When you are working with exotic woods it is not always easy to find matching dowel stock. You might be able to find something from a specialty store online, but if you are in a hurry, good luck finding it at your local store. The best way to find dowel stock to match your project is to make your own
Finally, someone has made a Track Saw the right way, and by "right", I actually mean left. What I actually mean is that Kreg has come out with a new Track Saw System and they have gone against the norm by using a blade-left design—something I have been complaining about for years. The new Kreg Track Saw is more than just the saw though; the saw is only part of Kreg's Adaptive Cutting System, designed to replace a table saw and even a miter saw for certain tasks.
Stuart over at ToolGuyd posted an article about a new dust cyclone attachment (199553-5) for Makita cordless vacuums that separates the dust before it has a chance to clog the dust filter. The nifty little accessory attaches inline between the extension "wand" and the handheld vacuum unit to act as the first stage of fine dust collection before the main bag. There is one problem though; the Makita Dust Cyclone is currently priced at $55 on Amazon, yet looks nearly identical to one that can be found on eBay for as little as $12.
We all love the idea of cordless versions of our favorite benchtop power tools that we can use out in the field, but we are less thrilled about what happens when these power-hungry tools drain the battery. Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi Power Tools) has launched a brand new line of MultiVolt power tools that address this issue. If you run out of power, simply plug the cordless tool to into a wall outlet.
Seek Thermal, a leader in thermal imaging technology, has announced the launch of two new products designed to serve the needs of commercial trade professionals. The new Seek Shot and Seek ShotPRO are two handheld thermal cameras that can detect heat, which allows professionals to identify potential issues on the job.
A number years ago I wrote an article asking why it was so hard to find a good workbench mat. In that article talked about the various solutions people had tried all in the search for a good workbench mat; they tried everything from conveyor belts to yoga mats, but by the end of the article I still hadn't found a suitable mat. Since then, Rockler has come out with a silicone mat that solves most problems a woodworker would face, but it was still lacking in some areas. Finally, I think I can stop the search, the new Rockler Silicone Project Mat XL might just be the best woodworker's workbench mat.
Now until November 15, 2018, get $20 off select $100+ Bosch Tools orders from ACME Tools.
The deal is limited to select Bosch products. There are over 100 tools and accessories that qualify for the discount. It looks like all of the tools on sale are cordless tools and some accessories that go along with them. Both cordless toolkits and bare-tools are available in this deal. You can combine products to reach the $100 minimum.
This might be the only Bosch sale leading up to Christmas, besides a possible separate Black Friday Sale.
Bosch really want's to get the word out about their new generation of Core batteries and how they pair with their new and existing cordless tools. So much so, they are running a huge giveaway where they will be giving away 2,000 cordless tools with the new Core 6.3Ah battery. Each prize retails for around $300, which puts the total combined retail value of the giveaway at around $600,000. Yeah, it is insane.
One of the things I really like about Rockler is that they find a way to innovate the "accessories" of the workshop. While everyone else is making the power tools, Rockler is taking the attachments that go on the power tools and is making them better for the average woodworker. Their latest router table is just another fine example of what I mean; It's a Convertible Benchtop Router Table that won't take up much space.