Woodworking news – April 25, 2022New tools from Crucible, Harvey, and Triton, and news from the The Cabinet Makers Association
Crucible Tools dovetail markers
From Crucible Tools:
The Crucible Dovetail Template marks out dovetail joints – both the tails and the pins – and allows you to easily and accurately lay out the angled and straight parts of the joint. This template marks out the two most common dovetail slopes, 1:6 and 1:8 (9.5° and 7.1° respectively).
This solid steel template is based on a discontinued version from Woodjoy Tools. Crucible contacted the designer, Glenn Livingston, to obtain his blessing for their tool, and he receives a royalty on every one sold.
Unlike the original, the Crucible Dovetail Template is milled from one piece of steel, which ensures a perfect 90° at the corner. (While this might seem wasteful, all the excess is recycled.) The tool measures 5/8 in. by 1-11/16 in. by 3 in. The angled sections of the tool are long enough to mark out tails in 1-3/8-in. stock. The straight section of the tool is long enough to reach fully across two 3/4-in.-thick boards (for those who gang-cut dovetails). There’s also a handy hang hole, just like on the original.
Triton TMN RTR 1/4-in. trim router
Triton presents a new 1.2-hp trim router with two included bases and other attachments for expanded versatility.
The router comes with a trim base, which includes an edge roller guide for use with bearingless cutters, and a plunge base that doubles as a router lift when fitted to a compatible router table and used with the included table height winder, according to the company.
The Trim Router, model TMNRTR, sells for $179.99.
For more, visit www.tritontools.com.
Harvey and Leitz team up to create new tablesaw blades
A new series of industrial grade 10-in. tablesaw blades from Harvey Woodworking is made for the company by the German manufacturer Leitz Tooling. Included in the full width (1/8-in. kerf) series are the BR36 ripping blade with 36 teeth and an ATB grind; the BC72 crosscutting blade with 72 teeth and an ATB grind; and the BP80 plywood and melamine blade with 80 teeth and a HATB grind. All three have a standard 5/8-in. arbor hole. Harvey builds some of the best tablesaws on the market, and Leitz has been a world leader in tooling for most of its 145-year history, so it’s a great partnership.
The plates for Destroyer blades are laser cut from 75cr alloy steel and are then processed for flattening and stress relief before being ground for absolute accuracy. The tips are high wearing and extremely hard HB03F industrial tungsten carbide (WC) with 3% cobalt. Their submicron particle grain is 0.2 to 0.4 microns, which allows the tips to hold a very sharp edge. They also have impressive compression strength (6800N/mm2) for impact resistance, and Harvey says that they can be sharpened up to 20 times. The runout on Destroyer blades is very minimal (within 0.0039 in.), and they have noise reduction gullets for quieter woodshops. They also have thermal expansion gullets for heat management that allows the blade to expand as it heats up without deforming.
The ripping blade has a 15° hook (it leans forward at the top by that much) and a 5° alternating top bevel (it slopes left or right on every second tip). The crosscut blade has a 10° hook and a top bevel of 20°, plus a top clearance angle of 15° (it slopes down behind the tip to provide relief). And the plywood-melamine blade has a 5° hook, a 38.5° top bevel (very steep, for little to no tearout), and a 16.5° top clearance angle.
Harvey says the blades are in stock and are priced at $110 for the rip, $169 for the crosscut, and $289 for the plywood-melamine blade.
Cabinet Makers Association headed to Nashville for national conference
The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) will celebrate their 25th anniversary in Nashville March 8‐10, 2023, by hosting a national conference. The CMA has been helping shops grow since 1998, so the theme of the conference will be Growth Strategies. “Success can be measured in many shapes and sizes,” explains Executive Director Amanda Conger. “There’s a misconception that entrepreneurs want the biggest enterprise they can build and they want it as quickly as possible. Yes, all businesses evolve, but the growth they experience can be defined as more than becoming a larger company in terms of scale.” The event will be held at the Renaissance Nashville hotel, located at 5th & Broadway in downtown Nashville.
The conference will kick off with a welcome reception on Wednesday, March 8, at 5:30 p.m. and conclude after lunch on Friday, March 10. The agenda includes presentations, plant tours, and plenty of networking opportunities. Join the CMA in Nashville to learn strategies to build your business. Non‐members are encouraged to attend the conference, and their registration fee includes a full‐year membership to the CMA. Visit bit.ly/CMA25 for more information and to register.
About the Cabinet Makers Association:
The Cabinet Makers Association was incorporated in 1998 by a group of custom cabinetmakers who thought the industry’s smaller shops needed to network and help each other grow profitably. Currently, CMA membership is made up primarily of 20 or fewer employee operations, with the vast majority of those being 1‐5 person shops. For more information, visit www.cabinetmakers.org.
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