Decommissioning Tools

Been very busy the last few days, so a bit quiet on the posting front!  Had another good course on the weekend, with lots of sawdust made.

Tried my hand at an end-grain chopping board – a simple project but one I’d not gotten around to doing.  Nothing elaborate (I don’t exactly get much time to make things while running a course!), but it was still an interesting 5 minute experiement.

With the overall demise of the Triton demonstrator program (not sure it’s long-term outlook, but certainly it is in stasis for the forseeable future), I’ve decommissioned my “Triton Demonstrator Trailer”, as well as the tools therein.  The trailer is nothing more than one with a cage and a cover, but up until now it wasn’t useable for anything else being full of tools.  When a demonstration was on, all I had to do was throw it on the back of the car and go.  So I’ve now unloaded it completely, and have placed the tools into a storage shed (with some disassembly), and a coating of WD40.  They will get dragged out as required for any applicable videos etc for this site, but I’m seeing really as the end of my Triton Demonstrator era.

It is interesting looking at the shed colour scheme – at one stage it had a strong blue presence – lots of GMC tools (lathe, thicknesser, saw, sanders, drills etc), and that slowly became ‘infected’ by an orange bug that was carried into the workshop by one of the early additions, and the workshop took on a full-blown orange hue.  That is changing again, as each tool gets upgraded to a more serious version.  The transition will be over a long period of time, and I can’t currently imagine a time that there are not still some GMC, and some Triton tools out there, but I wonder if the involvement level of a person in the pursuit of the hobby could be graphed on a colour chart?

Ballarat Wood Show

Spent the day working at the Ballarat Wood Show. I’ve always enjoyed the provincial centre wood shows – they have a great feel to them, and a lot less stressful/pressure than the big ones. Good chance to catch up with a lot of people, and some great bargains.

Ballarat Wood Show

The show has a heavy craft basis, with lots of examples of work being done. I was quite busy today so sadly didn’t get around all the displays this time. Next year perhaps.

Carrolls Woodcraft Supplies

A friend of mine – Jim Carroll – was there with his shop Carroll’s Woodcraft Supplies, with a large amount, and range of stock. He certainly has a great collection of pen turning supplies among other things.

Triton

Our Triton display, associated with the local Home Hardware was working well once again, with quite a range of Triton tools there, and being used. The Home Hardware gets Triton at prices that are amazing, and worth the trip to Ballarat.

To list a few ( and these are not exact, so you can’t take them to Bunnings and expect a 10% discount – and I might have faked a few slightly low for the same reason (or not). Point is, if you want these prices, it’s the Ballarat Wood Show today or nowhere.)

Wet & Dry Sharpener <$150 (rrp $199)

Spindle Sander <$205

SuperJaws <$115 (rrp $199)

Spin Saw <$60 (normally over $200)

Mitre Saw <$100

WC2000 <$410

13″ Thicknesser <$550

15″ Thicknesser <$780 (rrp $999)

3 in 1 Sander <$550

Bucket of Biscuits <$30

Respirator <$200

2400W Router <$300

1400W Router <$240

82mm Planer <$70 (rrp $199)

Router Table <$145

Router Table Stand <$135

Steel Cutter <$141 (rrp over $400!!!!)

Anyone tempted yet?

I also got to meet and have a good chat with Chris (of Chris Vesper Tools) He makes some beautiful tools, and his large chisel is amazing!

Chris Vesper

Chris Vesper Tools

Chris Vesper Benchtop

Got to see some photos of his workshop, and we will do a tour of it in the near future! He has an incredible collection of historic woodworking (and similar) machines that he restores. Very jealous!

Ballarat Wood Show

Off to demonstrate at the wood show in Wendouree tomorrow morning.  I will only be there for the day – it’s about 5 hours driving just for the round trip.

Should be a good day – wood shows are always fun, and the small local ones have a charm of their own.

FWIW, if you are looking to buy some Triton tools, it is worth the trip – the discounts that are available through this show have always been the best I’ve seen anywhere.  There are some very good prices on some products that are being discontinued (I think they are being discontinued), such as the small mitre saw, and (sadly) the Steel Cutter.  Strange, I really questioned the direction Hills was taking Triton when it bought out the Steel Cutter, but it was quite a remarkable product, and deserved the Triton name.

Sharpening demo at Carbatec

Carbatec are going to be running a sharpening demonstration morning on Saturday April 5 from 9:00AM until 1:00PM.

They’ll be demonstrating a a number of different sharpening products and methods, including

Tormek, Veritas, Japanese waterstones , DMT diamond sharpening tools to name a few.  The demo morning is free btw.

If I have a chance, I’ll definitely be heading along.

Triton in Australia

There has been much discussion recently here “downunder” wondering about Triton, the brand, and what was once the flagship – the Workcentre 2000. Traditionally, the centre of the Triton universe was a tablesaw (the Workcentre 2000 (WC2000) and the Router Table, and accessories to match (finger jointer, biscuit jointer, height winder and so on).

A bit of a revolution started when Triton then introduced power tools, not made in Australia (but designed there, or at least with the design modified by Australian Engineers). They were (and are) some of the best power tools out there for their designed role. The router in particular (and it’s more recent little brother) is arguably the best table-mounted router in the world.

Moving forward again to the present, and there is now a fleet of Triton power tools, and although the emphasis on innovative design seems to have tapered off, a collection of these orange tools makes any suburban shed a woodworking haven (or heaven!). We are still waiting on the promised lathe btw (and the collection desperately needs a planer/jointer).

There are some new tools on the horizon as well – (there’s an earlier thread here somewhere on the subject), and Triton sound like they are starting to do very well in the USA.

However, here in Australia, the core of the system (and their related products) seem to be fading in preference to the power tools (and getting to actually see them is difficult at best, which makes choosing a Triton x over its competitor tricky), and in a recent forum discussion I made the following comments, that I thought I’d relay here. It centres around the WC2000 and a possible need of a successor (a proposed new version with an extruded aluminium top currently looks unlikely). So at the risk of stepping on lots of toes, this is what I had to say (with some minor amendments):

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One Day Router Course – The Wrap

I was very fortunate to be generously invited to attend the One Day Router Workshop, run by a very recognisable personality in Australian Woodworking – Richard Vaughan. The course was organised by Professional Woodworker Supplies and the Woodworking Warehouse.

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The course was well attended (and fully booked), so it was not only a good day to pick the brains of a professional woodworker, buy lots of well discounted tools, but also just have an enjoyable day hanging out with and meeting fellow woodworking aficionados.

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There were jigs, jigs, door prizes, more jigs, more door prizes, many sighs of enlightenment, and a few more jigs.

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Today’s the Day on Ebay

A bit of an era draws to a close today (although it is a bit of a soft ending). My Triton 2000 Workcentre and 2400W Triton saw will sell in a couple of hours time. Feeling a bit nostalgic about it.

Back in Christmas 2001 when my wife and I were married, I had a lathe on the wedding registry (little thing, but unbeknownst to me at the time, it was the key to a massive door that had been there in my periphery since almost forever). So I had this lathe, and I needed a bench to mount it to. Around our new property (bought 6 months earlier) there were a number of redgum sleepers, and I thought a couple of them would make a great lathe stand. I did have a handsaw, but no circular saw, and this was the justification I needed to head down to Bunnings and get one.

In Bunnings, I had long admired (from a distance) these amazing orange tools that looked to be for the professionals – workbenches that I hardly recognised what they were for (in hindsight, they would have been a Triton 2000, a router table, superjaws etc). But they looked GOOD.

So I went to get a saw. Dad’s had an Hitashi for a long time – serious looking tool, and so I had an idea of what I was wanting. While there, going through all the models, one that stood out was an orange beast – 2400W, 9 1/4″ blade (price tag to match), but it dawned on me that one day, I might, just might get one of those cool looking workbenches, so I might as well have the saw that matches. Boy, was that a good call.

Got home with this thing, and if you know me, you know I love toys (uh…..tools), and this thing looked mean. When I took it to the sleepers, I was in shock – it sliced the sleeper like butter, and that was it, I was hook line and sinker into Triton at that point.

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