November 2019

Woodworking news and new products

Laguna’s REVO 12|16


Laguna's 12/16 Revo Reviews

According to Benny Helshoj at Laguna Tools, the company's Revo 12/16 is "probably the best 12-inch midi lathe ever designed". We're starting to see independent reviews now based on a few months of use, and they seem to agree. On the Woodcraft site we found "I am nothing but impressed", and "it's perfect for beginners, but has all the power you will need as you learn and go pro". And on the Rockler site, a user said "the motor control system puts this lathe in a league of its own". Paul Mayer at ToolMetrix has uploaded a very informative video on YouTube™ that goes through the lathe's features in detail.

A Very Compact Circular Saw

A new and inexpensive ($59.99) corded (household current) compact saw from Charlotte, North Carolina based Worx takes a 4-1/2" blade, and it's getting some very positive reviews. The 4.5 Amp saw (item WX439L) "features a brand new ergonomic design for smooth and easy one-hand operation. Weighing in at a mere 4 lbs. and packed with 4000 rpms, it offers portable, powerful performance second to none". It has quick and easy cutting depth adjustment, and a spindle lock for fast and easy blade changes. It handles 2x lumber, so framers should find it handy, and there's a built in dust extraction port so it can be hooked up to a shop vacuum. The base can bevel to 45 degrees, the price includes a 24-tooth blade, and the saw comes with a 3-year warranty.


 4-1/2" WORXSAW 4.5 Amp Compact Circular Saw ITEM WX439L

The New Dremel Lite


The New Dremel Light

The compact and powerful Dremel Lite has a 4-Volt lithium-ion battery and a convenient USB port with a dust cover. An LED light indicates the battery charging state. The tool has an ergonomic 360-degree soft grip design, for comfort and precision. The variable speed slide switch is easy to adjust between four different speeds, ranging from 8,000 to 25,000 RPM. The tool also has seamless accessory changes thanks to an integrated EZ Twist™ nose cap, and it comes with a 10-piece accessory kit. It's also fully compatible with the full range of Dremel rotary accessories. The Lite is now available online and in retail stores with a MSRP of $49.99 USD.

Outsource Your Lockdowel Components

Fremont, California based Lockdowel has announced a new cabinet component providers web page where woodshops can find outsourcing suppliers that deliver components for cabinets, fixtures and furniture with pre-inserted Lockdowel fasteners. The suppliers can machine and deliver flat-packed, Lockdowel-ready, custom wood components for less than it would cost to make them in-house. With the hidden fasteners already installed, casework can be assembled quickly and easily without any extra hardware or glue. Lockdowel CEO Stephen Anderson notes that outsourcing lets woodshops discover the savings in labor and assembly that Lockdowel offers, and do so without investing in CNC equipment or any other extra capital. Suppliers include Bella IMC, Cut 2 Size Parts, Global Cabinet Supply and Ultimate Cabinet Components.


Lockdowel adds component supplier webpage

Bosch ‘Break Up 2 Trade Up’ Contest


Bosch 'Break Up 2 Trade Up' Contest

Bosch Power Tools is kicking off its biggest contest to date today with 'Break Up 2 Trade Up', which invites woodworkers throughout the U.S. to share why they are willing to cut ties with their current battery platforms. A total of 1,000 winners will be selected to receive a lucrative prize package that includes a Bosch CORE18V battery kit and a choice of seven leading tools. The CORE 18V battery delivers 80 percent more life than the company's previous generation power sources. The new, lightweight version is 100 percent Bosch power tool and charger compatible, and features a CoolPack design that maintains a low temperature much longer while delivering maximum power. Contestants can enter by posting a brief video to Instagram explaining why they are ready to move on from their current battery platform. See the rules here.

Multi-Tool with Optional Plunge Base

Last spring, Festool announced in Europe that it was introducing a new cordless oscillating tool, which is now available in North America. The cordless OSC 18 Vecturo multi-tool (574853) has an optional tool-less plunge base and depth-stop that deliver "unbelievable control and precision". It has a brushless EC-TEC motor with vibration isolation, and a keyless quick-change system with StarlockMax® tool holder means that tools can be changed quickly. Optional system accessories make it possible to create precisely guided plunge cuts or saw with minimal dust generation, even when working overhead. There's noise and vibration damping for optimum comfort while working. The motor has variable speed control , and the tool has complete cordless mobility thanks to the 18V lithium-ion battery pack. All Festool power tools include a 3-year wear-and-tear warranty, 2-day standard repair time, and 1-month satisfaction guarantee.


Festool Cordless Oscillator VECTURO OSC 18 Li E

DeWALT ToughSystem 2.0 Radio and Charger


Tough Radio and Charger for the Jobsite

DEWALT® has announced that its new ToughSystem® 2.0 Radio & Charger (DWST08820) will be available this month (November 2019). It includes include Dynamic Range Control that gives users optimal sound for indoor or outdoor use. It has four integrated, high-performance full-range speakers, an active subwoofer and a passive bass resonator,and they are all driven by a 55W RMS amplifier to provide audio clarity. The radio/charger can lock onto ToughSystem storage units. Integrated Bluetooth® connectivity lets users play music from mobile devices and phones, and control it remotely via apps. A 2.1A USB port is included on the radio for mobile device charging, while a large compartment on top provides storage and protection for a battery, phone and the included AC power cable. The radio is fully compatible with DEWALT 12V MAX*, 20V MAX* and FLEXVOLT® battery platforms (sold separately). Not only can the radio run off DEWALT batteries for cordless operation, it can also charge DEWALT batteries when it's plugged in via the optional AC power cable.

Axiom's i2R CNC Is Back In Stock

The new i2R CNC machines can be purchased in any one of three sizes (24x24, 24x36 and 24x48). Each comes with prismatic guides, ball screws, and the same powerful, easy to use DSP pendant controller that accompanies the companies larger machines. Axiom also provides a full complement of accessories, so a woodshop can receive a package that’s specifically tailored to its CNC needs. Targeted specifically at the first-time CNC user, the new i2R lineup is supported by a comprehensive manual and video library which are intended to dramatically shorten a new user's learning curve. Prices start at $2,999. They have an 800 Watt electro spindle (1HP), and the machines ship directly to a woodshop for $199 with residential and lift-gate delivery services are included.


Axiom’s new i2R CNC machining center.

The new Cabineo 8 M6 from Lamello


The New M6 Cabineo

There's a new addition to the Cabineo family of connectors from Lamello USA, a division of Colonial Saw. Cabineo offers great strength and very simple machining which requires nothing more than a CNC router with standard tooling. The M6 has very high clamping and tensile strength using an insert nut (374 lbs in HPL). It can be used to connect wood and metal components with its M6-threaded hole, and it has the same easy machining as the standard Cabineo 12 and 8 versions. It also has very high wear-resistance, so components can be connected and removed many times without damage (think flat-pack furniture, removable panels, ADA-compliant configurations, etc). Available in either white or black, it features an internal, galvanized, M6 threaded bolt with a helical insert nut that can be used in solid or sheet goods such as particleboard, HPL, or phenolic resin. The insert may also be used as a through-connection on shared partitions.

Acrylic Table & Vanity Legs

Osborne Wood Products' new line of acrylic legs are either completely or primarily made from clear acrylic, giving the illusion of weightless, floating furniture. Among them are simple cabinet and furniture feet in spheres and cubes, available as singles or as in a set of four. There are also conical feet, as well as a turned acrylic foot, the DeSoto. The true show-stoppers of the collection, however, are the Caledonia legs, all of which pair a traditional, turned style similar to Osborne’s collection of wooden legs with acrylic, a very contemporary material. Their clear, turned base has a solid wood top block to better conceal inner hardware and blend in. The Caledonia style is available in Island, Dining, Coffee, and End table heights. Osborne offers a custom skirt kit option to match the acrylic legs. Osborne is also offering the Solaris Acrylic Center, a small, weight-bearing, decorative piece that can be added to a table leg to achieve a clean, contemporary look.


Acrylic Table & Vanity Legs from Osborne



New PWR Drive® Screws

Richelieu has introduced three new wood screws under the brand PWR Drive. Named HYBRID (shown), CAB and WMX Premium, they offer a perfect set with no pre-drilling required because of a self-drilling point to avoid wood splitting. They are suitable for solid hardwood, MDF and particleboard. HYBRIDE has a square drive and a self-countersinking flat head with nibs that offers a flush finish. CAB is a superior cabinet installation screw featuring an oversized, flat, self-tapping head with nibs and four times the holding power of a conventional screw. It sits perfectly flush with the surface and is available with two drilling points and in three colors: black, white and zinc. And WMX Premium has a self-tapping, high-low thread that provides improved and faster installation.

HVLP Turbo Spray Paint System

Apollo Sprayers International, Inc. has launched its all new Power VS series of turbo paint spray systems. They add variable speed pressure control, accurate to 1/10th PSI, for professional results with any coating material. They have Quadra-Clean™ automotive grade filters, extended hose lengths, a host of included accessories, and are backed by Apollo's 2+1 year limited parts and labor warranty. Other features include Power Boost Technology (PBT™) that provides a woodworker with the power to apply virtually any coating without compromise, and Apollos Ultra-Flex™ hose that comes in industry-leading hose lengths with quick-connect and lightweight alloy couplers on both ends. there are seven gravity or bottom-feed cup spray gun options, and a Handi-Hold™ spray gun docking station to safely transport your spray gun.


Apollo Announces the All-New POWER VS SERIES of HVLP Turbo Spray Paint Systems

Cabinet Vision classes


AlphaCam, Cabinet Vision Classes

Hexagon Manufacturing intelligence will be conducting productivity days for AlphaCam and Cabinet Vision users during November and December in Oregon, Washington, and Connecticut. Product experts will present tips, tricks, and strategies to help users fully use their software. The one-day events will offer a combination of technical information for each solution, including overviews of available software enhancements and upgrades on the horizon. Also presented will be an overview of the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Production Software business. Attendees will be provided with ample opportunities to network with peers and product experts, as well as enjoy lunch at no cost. The current dates are Nov. 19 in Portland, Oregon; Nov. 21 in Seattle, Washington; and Dec. 10 in Hartford, Connecticu. More will be posted. Click here to register and get more.

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