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SPECIAL MARKETING SECTION SPECIAL MARKETING SECTION BUILDING THE BEST CABINETS & FURNITURE -all that is involved Compiled by BHSW Inc. Woodworking has become a high-tech in-dustry, and keeping up with trends and prod-ucts that can improve the quality and profit-ability in a woodshop is a full-time job. The staff at Woodshop News understands how valuable your time is, so they approached sev-eral industry leaders in a number of related fields and asked them to talk about a product or service that helps shops build the best cabi-nets and furniture. The result was an eclectic mix that addresses everything from CAD design to cutting, sand-ing and clamping. Companies that handle outsourcing (drawers, doors, moldings, table legs) explain how they can help a shop save time while improving the quality of cabinets. Others work on subtle issues that improve the efficiency on the job site or in the shop, such as a sander that, when attached to the right col-lector, will remove 99% of the airborne dust it produces. Or an ultra-thin saw blade that, by its very nature, makes less dust, cuts smoother and reduces the need to sand. Every aspect of quality control was explored, including get-ting enough clean air to your pneumatic tools, or using clamps that help hold things square while saving money and effort. There’s an awful lot involved in building the best cabinets and furniture, and in this new economy it often begins with software. A shop must review and select from a large group of options that include presentation graphics to help close the deal, or programs that maxi-mize the consumption of wood being cut, and software that sets up a job for easy assembly. Should you buy, rent or go with modules to grow the system as your company grows, all of these are questions worth considering as a woodworker strives to build the best quality cabinets and furniture. Looking at the high points of several differ-ent products and services can help a wood-worker work through all that is involved, and choose the right solutions to help him or her build the best cabinets and furniture. www.accuride.com ................................................50 www.kcdw.com ................................................ 40-41 www.besseytools.com ...........................................42 www.keystonewood.com ................................. 44-45 www.championpneumatic.com ....................... 46-47 www.osborneparts.com.........................................47 www.artcam.com ...................................................51 www.planit.com ............................................... 48-49 www.festoolusa.com .............................................43 www.totalsawsolutions.com ...................................50 39 SEPTEMBER 2011 WWW.WOODSHOPNEWS.COM
Building The Best Cabinets & Furniture
COMPILED BY BHSW INC.
Woodworking has become a high-tech industry, and keeping up with trends and products that can improve the quality and profitability in a woodshop is a full-time job. The staff at Woodshop News understands how valuable your time is, so they approached several industry leaders in a number of related fields and asked them to talk about a product or service that helps shops build the best cabinets and furniture.
The result was an eclectic mix that addresses everything from CAD design to cutting, sanding and clamping. Companies that handle outsourcing (drawers, doors, moldings, table legs) explain how they can help a shop save time while improving the quality of cabinets. Others work on subtle issues that improve the efficiency on the job site or in the shop, such as a sander that, when attached to the right collector, will remove 99% of the airborne dust it produces. Or an ultra-thin saw blade that, by its very nature, makes less dust, cuts smoother and reduces the need to sand. Every aspect of quality control was explored, including getting enough clean air to your pneumatic tools, or using clamps that help hold things square while saving money and effort.
There's an awful lot involved in building the best cabinets and furniture, and in this new economy it often begins with software. A shop must review and select from a large group of options that include presentation graphics to help close the deal, or programs that maximize the consumption of wood being cut, and software that sets up a job for easy assembly.Should you buy, rent or go with modules to grow the system as your company grows, all of these are questions worth considering as a woodworker strives to build the best quality cabinets and furniture.
Looking at the high points of several different products and services can help a woodworker work through all that is involved, and choose the right solutions to help him or her build the best cabinets and furniture.
Building the best cabinets and closets - all that's involved
KCD Software is an award-winning manufacturer of custom software designed to facilitate woodworkers, designers, builders and renovators of cabinetry and closets. The product is powerful and easy to use, creating time and money-saving efficiencies in both the residential and commercial markets. Since 1983 , KCD Software has been designed by professional builders to allow users to create photorealistic 3D renderings, dimensioned drawings, detailed and accurate price reports, custom cutlists and CNC one-button construction.
Because it's a complete suite of modules that work together, KCD Software's Cabinet/ Closet software takes the cabinetmaker and closet designer through every step of a project.At KCD Software, the "best" kind of cabinetry is the kind the customer loves and will rave about to their friends. It's the kind of cabinet a shop can design and build quickly, efficiently and profitably.
"Thirty per cent of cabinet and closet makers say they don't make the money they should," says John Murphy, founder and software developer at KCD Software. "That's because they are working inefficiently. They're taking too long to make designs, proposals, cut-lists, and pricing their jobs.
KCD Software is so quick and easy-to-use, a woodworker can design a complete wall or room full of cabinets while sitting on-site with the customer. Engaging the customer in the design process - choosing colors and wood grains, countertops and edging - cuts down on the back-and-forth of multiple design revisions. Modifications are simple and take just minutes to make. The customer feels empowered and part of the design process, and becomes invested in the project. A feeling of ownership, pride and partnership can create future referrals.
The efficiency of going from 3D design straight to pricing and cut-lists with KCD Software shaves hours from the manual task.It also saves money by eliminating mistakes, which in turn saves wood and wasted time.It seamlessly integrates to nested-based CNC routers, panel saws, and automatic cut-off saws. Using KCD Software to go directly to CNC manufacture vastly improves material yield, shortens build time, and upgrades construction techniques (blind dadoes, for instance) to improve overall efficiency. It also brings meticulous accuracy to both cutting and construction.
And if doors and drawers are a company's specialty, the Doors Plus module is a great tool for creating doors, drawers and more for traditional or CNC manufacturing.
A woodshop can use KCD Software's flexible, multi-tiered suite of software tools to go all the way from design to CNC manufacturing on projects such as kitchens, closets, baths, entertainment centers, garage storage, china cabinets, corner hutches, computer desks, and built-in wall units for both residential and commercial cabinetry. The shop designer can either buy or rent the software he/she needs now, and feel confident about adding features such as pricing, cut-lists and CNC manufacturing at any point in the future. Because the program is integrated, and all aspects of it work together seamlessly, KCD Software will grow along with the cabinet business, supporting every phase as the shop expands. It evens helps a shop create proposals, contracts and estimates.
Part of its versatility comes from the fact that KCD works with CNC manufacturers to stay in step with industry growth, so a woodshop can always upgrade to the latest in CNC machines and know that its cabinet software will be compatible.
Four primary (suites) are offered: Cabinet Suite, Closet Suite, Cabinet/Closet Suite and Doors Plus. Each of these in turn is comprised of several separate but integrated modules that can be purchased individually or as a bundle.For example, the Cabinet Suite includes Cabinet Designer (a fully loaded cabinet design studio), Cabinet Pricer (spend less time generating contracts, estimates & proposals), Cabinet Builder (design/build using rabbet, mortise and tenon, dowels, butt joints, dovetail, 45 and dado joints, etc., and produce an accurate and detailed cut-list), Cabinet Workshop (rolls Cabinet Designer, Pricer and Builder into one), CNC Commander with built-in One Button Machining (takes your KCD Designs and nests them directly through to the CNC manufacturing process).
One of the most appealing aspects of this solution is its affordability. The company offers both buy and rent programs, and allows a shop to purchase a basic package and add to that as needed. Known throughout the industry for its outstanding customer support (at no extra charge!), KCD offers handy on-line video tutorials and no annual maintenance fees. This is "software you can build on".
There's nothing lightweight about these clamps except the price
Building cabinets is all about getting things square, and a new line of clamps introduced this year by Bessey Tools really simplifies that task. The K Body® REVO™ JR parallel clamps look a lot like their familiar full-size cousins (the K Body REVOs), but the scale is a little lighter. Aside from reducing cost, these compact clamps weigh a bit less, so they're easier to maneuver when hands are busy during a cabinet glue-up. Yet, despite their smaller scale, there's nothing lightweight about them.A REVO Jr. Can exert up to 900 lbs of clamping force, and stay absolutely parallel under stress, keeping parts perfectly square to each other.
The design team at Bessey put a lot of thought into this project. The clamps come with removable jaw plates that can be popped off for cleaning, but actually stay in place when needed (unlike plastic caps on many other clamps that always seem to slip at the critical moment). The heavy duty, hourglass- shaped steel bars (from their own steel mill in Germany) have Bessey's familiar micro serrations top and bottom to prevent slippage, and each REVO Jr comes with a plastic foot that keeps the bar of the clamp parallel to the surface of the workbench along its whole length. This small but important detail makes it a lot easier to measure and make parts parallel to each other, and it stops subassemblies tipping as parts are glued and clamped together.
Between the jaws, Bessey has supplied a couple of innovative red plastic clips that separate the work from the clamp. This elegantly simple improvement helps cabinetmakers and furniture builders reduce the amount of glue residue on the bars, saving downtime with a scraper. And those bars come in five lengths (12, 18, 24, 36 and 50") that accommodate just about any clamping challenge a woodworker will encounter.
One thing that hasn't changed from the original K Body is the acme thread on the screw that delivers all that torque. And those time-tested, generously sized, red Bessey wooden handles are also carried forward, because they deliver a lot of pressure quickly with very little effort. The clamps are entirely assembled in the USA.
Lighter to work with and significantly lighter on the budget (suggested retail is just $29.99), the new REVO Jr. Line from Bessey is already helping shops build better cabinets and furniture. For more information, visit the manufacturer online or watch more of our short videos online, http://www.youtube.com/user/ BesseyTools#p/u/4/khduAqJnwA4
Arguably the most versatile sander on the planet
A superior finished product is heavily dependent on a terrific sanding job. Since the finish is what a customer sees first, all the other effort put into building the end product is for naught. The sanding job needs to be flawless, something the engineers at FESTOOL recognized when they sat down to reinvent the tools to make it happen.
The result is the Rotex family of sanders, multi-function tools that are nothing less than essential to any shop aiming to build the best. The Rotex switches seamlessly from an aggressive rotary sander to a random orbit finish sander with the press of a button, allowing the user to work both quickly and efficiently towards the perfect finish.
In geardriven aggressive mode, the Rotex transforms rough surfaces with startling power; stripping stubborn paint and removing material much like a grinder. With the press of a button, the Rotex seamlessly transforms from aggressive mode to feather-touch random orbit, creating sensationally smooth finishes with ease. In tune with the vac's suction control, the sander "floats" on the surface, enabling quick progression through higher grits, with no swirl marks, low vibration... and virtually zero dust.
But there's no point in re-sanding the waste you're removing. Each Rotex sander was designed for highly-effective dust removal, critical for removing spent abrasive and dust that otherwise continue to grind into the material surface. Working cleaner significantly improves the life-expectancy of the sander as well as the efficiency of abrasives, not to mention the quality of a shop's work environment.
While the aggressive, gear-driven mode makes quick work of tasks normally performed by a belt sander, the same rotary function can deliver silky smooth surfaces when used for polishing. Equip the Rotex with a polishing pad to achieve the ultimate polished finish, on virtually any surface.
A vital component of any effective sanding system, Festool's award-winning dust extractors are an excellent addition to any shop in their own right. Effective dust extraction can shave countless hours off a busy workweek, whether for sanding, sawing or just about anything else.
Three sizes of Rotex are available, each backed by a complete assortment of Festool abrasives, pads, and polishing accessories. The Rotex RO 90 3-1/2" sander is ideal for sanding casework and furniture, packing 400 watts of power into a lightweight 3.3 lbs. In addition to rotary and random orbit modes, the RO 90 is distinguished by its simple and tool-less conversion from a round pad sander to a triangular, detail sander in just seconds. In detail mode, you can reach into corners and tight crevices for a consistent, even finish over the entire surface, a task that normally requires two or more traditional sanders.
The Rotex RO 125 5" sander follows, with 500 watts of power (5/8 HP). Despite the muscle, it too is relatively light (4.4 lbs), making it ideal for extended use or for overhead work.
Next, the Rotex RO 150 6" sander features an impressive 720 watts of power (9/10 HP) for tackling broad surfaces and tough materials or finishes. Though it's well-suited for processing large panels, it ensures exceptional results in each of its respective modes: as a rotary sander, random orbit sander or even as a polisher. With the Rotex RO 150 in hand, the professional woodworker or carpenter could easily leave that heavy belt sander, the old orbital sander and polisher all in the truck, or better yet, in the for sale pile.
As far as abrasives , your best results will be achieved in the shortest time when you progress through the full range of grits. With minimal space between grits, the sanders will do the hard work, delivering better surfaces in less time while extending the life of the abrasive discs. Though adding steps to save time seems counterintuitive , it is true.
The company is so confident that their sanders have a vital place in every shop's sanding regimen, they're offering a no-hassle, 30-day money back guarantee! Give one of the Rotex sanders a try and if you're not blown away, you'll get a full refund less shipping costs, if applicable. Each sander is backed by Festool's commitment to manufacturing the highest quality woodworking tools on the planet, a commitment support by a three-year warranty.
For more information on Festool's line of Rotex sanders, plus abrasives, visit rotex90.Com. And for more information on their line of HEPA-equipped dust extractors, and accessories, visit http://hepa.festoolusa.com/
Custom component outsourcing may just be one of your best woodworking tools
How does a small or medium-sized cabinet shop hire a crew of highly qualified employees, instantly expand their product line, improve overall quality, and make massive cuts in production time, all without additional overhead? Keystone Wood Specialties in Lancaster, Pennsylvania knows how! They have been making that happen for custom cabinet and furniture shops since the 1970s. Keystone manufactures custom high-end cabinet doors, drawer fronts, mouldings, dovetailed drawer boxes, arched panels, wainscoting and other components, freeing their customers for their task-designing and making cabinets and furniture.
Outsourcing can help a smaller shop streamline its production, upgrade its quality and dramatically improve the bottom line on just about every job.
By delegating tasks to a company of trained professionals with the knowledge and equipment for high-end manufacturing, cabinetmakers are free to do what they do best: create one-of-a-kind environments for their customers. By combining the cabinetmaker's design with Keystone's craftsmanship, jobs are completed more quickly with less overhead and more profitability.
In the current competitive economy, quantity (the number of projects going out the door) means a lot, but quality also counts. Shops consistently producing quality work not only survive, but thrive in tight markets. Since 1972, Sam Stoltzfus and his team have been providing the highest quality products and personalized service to professionals in the cabinet, furniture and remodeling industries. Their 60,000 square foot facility ships cabinet components (either pre-finished or unfinished) all across the country.
Their advantage is scale: because their focus is solely on custom components, Keystone has invested in advanced manufacturing technologies and qualified personnel to meet the demands of their customers, for both custom requirements and volume. By contrast, many smaller shops have neither the floor space nor the capital for investing in the specialized machinery needed for high-end component manufacturing.
Further, because of the scale of their operation Keystone is able to forego minimum quantity requirements for ordering. Whether a customer needs one door or a thousand drawer boxes, they're geared for it. And unique, oneof- a-kind requests are no problem, either.
"If you can draw it, we can probably make it," says Stoltzfus, "and you can usually get just about everything you need right here in one place."
The bottom line
There's a very simple reason that outsourcing is profitable. Even if a shop could make the parts themselves for about the same price, doing so ties up time and equipment. While Keystone is making the doors, drawers, moulding and face frames for one job, the cabinetmaker is free to meet with new customers and start working immediately on their next job. Outsourcing saves time, and time is money.
But it's not just about saving money: it's also about a shop's reputation. Skilled cabinetmakers understand high quality components, the different grades of hardwoods, and what makes a superb finish. They know that the dependable, superior quality of Keystone's components doesn't just protect their shop's reputation- it enhances it. Consistent quality is the difference between making a sale and keeping a customer.
What's more, we all make mistakes. If the outsourcing manufacturer makes the mistake, it's the cabinetmaker who is protected. Additionally, Keystone has a product guarantee that exceeds industry standards, which itself is a good selling point. Those are big benefits, especially with unique products such as a customer's own door or molding designs.
Ordering components pre-finished from the manufacturer saves even more time. Keystone offers not only a large choice of standard finishes, they will also custom color-match a job to their customer's supplied sample. Professional color matching can be a difficult and expensive challenge for cabinetmakers to do on their own.
Inventory is another factor. Outsourcing makes it easier for a small shop to offer a wider variety of wood species without having to inventory them. There's less worry about ordering too much (or not enough) of a particular species, or committing capital resources to materials that may sit unused for long periods of time. Inventory also takes up expensive floor space that could be used more efficiently for production. And by strategically timing delivery of components, production is more simplified and organized.
Outsourcing can expand a small shop's product line by adding literally thousands of component designs and combinations without the expenses of tooling for each one, a larger payroll, or costly inventory. The result is that small shops can carry less overhead, and at the same time, more easily compete with larger woodworking companies without sacrificing quality.
Custom component outsourcing may just be one of your best woodworking tools.
Advantage compressors: great warranties and 24-hour support
There's a sound argument for using air tools in the woodshop, from small pneumatic nail guns and cutting tools to large sanders and spray finishers. They're typically more robust, efficient and even safer than their electrical counterparts. And beyond their ease of use and durability, air tools also provide a quick return on investment because they can immediately increase productivity.
However, it doesn't matter how good the tools are if the compressed air supply is unreliable. Located in Princeton, Illinois, Champion designs and builds compressors in the USA. The units are carefully engineered to endure years of heavy use, and their industry leading air-cooled reciprocating compressors are ideally suited to woodworking applications. That's especially true of the company's Advantage Series, a complete line of fully equipped, tank mounted compressor packages. Each comes standard with up to six factory-installed options including magnetic starters (duplex packages include an alternator), vibration isolators, an automatic tank drain, a low oil level switch, an air-cooled aftercooler, dual control on units that are 10HP and above, and factory filled lubricant.
These factory installed accessories make the Advantage both convenient and cost effective for woodshops installing new equipment or upgrading the air supply to an existing system. They're even shipped ready-to-operate, saving install and set-up time, but more importantly, money. For the cabinet or furniture shop in a hurry, Champion boasts industry-leading turnaround time on orders. Within 24 hours of order placement, the machines are shipped directly to the woodshop.
The Advantage provides flexibility through a variety of configurations; horizontal or vertical tank mounted simplex units and horizontal tank mounted duplex packages for increased capacity. This line of reciprocating compressors ranges from 5 to 25 horsepower, and 16.5 to 90.1 CFM at 175 PSI.
With over 90 years of experience in manufacturing air compressors, Champion takes pride in its longevity and rich history in the compressed air industry. The Advantage is just one of many product lines that Champion offers. From niche climate control units to industrial pressure lubricated packages, Champion provides a broad spectrum of reciprocating compressors for all of your compressed air requirements. For more information about Champion compressors visit ChampionPneumatic.com.
Fusion legs combine decorative wood and metal elements
Georgia-based Osborne Wood Products, Inc. is introducing a new line of table legs, aptly named Fusion, which combines both decorative wood and metal elements. The company has been providing professional and hobbyist shops with table legs, island legs, corbels, bun feet and moldings since 1979. This new product line represents a patent pending design concept that has been in development for some time. Now the first two products are available: the Electra (Part #2411) and the Solaris (Part #2410).
The Electra is a highly shaped square leg that is composed of a four-sided metal element positioned between the upper block and the lower shaft of the leg. The leg finishes with a second metal element that serves as the foot. Shops can select from a variety of eight wood types and five different metal finishes to create a unique leg. The Electra is available in 34-1/2" and 35-1/2" heights.
The Solaris is a square leg that is composed of an oval metal element positioned between the upper block and the tapered shaft of the leg. Here, there are nine wood types and five different metal finishes available. Heights are the same as the Electra.
Osborne's design goal was to create a new leg style that combines both classical and contemporary aesthetics. The new Fusion line achieves this in several ways. The leg designs maintain profiles that reflect traditional origins, but they avoid a strident appearance by including metal elements as part of the design.
The mixing of wood and metal itself is a design concept that has strong associations in several periods of classical furniture such as the bronze dore (gilt) mounts associated with formal pieces in the Louis XV style. Gilding, which has risen to favor during numerous periods, is a way of applying metal on wood. The Fusion Line's design, created by Osborne, is more nearly reflected by Directoire pieces, however, where metal mounts were often used at the knee and foot of fluted legs. Even so, no one would confuse a Fusion Leg with any of its antecedents. It is distinctly twenty first century.
Osborne has added two new videos to The Video Center on their website, one showing the design of these legs and a second showing how to disassemble them for wood finishing (to protect the metal), and then reassemble them when the finish is dry.
Software solutions for wood manufacturing
Planit is a leading developer of software products that serve small, medium and large woodshops, and is perhaps best known for Cabinet Vision. The company's family of programs help companies design and manufacture cabinetry for homes, offices, schools and hospitals. With over twenty years experience in these markets, Planit's products are time tested and distributed worldwide. Their integrated brands cover every aspect of the woodworking process from design to CNC manufacturing, providing a total CAD/CAM solution. Brands include Alphacam, Cab-2-Nest, S2M Center and, of course, Cabinet Vision.
Alphacam is a leading CAD/CAM software solution for the Woodworking industry, used in the manufacture of components from simple routed parts to five-axis furniture components.
Cab-2-Nest was designed with the small CNC-capable cabinet shop in mind, and it's an easy-to-use Order Entry manufacturing software tool. Cab-2-Nest lets a shop configure Cabinets individually, including quantity and positions of the doors, drawers, shelves and rollouts, while automatically generating the programs necessary to run a Nested Based CNC Machine. With minimal set-up, an operator will quickly be designing and sectioning cabinets and outputting 100% accurate code to the Nested Based machinery. Among the key features of Cab-2-Nest are its easy-to-navigate ribbon bars that make locating items effortless. It has the ability to take jobs from Screen to Machine™, and is fully integrated with Nested Based CNC Machines. The program handles face frame, frameless, 32mm, overlay, blind dado, and fixed dowel construction. Cab-2- Nest allows the shop to create and save its own library of case goods, and it has sectioning capabilities on individual case goods. It delivers integrated CNC reports and simple part labels along with pattern diagram printouts. The program also features automatic tool selection and tool path generation, basic tool path simulation, linked part outlines and intelligent small part handling.
In S2M Center, Planit offers the industry's only fully integrated software solution for Screen-to-Machine™. Their technology generates the machine-ready code for products as they are designed. This intelligent machining saves enormous programming time, when compared to older manual systems. Planit's Convergence Technology™ feature allows for sorting of parts per machine, and per batch.
This feature allows the shop to control which parts are released to a particular machine and on what time sequence. The S2M Center™ is a core product that integrates with Cabinet Vision. Geometry and machining data from Cabinet Vision is automatically generated for virtually any CNC machine on the market. The S2M Center solution is capable of nesting and optimization, and is able to generate machine-ready code for saws, point-to-point machines, CNC routers, drill and dowel machines, chop saws and other specialized woodworking machinery. It also supports Nested-Based Manufacturing ("NBM") and Work Cell Manufacturing.
Planit's remarkable Cabinet Vision is the industry-leading software tool for cabinet and case goods manufacturers. From entry-level cut-list packages to three fully integrated Screen-to-Machine™ solutions, Cabinet Vision can truly grow with a business. But don't confuse entry-level with a lack of features. With over twenty-five years experience, the designers of Cabinet Vision understand that even the most basic manufacturing software should include certain essential features right out of the box. With Cabinet Vision, a shop doesn't need to purchase add-ons or upgrades to automatically generate shop drawings, 3D customer renderings, cut-lists, material requirements or estimates (bidding and pricing). This has been award-winning software for woodworking professionals since 1983. In 1999, Cabinet Vision joined the Planit group.
Training in Cabinet Vision is widely available across the country and includes physical classrooms (fall and winter 2011 offerings include Texas, Nevada, Minnesota, Ohio, Washington, Pennsylvania, Utah and Florida), online classroom courses, eLearning downloadable courses, onsite education (where Planit comes to the woodshop), in-house courses at Planit, and virtual one-on-one custom training.All of the details can be downloaded in the Training Information Packet at cabinetvision.Com/training.
For current Cabinet Vision users who are thinking about upgrading, some of the new features in the latest release include the ability to set up a CAD symbols prompt for text entry, import cabinet orders via text files, bore by opening for closet objects and export bid information for a third party application use (such as ERP and financial applications). Cabinet Vision also now includes CAD text leaders, CAD revision clouds, and the ability to manually edit automatic appliance countertop cutouts. In addition, one can now preview scenes prior to use, align scenes on the drawing page while utilizing automatic snapping, and manually define joint edges for countertops
When you want to design and build the best cabinets and furniture, the whole Planit is supporting you.
A high performance saw blade that's as thin as a dime!
What if there was a saw blade that was as thin as a dime - just over half the thickness of a regular thin kerf blade - but it radically outperformed everything on the market? Aside from creating less waste (a definite consideration for the industrial woodworker), such a blade would also create less chip-out, require less power (smaller motor, lower electric bill), and use less operator energy to push stock through the saw, resulting in less fatigue on both the man and the machine.
Say hello to Total Saw Solutions and their American made Micro-Kerf 40. The Wisconsin based company is the leading manufacturer of the thinnest cutting carbide tipped saw blades in the world. All of the manufacturing components for this blade, from the steel to the packaging, are purchased in the USA. The Micro-Kerf 40 is manufactured using the most sophisticated robotic machinery in the industry, virtually eliminating human error. The manufacturing process is also complemented by a series of quality checks to verify the tool geometry. The result is one of the finest pieces of American engineering on the market, a blade that changes the way shops both rip and crosscut on 10" saws. And this year, Total Saw is introducing a 12" version with 54 teeth.
Not only does this blade create less chip-out, require less power, create less waste and cause less fatigue, it also has some very tangible benefits for employees. There's less airborne sawdust, which helps improve a shop's air quality. And it also runs quieter, helping to protect woodworkers' hearing.
But the bottom line is that the Micro-Kerf 40 delivers a magnificent cut every time (with minimal or no sanding), while maximizing blade life between servicing. This is a true industrial quality carbide tipped saw blade. It really sparkles when the job calls for small parts or paper-thin rips, and it cuts through knots with ease. The plate is fully hardened, laser cut, precision ground and tensioned with a run-out that is less than half the thickness of a human hair. It has a built in dampening system that reduces vibrations and noise.
Total Saw offers a 90-day money back guarantee on the Micro-Kerf 40. The blade can be re-tipped, and can be sharpened ten to fifteen times. Factory sharpening is just $20 and usually takes about a week.
Superb drawer slides with upgrade options
With a reputation for exceptional quality and precision, Accuride International has grown to more than a million square feet of manufacturing space worldwide since 1962. Choosing slides with special features from Accuride takes projects to a higher level, and provides attractive upgrade options that can set projects apart and help a woodshop's business grow.
To help choose among the range of slides and options, the company offers a wonderful tool for woodworkers on its website, an interactive screen on the Woodworking and Architectural page called "Slide Selector". A cabinetmaker enters some parameters (for example, the expected load or the length of travel: ¾, full extension etc.) and the selector provides a list of slides that will meet those needs. Choices can be made about everything from the disconnect method (how the drawer is removed) to the finish, and there are a large number of special features available.
Accuride's renowned soft-closing slides are a popular choice for many reasons. As the drawer nears closure, the movement slows to a smooth and quiet stop. The company offers two options: an undermount for drawers up to 30" wide and a side-mount for drawer widths to 16".
Another special feature available on some Accuride slides is self-closing, which is especially desirable where drawer closure is tied to safety (such as schools and hospitals). This feature pulls the drawer closed and keeps it closed, providing a tidy appearance that is particularly handy for trash or recycle bin pullouts.
The company's Touch Release slides hold drawers closed until the front is pressed inward to release the latch. This eliminates the need for knobs, and provides a clean modern look for everything from kiosks to kitchens. Accuride's 3832TR offers this feature, as well as full extension travel and a 100-lb. Load rating.
Woodshops that are building office furniture or computer desks in studies, dens and kitchens can use Accuride's 3832DO slides that have a detent-out feature. This helps hold drawers, trays or shelves in an extended position in applications such as keyboard or printer shelves, or supply drawers. The company also offers a selection of corrosion resistant slides for outdoor kitchens, poolside structures, greenhouses, garages, sheds/barns, marine cabinetry, and other moist environments. There are four stainless steel models, and for less demanding conditions the CH3832 is a regular steel slide with a special coating that provides eight times more protection than the standard zinc finish.
Great slides, with great options, are an essential part of building the best cabinets and furniture.
Freedom to design because of easy-to-use software
Furniture companies worldwide are already using ArtCAM's Computer-Aided Design & Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CADCAM) software solutions to produce cabinets, doors, wine racks, fireplace mantels, kitchen interiors and much more. Aimed at skilled artisans, Delcam's range of ArtCAM software requires little to no engineering knowledge to create high quality decorative pieces.
Starting at only $149.00, Art- CAM Express, is an ideal introduction to computer-based manufacturing for small and new companies. It offers basic drawing, as well as 2D and 3D machining functions. Perfect for mass production applications, the mid-range product, Art- CAM Insignia, includes vector-based design and extensive 2D machining as well as basic 3D machining functionality. It's ideal for cabinetmakers because its strategies help minimize material wastage by nesting items to be cut as closely together as possible according to their true shape, while still allowing for material or wood grain direction if necessary.
ArtCAM Pro, the advanced package, includes all the features available in Insignia and Express but with greater design and machining capabilities - such as a cabinet with individual panel designs.The panels or components can be designed and saved separately and then assembled into a 3D model of the complete piece.These can then all be stored as a single project. Each model/component can then be cut and pasted between different files to easily create new product lines, or to re-use designs items.
"ArtCAM gives me great flexibility," says Stephen Mosher, owner of Cottage Woodworkers in Nova Scotia, Canada. "Even for relatively simple things, ArtCAM leaves open different ways of doing the same thing. Where it really makes a difference is in the more complex projects. Many of the pieces I do with ArtCAM just couldn't be done at all without it."
Mr. Mosher's work now includes a mix of traditional styles and unique artisan pieces that were designed to be handed down from generation to generation. Prime examples of his more creative projects are his recent furniture posts, which were inspired by the shapes of fruits and plants.
"For these designs, I do a lot of lathe work," he explained. "With the indexing head on my CNC and the rotary post-processor in Art- CAM, my turned work has gone places I could only dream of before."
The ArtCAM software range provides a unique CAD modeling and CNC CAM machining solution to a wide variety of industries.Created for artisans over engineers, their easy-to-use and customizable CNC solution has allowed sign makers, woodworkers, engravers and jewelers the freedom to design and manufacture high quality 3D or 2D products from their artwork faster than ever thought possible.
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