Blum’s Easystick

The U.S. division of Julius Blum GmbH, a leading German drawer slide and cabinet hardware manufacturer, is releasing Easystick in the U.S. this month. It looks like it has been available in Europe for about a year. This is a new ruler system that is designed to deliver fast and simple machine set-up for installing Blum hardware on cabinet parts. It works on the company’s three MiniPress machines (those manufactured after 2007), and is essentially an automated stop block. A woodworker enters the dimensions of the part (door, drawer side etc.) on a computer that attaches to the machine, and Easystick will automatically calculate the positions for the hardware. Stops then move automatically to the correct position. The device is intended to take the guesswork out of hole locating and drilling for Blum hardware. The company says it’s ideal for shops that may not have a dedicated CNC machine for specialized applications. It is compatible with a range of Blum products, and custom configurations can be saved and easily accessed for future work. The digital interface will notify users as hardware updates are available, and these can be easily uploaded using a USB stick. Cabinet and furniture shops can request a virtual sales call and there’s a video on YouTube™.