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December 27, 2007

Our last few Auriou tools....


As I noted back in October, Auriou has closed and is not making carving tools or rasps any more.

Shortly before Auriou closed, we received our last shipment from them. It included some tools we had carried for years and some that were new to us. Today, we are posting some of those new tools to our website. Naturally, supplies are limited to the stock on hand, but we think you'll find these tools interesting.

You can see our full collection of remaining Auriou products here.


December 20, 2007

Georgia Association of Woodturner's Meeting December 2007

The Georgia Association of Woodturner's meets in our Seminar Room tonight at 6:30pm. They are open to visitors, so come by and check it out. There is no demonstrator for tonight's Holiday Social meeting.


Our store is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays so you can do some shopping, too.


December 19, 2007

Sad news from Gränsfors Bruks USA

Last Thursday, Gränsfors Bruks' US warehouse in Summerville, south Carolina was destroyed by fire. Fortunately, it was after closing and no one was hurt. They are working to find a new location and replace the lost inventory, but they do not expect to have axes in stock until March, 2008.

You can read about the fire here, here and here.


December 17, 2007

Top Gifts from our Great Tool Catalog

We've got the solution to your holiday gift needs, tools to please every woodworker!

116401t.jpgDeluxe Leather Shop Apron - A touch of luxury for your time in the shop? Perhaps, but to us it feels like this top-grain leather apron is tougher, more stain resistant, and gives us more protection than canvas or nylon aprons. If it happens to look better, too, we can live with that. This one offers good coverage (almost knee-length on most of us), and the flaps over the lower two pockets keep dust out. Upper left pocket is divided for pens; upper right is the perfect size for index cards, calculator, cell phone, and such. Adjustable nylon straps cross over in rear with speed buckle closure.

tormekt7.jpgTormekT7 Sharpening System - The Tormek Sharpening system is unsurpassed for quality, versatility, edge positioning accuracy and repeatability when grinding, sharpening and honing just about every tool in your shop and home. This Swedish made machine has a 10" ceramically made, 220 grit aluminum oxide grindstone wheel which remains continuously bathed in water, keeping your tool's edge cool and free from any risk of overheating. Backed by a 7 year warranty.

168051t.jpgEconomy Folding Workbench - Portable & versatile, this workbench will lend a helping hand in any shop. Its MDF top is attached to twin screws that open 4-1/4", and with the moveable polypropylene 1" tall dog jaws, it allows for 10" of clamping capacity. When open, the table top spans 13-1/2" x 24" and stands 31" high. The foot print of the metal stand measures 25 x 20-1/2". Folded for storage it measures 42" high x 7" deep. Stand weighs 14 lbs. Assembly required.

169105t.jpgSet of 4 Heavy Duty Screwdrivers - These hefty screwdrivers are forged from high carbon steel with the blade running the tool's full length. Hardwood handle cheeks are riveted onto the easy to grip, oval shaped handle end. While they may not be the most handsome screwdrivers in your shop, you're not likely to bend them during those misapplied "screwdriver as a prybar" moments. Set consists of 4 heavy duty screwdrivers (6", 8", 10", 12").

169302t.jpg12" Precision Combination Square Set - For woodworkers searching for quality tools on a budget, we are pleased to offer this attractively priced, precision 12" adjustable square. With meticulously ground cast iron body and a textured matte black finish, the square is outfitted with machined (not stamped), easy to read, satin-chrome blades. Blade markings are in 1/16ths, 1/8ths, 1/32nds & 1/64ths of an inch and are etched into the blade for durability and legibility. Includes 3 heads: the combination head, a center-finder head with 2-1/2" long sides, and a 7" long protractor head with single degree markings. Comes in a fitted plastic case.

750906t.jpgFestool C-12 Drill/Driver Set with 2 Batteries - Very compact & remarkably light, this 12V cordless drill with speed ranges of 0 to 450rpm & 0 to 1500 rpm and 6 torque settings uses a brushless motor that is rated to drill a million screws before needing replacement. The C-12 will allow you to drill and drive into areas that standard drills simply can't access. Three removable Fastfix® chucks and the Centrotec chuck comprise the system. The C-12 Drill/Driver Set comes with two 3.0Ah NiMH batteries, charger, Centrotec Chuck, right angle & eccentric chucks, Systainer storage box, 4mm drill bit, #2 Phillips bit and bit holder.

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December 14, 2007

Gränsfors Bruks American Felling Axes are back!!!

After three long years, Gränsfors Bruks has resume production of the classic American Felling Axes and we have both models IN STOCK!!

You can see the 31" model here.

You can see the 35" model here.


December 3, 2007

Coplanar Bandsaw Wheels

10 out of 10 bandsaws prefer them

QuestionIn your catalog you've said more than once that "making the wheels coplanar" on a bandsaw is an important part of tune-up, but as far as I know you haven't described how to do it. I have just a few questions: what is it, how do I know if I need it, and if so how do I do it?

answer.pngHmm. Seems we've left a few details yet to cover, eh? The object of the exercise is to make your two bandsaw wheels lie in the same plane while you're cutting wood. When your wheels are coplanar, blades tend to track stably, and perhaps best of all there's little or no adjustment required when you change blades. It's much more likely that your blade will be perpendicular to the saw table, and your upper guides are less likely to require adjustment when you change depth of cut significantly.

Are your saw's wheels out of plane? A snap diagnosis might be easy: if you have to fiddle with the saw's tracking knob every time you change blades, you are going to benefit distinctly from making the wheels coplanar.Coplanar Bandsaw WheelsIf you're not sure, here's another quick check: if there's a blade on your saw now, go look at it. Is it in the same position on the upper wheel as on the lower? If you can see a difference without measuring, then your wheels are almost certainly running in different planes.

Put a 1/2" blade on your saw and tension it as if for work. Don't bother tracking it; you're just going to take it off again in a minute. Lay a 4 ft. straightedge against the lower wheel, as close to the center as possible. With the straightedge touching the wheel's rim at both top and bottom, check the upper wheel. Use the tracking knob as needed to make the rim parallel to the straightedge. If the upper wheel doesn't touch the straightedge, or if it pushes the straightedge out of contact with the lower wheel, then adjustment is called for.

On Delta and Jet bandsaws, the upper wheel can be moved outward by dismounting it and installing a 5/8" i.d. spacer on the shaft. A hardware store 5/8" washer will work if you need to move the wheel at least 1/16". Some hardware stores stock machine bushings, narrow-rim washers available in a variety of useful thicknesses. Be sure the bushing already on the shaft is reinstalled last, just before the wheel. On Sears 12" and Inca 10" saws, the lower wheel can be moved by unlocking a set screw and shifting the wheel on its shaft. For other saws, have a good squint and figure out which wheel is adjustable.

It's easy to set the wheels coplanar, and the payback is mighty convincing. When you can put any blade on your saw, tension it and turn on the saw without worrying about tracking, you'll be a believer, too.

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