Some nice folks from Black & Decker stopped by the WOOD shop to show us some of their latest tools. One of these was the Gyro, a compact 4-volt lithium-ion screwdriver. It’s eyebrow-raising feature: motion control.
In August at the IWF show in Atlanta, Freud will introduce a 90-tooth saw blade with a new tooth grind that will produce almost glass-smooth crosscuts. I got to see the blade and look it over at the end of a tour of Freud’s carbide production and blade manufacturing facilities in Udine (OO-din-ay) in northeast Italy, where the company was founded. More about the plants in a moment, but first here’s the scoop on the new blade.
Designed for smooth, clean cuts in trimwork and sheetgoods, the blade debuts Freud’s alternate shear face grind. In a nutshell, Read more
The eighteenth weekend of the 2010-2011 Woodworking Show season was held in Virginia and, because it was also my 40th wedding anniversary, this would be a memorable one for both my wife and I. The nation’s capitol is only about a 40 minute drive from the venue and airport and we would spend the better part of two days there. Read more
Categories: Interesting Woodworkers We've Met, Tool News and New Tools, Woodworking Show Reports | Tags: Affinity Woodworkers, Jeffery Noden, Jim Heavey, National Archives, The Woodworking Shows, Warwick Guitars, Washington Woodworkers Guild, White House, WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador
The Garden State played host to another of the Big 10 Woodworking Shows this last weekend and the town of Somerset, about 30 minutes out of Newark, would provide the setting. This venue has seen some large crowds in the past and it wouldn’t disappoint this time either. Read more
Categories: Tool News and New Tools, Woodworking Show Reports | Tags: Crafts Antique Tool Club of New Jersey, Garden State Marquetry Society, Jim Heavey, Somerset, The Woodworking Shows, WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador, WTC Visitor Center
The Woodworking Shows traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin this last weekend and just a little less than a two hour drive northeast of my home. Hard to believe, though, that I could go from below freezing temps to the tropics in that short a time. Read more
Categories: Interesting Woodworkers We've Met, Tool News and New Tools, Woodworking Show Reports | Tags: Big Blue, Don and Ron Angelo, Jim Heavey, Micro-Kerf 40, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, The Woodworking Shows, Total Saw Solution, Wisconsin Woodworkers Guild, WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador
With the roads clear in my rural part of the county a day after the blizzard of 2011, I fully expected the nation’s second busiest airport of O’Hare to be ready for business and a short flight to Columbus. Read more
Categories: Interesting Woodworkers We've Met, Tool News and New Tools, wood, Woodworking Show Reports | Tags: Alex Bandar, Columbus Idea Factory, Dick Rhodes, Insight Toolworks, Jim Heavey, Ralph Jones, The Woodworking Shows, WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador
With 2010 quickly drawing to an end, the Woodworking Shows opened in Detroit this last weekend. I flew in to a temperature in the low teens and with snow on the ground but none forecast for our three day stint. Having visited the Ford museum and Motown in previous years, I decided to see a history of the Christmas tree and automobiles at the Walter Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills before heading to the venue. Read more
Categories: Interesting Woodworkers We've Met, Tool News and New Tools, wood, Woodworking Show Reports | Tags: Bosch Tools, Gibraltar Center, Jim Heavey, Supernova International, The Woodworking Shows, Walter Chrysler Museum, William Holwig, WOOD Magazine Traveling Ambassador
On Day 2 in Tennessee I traveled down I-24 to Murfreesboro, the new home of General International USA. This company is now the sole distributor for all woodworking tools, machinery, and accessories for General Manufacturing and General International. Those brands are still headquartered in Montreal, Canada, but distribution and customer service for the U.S. will now be handled in Tennessee. Heading up this new operation is Scott Box, most recently president of Steel City Toolworks, and formerly with Powermatic and Delta.
For those of you who might not know, General woodworking machines are made in Drummondville, Quebec, not far from Montreal. The General International line of tools is made in Taiwan to General’s specifications. This line features a full complement of stationary and benchtop machines.
As of May 1, Clear Vue Cyclones, makers of the see-through two-stage dust collectors, closed its doors and will no longer sell new dust-collection equipment. According to an annoucement on the company’s Web site, Clear Vue will fill existing orders and continue to support previously sold units for an unspecified length of time.
The last week of the current Woodworking Show season took me to the capitol of all that is space exploration, Huntsville, Alabama. The drive in from the airport would pass within sight of Space Camp and be too much of an enticement to pass up. Read more