New Woodworking Tools and New Woodworking Products

Jitterbug finishing sander

Thursday, 18 September 2008 14:21

JITTERBUG FINISHING SANDER from Sioux Tools, is a 1/4-sheet pneumatic sander built for extended use. It's designed for reduced vibration and features a comfort grip that rotates in 15-degree increments and locks into 24 indexable positions, which enables the operator to adjust the grip to his/her unique hand position. The grip is also reversible, allowing it to accommodate left- or right-handed use. The Jitterbug weighs 1-3/4 lbs. and sells for $225. Contact: Sioux Tools. Tel: 800-722-7290.

Veritas lapping plate

Thursday, 18 September 2008 14:19

VERITAS LAPPING PLATE is designed to condition or smooth previously ground surfaces such as plane soles, blades and chisels, and is used with light mineral or honing oil and silicon carbide abrasive grit. The iron plate weighs about 14 lbs. and measures 12" x 4-1/8" x 1-1/8". It is machined on the bottom and sides, and the top is ground flat to within 0.001" over the entire surface. The channel design, optimized for a figure-eight lapping pattern, serves to eliminate resistance from hydraulic lock and captures excess oil, abrasive and slurry, according to Lee Valley. The Veritas lapping plate sells for $85. Silicone carbide lapping grits are available from 90x to 600x and sell for $3.80 to $5 each. A set of five lapping grits costs $19.90. Contact: Lee Valley & Veritas, P.O. Box 1780, Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780. Tel: 800-871-8158.

Laser pointer for drill presses

Thursday, 28 August 2008 09:41

LASER POINTER FOR DRILL PRESSES, from General International, has two adjustable opposing laser line markers that can be set to mark a red "X" on the work piece to indicate where the drill bit point will enter the wood. The unit includes adapters to fit drill presses with 2-3/4" (70mm), 2-7/8" (73mm), 3-1/8" (80mm) or 3-5/8" (92mm) diameter columns. The laser pointer operates on two AAA batteries and is available from General's distributors for a price of about $20. Contact: General International, 8360, du Champ-d'Eau, Montreal, QC, Canada H1P 1Y3. Tel: 514-326-1161.

Band saw guide upgrade kits

Thursday, 18 September 2008 14:18

BAND SAW GUIDE UPGRADE KITS for the Shopsmith 11" band saw from Carter Products. Shopsmith is the manufacturer of the Mark V five-tools-in-one woodworking machine. The conversion kit updates the saw's performance through the use of all sealed ball-bearing roller guides, which provide reduced blade friction and improved cutting accuracy, according to Carter. The kit contains both upper and lower roller bearing side-support assemblies and sells for $99. Contact: Carter Products Co. Inc., 2871 Northridge Dr. N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49544. Tel: 888-622-7837.

Clamptite Tool

Wednesday, 06 August 2008 20:29

Clamptite toolCLAMPTITE TOOL, from Lee Valley, can make permanent hose clamps, strengthen cracked wooden handles, repair cut garden hoses and be used for other workshop projects. The user simply needs to thread the tool with wire, make a few wraps around the tool and the item to be clamped, and then turn the wing nut that applies leverage to tighten the wire. Clamptite is made of aluminum and chrome-plated steel and uses wire up to .062" in diameter. The tool is sold for $24.50; 1/4-lb. coils (about 50') of .041" 304 stainless steel-wire are available for $12.50 each; and the tool and one coil can be purchased as a set for $32. Contact: Lee Valley Tools Ltd., P.O. Box 1780, Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780. Tel: 800-871-8158.

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