October 2019

Woodworking news and new products

New Jig from Kreg Tools, the 320


Kreg Pocket Hole Jig 320

The newest offering from Kreg Tools in Huxley, Iowa works with boards and plywood of any thickness between 1/2" and 1-1/2". It has two drill guides, a removable spacer, and adjustable stops. The guides can be used individually to drill one hole, clipped togetehr to drill two close holes, or clipped with a spacer between to drill holes as shown in the photo at left. A material thickness gauge and an easy-set drill bit with a sliding stop keep set-up fairly uncomplicated. A clamp adapter (which uses Kreg or other brand clamps) and an anti-slip base hold the jig in position to drill perfectly positioned pocket holes every time. The carrying case has space to store everything plus a supply of Kreg Pocket-Hole Screws (40 are included).

Dual Doweling from Mafell

The updated DuoDoweler DDF 40 from the German tool manufacturer Mafell is designed for greater ease and efficiency in drilling accurate dowel holes, especially for timber framers on the jobsite. It has a new ergonomic design for easy handling, and it delivers absolutely aligned, stable joints. It is ideal for corner joints, edge joinery and milling rows of holes. Using dowels in pairs achieves outstanding stability at the dry assembly stage, and the user-friendly design of this tool becomes apparent in its ergonomic handle and flat baseplate. As one uses the tool, lits refinements and first-rate machining precision are revealed. Plus, intelligent accessories make the DuoDoweler DDF 40 a convenient multi-purpose machine. Thanks to the variety of stops/fences, for example, in most cases a woodworker won't need to use a template, or even mark the work. The company has posted several videos on its website. Timberwolf Tools in Chicago is a U.S. dealer for Mafell.


The new DuoDoweler DDF 40 from Mafell

Contemporary Grrenwood is the current exhibit at the Messler Gallery


Furniture, Sculpture, Baskets & Bowls

An exhibition of greenwood furniture, furnishings, and art that was created by leading international makers is running at the Messler Gallery through January 2, 2020. The gallery is on the campus of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, which is located in the coastal village of Rockport, Maine, between Camden and Rockland. The center was founded in 1993 by noted woodworker Peter Korn. For the exhibition, woodworkers harvested their materials from freshly felled trees, while both the wood and the bark were green and pliable. The artisans in Contemporary Greenwood have used these materials to create furniture, baskets, sculpture and bowls that arrest the eye and please the hand. Like bowl-carver Amy Umbel, an exhibitor from Friendsville, MD, many of them strive to "incorporate craft tradition while keeping the work culturally relevant."

New Edge Guidance System

This month, Michigan based Bora Tool introduced its all-new, well-priced ($59), NGX Clamp Edge System, which features simple one-sided adjustability. It also has a full range of accessories that make it extremely quick and easy to line up the straight edge, secure it, and make precise cuts with a variety of power tools. It addresses and fixes three major issues - difficult setup, crooked and messy cuts, and price. Key features include the fact that the clamping end moves with a handle for easy adjustability from one side of the work, the locking handle grabs work securely and won't budge, and a woodworker can easily increase the length up to 100" with available extensions. The guide is made of heavy-gauge, rigid aluminum for extreme durability, and it can be used with circular saws, routers, jig saws and other portable power tools.


BORA Tool NGX Clamp Edge System

Cerritos College receives woodworking gift


Cerritos College Recieves $2.3M Gift

The woodworking program at Cerritos College has received a $2.3 million gift from alumnus John B. Smith, Jr. who passed away recently. The college is located in Norwalk, California, just a few minutes southeast of Los Angeles, and has offered woodworking for more than four decades. Currently there are more than 40 classes, including faceframe and frameless cabinet construction, CNC woodworking, architectural millwork, table and casegood construction, hand tools, woodturning, and veneering. Mr. Smith, an engineering draftsman in the aerospace industry, took woodworking courses at Cerritos. He also donated his woodworking equipment, including a drill press and bandsaw. The college Foundation will establish the John B. Smith Scholarship Fund to benefit students enrolled in woodworking courses. Scholarships will be available starting later this year.

Learn Online

Images rather than words best explain why Alexander Grabovetskiy, one of the world's finest craftsmen, has opened an online school of woodcarving. He also still does custom work for woodshops who appreciate his exquisite talent.


Alexander Grabovetskiy online woodcarving school

Laguna introduces New FUSION F1, F2, F3 Tablesaws


New Top Quality, Affordable Tablesaws

The new Fusion F1, F2 and F3 tablesaws from California based Laguna Tools were designed around quality components with an emphasis on superior dust collection through over/under collection and sealed bottoms. All models are equipped with a precision fence and riving knife, and the F2 and F3 feature the Hi/Low aluminum fence extrusion found on some European saws. These units have permanently lubricated bearings and Acme screws. The F1 hybrid ($999) features low noise and vibration, world-class fit and finish, a 1.5HP 110 volt motor, a cast iron table and a 30" precision T-Fence. The F2 ($1,399) has a cabinet mounted trunnion, and the F3 (shown here with the optional 52" fence) has a cast iron trunnion, upgraded handles and miter gauge, an outfield table that is equipped with double miter slots, an extra heavy-duty cabinet and a standard 36" fence. It lists for $2,199 to $2,99. Watch the video.

Pen Turning Classes to Benefit Veterans

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores nationwide will host pen turning classes to benefit Veterans on Saturday, November 9. Participants can turn their own pen to take home, and Rockler will donate 100% of the proceeds from the classes to the National Veterans Foundation. The 90 minute class will be offered four times throughout the day and it is ideal for any skill level, including participants with little to no prior woodworking experience. Store staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer assistance. Each participant will leave with a completed pen, and their entire $10 enrollment fee will be donated to the Foundation, which operates the only toll-free helpline for all U.S. Veterans and their families for crisis management, referral needs and other services. To register for the pen turning classes, go to the website and scroll down to the dialog box that says Choose Your Store.


Rockler sponsors pen turning for Veterans

MPower MK2 Fasttrack sharpening system


Sharpen Chisels, Planes with Secondary Bevel

M.Power Tools, located in the U.K. has released the FastTrack MK2 diamond sharpening system, a fast and easy way to sharpen chisels and plane irons. The new jig improves on the design of the popular original by adding the ability to hone secondary bevels. After establishing primaries of 25 and 30 degrees, it will create a micro-bevel of 27.5 or 32.5 degrees using unique, angled stones. This means less time touching up and honing the tool when you need to create a razor-sharp cutting edge. It features a Centre-It-Clip (CIC) that centers the blade on the bed of the jig to allow for smooth, even strokes the entire length of the stone, across the cutting edge. Also included are a non-slip mat, solid aluminium extrusions, ergonomic carriage end caps, a de-burring plate, a leather strop, five grits of angled stones, a cleaning block and a handy storage case. MRSP is $129.95.

A New 10 HP Dust Collector

CORAL S.p.A. of Italy and its U.S. diistributor Atlantic Machinery Corporation in New Milford, Connecticut have introduced an advanced, state-of-the-art dust collector. The FM10 READY is a 10 HP, 5000 CFM indoor dust collector with a total filtration area of 510 square feet. It is in full compliance with the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) rules & regulations. It also has a space-saving design, high performance rating, and extremely low noise level. Coral makes hundreds of portable and stationary dust collectors, spray booths, cartridge filters, and downdraft tables. Its innovations (first to introduce both high efficiency cartridge filter systems and wet spray booths) have made them a leader in the industry.


Atlantic Machinery will carry the Coral FM10 READY dust collector

Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ 12" Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw 2739-20


Professional Grade Cordless Miter Saw

The new 2739-20 (tool only, or 2739-21HD as a kit) from Milwaukee is a dual bevel sliding 12" miter saw that uses the company's M18 Fuel™ technology to deliver the power of a 15 Amp corded saw. The tool is as much as 15% lighter than competitor saws, yet delivers up to 330 cuts per charge. It has a Powerstate™ brushless motor, and Redlink Plus™ tool intelligence. There's a shadow cut line LED light, an adjustable stainless steel detent plate, a cam-locking miter system and easy-to-carry side handles. It's equipped with One-Key™, so users can easily track, manage, and secure the miter saw through a phone app. The 2739-20 runs at 3500 RPM and has 6-3/4" vertical capacity, 2x14 horizontal ability for cutting stair treads and large stock, and 7-1/2" crown nestability for cutting large crown molding in position.

Redesigned RIDGID® Wet/Dry Vacs

RIDGID's line of 6, 12, 14 and 16 gallon NXT Vacs have redesigned features that include a front-to-back top carry handle, added comfort-grip side handles, and a new drum key and side latches that create a tighter lid-to-drum seal. There's also a larger on/off switch, a built-in cord wrap and a new, ultra-flexible locking hose that won’t pull loose and is four times more durable than a standard hose. The 12, 14 and 16 gallon models include an updated utility nozzle that delivers a 77% increase in pickup power. Each NXT Vac is still backed by the RIDGID Full Lifetime Warranty and comes with popular industry-leading features such as Scroll Noise Reduction®, which is a patented sound reduction technology. The QwikLock® Filter Fastening System allows for quick and easy filter installation and removal without tools or fasteners. The larger vacs can also be made OSHA/HEPA compliant.


Redesigned RIDGID® Wet/Dry Vacs

The Grizzly Model G0854Compact Automatic Edgebander


G0854 Compact Automatic Edgebander

Grizzly Industrial says that the G0854 has "everything you need in an edgebander for thousands less than a full-size model". The feed and flush trim motors are each 3⁄4 HP, 220V, single-phase, drawing just 3.6 Amps apiece. The machine can band panels from 1⁄2" to 1-3⁄4" thick at 16 FPM (automatic belt feed). The work table is 69-3⁄4" x 10-1⁄2", and the minimum workpiece length and width is 11" x 4-3⁄4". The G0854 is equipped with a digital control panel, teflon-coated glue pot with five heating elements, motorized glue spreader, pneumatic edgebanding and end-trimming guillotines, upper and lower flush trimming units with analog readout, an extendable side bar to accommodate larger panels, a built-in air regulator and two 4" dust ports. It weighs approximately 633 lbs.

Heavy Duty Impact Drivers

A new family of drivers from Panasonic includes the high torque EY7552X (shown larger) as tool only or in a kit; the brushless EY75A5X that has both 1/2" square drive and 1/4" quick change bit holders; and the brushless EY75A4X with 1/4" quick change. The high torque wrench delivers 346 foot pounds and has a patented twin hammer design that increases both speed and torque while decreasing noise. These are compact, powerful tools that come with variable speed and an electric brake, and the option of running a 4.2 Ah high capacity lithium nickel battery. Their IP56 rating means the tools have passed demanding laboratory tests related to working in extremely dusty and wet work environments.


New impact drivers from Panasonic

Makita XCU08 and XCU 09 cordless chainsaws


Two New Cordless Chainsaws

Makita U.S.A., Inc. says that its new battery powered chainsaws, the 14" XCU08 and the 16" XCU09, can cut up to 25% faster than a 30 cc gas chain saw. Each of these brushless, top-handle saws uses two 18 Volt batteries. Their compact size makes them ideal for wood turners and timber framers. Both have a variable speed trigger and high chain speed (0-3,940 FPM). Torque Boost Mode helps the saws cut through thick and hard branches. They have a 3/8” LP, .43" sprocket nose guide bar and chain, plus bumper spikes, a captured guide bar nut and lateral chain tensioning. Users can automatically adjust chain lubrication with a large oil reservoir that has a view window. A built-in lock-off lever helps prevent the blade from accidentally engaging and there's an auto power-off function, plus a rear attachment point. Both are available in bare tool and kit versions.

Storage Cases for Bits, Drivers

DeWALT's new ToughCase®+ sets are the latest addition to the brand's accessory storage, and they have some interesting features. The system includes four container sizes with newly-designed bit storage, and a unique bit bar position that allows easy removal of bits. Clear lids let users see what's in the case at a glance. One really cool feature is that several of them include a proprietary latch system that lets a woodworker connect them to each other, for optimized storage. Plus, the Small unit fits into any one of the others and helps keeps loose materials organized. The sets are available with Max Fit® Bits, FlexTorq® Bits, Tough Grip™ Bits and more. Prices range from $5.99 to $39.99 MSRP.


New organizers from DeWALT

George Vondriska's upcoming class schedule


Upcoming Woodworking Classes

This fall, resin artsist Jess Crow will be teaching at George Vondriska's woodworking school in Hammond, Wisconsin (it's about an hour east of Minneapolis/St. Paul). If you've been intrigued by the idea of adding resin (epoxy) to your arsenal of shop tricks, here's your chance to learn from one of the best. George will be teaching several classes himself at the school over the next few months, and he's also going to be on the road a lot. In November, he'll be at the Rockler store in Salem, NH, doing a band saw class called Logs to Lumber. And in April he'll be conducting a cabinetmaking class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, Indiana. In this five day class each student will make a two-drawer, two-door face frame cabinet with Euro hinges, full extension drawer slides, pocket holes and raised panels.

Lamello 50th Anniversary Savings

Lamello USA, a division of Colonial Saw, wants to help woodshops celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lamello A.G. with some special factory offers available now through the end of the year, or while supplies last. The Jubilee editions of the Zeta P2 machines are identical to the regular versions except for special 50th anniversary badges... and a greatly-reduced price. The carbide cutter version of the Jubilee Zeta P2 is currently only $1,395, while the diamond cutter version sells for $1,495. Jubilee P-System connector kits, packaged in attractive and durable Systainer cases, are also available while supplies last or until the end of the year. These kits are a representative cross-section of the P-System family of connectors at a good value price, and they're a great way to get organized.


Lamello Turns 50 and offers big savings

Atlantic to import G.M.C. SRL of Carpi, Italy


Italian Made Panel Saws

Atlantic Machinery in New Milford, Connecticut is now the exclusive importer and distributor in North America of GMC panel saws. The Italian manufacturer has been in business for over 50 years and builds one-piece, welded-frame (monoblock) machines for wood, solid surface and composites in a variety of manual, automatic and electronic programmable models. Cutting capacity ranges from 4'x8' to 7'x17', with an automatic moving grid standard on all models. Some of the options are a true split scoring blade, the ability to add a V-grooving cutter, dual metric and English measurement scales, and an electronic digital measurement systems for both horizontal and vertical cutting. GMC saws also offer an electrically controlled MFP grid designed for working with very thin material and/or very small panels that could fall between conventional horizontal back grid supports. This device also cuts dust emissions by up to 30%.

Another Lumber Mill Closes

Is this a trend? In August, WoodEzine reported that Roseburg Forest Products laid off about 90 employees at its plant in Dillard, Oregon. This week the Skagit Valley Herald in Mt Vernon, Washington reported that Tacoma based Northwest Hardwoods is closing a mill that employs 70 people. Reporter Jacqueline Allison says the closure is "due to ongoing trade disputes between the United States and China, the company announced this week". A statement given to the Herald from a company spokesman noted that "This difficult decision was made after exploring all other options and as prospects dimmed for a quick resolution to the U.S. and China trade dispute". Tariffs already in place have caused a 43% decline in hardwood exports. Bloomberg and other sources report that the trade war is costing the global economy some $600 billion.


Sawmills closing

Glue Devil wood glue


Who Knew? A New Glue...

"Wood Glue" from Glue Devil is now available in North America. The company is a market leader in South Africa and is just beginning to offer high quality adhesives in North America. Wood Glue is a fast-drying, multi-purpose polyvinyl acetate (PVA) that dries by evaporation without heat to form a tough, sturdy, non-visible bond. It dries clear and works with hardwoods, softwoods and processed panels. If Wood Glue is used outdoors, or if it will be exposed to moisture, it needs to be coated with paint or varnish once dry. In cold weather or if the wood is slightly moist, it needs to be clamped for a longer period of time. Wood Glue will also work with paper, cardboard, stone, cloth, leather, felt and other materials. It's water-based, non-toxic and non-flammable. And it comes in 100ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1liter bottles, plus 5 liter and 25 liter buckets and a 25liter drum. Glue Devil's Wood Glue will be available on amazon.com and eBay.com, and through an online store that will open in a few weeks.

Artificial Stone is a Health Risk

Every now and then WoodEzine needs to report a story that disturbs as much as it informs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have just issued a report titled "Severe Silicosis in Engineered Stone Fabrication Workers" that directly affects cabinet shops that supply artificial stone countertops. National Public Radio (NPR) aired a follow-up story on October 2nd, by reporter Nell Greenfield Boyce, that ran as "Workers Are Falling Ill, Even Dying, After Making Kitchen Countertops". Shops that supply manmade stone countertops for kitchens and baths should visit the links.


Silica and manmade countertops



Cordless Worm Drive

Slated to hit the shelves this month, the new battery powered circular saw (model SPTH77M-22) from Skil's professional tools division looks quite impressive. It runs on the company's True HVL™ (high voltage lithium) 48-Volt battery, and it has already won a 2019 Pro Tool Innovation (PTIA) award. Skil says that this is "the only cordless saw with worm drive gearing". It has all-magnesium construction with a brushless motor and an electric brake. It comes with next generation Stay Cool™ cell technology, where each battery cell is wrapped with a temperature controlling material that keeps the cells cool to provide better performance. And the unique arrangement of battery cells evenly distributes heat, to extend run times. It also has Skil's Intelligent Power Management System that monitors and optimizes each battery cell to maximize power, performance and run time.

Add Decorative Mesh to Cabinets

Wire mesh in interior design is a hot option and Richelieu has introduced a new collection of decorative mesh in new styles and finishes. Each ranges in transparency from highly opaque to almost translucent, and they come in a variety of industrial, classic, and modern styles. The mesh is available in multiple finishes and is woven for strength. Made from 80 per cent post-consumer recycled content, the mesh can contribute to LEED credits. Integrated into a kitchen or entrance hall, it adds texture and character to wood cabinets or paneling, enhancing their beauty and warmth. Or it can be used to enhance the ambiance of restaurants or specific spaces in hotels, retail stores and other commercial locations. Click on the image at right to go to the wire mesh page on the Richelieu website, where you can search by color, transparency (grid size) or design.


Richelieu Hardware now offers a decorative wire mesh program

Pull-outs from Western Dovetail


Custom Pull-Outs to Fit Any Opening

Western Dovetail now offers a multi-tiered pantry pull-out, custom sized to order. Several suppliers offer pre-made units, but a woodshop needs to plan ahead for those and build the cabinet around the available sizes. Now a shop can call in the cabinet opening (this is so new that it's not yet available on the website) and Western Dovetail will design and build a rock solid drawer made to fit. It can use Blum Tandem™ or Movento™ slides that are easy to open, soft-closing, and with simple adjustments, or be adapted to hardware you choose. It can mount to a cabinet door and pull out as a single unit, or have its own front and pull out from behind a door. It can be made to fit in smaller spaces under the top drawer, fill a base cabinet height up to 28" tall, or work in tall pantry cabinets over 60" tall. Pull-outs can be as narrow as 4-1/2" or as wide as 24". It can also house knife blocks, spice steps, hair dryers or curling irons.

Table Mount for Portable Oscillating Sander

The Triton TSPSP650 is a portable, hand-held oscillating spindle sander that's designed for controlled, burn-free edge-sanding on projects such as cabinets, signs, sink openings and the like. Rockler Woodworking & Hardware in Minneapolis has created an auxiliary plate (item 53061) that turns the sander into a stationary benchtop tool. The plate drops into the company's popular Convertible Benchtop Router Table (51984), so woodworkers can take it along to the jobsite, or use it at the workbench. It replaces the tool's factory baseplate, and allows the user to switch from table-mounted use to handheld use without switching plates. The Triton tool has dual-action rotating and vertical oscillation, and a 650 Watt motor that operates at a variable speed range from 1800 to 3200 RPM.


Rockler's convertible benchtop sanding table 53061

Rev-A-Shelf sponsors Homes For Our Troops


Thank You, Bryan

In 2007, Army Sergeant Bryan Camacho was serving with the 1-87 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division in Hawija, Iraq. An IED broke his back and paralyzed him from the waist down. In 2014, Bryan’s adapted truck spun out on ice and rolled into a ditch, breaking his neck and paralyzing him from the neck down. Rev-A-Shelf is proud to be a three-year national sponsor of the nonprofit organization, Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), which builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans of post 9/11. The company furnishes homes with cabinet storage and organization accessories, providing optimal accessibility. Rev-A-Shelf's Chris Justice and country legend and HFOT spokesperson Wynonna Judd were among those who welcomed Sgt. Camacho and his family to their new home on Saturday, September 21st, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Build an Industrial Cart

During October, woodworkers can offer a touch of Americana to customer with a coffee table built using a nostalgic Industrial Cart hardware kit. Osborne Wood Products in Toccoa, Georgia says that a shop can add wood supports and a wood (or glass) top to build a unique conversation starter. These carts were once the workhorses of factories, depots and railroads. Included are all of the hardware pieces needed including wheels, the axle, corner braces and attachment hardware. The parts are all fabricated from heavy duty cast-iron, and the large wheels are a full 15" in diameter. One can also insert 2x4s in the corner braces, for vertical uprights. Item 342197 lists at $556.50 and is 20% off in October (use promo code SNN342197).


Industrial cart hardware from Osborne

BlueCell training by Eurosoft Inc


Nesting and Optimization Training

From November 13th through the 15th, Eurosoft Inc. will offer training in its BlueCell optimization, nesting and automation software at the company's facility in Cary, NC. The first day is introductory for new users, followed by two days covering more advanced subjects. Attendees will spend on one time with experts, learn pro tips and tricks, and receive training on programming their own scripts, writing SQL queries and designing custom reports. Each attendee will receive a copy of the training manual, which is filled with in-depth examples of topics that will be covered in the training session, and which will serve as a useful reference for years to come. BlueCell can explore hundreds of thousands of solutions in just a matter of seconds, producing optimized patterns in a fraction of the time required by other software. Optimized results can be transferred directly to panel saws and routers using post-processors, which generate cutting instructions for machines in their own native language. The software also makes it easy to import from spreadsheets, databases, and files from other software, using user-definable import templates.

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