4. Around the 'net
Things of interest from around the Internet.
Posted on 20 August 2013 by AnthonyPeter Parfitt's has put together a three part project video building a Gothic Bench. Although this project can be built by anyone with a small range of tools, it highlights some of Festool's core tools in action. Additionally, it shows a number of excellent techniques including layout, trammel work, joints, sanding, and finishing.
Posted on 10 April 2013 by AnthonyAustralian Wood Review magazine is holding a cool competition.
Send one photo of your best, most interesting or unique dovetail work to AWR for posting on their online gallery, with the most favourite entry winning $500 CASH.
Posted on 24 February 2013 by AnthonyPeter Parfitt has recently completed two excellent series of videos:
A three part review of the the DOMINO XL DF-700.
A three part tutorial of domino techniques - extra stuff you can do with the standard or XL DOMINO machines.
Posted on 26 November 2012 by AnthonyWe are running a raffle for charity to provide better education for young girls and trying to stop girls these girls getting married off as young children.
One of our staff is cycling through Vietnam and Cambodia to raise awareness and funds for Plan Australia.
$2000 of prizes to win.
Posted on 26 November 2012 by AnthonyIt never hurts to revisit the basics, and with saw blades I was doing some research on blade tooth geometry and blade types as a refresher on these subjects.
Following are fifteen videos covering most aspects of saw blade design and use, and I for one thank Daniel for taking the time to create this resource.
Posted on 2 October 2012 by AnthonyThere's been a bit of buzz on various Festool forums lately about the 'new' Festool Compact Module System (CMS). The CMS in only new to North America, and only the router table configuration is available. In Europe and Australia we've had the full CMS system available for some time, including interchangeable table saw, router table, profile saw, and belt linisher modules.
Posted on 16 August 2012 by Anthony
Most people are pretty comfortable using a circular saws these days, and track saws like the Festool TS plunge-cut saws are even more comfortable to use and improve user safety.
But what happens when people get too comfortable with something? Keep reading and watch.
This first video shows a gentleman using his circular saw in a manner I suggest the manufacturer did not intend. The saw was probably not designed to take to take lateral forces, and the blade was probably not intended for this type of use either. The gentleman seems to disregard most common sense rules about circular saw safety like a ensuring a stable workpiece, upright stance and secure footing, keeping your body at a distance from the blade and out of the path of any unexpected kick-back, etc.
So here goes (don't worry, no gore)...
In the end the saddle doesn't even fit properly and it took longer to achieve than using a hammer and chisel.
Then you can be sooo comfortable with your power tools that you might even do this...
This in an excellent example of how NOT to use a circular saw or a drill press. Imagine what would happen if he hit that threaded rod with the saw blade. It would be ugly!
If you see these videos around the web, there are many viewer comments stating the obvious inappropriateness of these actions. Then surprisingly there are comments supporting these 'techniques'. Comments like, 'the guy's obviously experienced and knows what he's doing', and 'it's ok, he's got a firm grip on the saw'.
Over-confidence through familiarity is unlikely to help the operator given an simple slip up or distraction. In the event of an incident, the speed at which the user can come into contact with the spinning saw blade is so fast it's difficult to see what happens, even when replaying the video in slow motion. A demonstration of how fast things happen, what you don't see with the naked eye, and how close you can come, will be in next weeks article.
Circular saws are pretty safe these days, but only when used in a correct manner as they were intended to be used. Not as substitute routers, lathes, chisels, can openers, or anything else.
Can you suggest any other things NOT do do with a circular saw? Stuff you've seen that you'd shake your head at?
Posted on 17 June 2012 by Anthony
Ideal Tools is located in Williamstown (one of Australia's oldest maritime precincts) and as many of our customers are wooden boat builders and enthusiasts I thought I would highlight an excellent web resource. Australian Wooden Boat is an excellent website for boat owners, sellers and buyers, and wooden boat enthusiasts of all types.
And Australian Wooden Boat are the organisers of the Woodenboat Festival.
As many of our customers are using Festool tools for boat construction and restoration (primarily sanding, anti-fouling, polishing, cutting and dust extraction) I thought this a resource worth mentioning.
Which Festool tools do you use on your wooden boat projects, and why?
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