If you haven't seen the newest internet sensation: Crazy Canadian Woodworking, then do yourself a favour - click on the link, and sit back to enjoy a look at some truly unique woodworking techniques, executed with a certain Canadian flair.
Bear in mind though, that these techniques are executed by a 'trained professional', and may not be as easy (or as safe) as they appear.
In fact, you will probably want to take the advice of that crazy Canadian woodworker, and simply not try these techniques at home.
If you like the Crazy Canadian Woodworking videos, please pass the link on others who may benefit from such Canadian content.
WIN A FLASHLIGHT & POCKET KNIFE KIT FROM KING CANADA
All you need to do to is drop by Canadian Woodworking's FaceBook page, and 'like' the page.
Every time another five people 'like' the page, everyone who has entered will be be eligible for that draw.
There are a total of 12 kits, so the sooner you enter the more chances you will get.
Click here to go to the CANADIAN WOODWORKING & HOME IMPROVEMENT FACEBOOK PAGE
HOME at HOME MAGAZINE NOW OFFERS WOODWORKING AND DIY CONTENT
This new woodworking and DIY section will be headed up by Canadian Woodworking editor, Rob Brown, who will be offering helpful tips and practical advise to help you to successfully complete your next home project.
You can pick up a copy of Home at Home at your local Home Hardware store. Or, if you would prefer, you can ask your local Home Hardware to put you on their mailing list, and have Home at Home magazine mailed directly to your home.
Click here to find the Home Hardware closest to you.
AFFINITY TOOL WORKS AQUIRES HTC AND PORTAMATE
As of Jan. 14, 2012, Affinity Tool Works will assume ownership of both HTC and Portamate. The move allows Affinity to broaden its already-extensive line of tools and accessories, specifically targeted to niche markets including building and construction, do-it-yourself, remodeling and woodworking.
Since 1980, HTC Products Inc. has been providing quality products for both home and professional worksites in a variety of industries including building and construction, do-it-yourself and woodworking. The complete line is suitable for both novice and professional users, and features a full line of products from mobile bases and roller supports, to a full line of workshop accessories. HTC’s philosophy is based on the company’s mission of improving the way people, tools and work come together.
Portamate products were created specifically for do-it-yourself and home improvement enthusiasts. Hallmarked by the PM7000 Miter Saw Work Center, the full Portamate lineup features tool and miter saw work stands, saw horses, tables, rollers and mobile bases. The Portamate line was designed for functionality, productivity and ease of use, and to give every end-user the ability to have a professional, full-line workshop in even the smallest spaces.
URBAN TREE SALVAGE MOVES TO NEW LOCATION
Founded in 2004, Urban Tree Salvage re-introduced the Nakashima movement by opening Canada’s first and largest municipal log salvaging operation in Toronto. Their goal is to design and handcraft extraordinary one of-a-kind pieces destined to be the focal point of any room. Each piece celebrates natural beauty marks like knots, grains and other imperfections not found in mass-produced items.
UTS offers a selection of kiln dried live edge slabs and lumber for architectural elements as well as builds custom tables to spec.
Products include dining, console, coffee and side tables, desks, benches and much more. Looking for great eco gift ideas, check out UTS live edge serving platters, wine racks and planters.
Urban Tree Salvage, your city source for Salvaged Live Edge Slabs, Reclaimed Barn Board, Historic Lumber and one of a kind custom tables and accessories.
More info at: www.urbantreesalvage.com
WOODWORKING RESOURCES FOR WOODWORKING/SHOP TEACHERS
If you are a woodworking (or woodworking related) shop teacher, and would like to receive resource material (at no cost) for your students, please click on this LINK.
The link will open an email, pre-addressed to me.
Simply enter your full name and contact information, and I will follow up with you.
TWO NEW STYLES OFFERED BY KERRY-ALL POUCH
Need some covered storage for your pickup truck, but use one of those full-width tool boxes and you don’t want to pay a fortune for a custom tonneau cover?
The Kerry-All Truck Pouch standard size holds 40 cubic feet of cargo, 50% more than the competition.
Retail price starts at $ 164.95 (for the standard size) which includes shipping to anywhere in the USA and Canada.
If you need some 2” x 4”s, pine boards, or some door casing parts and it’s raining, how will you get them home? The carpenter is waiting for you to get back from the building supply store to finish that spare room. No big deal if you can leave those boards to dry overnight, but that’s not usually the case.
How about one of our Kerry-All board pouches? They’re 3 feet wide and 9 feet long and will hold about 24 studs or the equivalent in boards. The ‘belt-loop’ style tabs let you secure the pouch in your 1/4 ton or 1/2 ton truck with rope or bungee cords. Works great in a slippery plastic bed liner, even on a sunny day.
Retail price is $ 69.95 which includes shipping to anywhere in the USA and Canada.
For more info, see: www.kerrywoodworking.com
FORREST'S 20 TOOTH 10" WOODWORKER II
Customers can choose either a 1/8” or a 3/32” kerf blade for aggressive, scorch-free rips of oak, cherry, and other hardwoods.
Forrest Manufacturing’s 20-Tooth, 10” Woodworker II Blades are helping woodworkers and serious hobbyists make fast, accurate rip cuts in hardwoods without leaving burn or scorch marks.
These circular saw blades consume the wood quickly to provide fast-feed cuts along the grain. They have fewer teeth than other Woodworker II blades. So there is less buildup of heat as the blade cuts through the wood. This substantially reduces the need for sanding because of burning or scorching. The 20-Tooth, 10” Woodworker II Blades also feature an ATB+R (Alternate Top Bevel + Raker) tooth style. This means every fourth tooth is square to boost the speed of the feed.
Forrest blades are available from fine-quality dealers, retailers, and catalogs, as well as direct from the factory.
For more information, call 1-800-733-7111 or visit www.ForrestBlades.com
MILWAUKEE FUELS NEXT GENERATION OF CORDLESS
The two new drills will be the first in an exclusive line of extreme-performance cordless power tools branded M18 FUEL that integrates three ground-breaking technologies: the POWERSTATE brushless motor, REDLITHIUM battery technology, and REDLINK PLUS Intelligence, to provide a new class in durability, run-time and performance for the professional tradesman.
For more information on M18 FUEL visit www.milwaukeetool.com/fuel
BUSY BEE HOST THREE DAY WINTERLUDE EVENT
This sale features:
- 10% off clamps
- 10% off router bits
- Door Crashers
- Free Give-aways
- Special in-store flyer
- Special three day pricing
February 9, 10, 11 at Concord, Mississauga, Ottawa, London, Pickering, and Barrie.
February 16, 17, 18 at Calgary, Edmonton, New Westminster, and Dartmouth.
See website for more details: www.BusyBeeTools.com
NEW CORDLESS JIG SAW FROM METABO FEATURES BEST IN CLASS PERFORMANCE
Metabo Corporation introduces a cordless jig saw that is an industry leader in performance. The STA 18 LTX is part of Metabo's innovative PowerMasterSeries of 18 V lithium-ion cordless power tools.
This high-performing saw, that can cut more than 98 feet of chipboard with just one battery pack charge, is ideal for use in cutting openings for heating duct and plumbing, cabinet fitting, drywall fitting, cutting and sizing plywood or cutting duct openings in HVAC applications.
The STA 18 LTX features a low-lying saw blade support roller for exact blade guidance, a 4-stage adjustable orbital blade stroke and positive bevel cutting stops at 15°, 30° and 45°. The tool also includes Metabo's Quick toolless blade change system that saves time and energy when replacing blades, increasing productivity and lowering overall cost.
The cost-effective STA 18 LTX, sold as a tool only, accepts Metabo's 1.5Ah, 2.6Ah, 3.0Ah or 4.0Ah 18 V lithium-ion batteries that offer 40 percent higher performance and 40 percent less weight than conventional batteries.
Video footage of the new PowerMasterSeries is available at http://www.cordless-tools.com/playVideoFlash.html
NEW DOWEL DRILLING JIGS FROM ROCKLER
Rockler has just launched some really cool new Dowel Drilling Jigs that will save woodworkers LOTS of time by delivering joint setups for hand drilling in just seconds! The jigs come in three sizes - 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" - andallow users to drill straight, accurate holes without a drill press.
"Not everyone has a drill press, expensive self-centering jigs, or wants to take the time to set one up to drill a few dowel holes," said Steve Krohmer, Vice President of product development. "Rockler Doweling Jigs provide an automatically centered guide that clamps to stock, saving time and making it much easier to use an electric hand drill to drill dowel holes."
See more at: www.rockler.com
NEW LAMINATE FLOORING SAW FROM HAUSSMANN
Haussmann's new laminate flooring saw features:
Accurate, effortless rip and cross cuts
- Maximum rip cuts up to 4-3/4" (105mm) and cross cutsup to 16-15/16" (430mm)
Mitre gauge and baseplate measurements
- For fast setup of mitre angles and cutting width
Strong Aluminum Construction
- For greater strength and durability
Fully enclosed clear guard
- For better visibility of cut and additional safety
- Suitable for cutting hardwood, softwood, andlaminate flooring plus parquet flooring
3 Years Warranty
More info see: www.Rona.ca
RONA PRO CUSTOMER AWARDED A DREAM SPORTS TRIP
RONA, the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, recently awarded Neil Carter, Owner Neil Carter Contracting, a dream sports trip worth $ 10,000, and thanks to the “Pick Your Prize” contestrun for PRO customers in Ontario.
The “Pick Your Prize” contest which ran from May 4th through October 31st, 2011 was held in all RONA stores in Ontario. PRO customers were eligible to participate in the contest by either receiving a ballot for every purchase of five hundred dollars or by receiving a ballot if they went out to meet the RONA PRO Squad at on-site locations. They then had the option of dropping their ballot into the box of the prize they wanted to win: a GMC Pickup, Ultimate Sports Trip, or a chance to win one of an array of prizes that included sports tickets, sports jerseys and gift certificates.
“Being still young in the Ontario market, RONA is always looking at ways to bring presence of mind to their contractor division with the vision of being a destination point for all contractor business needs,” says Shayne Arthey, Ontario Regional Manager Contractor Sales and Services. “This contest allowed contractors to “pick” depending on what prize they felt would be most valuable to them, and it was a huge success. For the
prime six months of our contractor selling season, our 72 corporate stores had over 15,000 contractor accounts participate in the contest.”
WAGNER METERS OFFERS 7-YEAR WARRANTY ON MMC/MMI METERS
Wagner Meters’ commitment to their customers’ success continues as Wagner Meters announced today that effective January 1, 2012, all MMC and MMI Series handheld moisture meters will carry a standard 7-year warranty policy. Wagner Meters’ complete confidence in their products now has you covered for a full seven years of warranty-backed use.
With IntelliSense™ Technology, the MMC and MMI Moisture Meter lines from Wagner Meters minimize interference from surface moisture for wood moisture measurements, ensuring that the reading you get is an accurate indication of moisture conditions in the wood. That’s accuracy you can count on backed by one of the best warranties in the business.
Wagner Meters’ moisture meter line presents fast, accurate and affordable moisture measurement with a moisture meter for every level of wood working and concrete craftsmanship. With advanced technology, accurate measurements and now a 7-year standard warranty on all MMC & MMI Series moisture meters, Wagner Meters are a solid investment as an essential tool for your workplace.
To learn more, visit
BEAUTI-TONE'S TREND COLOUR PALETTE
Beauti-Tone, Canada’s Paint Experts, has identified the top trend colours chosen specifically for Canadian homes. These shades have been selected with every sort of homeowner in mind – those who decorate by jumping in with both feet, or those who prefer to dabble just a bit – because this palette is all about personal choice.
Colour can have the most powerful effect. It can transform a room into a retreat and turn a house into a home. Colour can reenergize and invigorate, or it can calm and rejuvenate. “When it comes to décor and creating a space we love to come home to, we all have different ideas and different priorities,” says Bev Bell, Creative Director, Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division, Home Hardware Stores Limited. Whether someone is looking for the wow effect of a complete transformation, or is simply looking to the magic of a fresh coat of paint to add new life to a room, this palette has colour choices to satisfy everyone’s decorating appetite.
To see the full spectrum of Trend Colours, go to: www.HomeHardware.ca
In This Issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine
Each issue, 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 December/January'12 Issue:
- Build a Night Table
- Children's Set of Blocks
- Shop Heaters
- 60 Hot Products of 2011
- Restoring a Porch
- Cutting Board Project