the face and base measure 14" wide x 10" high. The vertical fences are 90° on one end and 45° on the other, and the toggle clamp can be used on stock up to 1" thick.


MLCS Woodworking

Garrett Wade


Workshop Vise Has Rubber Faced Jaws

Garrett Wade says that its new, beautifully machined 5" vise comes with 'superb supplementary jaws that will revolutionize what you can do'. It can rotate 360 degrees on its swivel base, has a maximum clamping capacity of 7-1/4", and weighs a heavy-duty 39 lbs. The supplementary jaws are made of nicely finished machined aluminum, with fitted magnetic inserts on the backs so they stay in place. The set contains three different pairs of Jaws, for three gripping surfaces. There's a non-marring, smooth aluminum pair, a machined pair with grooves that securely grip pipe and other round objects on either axis, and a rubber-faced pair that provides for softer gripping on delicate wood parts. It lists for $210 (item 18B02.10), and because of its weight there's a ground shipping surcharge of $15. Air shipping is not available. Garrett Wade is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Auriou Toolworks Carving Tools

In 2007, the doors closed on the 151-year-old toolworks of the Auriou family. A new enterprise arose from the ashes at the Forge de Saint Juery, and now fourth generation rasp and tool maker Michel Auriou has introduced what are among the finest carving tools available. Endorsed and co-designed by master carver Chris Pye, their average overall tool length is 9-1/2" and Highland Woodworking is already offering three straight gouges (#3,6 and 9), six Allongee gouges (#3,6 and 9 in both 1/2" and 25/32"), a 3/8" V-tool and a 3/8" straight skew. In a unique process, their blades are forged by beating out a blank of steel to length before hammering the cross-section profile. This creates a very resilient grain structure in the metal which, when hardened to Rockwell 58C, underpins their superior edge-holding properties.


Highland Woodworking



What is Chatoyance?

In a new free video from the Woodworkers Guild of America, instructor George Vondriska explains the remarkable qualities of the figure feature chatoyance - the name comes from a French root meaning "shine like a cat's eye", and it has the same visual effect as the semi-precious gemstone Tiger's Eye. Although chatoyance initially might appear as though there is a defect in the surface, its quilted lines are absolutely flush with the surface, and deliver a three-dimension, shimmering effect. The Guild has a number of free vidoes online, and also offers classes and plans, member only discounts, a library of project ideas, ask the experts section and hundreds of woodworking articles. There are two membership levels - Premium ($6 a month, or $40 a year) and Gold ($104 a year).

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