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Limited Run Carpenter Squares

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Anyone who’s used a Carpenter Square knows it’s quicker than a framing square, more accurate than a combination square and if stored in your apron pocket, handier than either.

Unlike a conventional square, this Carpenter Square rests flat, hands-free on your surface while the foot automatically squares the tool up with the board’s edge, ensuring precise 45 and 90 degree angles.

Best of all, these Carpenter Squares are CNC machined from solid billets of aircraft grade aluminum. Machining it from one piece is the best way to make a precision tool that’ll last a life time.

These One-Time Tools are available in two different sizes, 3-3/4″ (95mm) and 6″ (150mm). Each tool has a 7/32″ thick blade, a 23/32″ wide foot and is engraved with permanent scale markings. Made in U.S.A.

The Carpenter Squares are part of our One-Time Tool program and are made to order.

Order deadline is Monday May 9th.

Tools will ship the first week of July 2011.

The Finest Example Of A Woodworkers Tool Chest

April 27, 2011 1 comment

Some friends of Eagle America woodorking ran across this amazing tool chest and we thought we would pass it along to our readers.

The Studley tool chest was loaned to the Smithsonian, then displayed in the National Museum of American History as the centerpiece of woodworking.

Look closely. You can see just about every woodworking hand tool ever heard of, beautifully mounted in this highly detailed case.

Mr. Studley, a piano maker by trade, created this mahongany tool chest using detailed inlays of ebony, ivory and mother of pearl.

There are individual cuts and recess for each tool as well as hinged compartments behind the tools seen in the photo that contain even more tools.

Just some of the tools in this chest include: hand saws, hand planes, various measuring tools, drill bits, carving chisels, hammers and much more.

Check out the video below and/or read the Fine Woodworking article.

This is simply amazing …

Cars Made Of Wood

April 25, 2011 3 comments

Betty, an Eagle America customer service representative writes:

When I go on vacation, I am always on the look out for new and different woodworking projects.

I never expected to find a complete “car” made out of wood, but I did.

My husband and I ran across this beautiful example of woodworking  at The Pioneer Auto Show, in Murdo, South Dakota.

I can only imagine how many hours it took to build this car, let alone, the amount of router bits, table saw blades and band saw blades the builder had to go through.

When I got back from vacation, I wanted to see if I could find any more examples of cars made out of wood.

To my surprise, there are a lot more woodworkers building cars out of wood than I realized.

Below are just a few more examples I found on to web.

Woodworker or not these cars are worth checking out!

 

 

“Use every bit of the tree!”

April 23, 2011 1 comment

Mary, an Eagle America customer service representative writes:

Just like any woodworker that keeps wood scraps around the workshop, fabric artists keep bits and pieces of fabric just in case they are needed for a future project.

My husband keeps all kinds of small pieces of lumber and molding  so I keep scraps of wool and cotton fabric from my various sewing projects.

Recently, I wanted to create something different for my website so with spring in the air and the new shoots of flowers emerging from the flower beds, I came up with these simple flower pins.

Once I had a few completed, I brought them into Eagle America and joked that this was a woodworking project since the stems of the flowers were made from the sticks of tree branches.

Making Wooden Boxes – Quick and Easy

April 21, 2011 1 comment

Today’s post is a quick and easy read, inspired by a post on http://www.KimbertonWoodworks.com titled “A Simple Oak Box“.

Photo courtesy of Wilton Marburger

In his quick post Wilton shows you an oak box that he made using one of our old Router Box Joint Jigs.  He said, “this project was just plain shop fun.”  Well done Wilton, we agree!  Box making is one of the easiest ways for you to make someone a gift (hint, hint – Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away…better get to work!).  Here are some suggestions on how you can quickly and easily make beautiful, clean, sturdy boxes:

Use our Ultimate Box Joint Jig on your router table or table saw to easily make 1/4″, 3/8″ or 1/2″ box joints.  This is a woodshop  accessory that no woodworker should be without!

Get yourself a good Box Joint Blade Set for your table saw.  We have options from Oshlun and Freud, both will provide you with excellent, clean cuts and will make your life a lot easier.

Use our Eagle America or PriceCutter Box Side Router Bits to give your custom boxes a gorgeous, distinctive look and design.  See our Build-A-Box Value Packages for extra savings. That’s it for this post, but click over to our Box Making Supplies category to see even more options such as our new Spline Jig, Music Box Movements, Box Making books and more.

Woodshop – A Revival In The Works?

April 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Photo courtesy of http://www.sawdustshop.com

When people discuss the future of woodworking as a craft, the discussion often gets depressing.  As we all know, it is easier to plant the seed in children when they are young, with the hope that they will grown into future carpenters, builders or home hobbyists.  The majority of school districts in the USA are in financial distress, so shop class gets cut.  The future is computer technology, so shop class gets cut.  You see what I mean?  Our pipeline of future woodworkers is being drastically shrunk.

However, I finally found an uplifting article with an EXCELLENT counterpoint.  In January, Linda Matchan of Boston.com posted an article titled “Some educators resist giving woodshop the chop” which is very, VERY well done.  I can’t go into all of her points in detail or else this post will be longer than her original article but some of the highlights are:

  • Shuttering shops was irresponsible and shortsighted
  • Kids that use hands-on techniques in engineering and technology learn more!
  • In one study, kids in vocational and shop programs graduated at higher rates than their peers and were more likely to pursue post-secondary education
  • Shop can motivate an interest in math and reinforces math and science problem solving skills
  • We reward kids who are good in math, writing, athletics…why not support kids who are talented experiencing the world  through their hands?

The future is now! Photo courtesy of http://www.Wirrell.com

Can you tell I feel passionately about this?  The article goes on to reinforce these points.  Think of all the kids who just aren’t naturally gifted in computer sciences or traditional math and sciences.  It’s as if we are turning our backs on kids who could be extremely happy working in a trade such as woodworking.

OK, enough!  Time for me to get off my soap box but I encourage you to take up the cause.  Forward this article on to your woodworking friends and see how they feel.  Maybe there is an opportunity for you to get involved locally with your school district or vocational school or college.  You know how to use woodworking tools!  You have a shop full of routers, router bits, a table saw with lots of saw blades, a band saw with blades, a jig saw, a ton of hand tools and planes…you have what some of these kids yearn for but their schools can no longer provide.  Can you be a mentor?  Can you teach one child the craft, as long as they promise to show a friend of theirs?

Make Woodworking Projects for Mother’s Day

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Just a quick reminder for you that Mother’s Day is fast approaching.  This year it is on Sunday, May 8th so you better get cracking on making her something special.  You are a woodworker, this is your chance to shine!  Use your router bits, saw blades, Kreg jig, sandpaper, wood glue and finishing supplies to make Mom feel loved.  Looking for some project ideas?  We’ve got them!  Click here for a few, we have the ideas and the tools for you to get the job done right.

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