June 2018
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Looking For A CNC Operator?

The wood science program at Wisconsin's Northcentral Technical College now uses Alphacam from Vero Software to program CNC routers and to perform design work. Jason Swartz, an adjunct instructor at the college, uses the software both as a teaching tool at the school and also as a production tool in his own shop. The state has strong high-school woodshop programs, many with CNC routers. Building on that, Northcentral now offers students about twenty wood science courses in a 28,000 square-foot technical center that includes 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space. While not every student will become a CNC programmer, the school prepares production supervisors, salespeople and CNC router technicians for the workforce. They’re not just designing boxes, but going through the process of designing the part, selecting tools, nesting, and managing every aspect of production.

 


 

CNC Tutorials

Tools Today is known for its huge selection of Amana CNC tooling, but the company has now created a YouTube channel with a dedicated playlist that features tutorial videos. One of the more intriguing is a Kerf Chair that was designed by Boris Goldberg (shown here). Called KerFutel No. 2, it consists of parts that were CNC routed in 18mm thick birch plywood using Amana Tool® industrial router bits. Birch plywood was selected as it is easy to find, affordable and bendable. It's also strong and durable enough for furniture. The upholstery selected was Palfoam™ PA25 by Palziv™, a polyethylene foam with a low density for comfort. The depth of cut for the kerfs was 17mm, leaving the last layer of 1mm plywood to bend so one can make the arched seat. The arms are two sheets of plywood glued together for a total of 36mm thick.


Panel Fastener

Lockdowel has introduced a new Double Headed Pin - a simple solution for fastening flat panels back to back, or to a flat surface or ceiling. It inserts into housings, and when attached the bond holds 100 to 110 pounds. It requires no extra hardware, can be installed by hand and works with a variety of thicknesses of wood, MDF, particleboard and melamine. It was originally designed for panel to wall applications, but in the process the company discovered that it was perfect for signage. Fred Koelling, the company's CEO says that this fastener is easy to work with, and can be inserted almost anywhere. Lockdowel Simple Solutions, including the new Double Headed Pin, will be demonstrated at the company's booth (8073) during the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) from August 22 to 24 in Atlanta.

 


 

Harvey Industries acquires Bridge City Tool Works

Mark Strahler at Harvey Industries, Ltd. has confirmed for WoodEzine that the company is acquiring Bridge City Tool Works of Portland, Oregon. Shown here are Jack Xu of Harvey Industries and John Economaki of Bridge City Tool Works. John founded Bridge City in 1983 and the iconic designer of woodworking hand tools has decided it's time to step down and hand over the reins to his friend and licensing partner. The good news for passionate customers of Bridge City is that they’ll hardly notice a change. Under a licensing agreement that went into effect several years ago, Harvey has been building more than two dozen Bridge City tools for international distribution. That includes everything from try squares to planes to the award-winning Chopstick Master. Jack and John first met in 2013, and quickly realized they shared a common set of beliefs and values. Both view their companies as vehicles to express new ideas and concepts, using tools as a canvas.


Gold Accents Are Hot

Nothing says Mid-Century like the iconic hairpin leg, which was invented by Harry P. Glass in 1941 as a response to raw material shortages during the war. The leg has now been redisgned by Brown Wood Inc. to fit today's aesthetic. They have taken the typical round rods and replaced them with rectangular ones, and attached them to a 1-1/2" steel tubular base. The resulting gold metal base for freestanding cabinets is available in two heights, 6 and 9 inches (SKUs 01BS6213035GL1 and 01BS9213035GL1). The latter is ADA compliant. Depths are 21" and 24", and the bases come in 30, 36, 48, 60 and 72 inch widths. In addition to gold, they're also available in gunmetal gray, raw steel, satin nickel and wrought iron finishes. PDF and DWG drawings are downloadable with top, side and end views. Founded in 1927 and FSC certified since 2001, Brown Wood, Inc. is an industry leading strategic partner for woodshops and designers who are seeking cost-effective, high quality wood parts, components and assemblies.

 


 

Enter Now For The Pinnacle Awards

The American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) is calling for entries for its 2018 Pinnacle Awards. Designers can enter online and the deadline for submission is July 31st. This year's competition has been expanded to include a new category designed to recognize builders/makers who create one-of-a-kind pieces for sale in galleries and stores, as well as client-specific products. ASFD is also acknowledging the growing importance of decorative accessories with three separate classifications - wall, floor and tabletop decor. A People’s Choice Award, which allows retailers to vote on all category finalists, is also new for 2018. Set for October 15th, the 23rd Annual Pinnacle Awards Gala will take place at High Point University and feature a cocktail hour followed by the Awards program, which will feature a high profile keynote speaker from a world class international design studio. Awards will be presented in twenty-one home furnishings categories. The 2018 Awards are sponsored by the High Point Market Authority, Leggett & Platt, International Market Centers, Designers Today, Continental Hardware, Furniture Today, HSM Solutions, Furniture Design Studios and Sherwin-Williams.


Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend

Half an hour north of Schenectady, on the shores of the Great Sacandaga Lake in upstate New York, the village of Northville will celebrate the Rotary’s Tenth Annual Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend on July 20-22. The event will feature more than sixty accomplished artists from this area and beyond. Woodworkers, jewelers, weavers, potters, photographers, painters and many others artists will display and sell their work at the Bradt Building and Park on Main Street. The weekend begins with a 'Meet the Artists' reception on Friday from 5 to 8 PM. The show will include demonstrations, raffles and a silent auction. Food will be provided by Klippels Kozy Corner. Proceeds from this event will be used throughout the year to provide scholarships to students, support community organizations, and fund projects of Rotary International.

 


 

A Workshop Cleaning Set

Festool USA has introduced new accessories for its CT Dust Extractors. They include new extension pipes, plus tradesman/installer, workshop, compact and universal cleaning sets. Most of the new accessories feature an anti-static design which prevents dust or particulate accumulation and static discharge. Festool’s entire CT Dust Extractor product line was recently updated with many models featuring Bluetooth® capability for auto start when using cordless tools, remote start at the hose, and new, smooth suction hoses. Many of Festool’s older CT models can be retrofitted with the new line of accessories, including Bluetooth® modules and remote starters. For example, item number 203409 is a Workshop Cleaning Set that's ideal for woodshops and includes a smooth suction hose, an antistatic curved hand tube, a stainless steel extension tube, and an industrial floor nozzle.


Cut Gypsum Bonded Chipboard and Fiberboard

And staying with Festool, if you own a track saw, you're no longer limited to cutting wood. Festool USA and Festool Canada recently introduced a PCD diamond saw blade for the company's TS55 REQ and TSC 55 REB cordless track saws. The blade was specifically designed and built for cutting gypsum bonded chipboard and fiberboard, common materials which are used for exterior siding and interior substrates. The new blade's features and benefits include cutting with minimal dust, precise results, longevity and durability. The PCD (polycrystalline diamond) blade is engineered and built to provide exceptional service life. Based in Lebanon, IN, Festool USA offers a comprehensive line-up of power tools and system accessories, designed to boost productivity through efficiency and high performance.

 


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AAW 32nd Annual Symposium

The largest woodturning event in the world is taking place in Portland, Oregon on June 14th through the 17th. About 1,200 turners from around the globe will learn, share, and celebrate the art and craft of woodturning. Visitors are invited to enjoy the exhibitions, auctions, and trade show, which are free and open to the public. The American Association of Woodturners (AAW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide, will host its 32nd Annual International Woodturning Symposium at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. In addition to educational sessions and demonstrations exclusively for registered conference attendees, the AAW Symposium offers events, which are free and open to the public, that offer a rare glimpse into the world of woodturning. Public events include exhibitions, galleries, and benefit auctions, as well as a trade show jam-packed with the newest woodturning products, tool and lathe manufacturers, and supplies. AAW welcomes the public, all ages, to visit and explore.


CNC Project: Mini Baseball Bat

Ohio based Next Wave Automation has just been announced a fun new project for desktop CNC users - a mini baseball bat. The company is offering free instructions and VCarve files, and the mini bat can be customized for any name or team (subject to copyrights). This project is aimed at woodworkers with moderate to intermediate skills, andit can be made using any of Next Wave Automation’s CNC machines. Tim Owens, founder and CEO, said that the company thought this would be a great way to celebrate the new baseball season. The instructions and design files are downloadable. Next Wave Automation manufactures a full line of machines for hobbyists and small wood shops, ranging from the CNC Piranha to the CNC HD4 Extended. The mini bat takes advantage of double-sided machining in Vectric’s new V9 software.

 

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New Hardware Catalog

For woodworkers who are supplying all the knobs and handles on a job, Deco and Deco of Toronto is a manufacturer of premium decorative hardware. The company has just launched an expansive new catalog that highlights four high-end drapery hardware collections and accessories. From Italian Murano glass to imported crystals and hand-sculpted metals, each collection is crafted with only the finest materials. Available in print and online, each collection includes a range of new and returning products - as well as accessories in an array of sizes, and up to 13 finishes. Company president Rohit Vijay says that the Deco and Deco brand "encompasses a devotion to detail in each product we create, and we feel this extensive new catalog truly reflects that mission statement". His firm has forty years of experience in the decorative hardware industry, and a globally curated collection of products


Vesta Introduces the Ronan Collection

Powerful, perfected and expertly designed is how Vesta® Fine Hardware describes its new Ronan collection. The handcrafted, solid brass pulls and knobs are deeply rooted in industrial heritage but also have an artistic spirit. Each piece in the collection is built to a standard of precision that perfectionists are sure to appreciate. Every curve, cut and corner is expertly crafted for a look that delivers harmony and demands attention. The collection includes seven pulls and two knobs, available in a variety of lengths and sizes, making it easy to use coordinating pieces throughout a project. The finishes include Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Brass, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel and Unlacquered Brass. Each piece is complete with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser.

 


 

Cordless Power Plane

The new Bosch GHO12V-08N is designed for powerful, balanced operation in an easy-to-handle, compact cordless planer. The first 12-volt Max planer on the market, it's about the same size as a hand plane, and the blade is 2.2 inches wide. The tool can handle a single-pass planing depth of up to 0.08 inches. It features an efficient EC Brushless motor for professional operation and smaller size. When planing at 0.04 inches depth in hardwood, this compact powerhouse delivers up to 33 feet of planing per battery Amp hour (Ah). It is designed to provide the easiest planing experience for fast stock removal and smooth finishes. It is ideal for trimming doors because it is cordless, eliminating the possibility of running out of cord in the middle of a planing pass. This is a bare-tool kit; the battery and charger are sold separately. For more information, visit the Bosch website.


Ergonomic Cordless Trimmer

Also from Bosch, the new GKF12V-25 Max Palm Edge Router offers all the power and cordless freedom needed to achieve great routing and trimming results. This lightweight 12V tool is barely 2 lbs. and has an ergonomic offset design that makes it a great choice for comfortable, compact edge routing and trimming. It weighs only 2.2 lbs. (bare tool, no battery). The 12-volt Bosch EC Brushless motor offers impressive 13,000 rpm power and helps to provide great runtime. Constant speed circuitry monitors and maintains speed under load for consistent performance, and restart protection helps prevent accidental startup when switching batteries. The tool provides up to 23 feet of round-over capacity per battery amp hour (Ah). An easy-change spindle lock offers fast macro-depth adjustment and easy fine-depth adjustment.

 


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