August 2019

Woodworking news and new products

A ShopBot with an Automatic Tool Changer

The new ShopBot Desktop Max ATC adds an automatic tool changer to reduce production time. It quickly and robotically changes cutters between tool paths, eliminating the need to change and zero tools individually. The machine has a 36" x 24" work area, and is available with two different decks. The aluminum general purpose deck comes with an attached MDF spoilboard. Because the Desktop MAX ATC is completely open underneath and the aluminum deck can be partially (as shown here) or completely removed, a woodworker can add widely available dovetailing or end-milling attachments. The other deck option has a universal vacuum hold-down kit that includes a plywood plenum, MDF spoil board, and a ShopBot Vacuube™. This option is not optimal for small parts, but is well-suited for large parts without needing screws, nylon nails or tabs.


The new Desktop Max ATC from ShopBot

Tresco and Rev-A-Shelf seek entries for Top Project Contest


Entries Sought for Lighting Contest

Rev-A-Shelf and Tresco Lighting have announced the second annual (2019) Top Project Contest. The competition honors the most outstanding lighting projects featuring Tresco Lighting products from the previous year. Tresco Lighting employees, including marketing professionals, art directors and designers, will choose the best project from a group of entries submitted over the 2019 calendar year. Furniture and cabinet makers can enter their projects for a chance to have them professionally photographed and spotlighted on the company's blog, website and social media platforms. One entry will be selected and featured as the 2019 Top Project, and will win a professional photoshoot and a $500 Visa gift card. And one Wild Card entry will receive a $150 gift card.

Hide Your Wires with Style

Custom Accents highlighted its new Link 360 Cable Manager at the recent AWFS show. It's a versatile product that solves the problems of what to do with cables for height-adjustable desks (and, of course, it can also be used on stationary desks and for horizontal wire management). The company's new Magnetic Pockets also make it very easy to attach the Link 360 to a metal table leg or a metal frame underneath a work station. Pricing and samples are available now. Custom Accents also has a new line of power products called Accents Power (not shown here). It offers a variety of convenient charging solutions that appeal to both design and functionality, with multiple applications and socket systems. They provide power solutions from wireless charging stations to small form dual USB charging, plus larger power, data, and USB hideaway solutions.


Wire tamer from Custom Accents

MaestroHue from AkzoNobel


New Color System from AkzoNobel

MaestroHue is a complete color system that gives cabinet shop suppliers direct access to AkzoNobel's newest trend colors, proprietary software, equipment, color database, ability to create custom formulations and color matching support . It comes loaded with a comprehensive database of existing colors, based on popular paint swatch books. All have been matched for accurate reproduction. As the company presents new trend colors for wood coatings each year, they will be downloaded automatically into the MaestroHue database. By using an attached spectrophotometer, suppliers can match customer samples and create custom color formulations. The system comes with a vast library of validated color formulations, and the ability to create new custom colors, and reproduce them with accuracy as needed. Suppliers can produce the volume needed for a job with minimal waste, and maintain better inventory management. The proprietary color software works in conjunction with tint dispensing equipment.

HDI Diversifies the Origins of Dragon Ply

Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (HDI) in Vancouver has just completed an overhaul of its import plywood supply chain. It has moved its U.S. supply options away from China, diversifying the origins of its flagship brand, Dragon Ply. It now has more core options to fit specific needs, and continues to offer a full line of thick faced, machine composed fancy plywood, which is customizable to the end users requirements in terms of grade and composition - something that has traditionally only been available through domestic manufacturers. The new Dragon Ply (in bold new packaging) was on display at AWFS. HDI is North America's largest distributor of architectural grade building products. The Company operates under three distribution brands: Hardwoods Specialty Products; the Frank Paxton Lumber Company; and Rugby Architectural Building Products. The new Dragon Ply inventories are available at numerous HDI locations across the U.S.


Hardwoods Distribution Inc offers Dragon Ply

The Magma 500 Fluid Heater from Sames Kremlin


Heat Up Your High Solid Coatings

The Magma 500 Fluid Heater comes from the French manufacturer Sames Kremlin, which has U.S. headquarters in Plymouth, Minnesota. It is intended for high pressure, heavy-duty applications and delivers excellent performance, even without circulation. Its stainless steel design is compatible with most coatings. It is perfect for high solid coatings, as it minimizes pressure losses and allows high flow output. The Magma heater range is available up to 500 bar (7250 psi). It has precise temperature control that maintains material temperature, regardless of environmental factors. There's a temperature limiter for safety, and the modular design makes it possible to replace the lower fluid body without changing the electrical modules, thus eliminating the need to purchase a completely new heater.

New Base Cabinet Organizers

With half a dozen warehouses across North America and a manufacturing facility in Louisiana, Hardware Resources designs, engineers and manufactures products for the kitchen cabinet, bath and closet industries. Among it's newest offerings is the 6" No Wiggle base filler pullout (item BFPO2-6SC, shown at left in the photo). It has premium soft-close slides and door-mounting brackets, and is fully encased with side material. It can be removed if needed, but can also be used as an end panel (it's UV coated). The unit is also available in a 3" version. And HR's new Storage With Style™ brand wire pullout basket for a 21" cabinet opening (shown at right in photo, item SWS-WB213PC) comes in a polished chrome finish. It, too, has premium soft -close slides and it comes with removable gray acrylic liners for easy cleaning. Available widths are the 21" plus a 27" that comes in either chrome or black nickel.


New cabinet organizers from Hardware Resources

WalzCraft added five Super Matte Colors to its collection of 3D Laminate (RTF) Finishes.


New Colors in Thermofoil Doors

WalzCraft, based in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is a wholesale supplier of casework components. The company recently added five new Super Matte colors to its collection of 3D laminate rigid thermofoil (RTF) finishes. They include (from top to bottom in the stack at far left) White, Mysterious (navy), Canadian Grey, Gauntlet Grey and Siena. The Super Matte finish has a low sheen and offers a durable, easy to clean surface. It's available in one-piece 3D RTF doors and drawer fronts, plus a wide range of moldings. WalzCraft's 3D RTF doors and fronts consist of a routed one-piece MDF door with a vinyl film applied using heat and pressure. The "3D" nomenclature comes from the ability of the vinyl film to form to contours.

Faster Pricing and Affordable Drawers

Keystone Wood Specialties in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has unveiled a new Instant Pricing option for cabinet shops. When a woodshop submits an order or a request for a quote, they’ll receive an email with Instant Pricing attached. Keystone has created an informative video tutorial to explain how the process works. A shop should be able to give a customer pricing while they wait. Keystone has also recently introduced its new Bee-Line dovetailed drawers that feature Keystone’s dependable quality and do so at an affordable price. There's just a 5-day lead-time (some restictions apply), and the drawer boxes are assembled or finished ready-to-assemble. The 5/8" thick, pre-finished maple drawers come in 3, 3-1/2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 10" heights, with 1/4" or 1/2" maple bottoms. Options include corner drawers, pegboard drawers, L or U shaped boxes, laser logo engraving and either fixed or adjustable dividers. Shops can also request notching for undermount slides, pull-out shelves, cutlery trays, knife blocks and spice inserts.


Keystone Wood Products Instant Pricing

Thermwood lets you CNC with no programming


Combination Cabinets with no CNC Programming

Thermwood, located in Dale, Indiana, has released a new component in its Cut Ready program that includes a feature called Combination Cabinets. This adds the ability to create a single structure comprised of multiple cabinets, and like all Cut Ready products it all happens with no CNC programming required. This latest free update also includes dovetail drawer box updates and the ability to generate a dimensional listing of all face frame parts. Combination Cabinets allows a woodworker to easily create large kitchen cabinets with multiple sections. It reduces machine time by 25 to 35 percent, and the part count by 50 percent or higher. A shop can now create endless combinations for both frameless and face frame kitchen cabinets.

European Manufacturer Expands to U.S.

In late July oin Lexington, North Carolina, the European manufacturer Egger Wood Products reached a milestone in the building of its first U.S. manufacturing facility - the start of production equipment installation. Local officials, contractors, site workers and employees gathered to mark completion of the project’s major structural elements by placing a tree on the topmost roof beam, an Austrian building tradition. Gray’s site manager Kendall Kluttz and Egger’s construction project manager Christian Kasper shared the honor of placing the tree, which was draped with both American and Austrian flags. Egger also made its AWFS debut this year, where it showcased the latest in its laminate products at booth 4008. The company introduced Feelwood (shown here), which is an embossed-in-register finish with unmatched lightfastness and durability, as well as the fingerprint-resistant PerfectSense collection.


Egger's new Feelwood laminate

Accuride's 332 Pocket Door Slide


Three New Hardware Solutions from Accuride

Among Accuride® International's newest offerings is the 116RC Heavy-Duty Linear Track System. This easy-to-mount, corrosion-resistant system works on full-size entry doors up to nearly 800 lbs. It has been installed in locations such as the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England, and Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS, among other notable clients. The company recently launched an online store and a new website, which make it a lot easier for woodshops in any location to move up to genuine Accuride hardware. Also new is the 3160EC Easy-Close undermount slide that features an innovative suspension system for rack-free movement on drawers up to five feet wide. It was designed from the ground up to provide smooth movement for ultra-wide drawers and trays. And the new 332 Pocket Door Slide (shown) is a light-duty slide designed to support tall, concealable cabinet doors. A novel cable system prevents racking, allowing smooth inward and outward door movement.

Milling A Lot of Profiled Edges?

In applications where a lot of lineal feet are being profiled, conventional tool systems can cause some pretty high running costs. The new ProfilCut Q PLUS from Leitz sustainably reduces production costs by using resharpenable diameter and profile-constant cutting edges. Especially designed for machines that have high parts output, this system offers more efficiency and productivity, while saving resources. Due to the six tool lives per knife, machining costs can be reduced by up to 20 per cent. Leitz has also just released a continuously swiveling bevel cutterhead, and the company's new compact hogger DT Premium is another great solution for increasing productivity thanks to its long tool life – with perfect quality on the edge and cutting surface. Its new tooth shape delivers optimum machining results aover the entire tool life cycle. And targeted removal of chips and a vibration-reducing tool body further increase the tool life and efficiency.


The ProfilCut Q PLUS from Leitz

Lockdowel Channel Lock Fastening System has earned global patents


Global Patents for Lockdowel

Fremont, California based Lockdowel Inc. has announced that its Channel Lock Fastening System has earned global patents worldwide. The Lockdowel system has been thoroughly tested and successfully used by woodworking customers around the world to significantly speed up assembly and facilitate flat-pack shipping. Within the Channel Lock Fasteners the company has incorporated a security tag that allows customers to ensure the purchase of authentic Lockdowel products. This protects customers from inferior copycats. Using a non-invasive hand-held laser gun, customers can authenticate their fastener quickly to see that it is truly Lockdowel manufactured. Lockdowel patents have been issued around the world (the United States patent number is 10,197,081). The Channel Lock Fastener can be inserted manually or via automated insertion equipment similar to wood dowel insertion equipment.

MaestroHue Was on Display at AWFS

AkzoNobel officially kicked off its 100th year in the wood coatings industry in North America at the 2019 AWFS Fair in Las Vegas (July 17-20, 2019). The global leader of wood coatings showcased its industry-favorite products alongside the latest innovations, including MaestroHue, the complete wood coatings color system developed by Chemcraft, which is AkzoNobel’s specialist wood coatings brand. MaestroHue gives distributors and OEM manufacturers the power to match virtually any color with unrivalled pinpoint accuracy, and minimal waste. Quick and easy to use, it means customers no longer have to tint by hand, leading to a faster turnaround time and less waste. Chemcraft has a distributor location tool here.


Akzo Nobel showcases MaestroHue at AWFS 2019

Universal Robots collaborative robots


Robots are Sanding, Gluing and Packaging

Universal Robots (UR) pioneered the collaborative robot that, in contrast to traditional industrial robots, can work alongside humans with no safety fencing, and be easily moved between tasks. It's the fastest growing segment of industrial automation, and it's expected to grow ten-fold by 2025. The woodworking industry is increasingly using cobots for sanding and polishing tasks. Their versatility means they can sand one day, handle glue dispensing the next, and then be used on the packaging or material handling line right after. At AWFS, Universal Robots showed a material handling demo that detailed how a UR cobot arm equipped with a vacuum generator can easily handle multiple SKUs of wooden pieces. The company also showed the Active Orbital sanding kit that autonomously compensates for tolerances up to 35.5mm.

A New Way To Make Great Connections

Knapp Connectors' new Peanut1® is a quick and simple way to assemble cabinets with the use of just a rubber mallet. It's efficient enough to use in production line manufacturing, as it requires just one CNC machining process. The Peanut1 is available for Mozaik and Cabinet Vision software. It reduces labor and equipment costs, and the components can be easily transported and simply assembled on-site. This is a self-tightening, single component connector that creates an incredibly strong joint. It can be disassembled and reassembled, and is appropriate for cabinets, case goods, closets, drawer boxes, plus bedroom and office furniture. It can be used in hardwoods, softwoods, plywood, MDF and MFC.


Knapp's new Peanut connector

JKL Machinery, headquartered in Brighten Michigan, is the exclusive North American importer for the Casadei Busellato brand.


JKL Machinery and Casadei Busellato Team Up

The Casadei-Busellato brand was launched in North America in 2010, but its heritage goes back to 1945. Casadei was founded to manufacture some of the first combination machines under the brand name L’Artigiana. By the 1980s, Casadie was producing panel saws and gaining a reputation for quality and reliability. Busellato, founded in 1956, developed the very first multi axis drilling machine, the first automatic borer and dowel inserter, and the first automatic loading boring / dowel inserting machine. Busellato changed the industry in 1976 when it introduced the first numeric controlled machine center for boring and milling operations. In 2007, Busellato became part of the SCM Group. SCM had also acquired Casadei. Now, Casadei Busellato has named JKL Machinery, headquartered in Michigan, as the exclusive North American importer for the Casadei Busellato brand.

Examine Cutters with an Electronic Microscope

Torrance, California based Dino-Lite offers tool sharpeners and users a way to inspect cutting edges, chips, cracks, wear, build-up and other detrimental factors on CNC cutters, saw blades and router bits. Simply hook one of their relatively inexpensive devices to a screen - laptop, phone, desktop or tablet - and take a very detailed look at small parts, inserts and edges. At AWFS, the company demonstrated models like the basic AF4915ZT, and higher resolution models such as the AM73915MZT. Stands can stabilize the microscope and simplify the process, and enhance results. The stands used in the booth were the very precise RK-10A and the versatile RK-06A.



Small Shredder Makes a Big Impact  

How Much Wood Can a Woodchuck Shred?

According to Weima, small wood shredders are now the hottest ticket in wood waste recycling, an activity that can be both environmentally beneficial and profitable. Automated solutions like the Weima Woodchuck (shown) can free an operator to do more productive things, while reducing disposal costs. This single-shaft shredder is the smallest the manufacturer offers, which makes it ideal for woodshops that wish to place one at each of several machining centers. Woodchucks are hopper-fed and ideal for shredding panel scrap. The rotor design incorporates cutting knives that are bolted into welded knife holders, and that allows for reliable and consistent shredding as well as easy cleaning and preventative maintenance.

Vitap Upgrades Machines for Industry 4.0

With a mind to helping woodshops adapt to the industry's rapidly-changing technology, Vitap is developing new models of its successful Point series and also refining other products. For example, the company's Blitz 2.0 CNC drill-glue-insert doweling machine is now equipped with six independent drilling heads (3 horizontal and 3 vertical). And the popular compact Point K2 2.0 CNC (shown here, and there's a video of it fully automated here) is capable of doing a multitude of different operations without having to remove the workpiece. In a single step the operator can complete the most complex drilling patterns and processing. Atlantic Machinery Corp. in New Milford, Connecticut is Vitap’s exclusive importer and distributor in North America.


Vitap Updates Machines

Dimora Brands Acquires Watermark Designs  

Dimora Acquires Watermark Designs

Woodshops working on high-end baths and kitchens will be interested to learn that Branchburg, New Jersey based Dimora Brands has just announced the acquisition of Brooklyn's famed Watermark Designs. Dimora is the parent company of several industry leading luxury brands that include Top Knobs, Water Street Brass and Hardware Resources. Warren Ramsland, the president of Top Knobs, said that he is proud to welcome Avi Abel and the team from Watermark Designs, whom he describes as innovators who will continue to push the boundaries of design to provide beautiful plumbing that is made in New York. The addition of Watermark Designs to the Dimora Brands portfolio (combined with its recent acquisition of Water Street Brass, and its Vesta Fine Hardware product line) now means the company offers a trifecta of luxury solutions that includes cabinet hardware, door hardware and plumbing fixtures.

New Tape Measures

Milwaukee Tool has redesigned its Stud™ tape measures, and it is also introducing new Wide Blade and Compact ones. The Stud delivers up to 14 feet of standout, a smaller size, and EXO360™ technology to protect from ripping and wearing. This strong, high-density nylon coating wraps 360° around the blade. There's a fully reinforced frame that can survive an 80 foot drop; a Finger Stop for controlled blade retraction; and 2-sided blade printing for increased readability. Plus there are more sizes, including a 25' magnetic option. Milwaukee's new Wide Blade delivers up to 14 feet of standout, and has a coating that reinforces the first 6 inches. There's a reinforced frame for drop protection, a Finger Stop, 2-sided blade printing and 16' and 25' magnetic options. And Milwaukee's new Compact Wide Blade delivers up to 12 feet of standout, an impact resistant frame and 2-sided printing. These will also be available in Magnetic models that feature a Finger Stop.


New Tape Measures from Milwaukee

Stairbuilders in Kentucky  

A Two-tier Tour for Stairbuilders

Northwood Machine Manufacturing and Crown Stair have joined forces to offer a one-of-a-kind, Stairbuilders & Manufacturers (SMA) workshop tour. The event will kick off with Northwood presenting a tour of the Louisville Slugger Bat Museum, followed by a tour of its own manufacturing facilities. This latter will give participants an intimate look at the machine manufacturing process. The day will continue with a lunch provided by Northwood, followed by a presentation on CNC machine technology. Then attendees will be able to take in the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs. Day two begins with a behind-the-scenes tour of Crown Stair followed by a tour of Toyota Manufacturing where attendees will learn about lean manufacturing principles. After lunch courtesy of Crown Stair, the company will give a presentation on process improvements.

Layoffs at Plywood Plant

Roseburg Forest Products says that unfavorable conditions in the North American plywood market prompted the layoff of about 90 employees at its plant in Dillard, Oregon earlier this month. The was able to extend immediate job offers to approximately 50 of the affected employees at the company’s other plants in Dillard and Riddle. The remaining employees will be considered first for positions at other company facilities as openings occur. "After waiting for months for markets to improve," senior VP of operations Jake Elston said, "we have reached the point where a layoff is necessary to better match supply with weakened demand. Slow housing starts, imported plywood, and increased competition from OSB manufacturers are all driving the imbalance in the market." Operations at other Roseburg facilities will continue as usual.


Layoffs at Roseburg's Dillard plywood plant

Three new table bases from Osborne Wood Products


Three New Table Bases

Georgia based Osborne Wood Products is a family-owned and operated manufacturer and distributor of fine decorative wood and metal products for the cabinetry, furniture and remodeling industries. The company's new high-quality metal table pedestal bases include the Arkwright, which has clean lines and industrial styling for just the right touch in a contemporary or industrial-themed space. The edgy Cartwright has a distinctive geometric pattern that is sure to make a statement in any room. And the Cromford base gives customers the chance to add personality and style in a table with its unique criss-cross bracing design. Osborne offers more than fifteen hundred SKUs in fifteen standard wood species, and 92 percent of the catalog items are available for same-day shipping.

PaintLine introduces ProCart

The PaintLine makes spray stands and drying rack for cabinet and millwork finishing, and the company has just introduced its new ProCart™. This is a versatile material handling cart that's designed to handle multiple parts as they move through the shop. It has a powder coated steel base, MDF decking and heavy duty 6" castors for maneuverability. Dividers can be installed along the width or length of the cart, to provide maximum flexibility with as many as twelve bins. The dividers can also be completely removed, so it can be used as a flatbed. The cart has a weight capacity of 2,000 lbs. The entire cart is only 22" wide, so it's perfect for maneuvering in tight spaces or aisles. ProCart is 59" tall, lists at $430, and is available now. The PaintLine is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.


PaintLine introduces ProCart

Deadbolt Locks for Cabinets


Deadbolt Security for Institutional Casework

CompX National operates from its headquarters in Mauldin, South Carolina and a distribution center in California. The company manufactures a wide variety of locks, and has now released the first deadbolt locks for cabinets. There are versions for both doors and drawers, and the locks come in Grade 1 bolt strength (500 lbf, or 'pound force') and Grade 2 (250 lbf). They have been tested against rigorous standards developed by the Builders Hardware Manufacturing Association (BHMA) and the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), and have also been certified by an independent laboratory/testing facility that is approved the BHMA. CompX is the number one architect specified lock, and has been since 1903. The new locks are manufactured and assembled in the USA. The company has also recently introduced StealthLock, which is a keyless, invisible cabinet locking system.

An Affordable Track Saw

The August issue of Woodsmith magazine has a feature titled What's New in Track Saws, and one of the tools shown is a budget system from MLCS Woodworking (item 9661, $159.95). That company bills it as small, powerful and portable. It's a 4-1/2" system with 110" of track and it cuts stock up to 1-3/4" thick. There's a pistol grip handle that's designed for easy, non-slip one-handed use (an additional grip for two-handed use is included). The saw's light weight and small size make it very portable, and the extruded aluminum track has low friction sliders for smooth saw movement. It comes in six 18-3/8" sections, and includes connectors for easy transportation and storage. There's non-slip rubber padding on the bottom of the track, so it stays in place on the work. The bevel adjustment is up to 45 degrees, and the 5.8Amp motor has plenty of power (3500 rpm) . The saw accepts 4-1/2" blades with a 3/8" bore, and the dust port is standard 1-1/4".


New saw track system from MLCS Woodworking

New mirror lights from Richelieu


Brighten Up Those Mirrors

Montreal based Richelieu Hardware has introduced two new stylish luminaires that can be easily and quickly added to any mirror, for extra brightness. Named LOOP and PULSE, these are 12 Volt LED lights that are designed to hook onto the edge of a 6 mm thick mirror. They can be positioned wherever a casework installer needs to provide bright, uniform light. They're deal for bathroom vanity mirrors and they come in natural white and warm white color temperature options, with a chrome finish base plate. Richelieu is a leading distributor, importer and manufacturer of specialty hardware and complementary products.

A New Generation Face Frame Hinge

The new Supreme soft-close concealed hinge from the Turkish manufacturer Samet is designed to deliver slow and silent closure when used with face frame furniture and cabinet doors. The hinge has an aesthetically pleasing minimalist design, and the automatic motion can be turned on or off as required - simplyby turning a screw. A well-engineered track mechanism allows the woodworker to easily attach and detach the door to and from the cabinet. The 6-way adjustment option delivers precise fitting - that is, the doors can be adjusted quickly in six directions. The Supreme comes in both 1-1/4" and 1/2" overlay choices. Woodshops managers who wish to learn more about Samet can contact O'BH Associates in Texas.


Samet Supreme new generation face frame hinge

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