September 2019

Woodworking news and new products

A 20-Volt System from Craftsman

On September 16th Craftsman® announced several newly available cordless power tools and outdoor equipment products. They all use the same premium V20* batteries, each of which comes with a state-of-charge indicator. They are also VersaTrack compatible (hook sold separately). The newest tools include a Cordless Wet Tile Saw (CMCS4000) and a Jobsite Fan (inset, top right, item CMCE001) that can be plugged into a wall outlet, offers 3 speeds and runs for up to 8 hours on the high setting. It has a 240° pivoting head.


Craftsman V20 Tools

The Bosch GAA12V-21 12V Max Portable Power Adapter


Charge Your Phone with a Drill Battery!

The GAA12V-21 12V Max portable power adapter from Robert Bosch Tool Corporation lets woodworkers use one of the company's 12V Max batteries to deliver 2.1 Amps, the amount of juice needed to power up many common personal devices such as mobile phones, mobile devices, and tablets. The clever adapter is perfect for jobsite phone charges. This is a compact and lightweight device, but it's also built tough enough to withstand jobsite conditions and keep charging. And in winter, the adapter has a port that's compatible with Bosch's heated jackets. The device includes a metal belt clip, for additional user convenience. The power adapter has an on/off button to activate it for each charging session, or to begin powering the heated jacket.

A 14" Slider with a Digital Fence

The new G0853 from Grizzly is a 10 HP, 3-phase sliding table saw that has digital controls for precise main blade tilt from 0–45°, and speed settings at 3000, 4000, and 5000 RPM. There are also controls for the scoring blade alignment and ripping, thanks to a very accurate motorized fence that can reduce set-up time and cut list errors. The G0853 also features dual operation stations, so whether using the rip fence side of the table or the full 126" of crosscutting space, control is always within reach. The maximum width of cut with the rip fence is 51-1⁄4", and with the sliding table it's 126" x 126". The saw has a 4" depth of cut at 90 degrees, and 2-3/4" at 45 degrees. The table size is 59" x 68" with the included extension wings. The G0853 will accept 12" and 14" main blades with a 1" arbor. There's an adjustable blade guard, a riving knife/spreader, and 4" and 5" dust ports.


Grizzly G0853 - 14" 10 HP 3-Phase Sliding Table Saw with Digital Fence

Combilift Container Slip-Sheet (Combi-CSS)


Load a 20 Foot Container in 3 Minutes

The new Container Slip-Sheet (Combi-CSS) from the Irish manufacturer Combilift delivers faster and easier mechanised loading of products (particularly long ones) into containers. Now available in the U.S., it addresses challenges with the combination of forklifts and manual labor that are often required for this application. Using a forklift to lift and manoeuvre product laterally into a container, and another forklift operator to push the load into the container from the end, is both time consuming and inefficient. The patented Combi-CSS is a low, free-standing platform with a dual-directional, motor-driven pulling mechanism, on which a steel sheet rests. It has a capacity of 65,000 lbs and allows a full load of product to be prepared behind the container on the sheet and then loaded in just three minutes (six for a 40' container).

The 12V-Class Power Tool Line

In late July, the German manufacturer Metabo Corporation introduced its 12V-Class Power Tool Line that offers more compact and lightweight models than the company's standard 18 Volt tools. The collection includes drill/drivers (the BS12 and BS12BL Quick), hammer drill/drivers (the SB12 and SB12BL), and impact drivers (models SSD12 and SSD12BL), in both brushed and premium brushless motors. There are also new caulking guns (the KPA12 400 and 600), an LED light (the ULA12 LED) and a new USB charger (PA12 LED-USB). There are two 12V-class batteries to choose from - the 2.0Ah compact and the 4.0Ah compact, which the company says is "the lightest and most compact 12V 4.0Ah battery in the industry".


Metabo Introduces the 12V-Class Power Tool Line

M18 FUEL™ Compact Router


Variable Speed 18V Cordless Router

In mid-September, Milwaukee Tool unveiled its new M18 Fuel™ Compact Router. The tool includes the company's Powerstate™ Brushless Motor and Redlink Plus™ electronics. It delivers the power of corded 1-1/4 HP trim routers, and has best-in-class 31,000 RPM top speed for clean, quality cuts. With an M18™ Redlithium™ XC5.0 battery on board, it can cut up to 250 feet of 3/8" roundovers in red oak, providing all-day run time with fewer trips to the charger. The handheld router is equipped with a micro-adjust dial and macro-adjust button, providing fast and accurate depth adjustments for highly accurate work. It has a 4" sub-base plate and is compatible with a plunge base and an offset base (sold separately).

Cordless Rachet Drives Both 1/4" and 3/8"

Makita U.S.A., Inc. has released its new 12V max CXT® cordless square drive rachet, the RW01. This is two tools in one, with interchangeable 3/8" and 1/4" anvils (included). It is variable speed (0-800 RPM) for a wide range of fastening applications, and the company says it's three faster than the leading competitor while providing the same torque. The motor delivers 35 ft. lbs. of torque, and it can also be used as a manual ratchet when the motor is not engaged. A low profile design is engineered for handling in tight spaces and overhead applications. The ergonomically designed handle has a rubberized soft grip for increased comfort and control. The ratchet weights 2.35 lbs., with battery, for reduced operator fatigue. A built-in L.E.D. light and an electric brake help productivity.



New from Festool USA are two dust extractors, the mini and midi versions of the CT HEPA.


Two New Extractors from Festool

New from Festool USA are two dust extractors, the mini (574845, $590) and midi (574837, $640) versions of the CT HEPA. Both have huge suction power inside a machine that is compact enough to move easily between the shop and the jobsite. And both integrate perfectly with the Festool system, carry full-unit HEPA certification, and are OSHA compliant. They have integrated Bluetooth technology (you can start and stop the vac remotely), a new and very accessible external filter replacement, and a new compartment built into the top of the unit where the hose can be stored and transported. Festool has also developed an impressive arsenal of accessories for the system, including self-cleaning and long-life filter bags, and tool sets designed specifically for tight spots, install jobs and general workshop maintenance.

Powerful Subcompact Tools

Professionals looking for capable, subcompact tools to reach in tight spaces might want to take a look at the new XTREME Subcompact Series™ tools from DeWALT. The latest offerings include the Brushless 12V MAX* drill/driver, impact driver, screwdriver, 3/8-inch impact wrench and a hammerdrill. To give you an idea of their size, the drill/driver (DCD701) can handle up to a 1/2-inch spade bit and is 5.97 inches long and 1.91 pounds (tool-only). Each tool kit also features a Fuel Gauge charge indicator where, with a quick button press, three LEDs display the remaining battery charge.


DEWALT announces the XTREME Subcompact Series™ tools



Compact CNC Does It All

Vitap S.p.A. and Atlantic Machinery Corporation have just released information and a video on the Point K2, a compact CNC work center that is capable of performing the same duties as a full-fledged, conventional CNC router - but for less money and with smaller space requirements. The main difference is that operations can be carried out without any set-up time. The machine does cutting, drilling, grooving, milling, and routing operations, all of which can be achieved without the need to reset the hold-downs. The unique, patented Constant Contact Clamping System ensures continuous, uninterrupted operation. The machine is fully enclosed, with safety micro-switches on all door openings. The Point K2 is available in both 1250mm and 920mm widths.

Dry Ice Cleans Wide Sander Belts

IceClean Systems in Wichita, Kansas has just launched a new website where the company showcases its abrasive belt cleaning technology. Woodshops can check out the comparison between dry ice blasting and high-pressure water blasting. Shown at right is a belt, still on the machine, being cleaned as a nozzle travels from left to right. The arrow points to the nozzle, which is also shown in the inset photo. IceClean has included a rating of all belt cleaning methods on the new website, including recent comparisons that show all of the elements involved in the direct comparison of the two methods. Many of the company's clients who sand softwoods report "a reduction in their abrasive costs of 90% or more". An on-sander belt cleaning system means that employees don't have to remove belts and re-install them.


IceClean uses dry ice to clean wide belt sander belts

Cut 2 Size offers Lockdowel assembly on all Speedbox cabinets


Lockdowel Now Available on Speedbox Cabinets

Cut 2 Size Parts now offers Lockdowel assembly on all of its Speedbox cabinets that are ordered through its website. According to the company, the Speedbox assembly method can reduce build time by 60%, eliminate hardware and reduce shipping weight. The cabinets are shipped flat-packed, and a single box assembles in about five minutes. Owner Dave Halle says that his company motto is "wicked fast precision CNC parts", where most orders are shipped within four business days. Now with Lockdowel, woodshops "can assemble wicked fast too". Cut 2 Size Parts online ordering streamlines the build process and allows orders to enter production almost as quickly as they are placed. Shops can order day or night without forms or phone calls. The company supplies casework to contractors, designers, builders, and do-it-yourselfers.

Optical Detection Saves Woodworking Fingers

The German company Altendorf Group showcased its new table saw safety system, called ASA, at the Ligna woodworking show in Hannover, Germany this summer. The system doesn't destroy the sawblade, or require replacing a brake block. It simply stops and drops the blade when a hand is detected. According to Karl-Friedrich Schroder, the head of development at Altendorf, the system detects a hazard earlier than older technology and stops the blade before the finger reaches it, rather than when it does. The saw also warns the operator with lights when a hazard is approaching, and then slows the blade so the woodworker feels more resistance and knows something is amiss. The system uses a number of cameras to gather data and a computer to synchronise and interpret it. The saw can resume work immediately after the incident, and the system should be available in a year or so.


Altendorf's ASA saw safety system

Timeless Trestle Table legset from Osborne Wood Products


A Traditional Trestle Table Base

Executed in red oak, knotty pine, hard maple or beech, the new Timeless Trestle Table base (item 1143) from Osborne Wood Products is even available with a weathered wood distressing texture in pine and oak. This double pedestal is an adaptation of the company's widely popular Large Pedestal Kit (part #1145). The Timeless version will support tops in wood, stone or marble, as long as they are at most just twice the length of the kit. The pedestal has an intricate square center with sharp features to create a visual focal point, and gentle curves in the arms and legs to balance it out. Osborne does not recommend this base for a glass top, as some hardware can be seen. Easily assembled, it comes unfinished but with everything one needs to put it together. Osborne Wood Products, Inc. is located in Toccoa, Georgia.

Easy-Install a Sound Bar

Woodworkers building home theaters and entertainment centers will like the new No Stud Sound Bar Hanger from Hangman, available at Walmart stores. Two plates nail onto the wall, two French cleat brackets pop onto them... and you're all done! It works for sound bars, small speakers, and wireless speakers. To complete the job, Hangman's No Stud TV Hanger mounts a flat screen television flush against the wall in minutes.


No stud sound bar barcket from Hnagman

New textured laminates from Cleaf


Textured Laminates

A couple of new textured laminates from the Italian company Cleaf are truly eye-catching. Well, hand-catching, really. They have the look... and feel... of natural woods, but with all of the durability and toughness of plastic. At right in the image is Geta, which is based on paulownia traditional wooden Japanese sandals. It's available as faced panel and laminate. And at far left is Poro Noce, which reproduces the feel of walnut. The pores are easily recognizable to the naked eye. It’s available as faced panel and ABS edge. Cleaf products are distributed in both Canada and the U.S. by Richelieu, and in the U.S. by Advanced Hardware Supply and several branches of E.B. Bradley.

Color of the Year for 2020

Tranquil Dawn has been unveiled as AkzoNobel's Color of the Year for 2020. The culmination of extensive trend research by experts around the world, it's designed to "capture the essence of what makes us human" as the dawn of a new decade arrives. A delicate, fluid shade somewhere between green, blue and grey, Tranquil Dawn features in four color palettes that are used throughout the company’s paints and coatings businesses to inspire customers, and make the task of choosing color easier. Color experts from the company's Wood Coatings business were heavily involved and worked closely with the global color and design team to develop on-trend selections for customers in various paints and coatings markets. The four Wood Coatings palettes are called Upcycle, Hybrid, Classical and Evolve.


AkzoNobel Color of the Year 2020, Wood Coatings edition isTranquil Dawn

Classes by Ernie Conover


Class Schedule for Ernie Conover

The new Conover Workshops classroom in Middlefield, Ohio is a bright, air-conditioned 28' x 40' space with a full complement of first-class lathes, professional benches and fine tools. Ernie, who has been instructing woodworkers for four decades, has scheduled a two-day basic bowl turning class for September 14 and 15; a Hollow Forms & Lidded Boxes workshop for September 28 and 29; and a hand tool joinery session that runs from the 23rd through the 27th. Next month, the school will do Woodturning Tools and Techniques from October 7 through the 11th. Ernie will accept up to four students for each class. He belives that small class sizes ensure one-on-one attention, and they also let a student have exclusive use of a workbench or lathe.

A Tour of Italian Woodshops

IMA Schelling Group USA is a single-source provider of sales, service and support for IMA, Schelling and Barbaric machinery and software. Based in Raleigh, NC, the company has announced that it will host prospects and customers on an Italy Technology Tour from September 15 through 21, 2019. The tour features state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located all across Italy that have integrated IMA Schelling equipment and laser technology into their manufacturing processes. There will be stops in Milano, Como, Venezia, Pordenone, Pesaro and San Marino, and a visit to Lamborghini’s automobile museum and its astonishing collection of world-renowned exotic sports cars.


IMA Schelling Group’s Technology Tour of Italy

Charles G. G. Schmidt & Co., Inc.


New Tools From Charles G. G. Schmidt & Co.

The New Jersey toolmaker has recently introduced a number of new catalog items, including the IR925S2 spoilboard cutter at far left that comes with ten INKS414 extra carbide inserts (those are standard 14 mm) and a torx wrench. The new tool is 2-1/2: in diameter with a 1/2" shank, and other sizes are available. Also new from Charles G.G. Schmidt are a pair of dust extracting nuts for CNC routers. Extremely effective in removing dust and chips during high speed cutting, they come in 97.5 mm (which will handle a maximum tool diameter of 70 mm), and 80 mm (up to 60 mm) versions for HSK 63F (ER32 and ER40) collets. They're balanced to 25000 RPM and are lightweight, rust resistant and easy to install. The Montvale based company is a comprehensive source for tool holders, arbors, collets and bits for CNCs, plus tooling for shapers, molders, tenoners, planers and saws.

Axiom Tool Group Purchases Iconic CNC

Iconic CNC was launched in London, Ontario, by father and son co-founders Steve and Jeremy Stevenson. They will now become part of the Axiom team servicing Canadian customers, as well as those in the educational markets throughout the US and Canada. Axiom president Todd Damon noted that the strategic collaboration will give the company further expansion into the Canadian market while also taking advantage of Iconic's expertise with educational organizations. Axiom is headquartered in central Ohio and builds CNC routers for consumer and industrial applications under the Axiom Precision brand. Axiom also offers turn-key educational CNC solutions which enable school administrators and instructors to effortlessly implement CNC technology within their classrooms.


Axiom Tool Group Purchases Iconic CNC

Rockler Dust Right Small Port Hose Kit 51170


An Affordable Way to Sand Without Dust

Portable sanders have made our lives a lot easier, but they have also introduced us to airborne fines. Somebody has finally come up with an economical way to hook a palm sander or belt sander (and even some routers) to a standard shop dust vacuum, while at the same time upgrading the hose. The new Dust Right® brand Small Port Hose Kit from Rockler Woodworking & Hardware (item 51170) is going to change the way that a lot of small shop owners handle dust control when sanding. This set-up lets a woodworker hook up the high quality 12-foot hose to just about any hand-held power tool. Four swiveling, flexible rubber connectors provide a snug fit for tools with 3/4", 1", 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" interior diameter (ID) ports. The kit contains the hose plus four adaptors, and it will be available in November 2019. It is tentatively priced at $59.99.

Anti-Kickback Invention

You saw it here first! Norman Pirollo is an inventor based in Ontario, Canada. This week, he shared a video with WoodEzine of an astonishing electronic device that he has created. "The new AKS system addresses table saw safety," he says, "and the pervasive problem of dangerous and violent table saw kickback". He custom built a small table saw (shown) to conduct his experiments, and perfect the concept. If he feeds a workpiece freehand through the saw and curves the path slightly, the blade instantly stops. If he intentionally sets the fence out of true (at a small angle), the blade stops. Pirollo has applied for a patent and is currently seeking a manufacturing and marketing partner. There's a rudimentary video on YouTube that demonstrates the concept.


Anti-kickback for table saw

Task Lighting eliminates dot pattern in cabinet lighting


Get Rid of the Dots in Under-Cabinet LEDs

Hardware Resources in Bossier City, Louisiana says that its Task Lighting division is enhancing the features of its sempriaLED Assembled Strip Lights to eliminate the dot-dot-dot effect found in many other LED strip light brands. The updated lights feature more diodes that together create a smoother, even bar of light. This virtually eliminates the appearance of dots on countertop surfaces below the cabinet lights. As a result, designers will be less inclined to hide the lighting and instead can make it a design element. The lights are easy to connect and install, and the fixtures come pre-assembled. All sempriaLED fixtures are also UL listed, assembled in the USA, and carry a five-year warranty, which is one of the best in the industry. The lights are rated for 50,000 hours (which would be about 5.7 years of continuous use).

National Certification in Robotics

Fanuc America has introduced the first ever National Certifications for Robot Operations, Programming and Integrated Vision. This represents an 18-month initiative that brought together experts from industry, automation systems, advisors and instructors from high school, community colleges, and universities - all focused on preparing a pipeline of talent with the core competencies and skills for today’s manufacturing industry. With these challenging and thorough national certification assessments, students and workers are going to be able to document their knowledge and fill high demand, high paying career opportunities in robotics and advanced manufacturing. The skills and knowledge required to obtain these new national certifications are being delivered through a network of secondary and post-secondary schools and training institutions.


Fanuc's education certification in robotics

Base and bathroom organizers from Richelieu Hardware


Conquer Clutter in Bases, Bathrooms

Richelieu Hardware has just introduced two families of cabinet organizers that can elevate a run-of-the-mill casework job. Among them is the Banio Modular Organizer (top left), a U-shaped drawer system for bathroom vanities that circumvents the plumbing. And kitchen designers can optimize the interior organization of any base cabinet by using YOUBOX sets of white plastic containers (bottom row of images). Each set can be installed on either side of the pull-out frame, and offers a high level of personalization. For example, keeping baking sheets and cutting boards organized is easy with the Tray Support, while Non-Slip Wire Baskets keep various container sizes neatly ordered where they're easy to see and access.

The MDF Door, Re-Engineered

The Chanel collection by Saint-Georges Doors in Sainte-Aurelie, Quebec doors has been on the market for eighteen months now and the company is beginning to promote it through direct marketing. The doors and fronts collection is designed especially for woodshops that want a high quality lacquered MDF product. The collection was created in response to an increasing interest of the industry for a well designed door that can be coated with tinted lacquer. These doors are especially easy to coat. They feature square inner corners and they're manufactured on a high frequency press that generates a dimentionally stable product. Saint-Georges Doors is perhaps best known to woodshops for its spectacular yet affordable radiused doors, both convex and concave and with either left/right or top/bottom curves, that are available in natural wood finishes.


New Lacquered Doors from St. George

Smooth-On Acquires Accu-Cast


Smooth-On Acquires Accu-Cast

Smooth-On, Inc., based in Pennsylvania, has announced that it has acquired Accu-Cast™, a manufacturer of alginate mold making materials located in Bend, Oregon. Alginate was originally developed for making dental appliances, such as crowns. It's a powder that is mixed with water to make molds. mooth-On mold rubbers and casting materials can be used to create unique forms of art from natural wood. Smooth-On materials can be used in the woodshop for fabrication, encapsulation, coating, finishing, casting and repair. Since 1895, Smooth-On’s laboratory has developed hundreds of epoxy, urethane, silicone and other chemical formulations used for a variety of industrial, art related and consumer applications. Accu-Cast is Smooth-On's thirty-first acquisition in the last 25 years.

Plastic Drawer Hardware Added

Bainbridge Manufacturing, Inc. in Waterville, Washington is North America's leading manufacturer of plastic hardware for cabinets, closets and furniture. The company has introduced a new 3/4" adjustable drawer slide spacer (item 3687, at left in photo) that is 3/4" thick and has a 1/4" hole. It has two 1/2" long screw slots that are spaced 32mm apart for adjustment. And Bainbridge's new full extension adjustable drawer slide socket (at right in photo, available as 6101L or 6101R) measures 1-3/4" x 3/8" x 4", and has 1/2" of left-to-right adjustability. It fits full extension drawer slides from many different manufacturers, and is side-mount, using screws or staples.


New Drawer Hardware from Bainbridge

Two new planes from Bridge City Tool Works


Two Planes from Bridge City Tool Works

John Economaki, founder of Bridge City Tool Works, pioneered a new way to build a block plane which allows for an iron with dual edgs. One is ground primarily for end grain (42-degree attack angle) and the other for general purpose use (47-degrees). The company believes its new HP-9v2 Dual Angle Block Plane (at left in photo) is the most versatile block plane available today. Similarily, the lightweight HP-12 Dual Angle Bench Plane (at right) uses a toggle lock mechanism that allows for the sides of the plane to be pierced (or skeletonized). These openings, designed specifically for a woodworker's fingers, dramatically improve the ability to cant the iron in minute increments while reducing the overall weight of the plane. The result is a distinctive visual appeal that is unique to Bridge City Tool Works.

New Rules on Rosewood

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) protects endangered plants and animals. In late August, National Geographic reported that the body has reached a new decision on the transportation of rosewood (various samples shown at right). While the most pressure on the resource is from Chinese furniture factories, luthiers also treasure the wood for its tonal qualities and aesthetics. The magazine reports that rosewood is the world's "most trafficked wild product by value as well as by volume". The Conference has accepted a proposal that would allow certain exemptions, including finished musical instruments and component parts that contain rosewood. Other finished rosewood products, such as small handicrafts, would also be exempt. The idea here is to add a little common sense to regulations, making them more enforceable for non-exempt trade such as Chinese replica antique furniture.



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