Thank-you to all of the woodworkers who offered such positive responses regarding our most recent issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement (issue # 71, April/May'11).
Rob and I were so encouraged by the number of woodworkers who told us that they enjoyed our last issue (Issue #71, April/May'11), and offering suggestions for follow-ups, that we have decided to make our Small Shops issue an annual publication.
We have set our Small Shops issue to run in the June/July slot, starting next year. I know that's a long way off right now, but don't delay sending Rob your ideas and suggestions. We've already begun to put some concepts together.
Re: this months's eNewsletter. Once again I am excited to bring you the latest in Canadian woodworking news. We strive to make this eNewsletter as timely as possible and, as a result, readers are telling us that they are finding out about woodworking related news from us months before they see it anywhere else.... sometimes it's the only way they hear of it.
A BOX FIT FOR A FUTURE KING - AND QUEEN
In Ian’s profession as a box maker, this is as good as a Royal Seal of Approval of his craftsmanship and will no doubt increase awareness and interest in his boxes from Royal fans and many others.
An international company approached Ian with their requirements for a bespoke wooden box after viewing images on the website www.hawthornecrafts.com. “We were chosen to make this unique presentation box because our attitude to crafting perfection, with precision and care, reflects our customer’s own approach to making their products. I am absolutely thrilled to have created this commemorative gift box,” continues Ian. “and wish the happy couple all the very best in their future lives together.” The box is handmade from native Sycamore wood with matching trays and the Royal Monogram is added to the lid using fine marquetry from Aryma Ltd, England. Ian’s details are included in a congratulations card being added to the inside.
Ian creates bespoke boxes to commission for businesses and private individuals throughout the world.
Anyone wishing to know more about the Royal Box creation can view a specially made slide-show on his Facebook page bespoke boxes by Ian Hawthorne or on YouTube under the title – A Box Fit for a Future King and Queen
See Ian's site here: www.hawthornecrafts.com
ONTARIO COMPANY RECLAIMING HISTORY
Imagine if you will that the piece of wood that you have in your exposed beam ceiling, or as a fireplace mantle, tabletop, or flooring was hand hewn with simple tools almost two hundred years ago and the possibility that the tree that the lumber came from was almost one hundred years old at the time of harvest.
Bored Barn specializes in reclaiming vintage lumber from historic wooden barns in and around Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada and make it available at wholesale prices.
Bored Barn practices 3R's:
Deconstuct and divert these valuable building materials from local landfills.
Provide this historic lumber to the public from our very own historic inventory barn.
With the vision of each client in mind, create new meaning and function for these vintage resources.
Based in the majestic hills of Northumberland County, Bored Barn strives to keep each and every local historic barn from landfill, thereby reducing the impact on the environment, and allowing our customers the opportunity to share in the beauty that these materials have to offer.
Preservation is paramount as Bored Barn deconstruct a variety of old growth lumber structures, striving to save everything from the rolled stone in the foundation on up to the peak ridge board.
The vast majority of the wood from the Bored Barn is old growth virgin forests. What that means to you is that their product is, in most cases, hundreds of years old with few imperfections such as knots and rot.
Their inventory includes: hand hewn beams, rough sawn timbers, classic barn board, vintage flooring, and historic hardware.
Learn more about reclaiming history: www.boredbarn.ca
GREAT OUTDOOR PROJECT FEATURED IN SPRING ISSUE OF HOME at HOME
Check out this great outdoor project, by Ralph Swan, featured in the spring issue of Home Hardware's Home at Home.
Home at Home is published four times a year and is a free publication.
You can pick your free copy up at your local Home Hardware, or visit your local Home Hardware store and ask them to put your name on the Home at Home mailing list. That way a copy will be mailed right to your door.
SHOP-VAC MULCHING KIT
Powerful system makes quick work of leaf mulching, blowing, and wet/dry vacuum tasks.
- Quiet but powerful
- 3 1⁄2" diameter LockOn hose
- Fits most 16" diameter Shop-Vac tanks
- LockOn® hoses, hose handle, angle nozzle and lawn nozzle.
Shop-Vac® Mulcher Model T23242
More info at: www.grizzly.com , or call 800-523-4777
FESTOOL UNVEILS ULTIMATE SANDING MACHINES
It is easy when you own a Rotex multi-mode sander.
The design of this multipurpose sander is nothing short of an engineering marvel. Use the aggressive action to quickly and efficiently remove wood, paint, or varnish. Switch to the fine setting for final finishing.
The pioneering RO 90, RO 125 and RO 150 sanders offer multi-mode settings, various pad sizes, and tremendous sanding flexibility. All three sanders have easy-to-select mode settings (rotary and random orbital) allowing you to use these sanders for aggressive and fine sanding, and polishing.
The new RO 90 adds yet another mode that transforms the sander into a delta-shaped allowing it to reach deep into corners and crevices. This makes the RO 90 the most versatile multi-mode sander available!
- Aggressive Gear-Driven Mode
- Random Orbital Finish Mode
- Polishing Mode
See the sander in action - Watch the video
WOODWORKER'S WEEKEND IN SHERBROOKE
Normand will be holding it's annual Woodworker's Weekend event in Sherbrooke, PQ, May 13-15, 2011
For more info, see www.normand.ca
TREND INTRODUCES NEXT GENERATION DIAMOND STONE
“The new Trend double sided 8“ x 3” Classic Precision Workshop Double Sided Diamond bench stone has features that will change the face of sharpening with diamond bench stones” stated James Barry, He continued, “The unique clearance channels in the diamond stone produce cleaner and faster cuts and the unique diamond shaped surface prevents snagging when sharpening small or pointed tools. I refer to this stone as the Classic Stone because of its brilliant design and function. I am always striving with Trend to develop and improve on existing products and choices for the end user and this stone does exactly that.”
The new Trend bench stone is pre-ground to a tolerance of up to +/- 0.0005 inch flatness. It has a 1000 grit (15 micron) side for razor edge sharpening and it has a 300 grit (50 micron) coarse side that is ideal for fixing and restoring damaged edges on chisel and plane irons. The diamond grade is embossed on both sides for ease of recognition.
Barry concluded his comments on the Trend Classic Stone by stating, “I strongly recommend that one utilizes Trend Lapping Fluid to prevent clogging or rusting and to assist in keeping the tools clean and don’t use pressure on the diamond stone – let the diamond do the work and you will be absolutely amazed at the results!”
The DWS/CP8/FC Classic Stone comes equipped with fabric tool holder, non-slip mat and cleaning block.
The list price is $ 153.82
More info at: www.trend-uk.com
M.POWER TOOLS ADDS NEW CANADIAN DEALER
M.POWER hand tools solve specific problems that woodworkers and carpenters encounter in the course of an average day, improving on existing methods and approaches through innovative design. They design and manufacture hand tools that make your work easier, quicker and more accurate.
Each one of their tools has been meticulously developed and extensively tested in both shop and field to ensure optimum performance and quality. The standard of engineering elegance by which other tools may be judged, their hand tools have the minimum number of components and maximum number of useful functions.
M.Power tools are becoming more and more popular in Canada, and as a result they have added another dealer (Elite Tools) to their network.
Check out the M.POWER site HERE, or go directly to the website of the dealer nearest you.
KMS Tools and Equipment
The Tool Store
RIKON OFFERS FIVE YEAR PRODUCT WARRANTY
In celebration of RIKON’s Ten Year Anniversary any bench or stationary power tool purchased on or after January 1, 2011 will qualify for the new Five Year Warranty.
Continued commitment to product quality and customer service gives RIKON the confidence to extend the warranty from the original two year program.
Specifically, RIKON Power Tools Inc. warrants to only the original retail consumer/purchaser of our products that each product be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of five (5) years from the date the product was purchased at retail.
More information regarding terms, conditions and exclusions can be found on RIKON’s website at:
ROCKLER INTRODUCES FIRST STEEL ROUTER TABLE CABINET
Galvanized Steel Cabinet Provides Complete Tool Storage and Integrated Dust Collection.
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has introduced a Router Table Cabinet made of galvanized steel with an integrated dust collection system. The steel cabinet, which pushes role boundaries between a traditional router and a shaper, was designed by Rockler woodworkers to serve as the ultimate router workstation, providing room for storage, internal dust collection, and options for adding convenient shelves and drawers.
The result is an all-in-one router station that conveniently stores router bits, wrenches, jigs, and more. The top of the Steel Router Cabinet has pre-drilled mounting holes compatible with all Rockler router tables, as well as many brand name tables.
Other unique features of the all-steel Rockler Router Cabinet include:
- Convenient internal dust bucket provides a cleaner work surface by creating a vacuum below the table to significantly reduce the amount of dust and wood chips generated by routing operations
- A recessed 4" dust port in the back of the cabinet minimizes the clearance needed when connecting to a dust collection system
"Our goal was to build something unlike any other router cabinet on the market", says Dan Wenning, product development specialist with Rockler. "We surpassed our goal. Nobody else offers a cabinet built entirely out of galvanized steel that comes with an internal dust collection system. Router enthusiasts looking for storage, order, and convenience will come to view this cabinet as a cornerstone of their shop."
For more info on this galvanized steel router cabinet , please visit www.rockler.com
or call 1-877-ROCKLER
12V LITHIUM-ION JOBMAX KIT
The JobMax is a great kit, offering a variety of tools for any/all close quarter applications.
See our full review of Ridgid's JobMax in the June/July'11 issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement magazine.
Power Base Handle
- Tool-Free Quick Connect Interface – easily attach and detach the right head for the right application
- One-Handed Ergonomic Grip – maximum comfort for extended use
- 4 Directional Head Positions – adjustable for better access in tight spaces
- LED Light – illuminates work space for increased visibility
- Variable Speed Trigger – provides more speed control to match the application
- Comes with two lithium-ion battery packs
Right Angle Impact Driver Head
- High Torque Motor and Gear Box Design – 650 in lbs. of power for tough applications
- Mar-Resistant Head Cover – helps protect workpiece from accidental damage
- 3/8" Square Drive Ratchet Connection – compatible with standard square drive socket adapters
- Integrated Chuck and Clutch – reduces overall length making it the most compact in its class
- Torque: 120 in. lbs.
- Chuck: 3/8 in.
- No Load Speeds: 0-550 RPM
Impact driver head
- No load speeds: 0-2,000 rpm 0-3,100 ipm
- Torque: 650 in. lbs.
- Volts: 12V output, 120V input
- Charge time: 30 minutes
Power handle with right angle drill head, ratchet head, right angle impact driver head, Phillips impact bit,." ratchet adaptor, 2 lithium-Ion battery packs, 30 minute charger, heavy duty contractor’s bag, and Operator’s Manuals
See the full comparative review of Multi-tools in Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement magazine's June/July'11 issue.
In it we review a variety of multi-tools from major manufacturers, and put the JobMax to the test.
CHISEL DOCTOR SHARPENS TO RAZOR EDGE IN SECONDS
Did you know that chisels in the store are not ready to use?
As sold, the blades are not sharp enough for any type of woodworking. They need to be honed for a razor-sharp edge. As anyone who works with chisels will tell you, a well-honed blade is a pleasure to use; however, the current sharpening methods using water stones, diamond laps, etc., to sharpen are anything but pleasurable. They are costly, time-consuming and often yield unpredictable results.
Thanks to The Chisel Doctor, woodworkers can now enjoy working with sharp chisels all the time – with minimal cost and effort. The Chisel Doctor is unlike any other sharpening device on the market in that it’s used exclusively with sandpaper.
The Chisel Doctor weighs just under 15 oz. It is a steel forging that holds any width and type of blade from 1/8” to 2”, including short blades for spoke shaves, etc. The chisel is held in place by a hefty clamp bar and two large thumbnuts, which are ball-nosed to allow the bar to lie flat on tapered blades. After clamping the chisel in place, the user simply rubs the blade back and forth a few times on various grits of sandpaper that are mounted on a flat rigid surface.
To prevent rocking of the blade, The Chisel Doctor features two widely spaced rollers, which remain clear of the sandpaper even with long sharpening strokes. An innovative feature of the device is that unlike most sharpening jigs, The Chisel Doctor comes with built-in aligning pins which keep the blade square without the need for an external fixture, delivering a precise cutting edge that any craftsman will greatly appreciate.
“With The Chisel Doctor, sharpening chisels couldn't be easier. There is no special technique to learn, and there are many advantages to using sandpaper. It’s available in all the grits you need, it wears evenly and doesn't hollow-out like a stone (and costs a lot less, too). In addition, sandpaper won't burn the edge like a grinding wheel (no quenching needed), and it’s easy to replace when worn. You can use oil or water, but you don't have to."
The Chisel Doctor ships with a starter pack of peel-and-stick sandpaper in various grits from 100 to 1500. These are laid down, in grit order, on a flat, smooth surface such as laminate covered MDF, marble tile or plate glass. For routine honing (or to hone a new chisel) the blade is set for 30o, and is rubbed back and forth a few times on 320 grit, followed by the series of finer grits; finally, the wire edge is removed by stroking the back of the tool on 1500 grit.
That's all there is to it - a very sharp blade every time, in just a few seconds.
The coarse grits from 100 to 220 are used for 25o grinding to restore a nicked blade, or a blade with too-large a 30o bevel from repeated honing.
More from the product designer …
“Because The Chisel Doctor is just about indestructible, it can be tossed into the tool bag for routine honing on the construction site. It is equally at home in the shop, and has been well-received by professional woodworkers who give it high marks for speed and efficiency, especially when compared with conventional sharpening methods. You'll be surprised how quickly - and inexpensively - it puts a great cutting edge on your blades.”
For more information about The Chisel Doctor, visit www.thechiseldoctor.com
NEW CORDED OSCILLATING MULTI-TOOL FROM BOSCH
Bosch Power Tools and Accessories announces the next generation of professional OIS (Oscillating Tool Interface) oscillating tools with its MX25E Oscillating Multi-Tool, designed to ease flush-cutting, plunge cutting, sanding, grinding, grout removal, scraping and many more time-consuming and tiring applications.
Ideal for renovation, construction, woodworking, and home repair tasks, its compact size makes it small enough for working in corners and other tight spaces. Paired with Bosch oscillating multi-tool accessories, the MX25E delivers quality results with minimal effort.
The MX25E is rated at 2.5 amps and provides ample power for heavy-duty uses and working with tough materials. A variable-speed dial allows the speed to be matched to the application and material. Patented Constant Electronics™ Circuitry technology ensures it maintains speed under load. A ball-joint cord swivel helps better position the tool and provides extra protection to the cord for increased durability over the life of the product.
The MX25E uses OIS system accessories. Bosch developed OIS, which is a 12-point accessory contact system created to provide a secure accessory connection and to maximize oscillating-action work efficiency. A durable accessory holder makes it easy to change and position the accessories using a hex wrench.
The MX25E also includes an OSCAD1 Adapter for use with many competitor accessories. As with all Bosch power tools, product engineers gave special focus to optimizing the comfort of the MX25E, as well as its functionality. Users will notice its light weight of 3.3 pounds, small grip circumference and softgrip areas that help to prevent discomfort and lead to overall better job performance.
The Bosch MX25E will be widely available at leading tool dealers and home centers in May 2011 in two different kits, the MX25EC-21 and the MX25EK-33.
The MX25EC-21 includes 4 high-quality cutting, grinding and scraping accessories, 16 sanding accessories, an accessory box and carrying bag.
To find out more, or to find a local dealer, visit www.boschtools.com
or call 877-BOSCH-99
Because the Bosch MX25E has just been released, it was not available to be tested in our June/July'11 Multi-tool comparison. However, watch for our coverage of this new product in a future issue.
NEW DELTA TAKING SHAPE IN ANDERSON SC
DELTA Power Equipment Corporation’s manufacturing, R&D, engineering and administrative facility continues to hit milestones with the transfer and installment of equipment and machinery from the Jackson, Tennessee location.
The new location allows DELTA to continue the Made in USA tradition of designing, manufacturing and marketing the world class UNISAW, radial arm saws, line boring machines and BIESEMEYER accessories.
“We strive to reconnect those loyal emotions of the ‘Old DELTA’ with the reality of this ‘New DELTA’. Our desire is to show woodworkers that the ‘New DELTA’ in Anderson, South Carolina is something to be excited about. We are proud to be a part of this strong heritage of products Made in the USA and to continue the plans set in motion over 90 years ago with the first DELTA product: Fulfilling the American woodworker’s dream.”
Located in Anderson, South Carolina, the new DELTA facility is on schedule to have the equipment in place for training of the manufacturing staff in mid-April, with production runs beginning shortly thereafter. R&D and engineering facilities are also on track to be fully operational by early summer.
“Things are going well and we are on the schedule we set for ourselves when we closed the deal to purchase DELTA from Stanley Black & Decker,” said Bryan Whiffen, President and CEO of DELTA® Power Equipment Corporation. “Everyone at Stanley Black & Decker has been very helpful in smoothing the way for efficient transfer of equipment and data files, ensuring what we expect to be a seamless transition for our customers.”
DELTA’s management team has extensive power tool and woodworking equipment manufacturing, marketing and sales experience, and a proven track record of innovative product development and superior customer service that exceeds expectations. Just within the executive team, President and CEO Bryan Whiffen has 17 years of experience and Norm MacDonald, Executive VP and COO, has 20 years of experience.
We will keep you updated on DELTA's progress and expansion in Canada.
When it comes to adhesives, there’s a new product line on the market that nails it.
Billed by many in the industry as a family of “miracle adhesives,” the products come in the form of a liquid, but work as strongly as nails,” says Nathalie Lambert, Liquid Nails Marketing Manager for AkzoNobel Decorative Paints Canada, which has introduced the products to the Canadian market.
What makes the Liquid Nails brand unique, she adds, is that each product is scientifically formulated to offer the best possible performance for any surface. “From small do-it-yourself home projects and crafts to some of the toughest challenges facing construction today, Liquid Nails offers the firmness and strength needed to make the task bind,” says Lambert.
The benefits of using adhesive over a hammer and nails are many, she explains. Not only is an adhesive easier to apply – even for the most inexperienced user – but there are times when nails simply aren’t the most suitable option, such as when installing a tub surround in a bathroom or mounting a flat-panel mirror to a wall. Users can also apply adhesive to panelling or moulding without the need to fill nail holes or worry about nail pops down the road.
The Liquid Nails line – which is already recognized as a category leader in the U.S. – includes adhesives for construction, indoor/outdoor carpeting, panelling and moulding, insulation panel and drywall, mirrors, tub surrounds, ceramic tiles, concrete, parquet and wood flooring, as well as squeezable all-purpose adhesives for leather, rubber, wood, foam, cardboard and more.
All Liquid Nails products meet Canadian VOC standards, with many meeting the stringent environmental standards put forward by the Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Some Liquid Nails products are formulated to resist rain or snow, while others work in extreme temperatures, from -5°C to 48°C (22oF to 120oF).
“Every do-it-yourselfer knows that owning a home means an endless source of projects and repairs waiting to happen,” says Lambert. “With Liquid Nails, Canadian homeowners can be assured that, when using adhesive, they can nail a job once and for all!”
Available in hardware stores and building centres across Canada, Liquid Nails retails from $ 2.59 to $ 34.99, depending on size and formulation.
For more information about Liquid Nails or to find a retailer near you, please visit www.liquidnails.ca or call 1-800-463-7426
DECK BUILDING JUST GOT A LOT SMARTER WITH DECKWISE
These days, deck builders are being flooded with products that promise universal results. Unfortunately, the majority of these deck tools are not suitable for the toughest hardwood. To make matters worse, if someone does use the wrong screws or deck tools, the deck's overall look and performance can be negatively affected. As the leading manufacturer of hidden deck fasteners, the Ipe Clip Fastener Company is proud to introduce the DeckWise brand of tools and accessories.
According to International Sales Manager Chris Shope, "Our dealers and distributors have always asked if we could provide them with screws, plugs, gap spacers, and tools that matched the durability and performance of our deck fastening systems. With the introduction of products like our DeckWise Colormatch screws and Drill&Drive bit system, everyone from the professional deck builder to the DIY homeowner can build a hardwood deck without having to worry about using inferior products. We have also established a private labelling program for some of our DeckWise products for qualified dealers and distributors."
Chris Shope adds, "We had a number of builders try out our products. The response was overwhelmingly positive because each application was made more simple and efficient. With DeckWise, we're certain that builders and homeowners will be able to construct stronger, more reliable hardwood decks."
More info on DeckWise HERE
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The Member's Gallery is a great place to show the world your work. It's also a great place to browse for ideas. And, once you see something you like, you can discuss the project directly with the person who built it.
The forum is a great community of like minded woodworkers and DIYers - please join in.
In This Issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine
Each month, Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement Magazine brings you a range of woodworking projects, techniques and tips that will help to improve your woodworking skills. Visit canadianwoodworking.com to subscribe.
In the June/July'11 Issue:
- 12 Tips For a Stronger, Longer Lasting Deck
- Review: Oscillating Multi-Tools
- Techniques for Interesting Edge Treatment
- Power Carving
- Making Loose Tenons
- Arbortech Mini Grinder
- Product News and Shop Tested
- Ottawa Wood Objects Exhibition