In a show as large as the International Woodworking Fair, where city-block-size industrial setups can dominate nearly all your senses, it can be challenging to not focus on the big, eye-catching stuff and instead find the nuggets sometimes tucked away in small booths. I always commit myself to looking over every booth at these tradeshows in search of new tools and accessories, and this show did not disappoint.
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware took up only a small corner booth, but WOW was it packed with lots of good stuff! Here’s a quick rundown:
• Mixing Mate lids with built-in stir paddles for paint and finish cans. Snap them on, stir, then pour—and never fill up the rim around the lid! Quart size is available now and costs $15; gallon size will be out in January and sell for $20.
• Cribbage board templates for making your own game board, just step and repeat with the included drill bit and reference pins. Includes game pieces for two sizes of boards, $44 and $48.
• Silicone glue brush, tray, and spreader, $15. When glue dries, just peel it off and the kit is ready to use again.
• Adjustable router dado jig, $45. Use it against any straightedge, or buy a pair of 4-foot edges from Rocker ($100) and the jig clips right onto the edge.
• A trio of carbide-insert turning tools with round, square, and diamond tips, $70 apiece.
• A new font type of Interlock signmaking templates that uses an ingenious system of multiple templates for making closed-field letters (A, D, P, etc.) without having to freehand rout the little “bridge” areas. This kit also uses spacer templates to ensure a visually pleasing spacing between all letters.
I stopped by the Whiteside Machine Co. booth and saw their new Ultimate Flush Trim and Pattern router bits. These bits have a multidirectional compression spiral pattern with three configurations: top bearing, bottom bearing, top and bottom bearing. Because they’re solid-carbide ½” shanks, the cutters and bearings are 7/8” in diameter and the cutters 1-1/8” long. I look forward to trying out these bits.
Speaking of bits, I met with the team from a new manufacturer of bits and blades. Guhdo is a German brand of cutters being marketed here in the U.S. As you can see, all products have a black coating to reduce friction and buildup.
TrueTrac is a rail system for circular saws and routers that’s easy to set up and use. The heavy-duty plastic plates mount onto the rail via a pair of trapezoidal ridges to eliminate side-to-side slippage yet still glide smoothly forward and back. A kit with saw plate and 57” rail sells for $150, a 48” extension costs $114, a router plate is $60, and clamps are $50 per pair. Or you can buy it all for $250.
Finally, MicroJig (makers of the GRR-Ripper push block) will soon be launching a tablesaw tapering sled made from the same material. This sled will include indexed settings accurate to 1/8 of a degree! The sled will sell for $99.
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