DUST COLLECTOR FOR DOVETAIL JIGS attaches to Rockler dovetail jigs, both old and new models, with two extra-long 4" knob posts. A sliding baffle directs the suction to the point where the dovetails are being cut. The shroud contains the dust while allowing the bit to travel through without damage. An adjustable sweep brush provides for a complete seal for stock from 1/2" up to 1-1/8" thickness. The built-in 2-1/4" port fits most shop vacuum hoses, according to Rockler. The Rockler Dovetail Jig Dust Collector sells for $39.99. A 4-Screw Conversion Kit for older model Rockler Dovetail Jigs costs $3.99/pair. They are available only through Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores, online at www.rockler.com or by calling 800-279-4441.
The MINI-LIGNO E/D is a moisture meter from Lignomat, which offers digital readout, LED lights displaying the wood group, and a wider range for measuring moisture content up to 45 percent. The meter is made to fit in your hand or in a shirt pocket for easy transport. The contoured cap serves as a cover and when placed on the other end of the meter, becomes a comfortable push handle for easy probe insertion. When the pins are pushed the proper distance into the wood, the meter automatically turns on. Power is cut off when the pins are pulled out the wood. The mini-LIGNO E/D has a base price of about $115. Contact: Lignomat USA Ltd., 14345 N.E. Morris Court, Portland, OR 97230. Tel: 800-227-2105. www.lignomat.com BENCH HORSE portable workbench system, from Blum Tool Co., sets up in seconds and provides a solid job-site woodworking platform. The top and sides are made from 1/2" Baltic birch plywood. A pipe clamp can be inserted through holes in the sides, located every 6", for a vice. The top also has two rows of dog holes on each side. The legs are made from tubular steel, which fold under the top. The bench measures 18" x 48" and weighs 55 lbs. The Bench Horse sells for $399, which includes a set of Pony No. 50 3/4 pipe clamp fixtures, vice block, three bench dogs and removable tool drawer. Contact: Blum Tool Co., Box 712, 406 Pearl St., Walnut, IA 51577. Tel: 800-521-5458. www.blumtool.com
CONCAVE FACE BLADE, from Forrest Mfg., for cutting melamine-coated particle board. The blade's unique hollow-concave face grind produces chip-free cuts on both sides of melamine board, according to the manufacturer. It will also cut foam core moldings, preventing the molding from melting while being cut. The blade is tipped with corrosion-resistant, C-4 micrograin carbide teeth and sharpened with diamond-grit grinding wheels. It's available with a choice of 48, 50 and 60 teeth, and 30mm, 5/8" and 1" center hole sizes. The company says the 48- and 60-teeth blades are ideal for cutting flakeboard laminates, while the 50- and 60-teeth metric and 48- and 60-teeth standard blades are recommended for cutting polystyrene foam core moldings. Contact: Forrest Mfg. Co. Inc., 457 River Road, Clifton, NJ 07014. Tel: 800-733-7111. www.forrestblades.com TUFF-COAT GLOVES, from Perfect Fit Glove, includes a new hybrid style in the palm-dipped glove category. The Tuff-Coat model has a lightweight nylon liner, providing flexibility and dexterity, and a durable latex coating for resistance to cuts, punctures and abrasion, according to the manufacturer. Tuff-Coat gloves are available in two cut-resistant styles made with DuPont Kevlar-brand fiber shells, two general purpose styles made with cotton/ polyester blend shells, and one style with thermal protection. Contact: Perfect Fit Glove Co., 85 Innsbruck Dr., Buffalo, NY 14227. Tel: 800-245-6837. www.perfectfitglove.com