New Woodworking Tools and New Woodworking Products

Leg-up table-saw panel lifter

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:40

LEG-UP TABLE-SAW PANEL LIFTER, available from Lee Valley, helps manipulate sheet stock safely onto a table saw when working alone. A sturdy lever clamps to the table edge or fence rail and a J-shaped hook end captures the panel at the other end. Tension on the lifter’s guide-arm is adjustable to ensure a controlled swing once the panel is released. An adhesive-backed bumper adheres to the table edge to prevent marring the workpiece, according to the distributor. The 1/8"-thick epoxy-coated steel lifter measures 28" and works with sheet stock up to 1-1/4" thick. The table-saw lifter sells for $49.50. Contact: Lee Valley & Veritas, P.O. Box 1780, Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780. Tel: 800-871-8158.



Micro Zip sander

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:38

MICRO ZIP SANDER, from Ali Industries, measures 3-1/2" x 1". It has a wide variety of uses, especially in tight spots, such as removing paint, smoothing drywall and refinishing furniture, according to the manufacturer. The Micro Zip Sander includes 30 sheets of hook-and-loop sandpaper — 10 each in 80, 120 and 220 grit. The Micro Zip retails for $9.99. Contact: Ali Industries. Tel: 800-255-4748.



Skil 18-volt lithium ion power tools

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:37

SKIL 18-VOLT LITHIUM ION POWER TOOLS consist of several tools and kits designed to provide contractors and DIYers professional-grade features at an attractive price point, according to the manufacturer. The 18-volt lithium-ion collection includes a 1/2" two-speed drill/driver ($109; $149 with two batteries); two-piece drill/driver and 5-3/8" Skilsaw combination kit ($199); two-piece drill/driver and reciprocating saw combination kit ($199); and a four piece combination kit containing the 1/2" two-speed drill/driver, 5-3/8" Skilsaw, orbital reciprocating saw and pivoting-head flashlight ($259). The Skil 18-volt lithium-ion batteries can be purchased individually for $69 and the battery and charger kit sells for $99. The new lithium-ion battery kit can also be used with most existing Skil 18-volt Ni-Cad tools. Contact: Skil Power Tools. Tel: 877-754-5999.



Gorilla epoxy

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:36

GORILLA EPOXY is a two-part epoxy product offered by the Gorilla Glue Co. that sets in five minutes and can be handled in 90 minutes. The epoxy’s all-purpose formula easily bonds materials such as wood, aluminum, steel, stone, glass, ceramic, concrete and most plastics. The product features a reusable syringe that evenly dispenses separate barrels of resin and hardener. The five-minute set offers the user plenty of time to reposition material to obtain a perfect fit. Gorilla Epoxy withstands moderate exposure to water and will not break down from exposure to common solvents, according to the company. The Gorilla Epoxy is sold in a 0.85-oz. package and retails for $5.99. Contact: Gorilla Glue Co. Tel: 800-966-3458.



Miniature dovetail kit

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:35

MINIATURE DOVETAIL KIT, available from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, produces finished joints that look identical to traditional dovetails, only smaller. The miniature kit is designed for use with the Rockler Complete Dovetail Jig and includes narrow 1/8" shank bits and a reduced guide collar, which combine with the template to create 1/4" through dovetail joints with tighter spacing (1/2" or 5/8" on center) than any other dovetail system, according to Rockler. The tighter spacing translates to more pins and tails per inch, which allows dovetails to fit on small box projects such as jewelry boxes and pencil boxes. The kit also includes a collet reducer to adapt routers for the thin shank bits. The Rockler Miniature Dovetail Kit, item No. 20618, retails for $59.99 and requires the Rockler Complete Dovetail Jig, item No. 22818, which is sold separately for $149.99. Contact: Rockler Cos., 4365 Willow Dr., Medina, MN 55340. Tel: 800-279-4441.



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