February 2020

Woodworking news and new products

Please note: The Lancaster County Woodcarvers (PA) show on March 21 and 22 has been cancelled.

New Machine Trade-In Program

IMA Schelling Group has announced that it is actively seeking to refurbish and resell used IMA and Schelling machines at its rebuild center in Morrisville, North Carolina. The facility has skilled technicians that clean, rebuild, repaint and install software upgrades. Each machine is cleaned, evaluated and every component tested. Parts are repaired or replaced as needed using genuine parts prior to reassembly, then the equipment is calibrated to original factory specifications to restore the machine's original appearance and performance capability. All machines undergo comprehensive testing and assessment to assure that they have been restored to full functionality before being listed on the company's website for sale.


IMA Schelling Group Offers Machine Trade-In Program

Lie Nielsen are upgrading their saw handles  

Saw Handles Are Changing

Lie Nielsen handsaws and screwdrivers with curly maple handles have a new, improved finish, developed to bring out the natural figure of the wood. There's no stain, just a protective top coat that is hand buffed to a smooth lustrous finish. The saws are "exceptionally accurate, beautiful, and perfectly set". The blades are made from polished Swedish steel and tempered to Rockwell 52 for durability and ease of sharpening. The teeth have a minimum set that prevents binding while ensuring straight cuts. Solid, precision-milled brass backs stiffen the blade and add weight for well-balanced, smooth cutting. The handle is hand made for a comfortable, silky-smooth grip. Each Lie-Nielsen saw is precision hand-filed, set, and test cut in hardwood before it leaves the shop. The company offers a sharpening service for $40 that includes return shipping in the continental USA.

Router Table Dust Control

The new Dust Right® router table bucket from Rockler works in tandem with the included 4'' and 2-1/2'' ports to capture routing debris from both above and below the table. It delivers "maximum dust collection while routing rabbets, dados, dovetails and more". The bucket features a smooth-swinging door with a magnetic catch for easy access to the router, anti-vibration pads, a sturdy metal cord retainer with a pivoting hatch, and an adjustable vent to prevent boards from suctioning to the table. The bucket is easy to assemble, and the mounting tabs can be attached to any side for the most convenient fit with your router table. Fits most routers, including large plunge routers.


Dust Right Router Table Dust Bucket with Dual Port

Rocky cordless trim router from MLCS


18 Volt Cordless Trim Router

The new 18V brushless Rocky CL cordless router from MLCS offers variable speed from 10,000 to 30,000 RPM, and electronic control that maintains a constant speed even under load. The brushless motor delivers a long run time, lots of power and speed, and long motor life. It's available in three configurations. Far left is the router kit with a fixed base kit for $259.95 (March 2020). Center is the kit with both fixed and plunge base for $274.95, and at right is the router with just the fixed base for $114.95. Adjustments are rack and pinion, the body is aluminum, and the router has LED lights for increased visibility on the work surface. A safety lock helps prevent accidental start up for user protection and there's a dust collection port for attaching a hose.

10" Planer Jointer with Carbide Inserts

Lee Valley is now carrying the Rikon 10" Helical Planer/Jointer. This combination machine offers a small footprint with lots of power. It features a helical cutter head with 44 carbide insert cutters that produce a smooth finish with minimal tearout. Each indexable insert has four pre-sharpened sides and can be easily changed or rotated if damaged or worn. It's quick to set up and switch between operations, with easy table height adjustment. A quick-release jointer table locks allow easy table removal for full cutter head access. It is wired for 120V, has a powerful 1-1/2 hp induction fan-cooled motor, and is backed by a 5-year warranty. $1,995.


Rikon 10" Helical Planer/Jointer

IWF Atlanta August 25 - 28 2020


Biggest Show of the Year

Do you want to see EVERYTHING new in the woodworking world in a single location? The IWF show that will take place in Atlanta, Georgia this summer bills itself as "the premier platform to the largest woodworking market in the world, showcasing the latest manufacturing technologies, trending designs and materials, and educational opportunities". Here you'll find real people to talk about software, hand tools, beam saws, dust collection, custom router bits, nesting, lean manufacturing, multiply, hardwoods, absolutely any aspect of the industry you need to explore. It's a must for shops looking to expand, become more efficient, outsource, improve their finish, add a CNC or take advantage of countless other opportunities. Register here.

Slow Down Bottom-Hinged Doors

A new replacement flap stay from Rev-A-Shelf in Louisville, Kentucky is the perfect solution for woodshops that have a hinged door which is in need of swing control. It was originally designed for hamper doors, where a base cabinet door is hinged on the bottom and a hamper basket is attached to the inside face of the door. The hardware fastens to both the door and the adjacent cabinet side. The basket has a slanted top rim that lets it clear the opening or a shelf above it. The flap stay controls the swing of the door's weight as the basket fills with laundry. One flap stay is included with the purchase of a Sidelines CTOHBSL hamper. The finish is chromed anodized aluminum, and the device measures 1-11/16" wide and 10-1/2" tall.


CTOHBSL Series Replacement Flap Stay from Rev-A-Shelf

Top Knobs Introduces Ellis, a Collection of Decorative Hardware that Exudes Southern Sophistication


Hardware that Exudes Southern Sophistication

Top Knobs says that its new Ellis collection "was influenced by the opulent and intricate architecture of Savannah, Georgia". The collection includes some some 274 pieces in five series of delicately detailed knobs, pulls and appliance pulls. These are Telfair, Hartridge, Julian, Davenport, and Ellis. There are 12" and 18" appliance pulls available in all five series, and standard pulls in sizes ranging from 3-¾" to 12". The accompanying knobs come in 1-1/8" and 1-1/2" diameters. All of the new hardware is available in Ash Gray, Brushed Satin Nickel, Flat Black, Honey Bronze, Polished Chrome and Polished Nickel. MSRP for the Ellis collection ranges from $7.35 to $175.00. Find a local dealer.

Mastercam 2021 Beta Release

If you are a current Mastercam customer, you can be in the Beta Program for Mastercam 2021. As more shops rely on streamlined multi-axis setups, Mastercam 2021 adds new techniques and strategies such as Expanded Multiaxis Pocketing, a new 3+2 Automatic Roughing toolpath, and enhancements to the 5-axis Flowline toolpaths. It supports collet chucks as individual component types. New toolpaths include Advanced Drill, a customizable multi-segment drill cycle, and Chamfer Drill that chamfers holes after calculating the correct depth. The new Wrap option creates the smallest bounding box possible and Check Tool Reach lets you check the tool and holder against the selected model geometry, to view where the tool can and can't reach.


Participate in the Beta Program for Mastercam 2021

A WEIMA Horizontal Beaver 300 is positioned near a waste stream for efficient shredding


Horizontal Shredder on Display

The Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen's Association (IHLA) conference took place from February 3rd through the 5th in Indianapolis, Indiana and Weima regional sales manager Jeremy Boggs in attendance. WEIMA is a long-time exhibitor at this conference, which focuses on best practices within the hardwood industry. Boggs exhibited a new Weima Horizontal Beaver 300 on the conference floor (shown). "This is an economically priced horizontal shredder that fits most small to medium wood shops," he noted. "Placed strategically in the plant, this robust 25 HP shredder helps eliminate waste, and waste handling. In some cases, it can produce another revenue stream." Models can be equipped with a vibratory infeed conveyor for more efficient and consistent feeding of the material. The horizontal shredder line comes in larger sizes, too.

WV Woodcarving Show in September

The Oglebay Woodcarvers will host their 41st annual show and sale on September 5th and 6th, 2020. The event takes place from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. It is held at the Pine Room in Oglebay Park in Wheeling, West Virginia, which is located on Route 88 just north of town. Admission and parking is free, but donations are accepted for local soup kitchens. This is a non-judged show-and-sell event. It normally sees between 1,200 and 2,000 visitors, and most years sales are very good. There will be about 50 tables and carvers from all over the country, including many repeat exhibitors. The group's policy is to offer previous years' exhibitors the first chance to secure a table each year, and new exhibitors go on a waiting list until it's known what tables are open.


Oglebay Woodcarvers in West Virginia to hold annual show in September

Grizzly G0901 - 28" Portable Sawmill


Grizzly 28" Portable Sawmill

The all-new Grizzly G0901 28" Portable Sawmill is designed for quick setup with a rock-solid, modular steel track system and adjustable feet capable of leveling on just about any surface. A woodworker can easily attach and level additional 6-foot-long sections, allowing for practically any length of lumber. The cut thickness is set in 1/16" intervals with a locking hand crank, and the 4 column saw carriage moves smoothly along the track on ball-bearing rollers. Two adjustable work stops hold the log in place, while a manually-adjusted workpiece clamp prevents movement during cuts. The G0901 comes with a one-year warranty which covers replacement parts. The product is supported by a US-based support team and parts are available online and shipped from the company's massive parts department in Springfield, Missouri. $5,500

Repair For Holz-Her Spindles

Precision Drive Systems (PDS) in Bessemer City, NC, is now offering affordable repair of Holz-Her™ spindles. PDS has an extensive OEM parts inventory to expedite repairs and minimize downtime. Holz-Her spindle repairs include new bearings, plus pre and final balance with sensor adjustments. The spindles include Evolution, Nextec, Pro-Master, Dynestic and all earlier models. Each reconditioned unit includes a 12 month global reach warranty, and PDS can add Industry 4.0 monitoring to repaired spindles upon customer request.


PDS Offers Precision Repair for All Holz-Her Spindle Models

March Machine Madness at Laguna Tools


Free Training, Software, Dust Collector

Through the month of March, Laguna Tools in Irvine, California is running a sale on CNC routers that the compamy is calling March Machine Madness. Woodworkers can take advantage of Laguna's best pricing of the year on complete CNC packages such as the machines shown at left. They can also call for special pricing on other machine. Turnkey packages being offered during the sale may include free VCarve Pro software, free Mozaic Cabinet software (a 6-month license), a free Tooling Kit, a free 3HP C/Flux Cyclone dust collector, and perhaps most valuable of all, a free 2-day on-site installation and training package. Call 800-234-1976 for more info, or visit Laguna Tools online.

The Wood Diamonds Awards

From now until May 1st, the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) is accepting submissions for the Wood Diamonds Awards. This program gives the organization an opportunity to promote excellence in the industry, and winners can use these honors in their marketing efforts. All judging is done anonymously by non-participating members and the winners will be announced during IWF Atlanta this summer. If your shop isn't a CMA member, it's inexpensive to join and it offers a wide swath of support, including the ability to connect with other shops on technical issues such as finishes, adhesives, wood properties, hardware, machines, outsourcing, programming and a host of other topics.


CMA accepting submissions for the Wood Diamonds Awards program.

Makita 18V X2 LXT® Backpack Dust Extractor


Cordless Backpack Vacs

Two new 18V X2 LXT® backpack dust extractors from Makita eliminate cords while offering increased run time and 64 CFM of suction power. The larger container (XCV18PTX, at right in the photo) holds up to 1.6 gallons of dust and debris, while the smaller model (XCV10PTX) holds 1/2 a gallon. They have an efficient two-stage HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of particulates 0.3 microns and larger. These vacs are also compliant with OSHA standards for exposure to respirable crystalline silica (rule 1926.1153). Both also offer wireless power-on/off communication when used with AWS™ capable tools (transmitter sold separately).

New Features For The greenBOX Master

Ecogate has introduced updates for its Green Box Master dust collection control system. Some of these were designed to address common challenges their customers face, while others were designed to improve the overall precision of how systems are regulated, and achieve additional electricity savings. In summary, here are the eight new features - Averaging Air Velocity Sensor; Closed Loop Air Volume Regulation; Maintaining Minimum Airflow in Nine Duct Zones; Collecting and Reporting Data from Any Industrial Sensor; Automatic Winter Mode; Control up to 40 Variable Frequency Drives; Automatic Start/Stop of the Dust Collector on Ventilation Demand; Startup Wizard for Ecogate Power Master VFD. There's a blog that explains these features in detail.


Ecogate introduces 8 new features of the greenBOX  MASTER.

Samet's Flowbox drawer side heights are changed


Drawer Box Side Heights Updated

The Flowbox drawer system from Samet lets a woodshop individualize each drawer with colors, materials, side height options and special decorative covers. It has sophisticated soft close and push-open mechanisms for superb silent motion. Plus, there's 3-D adjustment and a no-cutting process for the base panel. Now the company has improved the drawer side height options, so shops can choose between 58mm (2.28") and 192mm (7.6") - that's the outer side panel height including slides. In all, Samut offers six different families of drawer box systems. Headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey and with offices in Miami, Florida (205-441-5442), Samat drawer products and hinges are sold in the U.S. by most major hardware suppliers.

Also From Samet

A relatively new 35mm cup hinge system from Samet, the Supreme soft close face frame hinge is now being sold in the USA. It has an integrated on-off soft close mechanism that can be engaged or disengaged easily for different door sizes. The components can be quickly assembled and disassembled from their track mechanism, and there's 6-way adjustment. Supreme hinges work with 1/2" to 1-1/4" overlays, and come in retail packs of two, or wholesale packs of 200. They let a shop install and remove doors without tools, while maintaining their adjustment. They have 105 degree opening and optional 85/86 degree restriction clips are available.


Samet Supreme soft close face frame hinges

Atlantic Machinery to carry Fravol Rapid series of edgebanders


Atlantic Introduces Fravol Edgebanders

Atlantic Machinery Corp. is located in New Milford, Connecticut and the company has been importing and distributing a wide range of high quality woodworking machinery from Italy since 1984. It is now introducing Fravol Rapid edgebanders that range from compact to custom lengths, are versatile and easy to use, feature touch screens with PLC electronic controls for rapid set-ups, and have a patented corner rounding unit for both end trimming and corner rounding. Standard features include pre-mill, edge scraping, glue scraping, two motor end-trim, Eco mode system, and a sound-proof booth with LED interior lighting. Available options include an auto-reverse glue tank, heated glue roller, IR lamp, cleaning agent spray system, NC-controlled infeed guide, Industry 4.0 package, polishing brush unit and heated infeed fence.

An Old Turned Form Gets Updated

Among the newer products from Vermont based TableLegs.com is a spiral fluted Newport furniture foot, shown at right. The company was founded by designer Matthew Burak, and describes the foot as an old turned form that has been enhanced with deep spiral flutes, making it perfect for larger-scaled colonial, traditional and country furniture. This foot is easy to install - just add a dowel screw, mounting block or T-Nut from the company's catalog. It is precision cut and detailed, and was designed and handcrafted in the USA. It's hand-sanded to 180 grit, and turned from premium wood stock. A shop can choose from eight species of sustainably grown wood that has been hand-selected for grain and color. The stylishly turned furniture foot is also ideal for beds, sofas, upholstered chairs, kitchen islands, vanities, dressers and cabinets. Its bold proportions and rich, deep spiral flutes offer captivating appeal.


Fluted bun feet from TableLegs.com

Lamello Tenso P-10 makes face frames snap together


Attaching Face Frames Made Easy

You may already own the tool needed to make quick work of attaching face frames to casework in the shop, or even on the jobsite. Colonial Saw has uploaded a video that suggests woodworkers might consider switching to the Lamello P-System, and use its connectors to attach face frames invisibly. The Zeta P2 and Tenso P-14 or P-10 connectors let an installer or cabinetmaker literally attach face frames with a snap. They can just pop the frame in place with a little hand pressure, eliminating the need to fill nail holes after attaching, or the frustration of gluing, aligning and clamping. The video shows the process. Shops can use Tenso P-14 for standard material, or the new Tenso P-10 to join beveled or mitered connections in material as thin as 9/16th (13 mm). Colonial Saw Inc. is the importer of both Swiss made Striebig vertical panel saws and Lamello specialty tools, biscuits and biscuit joiners. The company has locations in Kingston, Massachusetts and Ontario, California.

New Connector for Drilled Assembly

OVVO has introduced a new invisible push-in connector that features two self-locking-dowel shaped pins with 32mm centers. An update on the V-1230, this uses the built-in tolerance of the housing to deliver superior joint strength. The pin locations allow easy integration into any current drilling operations, and "their unique design allows easy insertion by the end user". This, in turn, allows product to be shipped without parts inserted. The bridge between the pins automatically sets a consistent depth across the joint, delivering consistent tolerance. These connectors are suitable for use in 15mm or greater thickness. At Interzum 2019, the V-1230 series won a High-Quality Product award. There's a YouTube video showing how easy this system is.


New push-in cabinet connection hardware from OVVO

BORA® Tool Launches New High-Clearance Mobile Base


New High-Clearance Mobile Base

Moving machines across a shop is relatively easy on any mobile base, as long as the floor is even and there aren't any cords in the way. But when there are cracks, cables, and uneven ground to maneuver over, most bases just don't have the height or clearance to get over them. BORA® Tool's new PM-3800 high-clearance mobile base can roll over obstacles smoothly and efficiently without the risk of tipping over. Key features of the base include all-steel construction, 5-inch (12.7 cm) non-marring ball bearing wheels, and foot-operated steel locking levers. The base adjusts from 20-3/4" x 23-3/4" to 28 x 33-1/2" (52.7x60.3 cm up to 71.1x85.1 cm). It has a 1,500 lb (680 kg) weight capacity and is adjustable in 1-inch (2.5 cm) increments to fit a wide variety of machines

Rotary Levels, 2000 and 4000 Feet Ranges

New from Bosch is the Revolve2000 self-leveling horizontal/vertical rotary laser kit (GRL2000-40HVK). Running on A and D batteries, it allows the user to adjust the slope angle on the laser on both the X and Y axes. The kit features a horizontal/vertical self-leveling laser, and a hard carrying case to hold all included accessories. It delivers ±1/16 In. accuracy at 100 feet and a working range of up to 2,000 feet with the included receiver. The laser’s electronic self-leveling system has a disturbance monitor, which indicates to the user if the tool position changes. It has a red metal cage for durability. Easy to use, the kit includes an LR20 laser receiver with mounting bracket, aluminum tripod, RC4 remote control, WM4 wall mount and sturdy grade rod. Also available is the new 18V Revolve4000 connected self-leveling laser kit thathas a range of up to 4,000 Ft. with laser receiver. Both are available as kits, or tool only.


The Bosch REVOLVE2000 Self-Leveling Horizontal/Vertical Rotary Laser Kit

The V20 2.5 Gallon Cordless Air Compressor from Craftsman


2.5 Gallon Cordless Air Compressor

Of special interest to cabinet installers and repair experts is the new Craftsman V20 battery-run compressor (item CMCC2520M1), which offers all of the convenience and portability of cordless operation while supporting the pneumatic tools that a woodshop already owns. The company says that each battery charge will drive up to 700 nails (it didn't say what size). The V20 has a brushless motor and an oil-free pump, and it should be easy to store and take to the jobsite at just 19.4 lbs. It delivers plenty of umph for its size - a maximum of 125 PSI and 1.0 SCFM at 90 PSI. The compressor includes a 4.0Ah battery and charger, and Lowes was listing it at $269 when we checked.

Updated Sliding Compound Miter Saw

The new version of Festool USA's sliding compound miter saw is called the KAPEX KS 120 REBi (item number 575306). It is listed at $1,475, and the company says that "it's the most advanced sliding compound miter saw in the market today, making cuts that rival the finest trim work. Light in weight and heavy in features, the KS 120 is the perfect saw for the workshop or the jobsite. Effective dust extraction, precise cuts, easy adjustments, and quality components are some of the features that should make this saw the number one choice of professional tradesmen." It comes with a 3-year wear-and-tear warranty, 2-day standard repair time, and a 1-month satisfaction guarantee.


Festool  Sliding Compound Miter Saw KAPEX KS 120 REB

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