With the wide selection of new products that come out annually, it can be overwhelming to have to keep up to date with everything that hits the market. To make this task easier on Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement readers, we have assembled this list of “Hot Products” to kick off 2012.
Get a grip on leveling with the new Black & Decker SureGrip™ All-In-One Laser Level (BDL 100AV-CA ). This innovative level securely suctions to walls for up to two hours without leaving marks or holes. A magnetic strip allows users to remove the level from the wall mount and flip it to change direction. Added versatility includes the laser line visible from both sides and wraps corners. The bubble vial changes from red to green once the line is level so you can quickly identify if any adjustments are needed. Available for $29.99 at all home improvement and general retailers across Canada. blackanddecker.com
A wax-based metal protectant and lubricant developed by the Boeing Company for long-term metal protection – can last for months and even years. Penetrates, lubricates, displaces moisture, stops existing rust and resists salt corrosion. No mixing, not damaged by freezing, indefinite shelf life. Economical to use – up to 500sq.ft/can.
Why It’s Hot: Clean and easy to use. Provides lasting protection and a smooth sliding surface on equipment tables (spray lightly and wipe dry) – no waiting, no fisheye. Easy to maintain and re-apply. A little goes a very long way. Many other uses. boeshieldcanada.com
DEWALT’s new Precision Framing Blades feature outstanding blade control, longer life* and durability. DEWALT designed the new accessories to meet contractors’ demands for a framing blade that is easy to control, and has longer life. The new Precision Framing Blades are ideal for professionals tasked with applications involving framing, roofing and siding installation and concrete forms. The Precision Framing Blades are compatible with both DEWALT saws and competitive units – The new blades are offered in a variety of diameters and tooth counts, including 6-½ inch (24T and 40T), 7-¼ inch (24T, 40T and 60T), and 8-¼ inch (40T). Available at all independent contractor locations and home improvement retailers across Canada.
*Compared to previous DEWALT and competitive blades
Don’t send saw blades out for unnecessary sharpening when they only need cleaning – avoid losing valuable carbide. Clean your blades in seconds to minutes. Our Blade & Bit cleaner has almost no odour and can clean the most gummed up blades. Let it soak in a little and brush off. Clean grit style grinding bits, router bits, planer blades, etc.
Why It’s Hot: With regular cleaning you can actually maintain the blade right on the saw in seconds: Wet the blade teeth with a toothbrush while manually rotating the blade away from yourself and wipe dry. A little goes a long way. boeshieldcanada.com
DEWALT announces the launch of its new 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw (DWS 780), which is precise and accurate enough for fine woodworking, yet durable enough for framing and deck building. The DWS 780 is ideal for a variety of end users, including cabinetmakers, trim carpenters, framers, installers and many other professional contractors who require a product that delivers the accuracy, capacity, durability, portability and ease-of-use that this saw offers. Retail $599 at all home improvement retailers across Canada. The product will come with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee. dewalt.com
PORTER -CABLE launches its first ever cordless (PCL 120MTC -2) and corded (PC 250MTK) oscillating tools. Both models have been designed to offer remodelers, carpenters, general contractors and other pros the quality and control they need to complete a variety of applications, including: cutting wood, drywall, and nails; sanding; grout removal; and scraping paint and caulk – in one tool.
Why It’s Hot: The units incorporate contractor-driven innovation such as the patent-pending, Tool Free System accessories change, which gives professionals the ability to quickly and efficiently change the tool’s blade to accommodate different applications, in only a few seconds. Available at Lowe’s – PCL120MTC-2 for $139.99 and the PC250MTK for $169.99 portercable.com for more information.
Finally, a great pair of bolt cutters that fold to fit your toolbox or bag. ToughBuiltTM introduces its game-changing 18” FlipFoldTM Compact Bolt Cutters, which fold in seconds for easy carrying and storage, and then flip back open with a flick of the wrist. Forged, heat-hardened jaws and rigid Cro-Mo joints deliver extreme cutting capability. ForceFormedTM high-torque padded handles provide maximum power with minimum pain. Patented FlipFoldTM latches let you fold up shop with just a flick of your fingers. Available in 14”, 18” and 24” sizes. Suggested retail $39.99.
Available at: Princess Auto, Totem Building Supplies, Millwork Home Centre, Select BMR stores
ToughBuiltTM designed the all-steel C470 Sawhorse to be strong, simple to fold, compact to store and comfortable to carry. ToughBuiltTM then added thoughtful features that make your work safer, faster and easier: 2 x 4 support arms to help you quickly set up a sturdy jobsite table; top mounting points for sacrificial 2 x 4s to protect your blade, hands and sawhorse; fold-out cutting pegs to make it easy to cut plywood; and high-tensile-steel, corrosion-resistant, zinc-plated-and-powder-coated construction for strength and a long useful life.
Suggested retail $49.99 each. Available at: Princess Auto, Millwork Home Centre, EG Penner Building Centre, Select BMR stores toughbuilt.com
Wagner Control Spray Double Duty uses HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) air power technology to spray thin materials such as stains, sealers, urethanes, varnishes, and lacquers. It features a two stage indoor/outdoor rated air turbine for a continuous flow of material and air producing a professional fine finish whether staining your deck or refinishing your kitchen cabinets. $109.99
Why It’s Hot: Three-position air cap adjusts the spray pattern for either vertical fan, horizontal fan, or round pattern shapes to most effective results.
Material flow is easily controlled with the variable trigger allowing the user to spray ½ inch wide to 9-inch wide patterns. wagnerspraytech.com
The ToughBuiltTM Handyman’s Set gives you two innovative CliptechTM Pouches, a customizable-length CliptechTM Tool Belt, and two CliptechTM HubsTM to let you quickly configure your tools and supplies to suit the job at hand. Pouches quickly clip on and off, letting you add or remove tools and supplies, reducing hassle and fatigue. CliptechTM Pouches feature flipout kickstands, for quick tool access on the floor or counter, No-Snag Hidden-Seam™ Pockets and abrasionresistant rubber bottoms. Custom tape measure clips, an extreme-duty hammer loop, and platic-lined utility knife pocket help you work smarter, faster and stronger. Suggested retail $59.99. Available at: Millwork Home Centre, Select BMR stores toughbuilt.com
The ToughBuiltTM 8” Tote and Universal CliptechTM Pouch make the perfect tool-carrying combination for any task, in the home or on the jobsite. The 8” Tote delivers maximized storage capacity, with a variety of internal dividers and external pockets. The Cliptech™ Universal Pouch can quickly clip and unclip from bag to belt, helping you carry with confidence. The pouch comes with versatile pockets, a custom tape measure clip, and plastic-lined utility knife pocket. Heavy-duty construction, with rivet-reinforced stress points & rugged materials make this set capable of conquering the toughest environments.
Suggested retail $49.99. Available at: Millwork Home Centre, Select BMR stores toughbuilt.com
Stanley-Bostitch’s FN1664K nailer is ideal for applications including moldings, door/ window casings, trim, hardwood flooring, furniture, and woodworking. Weighing only 3.9 pounds, the FN1664K nailer accepts standard 16 gauge finish nails between 1″ and 2 1/5″ long. The tool’s weight & balance are complemented by a molded grip. The FN1664K breaks through the barrier with the industry’s only (patent pending) set of six non-marring profile tips to assume the shape of a host of finish-related materials.
Why It’s Hot: The kit includes a convex tip for fluted trim, an offset tip for door/ window molding, a tongue-and-groove tip for hardwood flooring, and a recess tip for crown molding as well as two standard no mar tips for a total of six. $189 at all home improvement and contractor stores across Canada. bostitch.com
Introducing the new 18V Compact Tough™ and Brute Tough™ tools from Bosch.
These next-generation drills have been completely reengineered for unbeatable run time, unmatched power, less weight and more compact than ever before.
Why It’s Hot: Up to 50% more run time. Performs in cold weather up to -20C (-4F). Battery fuel gauge (To see the lifetime of the battery). BoschBestBuilt.com
Introducing the Bosch 12″ Dual Bevel Axial-Glide™ Miter Saw. Another game-changing breakthrough from the innovation leader. Carpenters, remodelers and cabinet and furniture makers will marvel at our new patented Axial-Glide™ system, featuring a robust cast aluminum arm with sealed ball bearings to deliver durable precision and smooth travel and control at all angles. Upfront bevel controls make adjustments quick and easy.
Why It’s Hot: The rail-less design of the GCM12SD achieves an amazingly compact footprint – up to 12″ smaller than competitive saws. Evolutionary performance – revolutionary design – by Bosch. Starting at $799.00 Learn more: boschtools.com
The New GLM 80 Laser Distance and Angle Measurer has a 360° angle measurement in 2 axis for added versatility and more accurate measurements. It is the only rangefinder in the market that transforms into a digital level. It has a built-in li-ion battery and is more compact with more measurements (up to 25K measurements per charge). It also has a tilt screen technology for easy viewing in all directions (smart phone technology).
Why It’s Hot: World’s first and only Li-ion powered range finder, five times more measurements with one charge; never worry about batteries again!
Starting at $259.00.
NEW! The Multi-X™ MX25E features 2.5 Amps for heavy-duty jobs and the OIS™ 12-pin interface that ensures a secure connection for high-torque applications.
Bosch multi-tool accessories offer best in class speed, performance and durability.
Designed for many applications and materials, including flush-cutting, plunge cutting, sanding, grinding, grout removal and scraping.
Why It’s Hot: The Bosch Oscillating multi-tool system gives you the versatility and power to tackle any job with ease – power and versatility within reach. Visit Boschtools.com for more information.
The DareDevil spade bit’s conical threaded tip pulls the bit through the wood for fast, effortless drilling – requiring 53% less force than a standard spade bit and drilling up to 10 times faster! The DareDevil horns aren’t just for show either – they’re spurs and reamers that score the hole before drilling through, resulting in cleaner holes, perfect for plumbing and electrical work. The Bosch DSB 5010 10 piece set includes all the 6’’ long bits needed to get started.
Why It’s Hot: Faster drilling, requires less effort, and produces a cleaner hole. A great spade bit set for plumbers and electricians, or for the Do-it-yourself’er! $29.99 MSRP bethepro.com
Now available, the New Bosch MRC 23EVS Router Series. Built to the rugged standards that Bosch is known for, the new MRC23EVS routers feature 36 innovative enhancements.
Highest motor rating in their class. Advanced above-table depth adjustment. Get your hands on the new Bosch series routers. When you’re ready for precision, power and ease of use in a router, pull the trigger on Bosch.
Why It’s Hot: The first modular router system with Trigger Control™ power switches in the base handles, giving you unprecedented control. To see the video, go to: boschtools.com
From Bosch – the inventor of the jigsaw blade – comes the latest innovation in reciprocating saw blades. The Bosch RAP 9EPK reciprocating blade set includes two of THE EDGE metal cutting blades: one clean cutting metal, one metal demolition. EDGE blades have increased heat resistance resulting in extended blade life in metal cutting. These blades start sharper, and stay sharper longer.
Why It’s Hot: A high quality, enduring Swiss Made recip blade for every purpose, and a pouch to put them in – a great all-purpose general usage set for the pro or gift idea for the DIY’er!
Also included in this set are five standard 6’’ Metal cutting blades, two 6’’ and one 9’’ wood with nails blades, and an all-purpose 9’’ blade. $29.99 MSRP bethepro.com
The Dremel Multi-Max MM 20’s 2.3 amp motor is more powerful than the Dremel’s current oscillating tool, enhancing tool performance and allowing for faster, more precise cuts in a wide variety of materials. With a variable speed range of 10,000 – 21,000 oscillations per minute, the MM 20 allows DIYers to power through their to-do lists with detail, precision and optimal performance. The tool has an extended length 7-foot rubber cord allow users to handle the tool while cutting, sanding, scraping, grinding and removing grout in their homes or workspaces. The MM 20 also boasts a new line of cutting accessories. dremel.com
The best-in-class Dremel Multi-Max MM 40 boasts a 2.5 amp motor that delivers quick, efficient cuts. The tool includes the innovative Quick LockTM accessory change system that quickly facilitates accessory changes without a wrench. The MM40 operates between 10,000 to 21,000 OPM and offers a soft-start as well as Electronic feedback and an extended length 7-foot rubber cord. The MM40 also boasts a new line of cutting accessories with expanded cutting width and depth, these enhanced blades make precise cuts through tough materials such as hard woods, framing lumber and 2x4s, making accessory changes twice as fast. dremel.com
The Dremel Saw-Max is reinventing cutting as consumers know it. As a compact, handheld saw allows users to make precise, clean and straight cuts in a wide variety of materials. At one-third of the size and weight of a traditional circular power saw the tool enables easy one-handed operation for detailed work in tight spaces. The Tool can make straight, plunge or flush cuts up to ¾ inch deep through wood, plastic, laminates and drywall, as well as sheet metal and wall and floor tiles. Perfect for applications such as installing baseboards and trim, replacing flooring or remodelling. dremel.com
The SKIL Flooring Saw allows do-it-yourselfers and installation professionals alike to leave their bench top tools in their workshops and upgrade to a multi-functioning saw that makes clean cuts that will impress even the most seasoned flooring installers.
Why It’s Hot: Designed to cut through hardwood, laminate and engineered flooring up to 8 inches wide and ¾ inch thick, the SKIL Flooring Saw smoothly makes miter cuts between zero to 47 degrees and also quickly transitions to a table saw allowing rip cuts to width. $199.99 skiltools.com
Building off its cutting heritage, SKIL ’s lineup includes a 3.6V cordless Power Cutter that provides an easy way to make sharp, precise cuts through hundreds of materials. From craftsmen to carpenters to arts-and-crafts enthusiasts, the Power Cutter offers features and benefits that are certain to appeal to all users.
Why It’s Hot: The rotating blade easily powers through materials up to ¼” thick while the AutoSharp Blade System keeps the blade sharp for repetitive use. Use it to cut through materials such as clamshell, carpet, vinyl flooring and cardboard. The Power Cutter uses an integrated 3.6 volt lithium ion battery that can hold a charge up to 18 months, so it’s always ready when needed. $49.99 skiltools.com
Top-of-the-line Drill Doctor keeps you working; don’t get stopped in the middle of a project go to the store for a new one. Sharpen largest range and most popular sizes of drill bits including split point, carbide, cobalt masonry and coated bits.
Join over 3 million customers and enjoy having sharp bits when you need them.
Why It’s Hot: Many of you have a collection of dull and broken bits that just won’t get the job done anymore, but you just can’t seem to throw them out. Now you can sharpen them with the Drill Doctor – The drill bit sharpener. DRILLDOCTOR.com
The first knife sharpener designed to sharpen every knife you own. Using flexible abrasive belts, it sharpens straight bladed knives, serrated knives and any other shape or type of blade. It has precision sharpening guides to create the proper angle every time. Now you can have the same technology in your home or shop that professional knife makers use.
Why It’s Hot: Since its introduction less than a year ago, this innovative award- winning sharpener has quickly become the new standard for knife and tool sharpening in the home or shop. Get yours today and learn how quick and easy sharpening can be. MSRP $99.95 WORKSHARPTOOLS.com
The FEIN MultiMaster oscillating tool is now also available in a cordless version AFMM 14. The cordless version with its premium quality 14.4V lithium-ion batteries exhibits the same rapid work progress and versatility as the well-known corded tool and weighs only 3.7 lbs. including battery. It features the tool-free FEIN QuickIN system. FEIN has developed MultiMaster accessories for well over 100 applications. Set contents: FEIN Cordless MultiMaster AFMM 14 Quick charger ALG 50, 2 battery packs, Sanding pad, 20-pieces assorted sandpaper, Universal E-CUT saw blade, Standard E-CUT saw blade, Carbide segment saw blade HSS segment saw blade, Rigid scraper blade, Carbide rasp Suggested retail price $499.00 fein.com
The award-winning Work Sharp WS 3000 is a precision wood tool sharpener that offers unmatched accuracy, ease of use, and repeatability. This innovative dry sharpening system produces predictable and accurate results every time on a multitude of chisels, plane irons, lathe tools, carving tools and more. Work Sharp reduces sharpening time dramatically, and eliminates the mess and hassle of sharpening.
Why It’s Hot: Designed for both hobbyists and fine woodworking professionals, Work Sharp solves several common sharpening problems. Work Sharp lets you grind, sharpen and hone, all with one simple machine. Woodworkers can sharpen and get right back to work – without losing momentum.
MSRP $249.95 WORKSHARPTOOLS.com
A high-speed drill should be in everyone’s DIY toolbox, and its indispensable companion is the YEL-004 carbide tool set. DuraGrit’s carbide burrs and wheels are long lasting, high performance accessories that come in a variety of useful shapes and grit grades.
Why It’s Hot: Whether you’re looking to bore and enlarge a clearance hole in a ceramic wall tile to accept a water pipe, re-shape the edge of a wall tile to fit a contour in the corner of the backsplash, cut and fit laminate flooring or carve a duck decoy, there’s a Dura-Grit carbide tool in the YEL-004 tool set to suit the job. $40.75 USD duragrit.com/cw
Not only is it a long-life sanding block that is the same grit grade each time you use it, it’s a sander that can true a rough edge 90º to the work surface, easily round corners, or bevel edges. The TruSander™ will not wear down or tear, so you won’t have to change worn sandpaper in the middle of a job.
Why it’s Hot: It sands hard and soft woods, MD F, PVC, laminates, composites, rubber and fibreglass. Its ergonomic handle and perforated sanding plate incorporate a dust collection system that clears the debris while you work. Every home and workshop should have one. Available in 60, 80, 120 and 150 grit. $19.98 ea. USD duragrit.com/cw
The new Diablo Demo Demon™ Carbide Reciprocating Blades are the most innovative blades on the market, delivering break-through 10x performance than standard blades. The unique feature combination of carbide teeth, friction reducing coating and high performance tooth design, provides users with never-seen-before performance and ease of use. At $6.99 (6” blade), you will spend over $20 on standard blades to get the same life. Whether it’s wet lumber, hardwood, nail or screw embedded situations, the Diablo Demo Demon™ will exceed your expectations and leave the others behind. The carbide tip will cut and stay sharp longer than a bimetal blade, making this the only blade you will want to own.
Comes with everything you need to produce a first-class finish with any type of coating. The MM 3 features the new XPC Spray Gun with pattern control knob to adjust the size of the fan incrementally from small round to large fan. An air control valve is right at your fingertips, allowing you to lower the air pressure and reduce overspray dramatically.
Why It’s Hot: System can be ordered with the XPC Spray Gun with standard 1 quart cup or with the G-XPC Gravity Gun. fujispray.com
Made in Germany, Silent Slam is designed for use in furniture and kitchen cabinets. It works by absorbing the closing forces of cabinet or furniture doors. It effectively silences the tendency of doors to slam closed. Patent pending design incorporates a silicone oil piston with an adjustment screw for varying the dampening action depending on the size of the door.
Why It’s Hot: Silent Slam Door Dampers silence the slam! Install with a single self-tapping screw in seconds. Works in all cabinets with self closing hinges, regardless of make. Adjustable. Affordable. Durable.
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Grizzly has redefined what a 14” Bandsaw should be like and has incorporated features into this saw that are normally either optional or unavailable on other bandsaws on the market. Check it out! There is absolutely no other company in the world that has a larger selection of bandsaws than Grizzly. They know bandsaws inside-out and their numerous years of selling bandsaws have culminated in this incredible 14” saw. You will not be disappointed!
Why It’s Hot: This is the best selling 14” bandsaw in the USA, with industry magazine awards and reviews from end users. It features precision-ground cast iron table, quick-release blade tension lever, deluxe extruded rip-fence, mitre gauge and more! Cost: $475 USD grizzly.com
The new General CNC model 40-913 i-Carver 13” x 18” carving machine is designed to perform decorative 3D carving work, carve small signs as well as plaques and awards. The unit has a large userfriendly control panel with LCD display, keypad, a USB 2.0 port for easy file uploading, and is equipped with a powerful 150 watt brushless 110V DC motor.
Why It’s Hot: No specialized training or programming skills are needed. With the 3D modeling capacity of the included i-Picture software the user can import virtually any image file, scale it to size and the software will automatically create the tool path needed to cut the work. CNC made easy!
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Instantbond™ is the fastest curing high performance cyanoacrylate adhesive superglue. When used together with the activator spray, bonding time is reduced to mere seconds, at an incredible 5000lb. psi bonding strength, which is nearly impossible to break.
Why It’s Hot: What makes Instantbond so unique is its ability to achieve a cure in as little as three seconds, allowing you to use the fixed or repaired item immediately; no waiting for hours, clamping, taping or nails. It is not just simply a strong glue, it is an “instant weld” on demand; it’s a whole new method of adhesion. Imagine the possibilities! instantbond.com
This cordless drill comes equipped with charger, one battery, a 12 pc. set of drill/driver bits, a bit extension and a carrying case. It also features a variable speed trigger, a ⅜” chuck and a high-output LED light to increase visibility. Extra batteries are $27.99, but if you make a purchase before 2012 you get a $10 mail-in rebate. A similar 12V Li-Ion impact driver is also available.
Why It’s Hot: This easily manipulated drill is all you need for most of your drilling tasks; it’s lightweight, comfortable and easy to handle. It also has more than enough power to tackle most of your drilling and driving jobs. kingcanada.com
The R9 PLUS is a simple, fast and easy-to-use jig for routing Through Dovetails and Box Joints. The PLUS? The R9 makes three sizes of Box Joints, three sizes of Through Dovetails and two sizes of half-pitch Through Dovetails, all on boards of any width. There are no jig adjustments to make and perfect joint fit is guaranteed every time.
Why It’s Hot: The R9 Plus works as a bench mounted jig with a hand held router or with any router table! And you can rout boards as wide as you need. Rout ½” dovetails and ⅜” box joints right out of the box.
Price: $169.00 (dealers may sell for less) leighjigs.com
This wireless inspection camera is ideal for plumbing and also has many construction uses. It has a 39” probe, which can be extended to 78” with an additional probe (included in package) and the wireless, recordable monitor can be detached and viewed up to 32 ft. away. A LED light inside the camera probe illuminates dark spaces.
Why It’s Hot: Whether you’re chasing a wire, trying to find an obstruction behind a wall, or checking the dryer vent, this camera will allow you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. kingcanada.com
The combination-3D try square & marking gauge is specifically designed for the professional woodworker who needs precision and function, setting it apart from traditional combination squares where accuracy has been compromised either by function or economy. The Combination-3D squares major functions are as a 9” bladed try square, 9” x 2” saddle square, deep range measured marking gauge and bevel gauge.
Why It’s Hot: It’s the first 3D Square on the market. Laser etched with Imperial & Metric markings. Uncompromised accuracy and genuine functionality allows the C3D to save space, weight and time.
A unique wireless, Automated Dust Control System for the workshop. Consists of iVAC Pro Tool, Switch, Remote & Contactor. Up to eight power tools can automatically control one dust collector and up to four dust collectors can be in one workshop. Any mix of tool and dust collector power requirements. The Contactor controls Dust collectors up to 7HP and the iVAC Pro Remote is for manual control.
Why It’s Hot: An affordable and flexible dust control system that provides safety and convenience in the workshop. Wireless for ease of installation. Saves energy and extends the life of the dust collector. It also has a programmable Turn-Off Time. ivacswitch.com
NOVA’s Comet II Midi Lathe is the perfect solution for a wide range of woodworking projects. It is portable and space saving, yet delivers the capacity and rugged stability of larger lathes. The 46000 delivers plenty of power with its ¾ HP variable speed motor and increased capacity with its add-on bed extensions.
Why It’s Hot: NOVA’s unique Comet Versa Turn Adaptable Technology with available accessory attachments transforms the NOVA Comet II Midi Lathe into an all-in-one woodturning and woodworking system, and YES with proven NOVA quality and durability. $499.99 Visit: teknatool.com or nordis.ca for your closest dealer.
This is a circle-cutting jig that works on any bandsaw. It holds the wood at two points, both top and bottom. North American-made of heavy duty steel and aluminum, it will handle wood up to 16-½” diameter and 6” thick. This product includes a sliding track that also works with the Little Ripper.
Why It’s Hot: It cuts perfect circles, keeps hands clear of the blade, is safe and accurate. Either side of wood doesn’t even need to be flat. The design puts pressure solely on the front of the blade so blade lasts longer while not wearing on your bandsaw. Reg. Price: $499 stockroomsupply.com
Machined from high carbon steel, the new Sweetheart™ chisels sharpen easily and retain a razorsharp edge over long periods of use. Their side bevels are extra narrow for working in tight corners, reducing the chance of marring the material when making precise cuts. The hornbeam handles provide a comfortable feel that transfers energy effectively when struck by a mallet. Manufactured in Sheffield, England, the new Sweetheart™ chisels are available in the following sizes: ⅛˝, ¼˝, ⅜˝, ½˝, ⅝˝, ¾˝, 1˝, and 1 ¼˝. The Sweetheart™ chisels will retail or approximately $31.99 to $36.99 – also available is a four-piece set for approx. $129.99. stanleytools.com
Producing razor sharp tools and finely finished bevels has moved from an art to a science. Any grinding job from skews, scrapers, bowl gouges or roughing gouges are all easy prey for this jig. The WOLVERINE will speed up your grinding, give you sharper tools and prolong the life of both tools and grinding wheels. Makes sharpening skews and gouges a snap, which means less time grinding and your tools last longer.
Easy to set up. The best investment an amateur or occasional woodworker can make. $87.95
Stanley introduces a complete line of floor protection products that not only reduces noise and dust but also saves money associated with floor maintenance in homes, schools and offices buildings. The Stanley line of floor protection products features high-density plastic furniture glides, sliders, leg tips, bumpers, casters and a wide array of new Flexi-Felt 100% wool felt protectors, all constructed for performance and durability.
Why It’s Hot: Stanley Flexi-Felt heavy-duty adhesive pads are made of 100% pure wool industrial felt so they last longer and won1t compress like polyester felt products. The full line of Stanley Floor Protection Products can be found at independent home improvement general retailers across Canada at retail prices ranging from $2.00 to $25.00. stanleyhardware.com
This NEW STEEL CITY cabinet saw has cabinet mounted cast iron trunions to ensure perfect blade alignment, increased stability and ease of adjustment. This saw is available in 1-¾ HP and 3HP motor configurations with 30” and 50” Industrial Fence systems. Also includes a new three-piece European style riving knife, magnetic table insert and miter gauge.
Why It’s Hot: Because of its newly designed motor mount and belt tensioning mechanism, there is minimal vibration. This, combined with its new “seamless” Granite surface design for unsurpassed flatness and precision, make this new cabinet saw one “Smooth Operator”. Prices range from $1320.00 to $1540.00 Visit: steelcitytoolworks.com or nordis.ca for your closest dealer.
The innovative Trend mini taper file has a 3-inch blade with flat top and convex back, fine 600 grit (25 micron) electroplated monocrystalline diamond and continuous diamond surface.
Why It’s Hot: The file is ideal for carvers and turners that need to get into small areas such as small flutes in carving tools. It is especially useful for sharpening hard to get at places such as contours on shaper cutter insert knives. Price: $37.74. Available through robcosman.com.
New project kits! Check out the latest additions to our project kit selection: back scratcher and seam ripper kits. They’re both easy to turn and put together and will make a great gift for anyone on your list. We also carry yoyos, darts, compact mirrors, purse hangers, ice cream and coffee scoops, key rings, letter openers and more. Visit penblanks.ca or call 1-877-585-0403 for more information or to place your order.
This easy to use power tool guide allows straight cuts and routes on panels up to 109” long. Two over-centre clamps and fully adjustable pressure pads provide parallel or diagonal clamping to material up to 1-¾” thick. Each end is clamped independently with an over center toggle clamp. Wrench-free material thickness adjustment.
Why It’s Hot: Easy one hand thickness adjustment and independent clamping allow full diagonal guiding on panels up to 4’ x 8’. Disassembles to two 55” long sections for easier use on smaller panels and for transportation to the job site. $119.95 CDN workshopsupply.com
Designed by Woodworkers for Woodworkers, the TRITON TRB 001 2000W/3-¼ HP precision router boasts tons of key features, from a powerful soft start electronically controlled motor that automatically maintains speed under load, side mounted cooling vents, three-stage pre-set height adjustment system, auto-spindle lock and superior dust collection.
Why It’s Hot: This router can switch from a conventional plunge router to a fixed based unit with rack and pinion adjustment at a simple turn of a dial. The multi-award winning TRB001 has been the benchmark in professional routers around the world since its release. $329.99 Visit: tritontools.com or nordis.ca for your closest dealer.
Version 3 Bench Planes are based on the reliable Bedrock design and feature heavy stress-relieved ductile iron castings, fully machined adjustable frogs and A-2 blades. No. 3: smoothing smaller surfaces. No. 4: smoothing, light jobs, but can slice difficult grain. No. 5: stock removal, smoothing, jointing. No. 6: jointing edges, flattening and smoothing large surfaces. ($124.99-$184.99; $549.96/set of four)
Why It’s Hot: Version 3 improvements: a reshaped rear tote for a more comfortable grip, a larger diameter blade adjustment wheel for easier blade advancement, a more robust lateral adjustment lever with a traditional style bearing for better blade control and improved castings. woodcraft.com
For over 60 years, Elmer’s wood glue has been a familiar sight in workshops and homes. We have taken our wood glue and kicked it up a notch with new a formulation. Elmer’s PROBOND Max is the only woodworking adhesive on the market that is both waterproof and stainable. This contractor’s grade wood glue is the most advanced formula yet!
Why It’s Hot: The formula contains real wood fibers for superior staining, painting and sanding. This non-toxic interior and exterior wood glue resists heat, mould and mildew. The wood will break before the bond does. ANSI Type 1 waterproof and easy water clean-up. elmers.com
The NEW Laguna IQ PRO CNC Router redefines the future of computer numerical control in woodworking. The Laguna IQ series is simply a smaller version of the popular Laguna SmartShop technology. A smaller footprint but with the same accuracy and cut quality of much larger machines. Plus, the Laguna IQ “Touch” controller (by B&R Automation) provides an operator experience second to none! lagunatools.com
Your random orbital sander or bench sander has never seen anything like the carbide DuraDisc™ from DuraGrit. With DuraGrit’s Carbide Fusion Technology™, it will sand through your entire project. DuraGrit’s testers sanded more than 10,000 feet of wood with a single disc, which looked barely used afterwards and still performed like new!
Why It’s Hot: Sand hard and soft wood with your ROS. Shape and grind wood, plywood, fibreglass, laminates, wall tile, rubber, leather and many more materials on your bench sander. You’ll have trouble running out of ways to use them! Available in 46,60,80,120 & 150 grit – all five- & eight-hole compatible.
$24.98 ea. USD duragrit.com/cw
Forrest Manufacturing has taken its award-winning general-purpose saw blade to a superior level of performance. The new 1048 Woodworker II has more teeth, a higher bevel and sharper points than the original 40-tooth Woodworker II, making it exceptionally good for cross-cutting everything from soft woods to plywood. It cleanly slices through wood fibres and operates quietly with virtually no vibration.
Why it’s Hot: Cross-cutting involves severing the fibres in the grain, often resulting in splintering or a fuzzy cut. The 48-tooth Woodworker II eliminates those problems. It also produces smooth rips without side scoring or splintering, making it a good all-purpose combination blade. Price: $134.00 ForrestBlades.com
The LT 14 SUV is an upgraded version of the LT 14 3000 series bandsaw – in other words, we have taken something great and made it even greater! Full of powerful features and massive re-sawing capacity – fourteen inches – this European style bandsaw has an additional 1 HP Motor (to the LT 14 3000 Series) to give you a strong 3HP Leeson motor for tough re-sawing. Plus we have added rack-and-pinion upper guide, a convenient foot brake with microswitch and easy tilt system. If you are looking for the fully loaded bandsaw, look no further – you have reached woodworking utopia! lagunatools.com
Flexcut’s new Whittlin’ Jack™ is a folding multi-knife for whittling and more. The hard carbon steel blades are hand sharpened to a razor finish and really hold their edge. The Roughing Knife is great for modeling surfaces, creating textures, patterns, plus carving caricatures and figurines. The Detail Knife quickly removes wood from convex surfaces and is perfect for fine detailing and delicate work.
Why It’s Hot: Flexcut’s Whittlin’ Jack, though new, has already made a good name for itself among pro carvers and hobbyists as a well-engineered, 100% North America made, assembled and sourced tool that lets you carve better and longer. The handle is especially designed to fit your grip comfortably. It’s tough but weighs only three ounces and is just over four inches long when closed, so if fits right in your pocket. That means you can whittle wherever you go and whenever you want. Great as a shop knife too! SRP: $59.95
This intensive, hands-on $7525 program is designed for the serious woodworker. A maximum of eight students go from a thorough grounding in the techniques of furniture making through to advanced design and business practices. During final projects, the entire class learns from reviews of progress at each bench, exposing students to the challenges presented in the construction of a variety of projects.
Why It’s Hot: Students benefit from decades of hands-on experience with instruction by professional designer/makers like program director Ron Barter and various guests, including Adrian Ferrazzutti, Michael Fortune and Garrett Hack. rosewoodstudio.com
Featuring a durable chrome-plated body, soft grip inserts for non-slip grip and comfort, heavy duty and longer bits for industrial use.
Six of the most popular bits stored inside the handle:
Phillips #1 & #2,
Slotted 3/16” and ¼”,
Robertson #1 & #2 accessible with the slide of a button.
1.5 MILLION Retract-A-Bits sold! (in last 10 years)