Many current bandsaws are sold without a fence. If a fence is included or available as an option from the manufacturer, it’s often flimsy and inaccurate. With their Precision Bandsaw Fence, Kreg offers an alternative for woodworkers looking for a solid, precise fence for resawing and rip cuts.
During the Woodcraft Vendor Trade Show 2012, we spent some time with Scott Phillips of The American Woodshop at the Kreg Tool Company booth.
Our recent adventure takes us to Claremont, North Carolina, manufacturing home of the Whiteside Machine Company. With over 50 employees, their accumulative knowledge is over 200 years of experience just from the tool grinders, brazers, and blasters alone. Whiteside is the largest USA router bit manufacturer to date, while additionally supplying the woodworking industry with 100% Made-In-The-USA, high quality and value rated carbide tipped and solid carbide cutters.
The newest blade from Forrest Manufacturing is the 10″ Ply Veneer Worker with 70 Teeth, and is specifically designed to work with man-made materials in the plywood, vinyl clad, composite and veneer arena. Each tip is made from super hard, long life micro-grain carbide, and the ATB (35° Alternate Top Bevel) produces the smoothest cut ever seen in a hand-straightened saw blade. The 10° face hook allows for easier feed on table saws, and sides are chamfered to eliminate heat buildup and chip clearing. This thin (3/32″) kerf blade is 10″ in diameter and has a 5/8″ arbor. This blade is also available in standard (1/8″) kerf. For use on table saws and saws with slides. Made in the USA.
New at Woodcraft are BLOKKZ Universal Clamping Blocks, Woodcraft Item #153789. This amazing, yet simple new design features anodized rigid aluminum for strength; a grooved rippled surface to prevent slippage; and a 3/4″ loop for use with rigid tube or rod to clamp long angle or miter joints. The blocks come with neoprene rubber pads to buffer the Universal Clamping Block ripples from damaging the wood, and to prevent slippage. Another great feature is the T-bolt hole to facilitate hold-down conversion.
We caught up with Scott Phillips of The American Woodshop and Scott Schaaf, Kreg’s Director of Product Management at the AWFS 2013 Fair in Las Vegas, where they unveiled the details about the all new K5 Jig from Kreg. Available for ordering now at Woodcraft, shipping in September, this versatile, easy-clamp system for drilling pocket hole joinery for various wood sizes is made easier than ever before with this jig.