November 2019

Woodworking news and new products

Milwaukee® Updates the Hole Saw

Milwaukee Tool has been providing woodworkers and other tradespeople with innovative solutions since 1924. The company's latest clever idea is to update its lineup of hole saws with a new slot form (as in, the hole arrangement shown here in the sidewalls) on all of its bi-metal, carbide tooth and diamond cutting tools. All Hole Dozer™ accessories will now come equipped with the updated slot form, which the designers are calling an all-access slot pattern. With the increased access thus provided, users will enjoy more pilot bit visibility for accurate hole placement, and they will also benefit from increased chip ejection for cooler, faster cuts. It should be a lot easier to remove the disc after cutting in plywood or solid wood. The company says that the new slot form increases productivity, which results in less downtime between holes. The updated Hole Dozer™ accessories will start to hit stores in December 2019.


Milwaukee® Updates Hole Saw Slot Form

Woodworking Chisels & Vintage Mallet Set from Garrett Wade


Woodworking Chisels & Vintage Mallet Set

A new hand tool set from Garrett Wade has the four chisel sizes that woodworkers almost always reach for - ¼, ½, ¾, and 1", plus a mallet and a roll. The chisels' wooden ash handles are a traditional, comfortable shape, and plastic tip guards are included. Their overall length is 9" and their Rc (Rockwell) hardness is a desirable 57-59. The set comes in a protective denim roll a ($13.50 value). The company has added a beautiful, French-made, solid ash vintage mallet (a $25 value). These 50-year-old mallets were found in a warehouse of a long-time Garrett Wade supplier, and they're in very limited quantities. Made during the heyday of hand-tool manufacturing from tight grained wood, they are so well assembled that the head and handle joint is as solid as rock. The mallets are in new condition, and their round heads are 2½" diameter, with an overall length of 10-½". Item 63A04.70 includes the chisels, roll and mallet for $87.50.

Veritas Small Crosscut Saws

Woodworkers use a crosscut saw when cutting across or perpendicular to grain, such as in tenon shoulders. These new crosscut saws (choose either 16 or 22 teeth per inch) from Veritas are an innovative blend of tradition and technology, incorporating the critical characteristics of a classic fine joinery saw but made using modern production processes and state-of-the-art materials. The saw spine is an advanced material, incorporating stainless-steel powder for weight, glass fiber for stiffness, and a polymer resin binder. The over-molded blade and stainless-steel handle bolt create a solid blade-spine-mount assembly. A single brass fastener secures the hardwood handle. Each blade is 9-1/4" long and 0.020" thick, with a cut depth of about 1-9/16". The teeth are set at 0.003" per side and are filed with a 15° rake and a 60° included angle. They also have alternating 15° bevels that act as small knives to sever wood fibers.


Veritas Small Crosscut Saws

The RIDGID® StrutSlayr™ delivers fab shop quality, burr-free strut channel cuts


Working with Metal Studs?

Carpenters who are spending a lot of their days working with metal studs will like the new Ridgid StrutSlayr™. It delivers fabrication shop quality and burr-free strut channel cuts on the jobsite, in 5 seconds or less. Compatible with the company's 32kN press tools, the StrutSlayr offers minimal sparking as opposed to using grinders and/or chop saws. It makes a clean, consistent cut with a simple pull of a trigger. This is a tool that fits on a tool. The press tool is more familiar to plumbers - it looks a bit like a drill but it has a pair of jaws that can tighten fittings on pipe. Ridgid says the new StrutSlayr is "the only mobile dedicated strut tool on the market". Suppliers such as Ohio Power Tool stock a wide range of Ridgid press tools, and Ohio listed the StrutSlayr online in late November for $849.30

Seven New Tool Kits

Ryobi Tools has introduced several new ways to buy a collection of One+ tools and an 18 Volt battery system. Priced for homeowners, the tools generally get pretty good reviews from pros, too. The new kits range from a single drill with a battery and charger (item P215K) for $69, to the collection shown at right (P1819). It includes a drill/driver, an impact driver, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, a multi-tool, a work light that has an ergonomic design and 160 Lumens of light output, one 1.5 Ah Battery and one 4.0 Ah Battery, an 18-Volt charger and a handy carry bag. Available at The Home Depot, the kit retails for $229.


Seven new kits from Ryobi

Maksiwa Cbc Flex Countour Edgebander


Inexpensive Countour Edgebander

Woodworker's Supply now carries the new Maksiwa Cbc Flex Countour edgebander, which is essentially an affordable hot melt system for small shops and portable jobsite use. Listed in late November at $1,798.99 (item 176816DV regularly $2,099), it is described as "perfect for bonding edge tapes to curved pieces". It works on straight, concave and convex arcs, and accepts tapes from 0.3 mm (1/64") to 1 mm (5/16") thick. The tool is portable and weighs only 21.1 lbs, making it easy to carry to an install and do shelf edges onsite. The recommended glue is low temperature hot-melt pellet. It has a digital temperature control and adjustable feeder speed, which allows the operator to choose the best speed for the results. Maksiwa, which is located in Pompano Beach, Florida, makes five edgebanders ranging from this unit to the 3-phase CBC.RDPR.

New Line of Cast Iron Piston Compressors

Atlas Copco Compressors' new CR Range is a line of durable single and two-stage cast iron piston compressors combining reliability and maximum productivity for demanding industrial, automotive and commercial applications. The CR Range offers a variety of customization options including auto drain, after cooler, low oil level switch, TEFC motor, NEMA4 control panel, pressure-lubricated pump, and simplex and duplex configurations. The new compressors come in Contractor (2 to 14 HP), Professional (5 to 20 HP, shown at right) and Industrial models (5 to 20 HP where the 10 and 15HP units also come standard with head unloaders). All of the CR models come with a bumper to bumper warranty, a single-stage option for low demand applications up to 135psi and two-stage for higher demands and pressures up to 175psi, with higher duty cycle pumps. They all have a fully enclosed belt guard and ASME safety valves.



Fanuc America opens new robotics and automation facility


New Robotics & Automation Facility

Robots are entering mainstream woodworking in unprecented numbers, especially so since the emergence of collaborative (cobot) models. These are designed to work safely with, and around humans. Exploring robotics in the woodshop just got a bit easier with the opening of Fanuc America's new 461,000 square-foot North Campus robotics and automation facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan. At the grand opening last month, the company featured more than twenty robot demonstrations, from its smallest M-1iA delta robot to the mighty M-2000iA, the world’s strongest robot which is able to lift 2.3 tons. There were also a variety of hands-on cobot demonstrations that highlight easy setup and programming, and demos of real-world robotic solutions for assembly, material handling, packaging, palletizing, painting and welding. Most of the solutions included Fanuc intelligence such as integrated iRVision that gives the robots a sense of sight.

A Guide to Installing Hardware

Last month, True Position Tools uploaded a new article to its website blog entitled "How to assure you get cabinet hardware installation right, the first time". One of the worst woodshop experiences is when the cabinets and doors are all ready and finished, and somebody drills holes for handles or pulls in the wrong locations. Or drills them crooked. True Position Tools has decades of experience and has done a lot of research and development into a line of cabinet hardware jigs that help woodworkers avoid that problem, and it has made constant improvements to its jigs along the way. The company offers products that are made in the USA, machined with precision and crafted from the finest materials, so they will last for years. One of the trends in kitchens nowadays is long handles, and TPT has created a jig that centers pulls that are up to 38" long. The company also makes a jig for wiring puck lights that WoodEzine found fresh enough to feature in our 2019 AWFS report.


True Position Tools


Carving Show in PA

The Lancaster County Woodcarvers' 47th annual woodcarving and wildlife art festival will take place at the Student Memorial Center on the campus of Millersville University (across the street from 101 Shenks Lane) in Millersville, Pennsylvania on March 21st and 22nd, 2020. The doors are open Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. There's free parking, and Festival admission is just $5. Admission is free with a military ID, and for students with a high school or college ID. The theme for the Festival is "Spring to Life!"

Woodshops May Find Inspiration at KBIS

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is North America's largest trade show that's dedicated specifically to aspects of kitchen and bath design. In 2020, it takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is an easy and relatively inexpensive destination for woodshop owners. The show organizers say that "the expansive show floor is filled with the freshest designs from over 600 leading brands, and it's a one-stop experience that provides attendees and exhibitors the ultimate destination to network, exchange ideas and build their businesses". Woodshops that build custom cabinets or bath casework will find all the latest products and technologies on display, and they'll be able to compare products side-by-side and get answers straight from the manufacturers. Plus, it's a great venue for making business connections.


KBIS January 21 through 23 in Las Vegas

IMA Schelling to built new warehouse in Germany


A New Warehouse in Germany

IMA Schelling offers customized industrial engineering, manufacturing and machinery sales to U.S. woodshops. The company has offices in Raleigh, North Carolina (shown at left), and it is now expanding its logistics capacity back in Germany. It is building a new central warehouse at the main headquarters in Lübbecke. The new 43,000 square-foot building will have enough capacity for about 5,000 pallets and 16 lifts. Demolition of the old IMA Schelling administration building on Langekamp Street began in mid-October to make room for the construction of the new building. Installation is scheduled to begin in March 2020, and the new logistics center is scheduled to be completed by August 2020. IMA Schelling Group has a US office located in Morrisville, NC, that provides sales, training, service and parts for the American market.

Invest in Machines Before Year's End

Martin's Woodworking Machinery in Dundee, New York (it's up by Rochester and Syracuse, near the lake) reminds woodshop owners that the IRS Section 179 tax deduction applies to machines put in service. If a woodworker has had a good year, he/she can reinvest some profits in equipment before the end of the year to take advantage of the deduction (check with your accountant!). There are limits to how much a shop can spend and fully deduct in the same year, but they're quite high. Martin's, which deals in both new and used machines, currently has several machines on sale including the laguna Pro 37" wide belt sander, the NT brand 24" single surface planer (model 24-15HCVSXL, which has a helical head), Powermatic's 719T moryiser, the Laguna 18lbx bandsaw, Axiom's Pro+ 24" x 36" small shop CNC, and a Bridgewood BW-225PH double surface planer with a 25" capacity.


Martin's Machinery

More layoffs at Roseburg Forest Products in Dillard, OR


More Layoffs at Oregon Plywood Plant

On November 15th, Roseburg Forest Products announced indefinite layoffs at its Dillard Plywood plant, due to continued unfavorable conditions in the North American plywood market. Nearly all affected employees received immediate job offers at other Roseburg facilities. The company has pledged to work with all those affected, with the goal of placing them as soon as possible. An earlier round of layoffs occurred at the Dillard Plywood plant in August, also due to unfavorable conditions in the domestic plywood market. Nearly every affected employee who wished to continue working for Roseburg has been placed at another Roseburg facility since the earlier announcement. The company was founded in 1936, is privately owned and is one of North America’s leading producers of particleboard, MDF and thermally fused laminates.

Inexpensive CNC Upgrade

Carbide 3D offers several desktop machines at very affordable prices. The company's heavy duty Z/X or HDZ (at left in image) is precision milled and designed specifically for the Shapeoko 3 (top right), and replaces the existing Linear Z and X carriage. The color of this accessory has just changed to gray. It is a significant upgrade that delivers superior rigidity, EZTram (a quick way to tram a router) and zero loss of Z height during milling and power cycles. Designed around a ball screw and linear rails, it will allow the Z to glide up and down with ease, even with a weighty spindle. The manufacturer says that the HDZ is not designed for everyday users, but rather for professional users who push their machines to the limit. For most owners, it’s overkill. Woodworkers who are reading this before december 1st, 2019 arestill in time to take advantage of the company's Black Friday sale.


Shapeoko HDZ from Carbide 3D

AlphaCAM 2020.1


New AlphaCam, Cabinet Vision Releases

The latest release of AlphaCam CAD/CAM software speeds up how jobs that require several processes are managed. A new job type has been introduced in the 2020.1 release, called Multiple Process Jobs. It makes it simpler to create jobs and orders in the Automation Manager for jobs that need to be output to more than one machine, or that require secondary processing at the same machine. "In the past," says product manager Chip Martin, "users had to create multiple jobs to process complex operations. Now, a single job can be created, containing all the different machines and manufacturing processes that the part goes through." Hexagon has also released Cabinet Vision 12, which delivers greater control and flexibility for the machining of part connections, and lets users better automate and manage every aspect of production.

Glue Devil Now Available Online

The South African company National Adhesive Distributors was founded three decades ago in Durban, and is now entering the U.S. market. The family owned business has steadily grown its popular Glue Devil brand, which includes both marine and standard woodworking adhesives. The management is currently seeking wholesalers, distributors, independent reps and retailers in North America. NAD has more than two hundred products including sealants, adhesives, aerosols and tapes. The company manufactures a number of private labels, and is also committed to responsible recycling, stringent solvent and adhesive handling, and deterrence of solvent/adhesive abuse.


Glue Devil

Laguna’s REVO 12|16


Laguna's 12/16 Revo Reviews

According to Benny Helshoj at Laguna Tools, the company's Revo 12/16 is "probably the best 12-inch midi lathe ever designed". We're starting to see independent reviews now based on a few months of use, and they seem to agree. On the Woodcraft site we found "I am nothing but impressed", and "it's perfect for beginners, but has all the power you will need as you learn and go pro". And on the Rockler site, a user said "the motor control system puts this lathe in a league of its own". Paul Mayer at ToolMetrix has uploaded a very informative video on YouTube™ that goes through the lathe's features in detail.

A Very Compact Circular Saw

A new and inexpensive ($59.99) corded (household current) compact saw from Charlotte, North Carolina based Worx takes a 4-1/2" blade, and it's getting some very positive reviews. The 4.5 Amp saw (item WX439L) "features a brand new ergonomic design for smooth and easy one-hand operation. Weighing in at a mere 4 lbs. and packed with 4000 rpms, it offers portable, powerful performance second to none". It has quick and easy cutting depth adjustment, and a spindle lock for fast and easy blade changes. It handles 2x lumber, so framers should find it handy, and there's a built in dust extraction port so it can be hooked up to a shop vacuum. The base can bevel to 45 degrees, the price includes a 24-tooth blade, and the saw comes with a 3-year warranty.


 4-1/2" WORXSAW 4.5 Amp Compact Circular Saw ITEM WX439L

The New Dremel Lite


The New Dremel Light

The compact and powerful Dremel Lite has a 4-Volt lithium-ion battery and a convenient USB port with a dust cover. An LED light indicates the battery charging state. The tool has an ergonomic 360-degree soft grip design, for comfort and precision. The variable speed slide switch is easy to adjust between four different speeds, ranging from 8,000 to 25,000 RPM. The tool also has seamless accessory changes thanks to an integrated EZ Twist™ nose cap, and it comes with a 10-piece accessory kit. It's also fully compatible with the full range of Dremel rotary accessories. The Lite is now available online and in retail stores with a MSRP of $49.99 USD.

Outsource Your Lockdowel Components

Fremont, California based Lockdowel has announced a new cabinet component providers web page where woodshops can find outsourcing suppliers that deliver components for cabinets, fixtures and furniture with pre-inserted Lockdowel fasteners. The suppliers can machine and deliver flat-packed, Lockdowel-ready, custom wood components for less than it would cost to make them in-house. With the hidden fasteners already installed, casework can be assembled quickly and easily without any extra hardware or glue. Lockdowel CEO Stephen Anderson notes that outsourcing lets woodshops discover the savings in labor and assembly that Lockdowel offers, and do so without investing in CNC equipment or any other extra capital. Suppliers include Bella IMC, Cut 2 Size Parts, Global Cabinet Supply and Ultimate Cabinet Components.


Lockdowel adds component supplier webpage

Bosch ‘Break Up 2 Trade Up’ Contest


Bosch 'Break Up 2 Trade Up' Contest

Bosch Power Tools is kicking off its biggest contest to date today with 'Break Up 2 Trade Up', which invites woodworkers throughout the U.S. to share why they are willing to cut ties with their current battery platforms. A total of 1,000 winners will be selected to receive a lucrative prize package that includes a Bosch CORE18V battery kit and a choice of seven leading tools. The CORE 18V battery delivers 80 percent more life than the company's previous generation power sources. The new, lightweight version is 100 percent Bosch power tool and charger compatible, and features a CoolPack design that maintains a low temperature much longer while delivering maximum power. Contestants can enter by posting a brief video to Instagram explaining why they are ready to move on from their current battery platform. See the rules here.

Multi-Tool with Optional Plunge Base

Last spring, Festool announced in Europe that it was introducing a new cordless oscillating tool, which is now available in North America. The cordless OSC 18 Vecturo multi-tool (574853) has an optional tool-less plunge base and depth-stop that deliver "unbelievable control and precision". It has a brushless EC-TEC motor with vibration isolation, and a keyless quick-change system with StarlockMax® tool holder means that tools can be changed quickly. Optional system accessories make it possible to create precisely guided plunge cuts or saw with minimal dust generation, even when working overhead. There's noise and vibration damping for optimum comfort while working. The motor has variable speed control , and the tool has complete cordless mobility thanks to the 18V lithium-ion battery pack. All Festool power tools include a 3-year wear-and-tear warranty, 2-day standard repair time, and 1-month satisfaction guarantee.


Festool Cordless Oscillator VECTURO OSC 18 Li E

DeWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Radio and Charger


Tough Radio and Charger for the Jobsite

DEWALT® has announced that its new ToughSystem® 2.0 Radio & Charger (DWST08820) will be available this month (November 2019). It includes include Dynamic Range Control that gives users optimal sound for indoor or outdoor use. It has four integrated, high-performance full-range speakers, an active subwoofer and a passive bass resonator,and they are all driven by a 55W RMS amplifier to provide audio clarity. The radio/charger can lock onto ToughSystem storage units. Integrated Bluetooth® connectivity lets users play music from mobile devices and phones, and control it remotely via apps. A 2.1A USB port is included on the radio for mobile device charging, while a large compartment on top provides storage and protection for a battery, phone and the included AC power cable. The radio is fully compatible with DEWALT 12V MAX*, 20V MAX* and FLEXVOLT® battery platforms (sold separately). Not only can the radio run off DEWALT batteries for cordless operation, it can also charge DEWALT batteries when it's plugged in via the optional AC power cable.

Axiom's i2R CNC Is Back In Stock

The new i2R CNC machines can be purchased in any one of three sizes (24x24, 24x36 and 24x48). Each comes with prismatic guides, ball screws, and the same powerful, easy to use DSP pendant controller that accompanies the companies larger machines. Axiom also provides a full complement of accessories, so a woodshop can receive a package that’s specifically tailored to its CNC needs. Targeted specifically at the first-time CNC user, the new i2R lineup is supported by a comprehensive manual and video library which are intended to dramatically shorten a new user's learning curve. Prices start at $2,999. They have an 800 Watt electro spindle (1HP), and the machines ship directly to a woodshop for $199 with residential and lift-gate delivery services are included.


Axiom’s new i2R CNC machining center.

The new Cabineo 8 M6 from Lamello


The New M6 Cabineo

There's a new addition to the Cabineo family of connectors from Lamello USA, a division of Colonial Saw. Cabineo offers great strength and very simple machining which requires nothing more than a CNC router with standard tooling. The M6 has very high clamping and tensile strength using an insert nut (374 lbs in HPL). It can be used to connect wood and metal components with its M6-threaded hole, and it has the same easy machining as the standard Cabineo 12 and 8 versions. It also has very high wear-resistance, so components can be connected and removed many times without damage (think flat-pack furniture, removable panels, ADA-compliant configurations, etc). Available in either white or black, it features an internal, galvanized, M6 threaded bolt with a helical insert nut that can be used in solid or sheet goods such as particleboard, HPL, or phenolic resin. The insert may also be used as a through-connection on shared partitions.

Acrylic Table & Vanity Legs

Osborne Wood Products' new line of acrylic legs are either completely or primarily made from clear acrylic, giving the illusion of weightless, floating furniture. Among them are simple cabinet and furniture feet in spheres and cubes, available as singles or as in a set of four. There are also conical feet, as well as a turned acrylic foot, the DeSoto. The true show-stoppers of the collection, however, are the Caledonia legs, all of which pair a traditional, turned style similar to Osborne’s collection of wooden legs with acrylic, a very contemporary material. Their clear, turned base has a solid wood top block to better conceal inner hardware and blend in. The Caledonia style is available in Island, Dining, Coffee, and End table heights. Osborne offers a custom skirt kit option to match the acrylic legs. Osborne is also offering the Solaris Acrylic Center, a small, weight-bearing, decorative piece that can be added to a table leg to achieve a clean, contemporary look.


Acrylic Table & Vanity Legs from Osborne



New PWR Drive® Screws

Richelieu has introduced three new wood screws under the brand PWR Drive. Named HYBRID (shown), CAB and WMX Premium, they offer a perfect set with no pre-drilling required because of a self-drilling point to avoid wood splitting. They are suitable for solid hardwood, MDF and particleboard. HYBRIDE has a square drive and a self-countersinking flat head with nibs that offers a flush finish. CAB is a superior cabinet installation screw featuring an oversized, flat, self-tapping head with nibs and four times the holding power of a conventional screw. It sits perfectly flush with the surface and is available with two drilling points and in three colors: black, white and zinc. And WMX Premium has a self-tapping, high-low thread that provides improved and faster installation.

HVLP Turbo Spray Paint System

Apollo Sprayers International, Inc. has launched its all new Power VS series of turbo paint spray systems. They add variable speed pressure control, accurate to 1/10th PSI, for professional results with any coating material. They have Quadra-Clean™ automotive grade filters, extended hose lengths, a host of included accessories, and are backed by Apollo's 2+1 year limited parts and labor warranty. Other features include Power Boost Technology (PBT™) that provides a woodworker with the power to apply virtually any coating without compromise, and Apollos Ultra-Flex™ hose that comes in industry-leading hose lengths with quick-connect and lightweight alloy couplers on both ends. there are seven gravity or bottom-feed cup spray gun options, and a Handi-Hold™ spray gun docking station to safely transport your spray gun.


Apollo Announces the All-New POWER VS SERIES of HVLP Turbo Spray Paint Systems

Cabinet Vision classes


AlphaCam, Cabinet Vision Classes

Hexagon Manufacturing intelligence will be conducting productivity days for AlphaCam and Cabinet Vision users during November and December in Oregon, Washington, and Connecticut. Product experts will present tips, tricks, and strategies to help users fully use their software. The one-day events will offer a combination of technical information for each solution, including overviews of available software enhancements and upgrades on the horizon. Also presented will be an overview of the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Production Software business. Attendees will be provided with ample opportunities to network with peers and product experts, as well as enjoy lunch at no cost. The current dates are Nov. 19 in Portland, Oregon; Nov. 21 in Seattle, Washington; and Dec. 10 in Hartford, Connecticu. More will be posted. Click here to register and get more.

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