May 2019

Woodworking news and new products

ShopBot’s Subscription CNC program


ShopBot’s Subscription CNC Program

North Carolina based ShopBot is introducing a new way for woodworkers to get a CNC. Simple and straightforward, it provides woodworkers with the tool and everything it takes to make it work, for as much time as they need it, at a monthly price they can afford. Different than a lease, the subscription program is more of a partnership. It provides woodworkers with new or good-as-new tools, where the company will continuously refurbish and recycle the equipment. It includes the Handibot® Smart Power Tool, the ShopBot Desktop, ShopBot Desktop MAX, and ShopBot Buddy®. A subscription begins with one monthly payment and includes no shipping or cancellation fees. There's a minimum three-month commitment, and after that a shop can trade up, trade down, or cancel the subscription at any time.

Cabinet Hardware from a Noted Designer

Montreal based Richelieu's very distinctive decorative hardware is distributed through more than seventy suppliers in the U.S. The company has just released a new collection of decorative hardware designed in close collaboration with renowned artist and designer Jean-Claude Poitras. Named the Muse collection, this is sophisticated cabinet hardware where each piece is in itself a work of art. With a perfect balance between classic elegance and clean lines, the Muse collection can add distinction to any piece of furniture or cabinetry. It includes pulls and knobs in six styles. A fashion designer by training, Poitras has focused on interior design and tableware for the past couple of decades. A member of Style magazine's Hall of Fame, he also designed the Pointras Casa in 2005, which was a groundbreaking design for modular, energy efficient homes.


Richelieu Muse Collection with Jean Claude Poitras

Dremel updates its Multi-Max™


Dremel Updates the Multi-Max

Late last year we told you about Dremel's MM35 multi tool. The company introduced a new version this week, the MM50-01 which has 5.0 Amps of power to tackle tough jobs. it also has a more compact front, and a unique angled body that provides enhanced ergonomics, especially for flush cutting. The tool-less design for quick accessory changes eliminated the need for a wrench. And an extra-wide 3.2 degree angle of oscillation delivers fast and precise cuts. The variable speed 10,000-21,000 OPM allows for optimal performance and control with a variety of materials. The provided soft bag is a handy way to store the tool and accessories.

A 5-in-1 Sander from Worx

The new Sandeck™ WX820L.9 from Worx is a $79.99 (tool only) five-in-one sander that includes interchangeable sanding pads. There are the detail (clothes-iron shape), finishing (rectangular, quarter sheet), and round random orbit pads, plus contoured and finger attachments. Designed for trim, moldings and other contoured shapes, it's part of the Worx 20-Volt Power Share battery system, so there should be plenty of power. A Hyperlock clamping system changes pads and modes "easily and securely without the use of tools" (early reviews say the instructions for this are lacking clarity), and there are five speed options. One review mentioned that the sander can get warm in slow settings and just needs a couple of minutes at higher speed to cool down. There's a DustStop micro filter to reduces airborne dust. Should be a handy tool for refinishers.


The Worx WX820L.9 is a 5-in-1 sander

Makita FD09 and FD10 compact drill and screwdriver


Two Tools That Tuck Into Tight Spots

Makita® U.S.A., Inc. has released two new 12-Volt compact tools, a 3/8" driver-drill kit (FD09), and a ¼" screwdriver kit (FD10). Both were designed for users who need a more compact answer for tight spaces. Both also deliver decent power and speed in an ultra-compact size, and they feature an improved chuck design that's engineered to reduce run-out (less wobble on drivers and drill bits). Each also features a built-in LED to light up the work area. The slide-style batteries deliver superior balance and ergonomics over pod-style batteries. Woodworkers who need longer run time can also use these tools with a 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah battery (BL1041B, sold separately). The batteries are engineered with a Protection Circuit that protects against overloading, over-discharging and over-heating.

Two Day Seminar for Cabinetmakers

At right is an image from the extensive portfolio of cabinetmaker Ken Kumph of Georgetown, Massachusetts. His company, Premier Builders, will serve as the base of opereations for a Cabinet Makers Association event on June 13 and 14 that includes shop tours, educational seminars and networking opportunities. Each day will begin and end at Ken's shop with educational presentations from industry experts on topics such as cyber security, ways to reduce a woodshop's energy bill, as well as lean principles and implementation strategies. Also on the schedule are visits to The Furniture Institute (Beverly, MA) and several local shop tours including Curtis Cabinetry (Georgetown, MA) and Jackson Millwork & Lumber (Raymond, NH). Non-members are welcome. For sign-up and more details, click here.


Cabinet Makers Assoc to hold event in Boston

IMA Schelling bringing new machines to AWFS 2019


Edgebander, Feeder to Debut at AWFS

IMA Schelling Group USA is based in Raleigh, North Carolina and provides sales, service and support for IMA, Schelling and Barbaric machinery and software. The company will exhibit new machines at the AWFS Fair including an IMA Novimat Compact L12 edgebander (top) and a Barbaric LCV linear feeder system that is integrated with a Schelling s45 panel saw (bottom, not to scale). The Compact L12 is an ideal solution for shops looking to add edgebanding as it handles a wide range of processing. The Schelling s45 panel saw offers miter and angle cutting, moveable air tables and robust construction. It can handle from batch size 1 to high-volume production. The Barbaric LCV Linear Feeding System can load panel saws and routers, offers exceptional ergonomics in an affordable package, and can be added to new and existing machines.

Mid-century Modern Furniture Legs

Osborne Wood Products in Toccoa, Georgia, is a family owned and operated maker of high quality decorative wood products. The company will showcase a new line of mid-century modern metal legs at AWFS, in designs ranging from rustic to contemporary. The main Osborne booth will also highlight a new floating shelf system using dowel attachments with shelves available in unfinished oak, maple, knotty pine and cherry. These and the Bendix line of wood moldings will be exhibited in the main booth, and a second booth will showcase unfinished wood components for building tables - slides, legs, skirt kits, butterfly leaf hardware, pedestal bases and more. The company is also planning show specials on DeSoto acrylic feet, island legs and barn door hardware. Osborne offers more than 1,500 products, and most are available for same-day shipping.


Osborne's new mid-century modern metal legs

Industry 4.0 showcased at AWFS 2019


Exploring the Future at AWFS

The AWFS show in July will conduct a showcase on Industry 4.0 and the technology that is influencing the future of manufacturing. It will cover artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, 3D printing, cloud computing the Internet of Things (IOT) and the Internet of Services (IOS). And to complement that, various SMART! (Special Machinery and Relevant Technology) demonstrations will take place in the mornings before the show opens. From the newest concepts in nesting, edgebanding, and sanding, to Industry 4.0 implementation, the SMART! sessions will provide an up-close opportunity to learn from the technical experts at the show.

New Hammer Drill has Bluetooth

The new GSB18V-535CN from Bosch is an 18-volt, brushless, compact and tough 1/2" hammer drill with Bluetooth® that links it to the free Bosch Toolbox app on a mobile phone, for enhanced tool control and detailed feedback. It has a powerful EC brushless motor that delivers 535 inch pounds of torque and 0-28,500 beats per minute (BPM). It features the Bosch Compact Tough design, so it doesn't mind a rough jobsite. The drill has two variable speed ranges - one for high-speed (0-1,900 RPM) and one for high power (0-600 RPM). It also has KickBack Control, which reduces the risk of injury in a bind-up scenario. The 20+1 precision clutch reduces fastener damage, and prolongs tool life. There's an all-metal chuck, and a longer belt clip for a more secure hold. Battery and charger sold separately.


Bosch GSB18V-535CN hammer drill with Bluetooth®

Paintline shows drying racks at National Hardware Show


Two New Ways To Dry Doors

At the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas last week, The PaintLine Co. introduced its new ProDryingRack EX™ and ProDryingRack SD™. Both are metal, with a powder-coated finish. The EX model (left in photo) can stretch from 20" to almost 60" and each level holds up to 60 lbs. The tubes twist into position (no tools), so they're simple to remove if a finisher needs more room between parts. The SD model is designed to paint and dry cabinet doors in a vertical orientation. 18 feet of drying line allows tight spacing of up to 50 doors. The hanger hook radius matches the drying pole, so the parts don’t spin. Common cuphooks hold the doors on a spinner assembly designed to give the painter complete control of the hanging part. It can be set up permanently in the shop, or quickly disassembled and moved to a jobsite.

A Mini Fourth Axis

The new Mini 4th Axis Kit from Ohio based Next Wave Automation gives woodworkers the ability to create precisely turned spindles, pens or game pieces with intricate carvings, and designs up to 2-7/8" in diameter. With a plug and play design, the kit easily bolts to a CNC Piranha or CNC Shark bed. It works with all NWA Pendant style CNC machines, and includes a removable 2" diameter mini 3-jaw chuck. Made in the USA, it has a standard #2 Morse taper shaft, so a shop can use just about any of its standard lathe accessories. Produced from extruded aluminum stock, the mini 4th axis can be positioned anywhere on the bed surface and the mounting hardware is included. It's compatible with VCarve Desktop 9.5 or higher, or any version of VCarve Pro or Aspire. Listed at $499 (SKU 20024), it will be available as of May 20th 2019.


Next Wave Mini 4th Axis Kit

William Rush Woodcarvers Show in Media PA


Woodcarving Show in Media, PA

The William Rush Woodcarvers will present their 36th annual show this fall at Penn State, and applications must be received by October 19th to be included in the program. Exhibitors may display and sell their own work only, and both xxhibitors and vendors are encouraged to demonstrate their skills at their tables. The show includes hourly demonstrations of carving, painting, sharpening, burning, airbrushing and other related skills. There are door prizes all day, and carvings, crafts, books, tools and supplies for sale. Parking is free, and there is a cafeteria service. The club has about eighty whittlers and carvers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Iincluding Philadelphia.

Grizzly's New CNC Router

Grizzly Industrial has introduced the G0894, a small shop CNC router that boasts a large 23" x 35" cutting area and a 3 HP, 24000 RPM spindle motor. This machine features stepper motor driven ball screws on all axes, that can approach cutting speeds of 400 inches per minute. This ensures accurate, repeatable results and saves time in the shop. The integrated controller allows a woodworker to store commonly used programs on the hard drive, as well as load programs from a flash drive or even connect directly to a PC. The spindle has ER20 collets, allowing for a wide range of tooling options. There's aone-shot oiler for the precision ground bearing carriages and the water cooled spindle. The motor is single phase 220 Volt, drawing 8 Amps. X and Y travel is 33 FPM, and Z is 16 FPM. The machine houses all the electronics in a dust free enclosure, and weighs in at 772 lbs. It's listed at $5,250. No word on availability yet, but woodshops can sign up to be notified.


Grizzly G0894 - 24" x 36" CNC Router

Felder introduces Preventive Contact System PCS


Felder's PCS Drops Sawblade For Safety

From May 27 through 31 at the Ligna woodworking show in Hannover, Germany, the Felder Group will introduce its new Preventive Contact System (PCS®) for sliding table saws. When the risk of an accident (fingers too close to the blade) is detected, PCS triggers the lowering of the saw blade under the table, at the speed of light. The saw is immediately ready to use again at the push of a button. The mechanism works damage free and without consumable parts - there's no need to replace an aluminum block, or the blade. PCS is now available as an option with the Format-4 kappa 550 sliding table panel saw. Keep in mind that there have been other finger-saving technologies that have not survived the U.S. patent courts, so woodshops need to ask some questions. Felder Group's US headquarters and regional locations can be found here.

Portable Bandsaw Has LED Light, Laser, Blower

Grizzly Industrial has introduced the new G0803Z, a 9" benchtop bandsaw with a laser guide and a built in dust blower. Running at 1720 RPM, the blade speed is 2460 feet per minute (FPM). The tool has a 1/3 HP motor that pulls just 2.8 Amps. The maximum cut left of the blade is 9", or 4-1/2" with the fence installed. There's a rack and pinion table that tilts to 45 degrees, and an extruded aluminum fence with a cam-lock handle. The saw also includes a gooseneck LED worklight, a quick-release on the blade tensioner, and ball-bearing guides. It takes 62" long blades from 1/8" to 3/8" wide, and can handle cuts in stock up to 3-5/8" tall. At just 42 lbs, and with a footprint of just 15-1/2" x 6-1/2" and a handle on top, the G0803Z is a definite candidate for jobsite work. There's a 6-foot power cord. The saw is listed at $239.95, and comes with a one-year warranty.


The G0803Z is a 9" benchtop band saw from Grizzly Industrial

Hitachi's RP350YDH 9.2 Gallon Commercial HEPA Vacuum


A Commercial Grade HEPA Vacuum

Hitachi Power Tools may have changed its corporate name to Metabo HPT, but it's still introducing products with Hitachi branding. The new RP350YDH (we found it at several stores for $599) is a really nice commercial grade shop vacuum that's ideal for jobsite cleanup. It has two HEPA filters to scrub the air, a 10 foot hose, a poly dust bag and a sealing plug for the tank. There's a powerful soft start 11 Amp motor, 130 CFM of suction, and an electromagnetic device that senses when there is a reduction in suction. This then pulse cleans the filters while in use, to prevent suction loss. It also has a tool actuated outlet that turns the vac on or off with a connected power tool. The unit weighs just 34.6 lbs and has two locking casters and two large wheels. It's billed as a 9.2 gallon unit, but the tank can hold 5.6 gallons of dry debris or 4.9 gallons of wet. There's a YouTube™ video here.

Workplan Software Now Combines ERP and MES

The latest release of Workplan from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (version 2020.0) is the first integrated project management system that combines ERP (enterprise resource planning) and MES (manufacturing execution system) in a single database. ERP is essentially a way for the woodshop to track and manage business data, while MES monitors, connects and controls the machinery and equipment on the shop floor. Designed to improve production management, Workplan 2020.0 addresses machine events, monitoring, CMMS (computerized maintenance management system), CAM supervision, workflow and part traceability, among other functions. The idea here is that pretty much all the data used by a woodshop can work together.


New WORKPLAN Combines ERP and MES Functions

Striebig Panel Saws on sale in May


High Quality Panel Saws on Sale in May

Striebig dealer Colonial Saw serves North American woodworkers through two locations, one near Boston and the other in Los Angeles. This month (through Memorial Day), the Striebig vertical panel saw factory is sponsoring a sale that takes $1,000 off the list price of compact panel saws, which feature the company's legendary Swiss quality and accuracy. The list prices haven't changed in eight years, interest rates are fairly low, and Colonial Saw has some machines in stock for immediate delivery. Among the saws on sale are regular Compacts (they cut panels up to 10'-2" x 5'-5"), Compact Plus models (15'-1" x 5'-5") and Compact Plus Tall units (17'-9" x 6'-9"). Woodworkers can watch a very short video on the Compact models here.

Brown Wood's DOD Catalog

The 2020 Designs of Distinction catalog is now live on the Brown Wood, Inc. website. It includes new products, as well as updated pricing. Among the latest additions are Liam Bun Feet, tiles and columns (shown) that complement the company's collection of Gaelic (ancient Irish) carved elements. There are new square and round tapered legs and feet from 6" to 29" tall, each of which can come with one of five metallic ferrules. There are brass rail kits and shelving kits, Bauhaus brackets, and new woven wire decorative grills for glass cabinet doors. Brown Wood is headquartered in Lincolnwood, Illinois with locations in Maine and Ohio.


2020 Designs of Distinction Catalog

Accuride Now Has An Online Store For Direct Sales


Accuride Customers Can Now Shop Direct

Small and medium sized woodshops that don't generally buy in bulk will appreciate the convenience of Accuride's new online store. The California company manufactures a wide array of highest quality drawer slides and other hardware that's designed to add movement to cabinets and furniture. The new store is very user-friendly. A woodworker can click on the "Details" button on any item and get complete specs. And if larger quantities are needed, there's a distributors link to find a local source. Here's how the company describes the online store: "If your design needs movement, look no further! Our Online Store gives you access to Accuride's vast and proven range of premium movement solutions. From telescopic slides for kitchen cabinets to weather-resistant tracks for outside fixtures, we have the right movement for your design!"

A New Cordless Chainsaw From Craftsman

The new CMCCS660E1 from Craftsman is a 60 Volt chainsaw that comes with a high efficiency, brushless motor and is equipped with a 2.5Ah (Amp hour) lithium ion battery. The battery is compatible with all V60 Craftsman tools. The saw has an extended runtime, a bubble level and minimal maintenance that includes automatic oiling and tool free tensioning. The 16" bar and chain is designed for low kickback. Included are the chainsaw, a battery, a charger and a bar cover. The tool weighs in at 12.4 lbs (just 9.8 lbs without the battery), has a 3/8" chain pitch and the gauge is 0.043. Chain speed is 44, and there's a 4-year limited warranty. WoodEzine saw it listed for $269 at Lowe's and Menards in May 2019.


The new CMCCS660E1 from Craftsman is a cordless 16 inch chainsaw

TaylorCraft Cabinet Door Company's IE9 beveled inside edge


Beveled Inside Edge Now Available on Cabinet Doors

TaylorCraft Cabinet Door Company is a family owned business located in Taylor, Texas, which is about half an hour northeast of Austin. The company supplies custom, unfinished wood cabinet doors and drawer fronts to professional woodshops across the country. Among its latest innovations is the IE9, a beveled inside edge that adds subtle design detail to traditional Shaker doors while keeping a minimalist look. The IE9 edge also takes finish beautifully, with an angle that's designed to help prevent a halo effect around panel edges when staining. TaylorCraft offers over 100 inside edge, outside edge and panel options so that cabinetmakers can create their own door styles. Shown at left are doors in hard maple, walnut and alder. The company offers 18 different in-stock wood selections, and can source any readily available wood species.

Turning Southern Style 2019

Registration is now open for the Georgia Association of Woodturners' 2019 turning symposium, which will be held from September 20th through the 22nd at the Dalton Convention Center. Among this year's headliners are David Ellsworth, Hans Weissflog and Stuart Batty. Guest demonstrators will include Bill Lynch, Steve Mellott and Dan Douthart. There will be a large group of vendors in the Trade Area, plus an instant gallery featuring a large exhibition of wood turned art. After the rotations end on Friday, turners are invited to avoid the Friday night restaurant crowds by staying at the Convention Center for dinner, socializing, and attending their choice of several 90-minute special interest sessions. A banquet dinner will be served Saturday evening, and this is included in the registration fee.


Turning Southern Style 2019 is open for registration

The new OVVO® V-1230 Connector for End Milling


OVVO Connectors For Nesting

Last November, WoodEzine reported that the Irish manufacturer OVVO had developed a new generation of its award-winning V-0930 hidden casework fastener, the V-1230. Designed for board thicknesses greater than 15mm (19/32"), the new product retains the award-winning dovetail design of the original, plus a solid central rib that allows for increased joint rigidity. Now OVVO has announced that it will be introducing more connectors at Interzum in Cologne, Germany on May 21st through the 24th (a show dedicated to furniture production and interior design), and at Ligna in Hanover on May 27th through the 30th (which covers woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery and tools). The new connectors were developed using the same patented, award-winning design, and they are compatible with nesting and drilling equipment. Click on the image to watch a short video on the OVVO system.

Ryobi's New 18 Volt Crown Stapler

Among the latest tools to join Ryobi's One+™ stable is the P317 3/8" crown stapler. It handles staples from 1/4" to 9/16" and is also compatible with Arrow's T50 staples. It will drive more than 5,500 staples on a full charge, and a knob on the top (shown) controls the depth. There's an onboard attachment that will guide staples when working with window screens, a belt clip if you're working on a ladder (left or right), and a magazine capacity of 85 staples. The tool, without the battery, weighs in at just 3 lbs. The P317 is currently available through The Home Depot at a list price of $79 (battery sold separately). Ryobi tools are covered by a 3-year warranty, and the 18V ONE+ system now includes more than 125 products.


Ryobi's new 18 Volt ONE+ 3/8" crown stapler, model P317

 Oregon State University and the TallWood Design Institute choose Biesse’s Uniteam UT


Biesse Machine Chosen By Tallwood

Oregon State University and the TallWood Design Institute (TDI) needed a machining solution to support creativity in their new A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. They needed a large-scale CNC machine to work with mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber (X-LAM) and glue-laminated beams (GLU-LAM). The team chose the Biesse Uniteam and its high performance Uniteam UT work center. When the new lab opens on May 14th, the UT machine will be used for student education, industry training, technical demonstrations and applied research. A partnership between Oregon State University’s Colleges of Forestry and Engineering and University of Oregon’s College of Design, TDI is the nation’s leading research collaborative focused on the advancement of structural wood products and mass timber design.

Lighter, More Controllable Air Hoses

The French manufacturer Sames Kremlin has its U.S headquarters in Plymouth, Minnesota, which is a suburb of Minneapolis. The company's new low-pressure fluid hoses have been developed specially for Airspray applications. They dramatically lighten and enhance the movement of the spray gun for operator comfort. A smaller diameter whip hose is also available now for specific low flow rate applications. This allows a woodshop to reduce product waste due to very small cleaning volumes. The multi-layered, premium material hoses are compatible with other ATEX equipment and stainless steel fitting nipples. The new hoses are available in 3.2mm (1/8''), 6.4mm (1/4'') and 9.5mm (3/8'') internal diameters


SAMES KREMLIN's new air hoses

The CMA awards program, dubbed the Wood Diamond Awards


Deadline for Cabinet Makers' Awards Nears

The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) annual awards contest is accepting submissions until May 15. You must be, or become, a current member to participate (standard dues are $275 a year). The winners will be announced at AWFS during the association's annual Member Appreciation Banquet. The awards program is a means to promote excellence in woodworking and cabinetry, but the members who participate and win can also use their success as part of their local marketing program. The CMA allows smaller and medium sized shops to share experiences and ideas with other members. Shown at left is a first place winner in the 2018 competition, a library by Gaston & Wyatt. The company operates a 50,000 square foot facility in Charlottesville, Virginia. Any firm or individual whose primary business is the manufacturing of wood or composite cabinets and related wood or composite products is eligible for Active Membership.

Inexpensive CNC has New Motor

Carbide 3D makes three small, inexpensive CNC machines in its Shapeoko line, and the California company has just added a new router motor that fits all three models. The Carbide Compact Router comes packaged without any bases or jigs that won't be used, and includes only the following - a collet wrench, a 1/4" collet and two sets of replacement brushes. The package runs $80 and the motor has a 12 foot power cord and a speed range from 12000 to 30000 RPM. The Standard model CNC in the Shapeoko line has a work area of 16" x 16" x 3" and runs $1,099. The XL model shown here handles parts up to 33" x 16" x 3" ($1,499), and the XXL's table is 33" x 33" x 3" ($1,699). The package also includes "a crash course in CNC" and the Carbide Create 2D CAD/CAM software.


Carbide 3D has a new compact router


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