New Woodworking Tools and New Woodworking Products

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. www.carterproducts.com
   

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. www.leevalley.com
   

Portable router table

Wednesday, 06 August 2008 20:25

Portable router tablePORTABLE ROUTER TABLE, from Rockler, features all the attributes of the company’s larger router tables, including a full-size pre-drilled aluminum router plate, steel stand, 1" thick MDF top with an integral 3/4" aluminum miter track and plate levelers. An aluminum fence slides along two T-slots for easy adjustment and removal, while two adjustable fence faces allow for a minimal gap around the bit and also includes T-slots. At 21" wide x 16" deep x 16" high, the table doesn’t have to occupy a permanent spot in the shop. It can be tucked under a bench or placed on a shelf. Rockler’s Portable Router Table retails for $199.99. Contact: Rockler Companies Inc., 4365 Willow Dr., Medina, MN 55340. Tel: 800-279-4441. www.rockler.com
   

Driftmaster fence

Wednesday, 06 August 2008 20:23

Driftmaster fenceDRIFTMASTER FENCE, previously available only for Laguna band saws, is now being manufactured in kit form for customers who own band saws built by brands other than Laguna Tools. The DriftMaster fence system provides precision adjustment for the band-saw fence by using a “quick-set” wheel. The Laguna product’s micro-adjustment handle allows for accurate and repeatable veneer cuts when using the outside edge of the blade. A Hi/Low fence system takes seconds to change and is extra long to provide additional support, according to Laguna. The DriftMaster fence is priced at $395. Contact: Laguna Tools, 17101 Murphy Ave., Irvine, CA 92614. Tel: 800-234-1976. www.lagunatools.com
   

DeWalt’s rolling table saw stand

Wednesday, 06 August 2008 19:47

DeWalt's rolling table saw standDEWALT’S ROLLING TABLE SAW STAND provides professional contractors with a lightweight stand that offers stability, portability and ease of use, according to the company. The legs fold under the stand for easy transport. The stand, model DW7440RS, sells for $169. The stand is also sold with 10" table saw for $639. Contact: DeWalt Industrial Tool Co. Tel: 800-433-9258. www.dewalt.com
   

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