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I never knew marbles had a mind of their own. But they do.

In my first “From Rob’s Bench” blog I mentioned a very modest marble run my son and I started. Although I was excited about the tiny bit of work we did, I largely included it in my inaugural blog to lock myself into having to make it, as I knew readers would want to see its progress. I was right. I’ve received a few messages asking about its progress (thanks for keeping me honest!), so I thought an update was in order.

Since my first post, my son and I have worked on it twice, I worked on it once solo (I couldn’t help myself), and I even got my daughter into the shop once to give us her thoughts. It’s still far from done, and really far from perfect, but it’s been fun trying to coerce a small marble down a flight of stairs in a controlled manner, especially when the marble seems to act differently with each run.
Marble game

April/May 2021 issue is in the mail.

The digital edition of Canadian Woodworking #131 is now available and the print edition is in the mail. We take a close look at impact drivers, introduce you to a wide range of impact-ready accessories, review five impact driver kits for under $200 and take a deep dive into three different types of impact drivers available in Canada.

We’ve also included projects including a modern sliding door bookcase and how to install a sun tunnel.
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Virtual Wood Show 2021
Free plan:

Build an elegant end table

Templates and jigs are the key to tackling the different curves on this cherry table. The builder, David Bedrosian, chose a size of 29" by 21" for the top of this table, but you could scale it up if you want to make a coffee table.

Gently flared legs and a single inlay strip on the top add a touch of elegance to the table.
End table

Join Rob Brown and Chad Martin Virtual Wood Show

The Virtual Wood Show is on over three days this weekend.
Friday, March 5, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. magazine editor Rob Brown will talk about adding texture to furniture and woodwork.
Rob Brown and Chad Martin
Saturday, March 6, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. sales director Chad Martin talks about supporting museums and educating through woodworking, historical research and woodworking resources, and how to take inspiration from museums and historical woodworking.

Results of woodworkers pandemic survey

The Canadian Woodworking survey of how COVID-19 affects woodworkers shows that 48% of the 796 respondents are spending more time in their shops while 28% are spending about the same as before. We report full results on our website.
Time spent in shop - Canadian Woodworking survey Feb 2021
Woodworking news:

SuperBrush single brush sander

The SuperBrush Sander is available in 24", 36" and 49" capacities to meet the many needs of any woodworking shop.

These easy-to-use machines come with an extremely low learning curve and offer many different features, including quick change brush heads, infinitely variable brush and conveyor speeds to allow for endless finish possibilities, adjustable tension rollers to prevent stock slippage, and precision height adjustments.
Laguna Superbrush
Tool review:

Halder SIMPLEX replaceable-face mallets

As an alternative to a wooden mallet, digital editor Carl Duguay has been using a Halder SIMPLEX soft-face mallet (a.k.a. mechanic-style mallet or rubber hammer) over the past month and he's found it to be surprisingly useful. Made in Germany, Halder mallets are used in a wide variety of sectors, including automotive, engineering, metal fabrication, construction, landscaping and woodworking, to prevent surface damage and for precise positioning and aligning parts.

The kit I've been using is the 40mm Carpenter's Mallet Bonus Box Set (#3117s001). It has an aluminum housing, hardwood handle and comes with four 1-1/2"/40mm inserts (two TPE soft, one TPE medium and one superplastic). You also get a Pica Pocket pencil holder and pencil.

A nice feature of the Simplex mallet is that it weighs only 3/4 of a pound making it super light in the hand. The weight is evenly distributed along the full length of the mallet, thanks in part to the aluminum housing. Even so, it packs a punch and gives good feedback. And, because of it's shape, it doesn't roll around on the workbench.
Halder SIMPLEX
Woodworking news:

Magnum industrial 18" 3-speed band saw

This 2.5 HP Magnum #91-600 band saw performs light to medium work loads for hobby shops and small production applications.

It has easy-to-adjust, double-wide all ball bearing guides with a full 12" resaw capacity and user-selectable speeds of 1480, 2300 and 3260 FPM that enable you to scroll with fine blades (as narrow as 1/8") or resaw with wider blades (up to 1" wide).
Magnum 91-600 Bandsaw
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