New woodworking tools to look out for this fallFestool STM 1800 Mobile Sawing Table; Hedgehog Featherboard HH-30; JWS-10 variable speed wet sharpener by Jet.
Festool is releasing its STM 1800 Mobile Sawing Table, a knockdown worktable for letting one person load, tip, and align large sheet goods by themselves. The table securely supports sheet goods up to 10 ft. by 7 ft., and it doubles as an assembly bench. It pairs with Festool’s portable track saws and guide rails to create a mobile panel saw station.
The popular Hedgehog Featherboard (FWW #269) is getting some extra capacity. There’s now the HH-30 Tall Stacking Accessory, which spaces two Hedgehog featherboards 1-1⁄2 in. apart, combining for a total height of 2-1⁄4 in. This extra space allows more control when working with thicker stock or resawing.
For hand-tool maintenance, Jet is introducing its JWS-10, a new variable speed wet sharpener. It comes with a 10-in. by 2-in. 220-grit aluminum oxide grinding wheel with a 1⁄2-in. arbor. The sharpening wheel’s speed is variable from 90 rpm to 150 rpm. The wet grinder also includes a storage tray for holding jigs and accessories.
—Barry NM Dima is an associate editor at Fine Woodworking.
From Fine Woodworking #286
Re the JET, did Tormek's patent run out or something?
Yes, the patent apparently ran out years ago. I once owned the previous version of this sharpener. It did what it was supposed to do, but I'm much happier with the Tormek that replaced it. The extra money was worth it; there's a night and day difference in ease of use and build quality between the two.
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