Episode 105 Freeform Router Bowl

Using the Amana Tool bowl bits from Toolstoday.com, I create a freeform double (interlocking) bowl

New Festool Product Demo

Headed along to Carbatec this morning to see the new Festool products that had launched. Unfortunately the edge bander was not on show- demo’ed at a recent session, but now saved until some show in Brisbane.

Saw the new cordless hammer drill, and yes, impressive if that is what you need. Lightweight, shock absorber built in etc.

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Comes with a really neat dust collector.

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It sucks itself onto the surface, and gathers dust right from where the drill bit is in contact with the wall (or whatever you are drilling). Also available as a separate item for about $35. Definitely have to get one of those!

Saw the new cordless saw in operation too. Brushless EC-TEC motor, takes either 1, or 2 batteries, and that can be a mix of 15V and 18V. Depending on the available voltage, the max speed varies from around 3500RPM to around 5000RPM

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Without batteries fitted

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Dual batteries fitted, each with charge indicators.  The saw must have a battery in the lower slot to operate.  The second battery in the top position is optional.

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Has a different handle, that prevents the saw being used on the CMS system.

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New lever to allow saw to be tilted to -1º

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Has a new design to the Fast Fix system, which allows the blade to be locked and lowered in a single operation for blade changes.

For a saw that can be used onsite, away from any available external power supply, I’m sure it will be of definite interest to many.  If you are in a shop-situation, you’d still stay with the TS55R (the corded version).  This one would be awesome to use with something like the Centipede Workbench to break down sheets before bringing them into the workshop.  No need to run cables etc outside!  Also if you were working in difficult-to-access locations (such as in a roof space), the portability would pay off well then too.

Saw with 1 battery attached.  Note, this was the first time the saw had been used with the rail, so you will see the sacrificial plastic of the rail peeling off as well.

Saw with 2 18V batteries attached.

Rack it up

The timber store has so far been rather neglected since the storage itself was built (8m2).

The timber was unceremoniously dumped in there on a couple of pallets, which was better than nothing, but made fining anything difficult, and wasted a lot of space.

Not that I was intending to leave it like that, but there were other priorities.

With a few minutes spare today, I decided it was time to sort it out. So the Triton Woodracks were thrown up on the wall- 2 sets at this stage.

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Normally you’d see 6 rails, but I left the top rail off as it was against the roof. I’m going to redo them I think- I’d prefer the racks attached to vertical members to transfer the load directly to the ground, and that will provide an opportunity to attach the extra rail for additional storage.

Even so, despite their seemingly small size (gap between rails), the unit can store a significant amount of timber.

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I still remember when Triton developed the wood rack- back when there was still a local manufacturing industry. Seeing new, innovative, locally designed, engineered and manufactured product was something we knew was a good thing, but really not appreciated until it was lost to cheap (really cheap), poorly designed and made imports. Their focus being cost and maximising the total units sold only.

Still, at least some products and designs are still available such as the woodrack, even if it is now sold under a myriad of manufacturer’s names.

CNC Art

Using foam on a CNC machine to create some stunning artwork. Wonder if HR Giger ever released CNC files of his creations? That’d be truly awesome!

Goes to show what you can do with a CNC, some dense foam, and super-sharp spiral router bits.

Imagination is the only limitation.

Dovetail House

Now there are two words you don’t often see together. Building a house, but instead of the usual butt joints and a bunch of nails, this kit allows the house frame to be neatly dovetailed together.

It is the LignaTool kit, and putting the price aside, this make the current system of staggering beams and nailing obsolete.

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Dear MagSwitch, we miss you

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The range of MagSwitch products seems to grow and grow, and rightly so, the industrial sector are the main benefactors.

However, I miss the innovative products MagSwitch was bringing out for woodworkers and workshop owners, each one being such a game-changer. I know the products are still available, but as there has been nothing new for us for so long, they just become part of the background view when you walk into a store. I still look longingly at the display, hoping to see something new.

I still love the products, and use them very regularly, I used to do the occasional woodworking show demonstration for them when they were still an Australian product.

Just reminiscing about the days when MagSwitch and woodworkers were so much closer.

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