In woodworking most tools need to be sharp to do quality work. We spend a great deal of pride and time in getting them sharp and maintaining the edge. Many woodworkers have asked me when is a cutting edge sharp. There are several methods to determine if an edge is sharp but I always say if you can do quality work with minimal effort then the tool is sharp enough for that task. And until recently I did not think anything in the shop could be too sharp. This summer I actually cut my skin (similar to a paper cut) on the edge of a board after I dimensioned that board. The edge is always knocked off during the sanding stages so the danger is not there for very long. Of course all the edges need to be sanded slightly round prior to applying a film finish because the finish will not adhere to a sharp edge. So for the first time I have to admit that an edge can be too sharp! Are the edges in your shop sharp enough or too sharp?
Redesigned fence with laser etched scale and micro-adjust feature
Two position faceplate provides appropriate support for every cut
Tool-less guide adjustments
Conveniently located dual dust collection ports
Sturdy wheels feature a shallow crown and polyurethane tires
Heavy duty tensioning with quick release
Four sided blade guard
Blades can be removed out the front of the table, no bending or angling required
Round table insert features leveling screws for precise adjustment
Band Saw Size/Wheel Diameter (In.) : 14
Blade Length (In.) : 125
Blade Speed (SFPM) : 3000
Blade Width (In.) : 1/2
Cutting Capacity Height (In.) : 13-1/2
Cutting Capacity Width (In.) : 13-1/2
Dust Collection Minimum CFM Required (CFM) : 400
Dust Port Outside Diameter (In.) : 4
Maximum Saw Blade Width (In.) : 3/4
Minimum Saw Blade Width (In.) : 1/8
Table Height from Floor (In.) : 39
Table Size (L x W) (In.) : 21-1/2 x 16
Table Tilt (Deg.) : 45 Right/10 Left
Weight (lbs.): 356
No assembly required
Two new 15″ lathes will be added, September of 2013. JET’s new 15” Woodworking Lathe, available in a standard version (Model JWL-1015) and variable speed version (Model JWL-1015VS), provides optimum control, as well as positive-locking indexing. Built for easy speed changes these new lathes are owered by a 1/2 hp, single-phase, TEFC motor. The 4-amp, model JWL-1015VS delivers variable spindle speeds ranging from 200 to 3600 rpm. Three speed ranges are designed to perform different types of woodturning tasks. The slow speed range (200 to 1050 rpm) is best for detailed turnings, mid- range (300-1750 rpm) is great for sanding and finishing, and the high speed (600 to 3600) is intended for general woodturning.
Speed changes on the 5-amp model JWL-1015 are made by transferring the drive belt on stepped pulleys inside the headstock. The drive belt is de-tensioned by pulling up a lever located beneath the headstock. The hinged headstock cover and redesigned access door provide increased working space over most mini-lathes. The belt is switched manually to the pulley corresponding to one of six spindle speeds: 500, 840, 1240, 1800, 2630 or 3975 rpm. Then the cover is replaced and lever pressed back down to restore belt tension.
The lathe headstock features 24 integrated indexing positions, making it easy to cut evenly spaced features for fluting and veining applications.
A self-ejecting tailstock is provided for safe and easy removal of tooling. The hollow tailstock and removable tip on live center allows for boring through stock. Optional accessories include a lathe stand with height adjustments and wide feet for stability, 21” bed extension and extension stand.
The JET JWL-1015 Woodworking Lathe, Model 719100, Woodcraft Item #858827 is priced at $479.99. The JET JWL-1015VS Woodworking Lathe, Model 719110, Woodcraft Item #858828 will be $579.99. Both are warranted under the JET RED AssuranceTM program.
The final new item for Jet to release in September will be the new Slow Speed (1725 rpm) 8″WW Bench Grinder, Model 726100, Woodcraft Item #858829 for $329.99. The benchtop grinder includes two high-quality Norton® wheels: an 80 grit 3X Blue Ceramic Alumina K Grade wheel for coarse grinding and a 100 grit White Aluminum Oxide wheel for finish grinding. Protecting your eyes from those high quality wheel producing sparks and dust particles are oversized adjustable shields. The single-speed benchtop grinder is driven by a ½ hp, 115V single-phase induction motor. The two 8” wheels have a 1” width and a 5/8” arbor. The unique feature to these bench grinders are the large etched tool rests for easy marking for chisel sharpening angle location reference, which also have 45° of travel and a scale that has a 1° resolution. A bench grinder stand is optionally available at additional cost of $ as well.
Doug from Jet/Powermatic and Tommy discuss all of these tools in this video:
More to come with Tommy Mac and Woodcraft showing you the latest in woodworking tools!
Learn how you can put together this two-wall shop in your new or existing garage or workspace.
You’ll want to start building or improving your shop, starting with this Rust-Oleum based nonslip, epoxy paint and sealed floor. Great for resurfacing a concrete floor, this project will allow for easy clean-up leaving a show room finish. But don’t keep it clean, fill it with sawdust made from your handiwork and enjoy it! Create a two-wall workshop and outfit it with four outstanding shop projects using the Cut Lists and Convenience-Plus Buying Guides, all in the August/September Issue #54 of Woodcraft Magazine. We’ve never packed this much information all in one publication, so this issue is a must have!
The four projects consist of a Mobile Mitersaw Stand, a Compact All-Purpose Workbench with Tool Cabinet, a Planer Cart and a Power Tower to help organize your new or existing shop.
Vertically thinking, the Power Tower can be used to hold and house most medium to small portable and bench top tools. Putting it on casters will save you much needed space where you may be trying to have a shop and save parking space for the vehicles. Using the vertical storage unit with the Planer Cart and the NEW WoodRiver Wall Mount Folding Tool Stand, you’ll be maximizing every square inch of your shop.
Horizontally thinking, the mobile mitersaw stand includes drop-down wings for easy storing, built-in dust collection, adjustments for customizing the fence, shelf, and wings to your specific saw model. Also on casters for mobility, you can add Leg Levelers to handle uneven floor surfaces.
Every shop needs a workbench. Build your very own Compact All-Purpose Workbench with Woodcraft’s Laminated Maple Bench Tops.
There is an additional project also included to make your workbench a real added value with a Tool Cabinet Storage and Drawer System.
In addition, you will find a Dream Shop Planner to help you outline your shop. Lay out your cabinets and storage by using the machinery cutout templates for positioning. By using an acetate sheet placed over your shop grid, you can plan for duct work, electricity, lighting and HVAC. After your sketch work is complete, break down the shop build into individual steps for time and budgeting constraints. Just like measuring twice and cutting once, this plan can help you build your shop the way you want it, when you want it, without missing a step.
This video covers all the details within Issue #54, with an up close look at this new shop.
In additional to all the projects in this issue, you will also find Ready-To-Assemble Cabinets from Cabinotch. Just add your own doors and drawers to complete the project.
Hot New Tools features the NEW Micro-Jig GRR-Rip Block. This tool combines the rubber-soled pushblock technology with the notched pushstick products by adding flip-up feet, giving you the advantage of holding your stock firmly against the table while providing enough friction to push it forward keeping your digits at a safe distance from the blade on your tablesaw or router table.
Also featured is the Whiteside Pro Pen Mandrels. Whiteside has incorporated the CNC collet technology that has been used by machinists for years. With an adjustable shaft, turning is made easier from key chains to pens with out the need for spacers. The set includes a 1/4″ collet, collet nut, mandrel shaft, and brass knurled nut. Available in #1 MT and #2 MT.
Some new Tips & Tricks have been added, featuring a bottomless tablesaw crosscut jig, a Wedge Cutting Jig, Improvised Edge Clamp, and an easier way of removing those disposable gloves that are a hassle to take off.
Tired of re-adjusting your clamps to hold different wood thickness or having multiple clamp setups? Still not enough pressure held once adjusted? Well, Kreg and Woodcraft have the answer for that. The new Automaxx™ Bench Klamps adjust automatically to hold materials that are thin, thick, or anywhere in between. Set the clamping pressure once, using an easy-to-regulate thumbscrew, and the Automaxx™ Bench Clamps do the rest. They lock closed easily and consistently every time and with every thickness. Compatible with Kreg Jig®, Kreg Portable Base, and Kreg Jig® Jr.
Automatically adjusts to any material thickness up to 2-7/8″
3″ reach for face members 2″ and narrower
Simple thumbscrew adjustment for clamping pressure
Comfortable handle grips for reduced hand fatigue
Large pivoting jaws with added pads for aligning face joints
Additionally, check out the new Kreg 3-Inch and 6-Inch Automaxx™ Face Clamps, now available at your local Woodcraft store or online. These Face Clamps work in the same manner and technology as the Bench Klamps, adjusting automatically to clamp materials that are thin, thick, or in between. You can clamp a 2×4 and then a 1/2″ piece of plywood without
ever re-adjusting the clamp. Kreg joinery just got a little easier, thanks to the versatility and simplicity of Automaxx™ Face Clamps. Below, Dave Stone, Kreg’s social media guy, demos the Face Clamps showing you all the capabilities.
So stop cranking, fumbling and re-adjusting, get these new clamps and enjoy a better clamping method today!
Recently (left to right below) Jake; Rob’s shop assistant, Dave; Rob, and Rob’s son-in-law, Chris “Frick” Wetmore built this custom workbench. Frick was more involved on the social media side of things doing site management, videography and editing. According to Rob, the need for a bench arose when he realized most of his online students were working on the end of their table saw or worse yet, a shop mate! Rob said, “I have a friend/customer that had been asking me to make him a super-duper bench so what better time! I use to make and sell benches but the selling price missed the actual cost by a few miles! I really enjoy making benches so I would entertain making another one. I bought back a bench I made 12 years ago and recently upgraded it and re-sold it. Point is, the market may be ready for a few custom benches. The hardware available has been a real downer so the chance to redesign and have a better mouse trap made was a big motivator. I ended up having new hardware made for the two benches in my shop plus the one I recently refurbished and sold, made a huge improvement. I think this latest bench is a bit over the top, I would not want to be the one to make the first “ding” in it!”
(see Rob’s workbench video below)
The bench is made from Mahogany and Hard Maple; all the horizontal Maple surfaces are veneered with ¼” thick Birdseye. The base is actually Spanish Cedar, looks like Mahogany and a lot less expensive. It even has a sharpening station!
The bench dogs have “T”shaped slots cut in them and “T” shaped pieces held in place with two springs from ball point pens. This provides enough tension to hold the dog in place over a greater range of heights. Works very nice.
Rob designed a better knuckle for connecting the threaded rod to the movable vise. It allows some horizontal movement to account for pieces that don’t have parallel sides however there is no vertical slop.
Over the top! Nah! Dovetail corners, Mahogany ramp, a tool tray, stretcher wedge…
Adjustable hinged height block features a 3″ lift. Rob said, “The older you get the harder it is to bend over. Using a plane it is advantageous to lean over the plane and use your body weight, especially when cutting dovetails. It is better done at a higher, more comfortable stance. You want the bench low for hand planing and high for cutting dovetails. Young folks can adapt, older folks don’t want to! For the finish, I applied several coats of thinned Tung oil on the top and sprayed the rest with lacquer. I did not want the excessively slippery surface lacquer leaves on the top, also wanted a surface that was easy to repair/refresh.”
Here is a brand new video, just YouTube posted at the time of this blog posting, by Rob on the build of this fine workbench…
Online Workshop Involves Both Cosmans
In 2011, Rob launched an online hand-tool workshop that was followed the next year by a second hand/power tool workshop, both projects aimed at reducing Rob’s need for travel away from home allowing him to spend more time with his family. Jake has been the cameraman for both workshops, as well as doubling as the featured apprentice, working through the hand skills as the student for his dad, the instructor. “I film five days a week. We try to keep the price really low so people can participate,” Rob said. “I have an online forum. If someone asks a really good question, Jake goes in and films the answer. My son-in-law downloads the videos to the website. We try to make the experience as if the person is standing right there. The audience likes our casual approach, we don’t cut anything and we work through the mistakes.” Here is more about Rob’s online workshop program:
Today Rob sees woodworking as an enjoyable hobby, but a difficult career. He speaks from experience. A college graduate, he launched a 12-year career as a custom furnituremaker trying to support a growing family. “I did all sorts of things to make it work. I sold graduation rings. I insulated basements.” In 1999, it became clear to Rob that he could never charge enough to make the income he needed. “I realized that the only people who would appreciate my work were the people who wanted to learn how to do it.”
From Tool Demos to DVDs to Teaching
In 2000, the opportunity to import a line of tools and sell them in Canada led Rob to produce instructional DVDs. “I recognized as I was selling these tools that many of these people had no experience in how to use them,” Rob said, “I started making DVDs to help them learn how to use the tools. As a result of the DVDs, I began to receive invitations to teach. I now have the perfect scenario.
Teaching is challenging and fun, and I am getting paid to pursue my hobby, which is building furniture.” Rob also continues to add to his line of premium hand tools. When asked what prompted him to design and make tools, he said: “Guilt! I was demonstrating to the audience with tools I had either modified or made. A lot of what I do is made easier because of these tools. As students recognized this, the demand for my tools became apparent. I could not find anyone willing to build them so I decided I would have to do it myself.”
In conclusion, it is an honor to know and learn from Rob in both woodworking and his views on life in general. Look for Rob at most Woodcraft shows and stores near you! You’ll be glad you did.
Thanks Rob, we appreciate all you do!
What is a plunge cut track saw and guide rail system? This Festool TS 55 REQ high-quality plunge cut track saw and guide rail combine for a system that generates precision cuts anywhere on a panel quickly and safe, cuts that should never be attempted with a traditional circular saw.
The smooth pivoting action, and minimal blade exposure during the cut is ideal for starting a cut in the middle of a panel. This design allows the blade to pivot into the material smoothly and accurately. Precision cuts starting from any point are easily accomplished. The track saw can be used for many common tasks: Ripping sheet goods, creating straight edges on rough stock, jointing boards, cutting to scribe lines on doors and cabinets, cross-cutting, and creating openings in panels, sections of flooring, and cabinets.
Now available at your local Woodcraft store or on-line, the TS REQ is accurate and versatile. It is not your typical circular saw when compared to the most advanced table saws, miter saws or panel saws available. Add in its incredible portability and ease of use, you have a precision-cutting solution like no other, at home in the highest-end cabinet shop as well as an onsite remodel. With the addition of micro-adjustable depth controls and a flat housing for flush-cutting against walls or adjacent surfaces, the TS 55 REQ is Festool’s most advanced plunge cut saw ever. Take the tool to the work and replace large stationary equipment with an incredibly precise, handheld unit. You’ll save your back, while getting more out of your expensive materials.
Electronic variable-speed control automatically maintains a constant blade speed under load, and the soft start and automatic idle cut down on operator fatigue and noise. Surprisingly, the Festool TS 55 REQ uses a 6-1/4″-diameter blade, but still provides a 1-15/16″ cut at 90° and a 1-7/16″ cut at 45°. Festool TS 55 REQ includes a T-LOC Systainer SYS 4 storage box, 48-tooth carbide tipped blade, 55″ guide rail, limit stop, and chip deflector.
Features & Benefits:
When used with Festool guide rails, you can achieve perfectly straight and splinter-free cuts that reduce waste.
Spring-loaded riving knife (splitter) retracts automatically, keeping the cut kerf open so that the material does not pinch the blade, reducing the chance of kickback.
The slip clutch helps to minimize the risk of a kickback and minimizes wear on the blade, gear case, and motor.
Blade changes are easier and safer using the FastFix system which locks the switch and arbor simultaneously for easy arbor bolt removal.
Rotating dust port keeps hose out of the way
3-bearing motor for smoother operation
Here’s a demonstration of the all-new Festool TS 55 REQ including the quick and easy blade change,
To purchase the TS 55 for $585, and find out more information including an additional video, click on this link, Festool TS 55 at Woodcraft.
Now go make some serious sawdust,
This sale is so big, we decided to spring into action a little early! Get a head start into WOODCRAFT for the 3-DAY SALES EVENT starting today, February 28th, for all your woodworking needs. JET & POWERMATIC Machines are 15% off (starting March 1 & 2) + Free Shipping – some exclusions apply*.
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The new WoodRiver No. 92 Shoulder Plane combines the best of the Edward Preston and Sons’ plane designs with modern WoodRiver® features to create a “new classic” with the look and feel of a shiny antique but the body of shoulder plane equipped for serious shop work, whether cleaning up tenons, rabbets and dadoes or creating joints.
The WoodRiver No. 92 is the result of two years of extensive prototyping and testing to develop a classic look for a plane that works as good as it looks. The classic shoulder plane features were retained – narrow body, slightly proud blade (to clean corners), sides square to the sole, flat bottoms and a necessary robustness—but a major new feature was added, an adjustable toe used to control the throat opening and help to minimize tear-out.
The body of the No. 92 is Cr40 stress-relieved ductile steel, machined square and flat, and the blade is Mn65 tool steel hardened to 60-64 Rc which combines toughness with the ability to take a keen edge.
We asked woodworker and teacher, Jerill Vance to take a look at our shoulder plane and give us an unbiased review based on his woodworking knowledge and experience. We first met Jerill almost 3 years ago at the Pocahontas Woods Fine Woodworking School, where he obtained his woodworking degree. You can find out all about Jerill from our previous blog,Pocahontas Woods Fine Woodworking School, and from his website - www.JerillVanceWoodworks.com.
Jerill stated, “Recently, I obtained a new Wood River #92 Shoulder Plane. It is an elegant, precision instrument of quality craftsmanship at a very modest price. The look, weight and comfort of this tool make it the envy of any woodworker. After spending a brief but enjoyable amount of time fine tuning and sharpening the iron in this plane, it created very fine shavings. With the adjustable mouth and blade it can be set up to easily trim a misaligned shoulder on any tenon joint. However, as I explained to a friend of mine, it is more than just a shoulder plane. The blade can be set flush with one edge and used to pare away excess material on the cheeks of the tenon. While I have the plane in my hand I also use it to chamfer the leading edge of the tenon.”
“So I wonder why is it not called a tenoning plane? To me it seems more logical since I use on every aspect of the tenon and not just the shoulder. How many hand tools excel in versatility but are stigmatized with a name that implies only one use? So if you don’t own a “tenoning” plane I suggest you consider one of these multi-use tools. Those on a fixed woodworking budget will be surprised at the modest price. So check out the Wood River #92 shoulder… I mean tenoning – plane. I am sure will you find a great use of this tool.”
Jerill also took the time to visit us at our Woodcraft Magazine Shop where we recorded this interview…