Woodworking news — October 31, 2022 – FineWoodworking

Metabo HPT Cordless Plunge Router

BRASELTON, GA. (October 13, 2022) – Metabo HPT today announced the launch of the tool body only model for the Industry’s First Cordless Plunge Router that offers complete freedom to tackle woodworking jobs on the GO! The 36V MultiVolt ½” Plunge Router (Tool Body Only) model M3612DAQ4 is part of the expanding MultiVolt System of power tools from Metabo HPT. It accepts any MultiVolt battery for extreme power and runtime AND accepts the unique AC Adapter (model ET36A) to plug in for all day runtime offering ultimate versatility and extending battery life. It’s backed by Metabo HPT’s Lifetime Lithium-Ion tool body warranty for peace of mind. MSRP $249 

The M3612DAQ4 Cordless router comes with ½” and ¼” collets, a 7-piece template guide set, straight guide, dust collection set, wrench and carrying bag. It accepts the 18V/36V 8.0Ah/4.0Ah MultiVolt battery, 18V/36V 5.0Ah/2.5Ah MultiVolt battery and the AC adapter with cord (ET36A)– all sold separately. For more information including the full line of Metabo HPT products and support, please contact 1-800-829-4752 or visit metabo-hpt.com. 

Newest Episode of PBS Series Craft in America, HOME, Features Wharton Esherick Museum

Malvern, PA –  The Wharton Esherick Museum (WEM) is excited to announce the premiere of Craft in America’s newest episode HOME which features Wharton Esherick’s iconic home and studio alongside Philadelphia-based sculptor Syd Carpenter and craft icon Helen Drutt English.

A Peabody Award-winning series, Craft in America explores “America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade.” HOME, which takes on the intimate topic of home from many angles – as architecture, personal objects and effects, and as the site of our familial relationships — premieres on PBS on December 16, 2022. A free public screening of HOMEwill be hosted by CraftNOW Philadelphia at their Public/Private Symposium on November 11, 2022, followed by a panel discussion with WEM Executive Director Julie Siglin, Curatorial Director Emily Zilber, Research Director Holly Gore, artist Syd Carpenter, and craft icon Helen Drutt English moderated by Josephine Shae, Art Bridges Terra Foundation Initiative Curatorial Coordinator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 The New BenchTop Mini Puts Dust Collection at Your Fingertips, Any Workbench, Anywhere 

SYRACUSE, NY (October 25, 2022) – Oneida Air Systems introduces its most portable dust collector yet, the new BenchTop Mini. Similar to the original BenchTop dust collector, the Mini delivers on-the-go powerful source collection for power tools lacking dust ports, including rotary tools and hand sanders. When placed in close proximity, the BenchTop Mini continuously captures fine dust as it’s being generated, preventing the majority of particles from escaping into the shop air. 

Weighing only 11.5 lbs. and measuring 21.5″ wide, 10.5″ deep, and 15″ tall, the BenchTop Mini is supremely portable and the perfect solution for shops with limited workspace. Its galvanized steel frame houses a 110V variable speed fan, capable of delivering up to 450 CFM; and a dual filter system with MERV 12 main filter. 

Two magnetic side vanes snap on quickly and ensure maximum airflow to the Mini’s filtration system. A variable speed control on the Mini’s 5′ 9″ power cord allows you to adjust the fan speed as needed. 

The BenchTop Mini (XBZ141407) is available now from Oneida Air Systems (oneida-air.com, 800-732- 4065) for $339 USD. 

For more information about the BenchTop Mini, watch this video of it in action and visit www.oneida-air.com/benchtop-mini-personal-dust-collector. 

Woodpeckers OneTime Tool – CORNER JIG – ORDER DEADLINE NOVEMBER 14, 2022

Tired of searching for the right-sized jar lid to lay out your rounded corners, then hacking them out with a jig saw and trying to sand them smooth? Then you’re ready for Woodpeckers latest OneTIME Tool, the Corner Jig. Just pick the radius or chamfer you want, attach it to the base plate and you’re ready to rout a perfect corner…either hand-held or on your router table. The Corner Jig has been a part of our OneTIME Tool program before, but this time we’ve added four new large radius templates and a wall-mountable Rack-It to keep your Corner Jig in plain sight and ready to go.

For more information: https://www.woodpeck.com/ott-corner-jig-2022.html

Lee Valley adds a new miniature shooting plane and board and a replica honing guide

From Lee Valley:
Combining our miniature shooting plane and miniature shooting board, this set offers a more precise alternative when working with stock you might ordinarily trim to length with a knife.

Just 5 5/16″ long, the plane is a fully functional 1:3-scale version of our right-hand shooting plane. The body is made of stainless steel, machined and ground with a sole and running surface that are accurately flat and square to one another. To make shearing cuts that leave a clean finish on end grain, the blade bed is skewed 20° to reduce cutting resistance. Combined with the 12° bed angle and 25° blade bevel, this yields an effective cutting angle of 36°. Weighing just over 5 oz, the plane has a walnut tote and a Norris-style mechanism that combines feed and lateral adjustments so you can set the 0.060″ thick A2 blade with precision.

The 8″ long, 3 5/8″ wide adaptation of our full-size shooting board is made of 11/16″ thick Baltic birch plywood, with a 3/8″ tall cleat on the bottom for solid registration against the edge of a workbench. The extruded aluminum track is sized for a precise fit with the 0.71″ wide running surface of the miniature shooting plane, ensuring it glides smoothly and tracks straight.

The fixed fence is accurately mounted at 90° to the track, and can be used with angle blocks or shop-made jigs for trimming miters or other angled cuts.

While this is set adds a measure of control to exacting work such as picture framing or kumiko, we cannot deny that it’s also irresistible to use as the ultimate workshop pencil sharpener.

All components are made in Canada.

A quick, effective aid to sharpening plane blades at 25° and 30° bevel angles, this tool is modelled closely on the Stanley #50 honing guide, patented in the U.K. in 1945. Straightforward to use and compact enough to carry in a toolbox, it was widely used in the trades, allowing a worker to touch up an edge whenever needed with minimal time and fuss.

Like the original, our version uses a roller that clamps onto the blade, keeping it held at the correct angle as you run it back and forth against a sharpening stone. For use with bevel-down blades with a 7/16″ to 9/16″ wide cap-iron slot, it has a machined aluminum body and a hinged stainless-steel registration arm, with etched markings to indicate the correct placement to register the blade at 25° or 30° to the stone. Simply align the blade edge with the chosen mark, tighten the knurled brass thumbscrew to lock the blade in the guide, swing the arm out of the way and sharpen the edge.

The brass roller has a slightly bellied profile, which, even if the guide is accidentally misaligned in the blade slot, helps prevent skewing the blade edge, since it creates a single point of contact with the surface of the stone yet permits a slight side-to-side rocking action to form a cambered edge.

Almost elegant in its simplicity, it is a decidedly low-tech tool, exactly as precise as your ability to align the blade edge with the reference marks by eye. While it may not offer the same reassurances of accuracy and repeatability as a modern guide, it provides a reliable, practical and easily portable way to quickly restore a serviceable edge.

Made in Canada.

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