February 2019

Woodworking news and new products

Flexclick chamfer cutter has dual profile technology


Two Tools In One

Next time you need to round or chamfer a banded edge, take a look at the new flexClick cutter from Leuco. The diamond-tipped cutter has an automatic adjustment option that switches it between two profiles, saving a lot of set-up time. The mechanism works much the same way that a ballpoint pen does - switching between profiles is done by just pressing the tool at standstill on a copy wheel (there's a video on the company's website). No complicated motor controllers are required. The new cutter is available for machines from Homag, among others. The tooling is ideal for small edge banding machines, and for companies that want to produce small lot sizes with low set-up requirements. The flexClick edge rounding cutters are available now, and other profile combinations are available upon request.

Hexagon To Show New Software

The latest versions of Cabinet Vision and Workplan will be featured at Wood Pro Expo and the Cabinets & Closets Conference in Charlotte in March. Cabinet Vision for woodworkers generates photo-realistic images and, at the click of a button, lets users transition from art to part. They can create shop drawings, generate cut and material lists, formulate bids, apply production standards, maximize material yield and more. The new version of Workplan is geared toward optimizing logistical flow by letting users model the woodshop and localize inventory during the manufacturing process. In addition to tracking project status and making it easy to determine remaining job tasks, the system also manages purchasing needs and tracks man-hours for efficiency.


Hexagon will show new versions of Cabinet Vision and Workplan at Wood Pro Expo

Williams & Hussey have a number of new knife profiles


W&H Introduces New Knives

Amherst, N.Y. based Williams & Hussey Machine Co., Inc. has been manufacturing molders and profile knives for over 60 years, and constantly updates it's catalog. Among a dozen or so new profiles are those shown at left. The one in the center, 3304-EP, is a cabinet door frame with a 9/32" bead and 3/8" relief. And 3305 (on the bottom in the photo) is also a cabinet door frame that measures 3/4" x 3" wide, and has the standard 3/8" relief. Profile knives are made in sets of two to ensure molding profiles have a crisp clean finish. Precision bolt hole alignment, proper knife clearance and angle back off are all signs of the high quality the company has delivered for decades. If a shop can't find the right profile in the catalog, custom knives are shipped within 1-2 business days, and sharpening services are completed within the same timeframe.

Western Dovetail's Website is Upgraded

One of the premier custom dovetailed drawer manufacturers, Western Dovetail has brought new IT staff on board and the result is a faster, more useful Web presence and easier ordering. Some customers placing larger orders had noted that pages sometimes took too long to load, and after some testing and analysis the company decided to increase its online resources and give the site a boost. It doubled the processing power and also doubled the memory on the server, so woodworkers can now access everything on the site much faster than before. Western Dovetail can also support more simultaneous users, without overloading the system. In addition to drawers, the business also offers custom cabinet doors and hardware.


Western Dovetail, a supplier of dovetailed drawers, has upgraded its website

The Dremel Go is a cordless screwdriver that you push to start


Cordless Screwdriver With A Few Twists

The new Dremel GO was introduced in October and so far the reviews have been very favorable. It's a cordless screwdriver, but with a few updates. There's a dial-up torque/speed control at the back with six setting, so it can be clutched for soft materials such as brass. The tool is activated by just pushing the driver into a screw, which the company calls "push-and-go activation". It has a rechargeable 4-Volt lithium-ion battery and a USB port for convenient and fast charging, and at just seven inches it's more convenient than a drill/driver, especially in tight spots. Dremel says the GO can drive screws at twice the speed of its competitors, and that it's "surprisingly" powerful. And by setting the switch in neutral, a woodworker can turn the tool like a manual screwdriver if that's what is needed. The GO comes with a seven-piece precision screwdriver bit set for the most common screws. MSRP is $39.98.

Wilton's Latest Fan Is Pretty Cool

Yes, it's February and half the continent is still under a white sheet. But spring and its heat and humidity are just around the corner. The Cold Front atomized cooling fan from Tennessee based Wilton Tools is rated for shops of 3,000+ square feet, and it has a number of notable features. It "uses low-pressure air and water to produce microdroplets [that] evaporate instantly to create cooler air". There's a water reservoir on board that has a 10-hour life and a visual gauge. The fan uses less power than comparable models, and the controls are simple and intuitive. There's a 5 Amp power outlet on board for charging devices or running small tools, and its slim profile, large wheels and foot brake make it easy to move from room to room, or around the shop. WoodEzine found it online from $3499 to $3999.


Wilton's Cold Front Atomized Cooling Fan combats heat and humidity

Aluminum cleat holds 100 pounds per linear foot


French Cleats In Long Lengths

A new aluminum cleat from Picture Hang Solutions may solve a few other problems for woodworkers beyong hanging framed canvas. Rated at 100 pounds per linear inch, the cleat comes in lengths up to 90" (7-1/2 feet, and it can be cut to length), and the profile is just 0.22" from the wall. That means it should work well for lighter wall cabinets with a 1/4" deep recessed back. The holes are one inch on center and alternate from large to small. This makes it easier to level the cleat and use larger screws in studs. The small screw hole accommodates up to a #8 screw, and the larger one handles up to a #12 screw. Made in the USA, the interlocked halves (they're identical) combine for a height of 1-7/8" tall. The aluminum is aircraft grade and 3/32" thick, and the minimum order is just three pairs (6 cleats)

Wire Mesh Offers Design Possibilities

The Designs of Distinction catalog from Brown Wood Inc. is introducing a new wire mesh program for cabinet doors at the KBIS show in Las Vegas this month (booth SL1054). The company will be offering eight styles and six colors of wire mesh. The inserts can be cut to size, and the product is kept in stock so turnaround time is minimized. There are no minimum orders. Brown Wood Inc. is headquartered in Lincolnwood, Illinois and has branches in Maine and Ohio. It supplies wood parts, components and assemblies, and Designs of Distinction is "a complete source of stock decorative wood components for the kitchen and bath markets". The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is "North America's largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design".


Designs of Distinction has a new wire mesh cabinet door program

The Bosch GKT13-225 Track Saw with Plunge Action delivers precision and power


Track Saw with Plunge Action

The new Bosch GKT13-225 plunging track saw can make table-saw quality cuts in a portable format - you bring the tool to the wood, rather than the other way around. That makes it ideal for small shops and on-site work. The optional tracks (sold separately) deliver straight, fast, finish cuts. The saw has constant electronics to help maintain speed under load, a spindle lock, a swiveling hose port, a lock-off mechanism, and overload protection. It has a single pivot point for both bevel and non-bevel cuts from minus 1 to plus 47 degrees. It includes a 48-tooth blade, wrench and case. Bosch offers a full range of optional attachments, including four different track lengths, connector for connecting multiple tracks, an angle guide and a rip fence.

Two New and Clever Measuring Devices

MLCS has introduced two new layout tools, a scribe and a compass. The Rotape Beam Compass (item #9965, $32.95) looks like a standard tape measure, and retracts like one so it doesn't take up much space. But it extends to a 72" radius (12 foot diameter) for drawing accurate large circle and arcs. The blue-tipped Perfect Butt Scriber (item #9968, $36.95) is described as the world's fastest profiler, and it comes with five different sizes of interchangeable tracing wheels to hold the pencil stable and transfer a scribe line at various distances. The pencil is spring-loaded so it will remain in contact with the work whether held horizontally or vertically. MLCS operates a showroom and outlet store in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.


MLCS has introduced the Rotape Beam Compass and the Perfect Butt Scriber

DeWALT  DCW600B 20V MAX* XR Cordless Compact Router


Coming Soon - A Compact, Cordless Router

DeWALT will soon be releasing the new 20-Volt MAX* XR cordless compact router. The tool provides power that is comparable to a corded compact router, but with the jobsite and workbench convenience of a cordless tool. The clear plastic fixed base (with both round and square edges) and dual LED lights help to illuminate the work surface and provide superior bit visibility. This cordless router is equipped with variable speed control for optimal bit speed in each application. The release clamp allows for quick and easy bit and base change. A depth adjustment ring allows for fast and easy height adjustments, and the soft start motor - with full-time electronic feedback - allows the motor to maintain speed during cuts. An electronic brake slows the motor down faster after the unit is shut off.

Gas Compressor Runs Multiple Guns

Hitachi is now Metabo, but the company's newest air compressor still bears the Hitachi brand. The EC2610E has a Honda gas powered engine, a cast iron air-cooled high-output pump and two handles and a wheel. It delivers 9.5 CFM at 90 PSI, so it can operate multiple nailers simultaneously. It has a low RPM, oil lubricated pump, and it's air-cooled after the cooler reduces moisture inside the air tanks. There's a stainless steel braided discharge hose that's designed to resist corrosion and remain flexible. The control panel frame protects the gauge, regulator and plumbing, and the gauges are easy to read and steel-encased for added protection. A pneumatic throttle control uses air instead of a cable to adjust the throttle, which eliminates crimping and breaking, and there's a locking regulator and ball valve tank drains.


EC2610E 8-Gallon Gas Powered Wheelbarrow Air Compressor

The RYOBI 7000 Watt Electronic Fuel Injection Generator With CO Sensing Technology


Staying Safer with CO2 Detection

Using a generator on a jobsite in winter can be dangerous, especially indoors. Last year, Ryobi introduced the model RY907022FI generator, which delivers up to 7000 Watts. It has electronic fuel injection (like an automobile) with CO sensing technology on board. It's UL certified to ANSI/UL2201, a benchmark that includes performance requirements that mitigate the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure. The fuel injection delivers up to 25% fuel savings, plus it simplifies off-season storage and provides optimal performance in a variety of altitudes and temperatures. The 420cc OHV engine can deliver up to about 60 Amps, and the folding handle and large wheels make it easy to transport the unit over rough terrain. The RY907022FI has electric start and an automatic voltage regulator for easy starting and consistent power. It's backed by a 3-year manufacturer's warranty, and as of February 12th (2019) it has received perfect five star reviews. (It's listed at $1,165 at The Home Depot.)

Cordless 14" Chainsaw

While landscapers and contractors will welcome this new cordless alternative to a gas-powered chainsaw, woodturners in particular should find it useful. Makita's brushless 14" Chain Saw Kit (model XCU07PT) runs on 36 Volts, delivered by two 18-Volt X2 LXT® batteries. With zero emissions, lower noise, and considerably less maintenance, users get high power efficiency that is equivalent to a gas chain saw. The saw's Makita-built motor has variable speed from zero to 3,940 feet per minute (FPM). There's no engine oil to change, no spark plug to replace, and no air filter or muffler to clean. And there's no need to drain the fuel for storage. Convenience features include captured bar nuts, lateral chain tensioning, a front hand guard engineered to actuate the chain brake when engaged, and a built-on lock lever to help prevent the chain from accidentally engaging.


The new Makita cordless chainsaw is a viable option for woodturners

NKBA and IBS shows are taking place concurrently in Las Vegas


Kitchens, Baths and Builders

Cabinet and furniture builders are traveling to Las Vegas on Feb 19 -21 for two concurrent shows being held at the Convention Center. The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is "an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest product innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands". And at the same time, the NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS) presents must-see products and exhibits and the most up-to-date and innovative education the industry has to offer. This year there are more than a hundred sessions taught by renowned building industry experts from across the country, and the topics range from sales and marketing to construction and codes.

Fast Spindle Repair

Bessemer City, NC based Precision Drive Systems (PDS), has announced a new program for servicing CNC spindles that is designed to save time, money and downtime. Customers who take advantage of the new Local Drop-Off service can save on shipping by bringing their woodworking spindles and saw arbors directly to the PDS service center for expert repair. The service is available to customers within 400 miles of PDS. Once a repair form is completed and sent, PDS will email a copy of the form to be printed and included when delivering the unit. PDS also has its own Quick-Turn emergency repair service to help woodworking customers minimize downtime. Just call prior to shipping and PDS will confirm the Quick-Turn service request once the tool has been received and inspected. Quick-Turn emergency repairs are top priority, with a three-business-day turnaround once the unit has been received and disassembled at PDS.


Precision Drive Systems (PDS), has announced a new program for servicing CNC spindles

Milwaukee Tool has announced that it will introduce a new line of premium driver bits


New Generation of Shockwave™ Bits Coming

Milwaukee Tool has announced that beginning this spring it will introduce a new line of premium driver bits backed by a lifetime tip warranty. Shockwave™ Matrix Carbide bits have driven up to 2,800 more screws than other premium driver bits in testing, and are designed for extreme driver bit performance and wear resistance. The new generation of bits are optimized with a unique Shockzone™ geometry, and will be available in varying lengths and thicknesses to absorb peak torque and prevent breaking. The line will include a variety of bit lengths and kit configurations in Phillips, Square, and Torx® tips. The #1, #2 and #3 Phillips head versions should be available in April, and the square and Torx versions are slated for an October release. Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd.

Want To Spruce Up Your Miters?

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has developed a new jig to add decorative details to the mitered corners of boxes, while also reinforcing the joints. The Corner Key Doweling Jig guides an extended-length bit at a perfect 45° angle. The resulting holes allow users to add visual interest with contrasting wooden dowels, non-ferrous metal rods, tubes or even leather cord. The jig includes interchangeable 1/8", 1/4" and 3/8" diameter drilling guides, and is adjustable for different thicknesses of stock and to allow fine-tuning of the hole position. Drill bits are included and there's a free plan for a kitchen knife block that incorporates a decorative corner dowel pattern created with the jig.


Rockler has developed a new jig to add decorative details to the mitered corners of boxes

Infinity Tools has introduced several new beech hand planes that are made in Europe


Hand Plane Packages

Infinity Tools in Oldsmar, Florida has introduced several new beech hand planes that are made in Europe. They are surprisingly affordable, and each tool has a long-wearing hornbeam sole. Three packages are being offered. One is for bench work, another for joinery, and a third for both. The five-piece bench plane set has a scrub plane, a Jack and a smoother, all with Norris style sdjust. It also contains an 8 ounce Delrin-tipped brass mallet. The 7-piece rabbeting set has four double-rabbet planes in 18, 24, 27, and 30mm widths, plus a 20mm wide rabbet plane withan adjustable sole and a 24mm wide skewed rabbet plane with an adjustable sole. This also has the mallet. Then there's a twelve-piece master set that includes both the rabbeting and bench planes, and both a 4 ounce and an 8 ounce mallet.

WoodCarving and Wildlife Art Festival

The Lancaster County (PA) WoodCarvers’ 46th annual festival will take place at the Student Memorial Center at Millersville University on March 16 and 17. The theme is “At the Carnival!” and the featured guest carver will be Fred Henderson from York, who carves carousel horses. Several other clubs will also be exhibiting, including some of the university's art students. Woodcarving Illustrated and Fox Chapel Publishing are planning to host an area called “Spit and Whittle” for carvers and attendees to sit and share information, and to carve and watch demonstrations of carving, wood-burning, and painting demonstrations - including hands-on intros for new carvers. Woodcarvings and Wildlife Art are available for purchase from many of the artists and carvers.


There is a wood carving festival at Millersville University on March 16 and 17, 2019

The new Axiom Stratus pulls woodworking dust downward from the bench toward the floor


Changing The Rules For Sanding

Woodworking creates a lot of airborne dust, and ceiling-mounted ambient air cleaners may not be the best solution. They pull the dust upward, past the operator's nose and mouth, where particles remain suspended in the circulating air. The Axiom Stratus is a truly innovative air cleaner. It pulls the dust and debris downward from the work surface toward the floor, where it naturally wants to fall. Once filtered, the clean air is propelled upward into the shop environment, where we breathe. Thoughtfully engineered, this is a portable, rugged, highly effective machine, which addresses all of the shortcomings of the ceiling-mounted design. A wide base, 360 degree handle and long power cord allow it to be effortlessly moved throughout the shop. Filters can be accessed with a simple twist-and-lift. It ships fully assembled, and uses a modern, pleated canister air filter element, with a surface area that is nearly 15 times that of a traditional furnace filter and bag arrangement. Here's a video...

Intro to Wood Veneering & Inlay

Wood & Shop has posted a new video in which master furniture maker and marquetarian Dave Heller shares an introduction to wood veneering and wood inlay for furniture making. These are traditional methods used to embellish and beautify furniture. The distinction between them is that veneering is the process of gluing thin slices of attractive (and often rare) wood onto core panels, while inlay involves insetting wood, precious stones, etc. into the wood. Woodworkers can also join Heller in person at a Wood & Shop hands-on, two-day seminar (Monday and Tuesday, June 3 and 4) on making an inlaid chess board, that covers the core concepts and practical hand skills required. The cost is $320. Heller is a Canadian furniture maker who now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. He specializes in marquetry, veneering, and advanced inlay work and builds Art Deco furniture.


Wood & Shop is offering a class on veneering and wood inlay for furniture makers

The annual stair builders conference will be in Sarasota, Florida in April 2019


Stairs, Sawmills and Sunshine

The Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association (SMA) will hold its 2019 annual conference in Sarasota, Florida in April. The event will kick off on Thursday, April 25th with the annual SMA Golf Event for golfers of all skill levels. A chartered fishing expedition for non-golfers has been added to this year's events. The association's Welcome Reception with SMA exhibitors will also take place on Thursday evening, with an auction being held on Friday night. Late on Saturday, the StairCraft Award Winners will be announced. Among other events, there will be a tour of the Advantage Trim and Lumber Company sawmill, a keynote message from Connor Lokar, ITR Economics presenter, on short and long-term economic forecasts, and Terry Sumerlin will discuss building satisfaction and loyalty among customers and employees.

Knurled Knobs

Torrance, California based Doug Mockett & Company, Inc. has released a new product that can give a classic retro feel to vintage or contemporary industrial furniture. The intricate knurling on the faces of these DP250 knobs is reminiscent of volume knobs on classic guitars and amplifiers. With a finished top and beveled edges, the knobs are small in stature but big on details. A classic enhancement for one-of-a-kind furniture, they are 11⁄16" in diameter and 1-1⁄8" in projection. The available finishes include Satin Brass, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, Matte Black and Anodized Aluminum. DP250 knobs are as much at home on small pieces as they are on casework in a minimalist or industrial flavored environment. The Mockett company provides "innovative furniture components and architectural hardware", including solutions for lighting and device charging.


Woodworkers looking for a contemporary or industrial

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