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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.

It’s All a Pile of Junk

April 11, 2011 3 comments

*** This post is courtesy of Tom Iovino of Tom’s Workbench ***

A few years ago, a colleague of mine at work stopped me in the hallway. She had just returned from an extended leave of absence due to the passing of her father. “Tom, I don’t know if you know this, but my dad was a woodworker.  We have his collection of tools, and I was wondering if you wanted to take a look at any of them for your workshop.”

What treasures would Tom find?

Wow.  I was floored.  That was quite an honor to be considered to receive something so precious from my coworker’s dad.  I told her I would come out and, even if I didn’t take anything, I would help give her an idea of what each of the tools was worth.  I drove to her condo that weekend and she led me to a storage shed for her unit.  As she cracked the door to the shed, I have to confess that my mind raced with the thought of being able to expand my meager tool collection and fill some needs in my shop.  The reality was quite different.  As we pulled tools out of the shed, they were caked with years of rust.  Insects had taken up residence in warped 1970s vintage plastic cases.  Wooden handles on tools were cracked, warped and, in some cases, completely falling off.

Tom was shocked at what he found, such a shame

“What happened?” was the question that raced to my mind – and reflexively slipped from my lips. My coworker said that her dad was slowing down in his old age, and the neighbors were afraid he might hurt himself working with the tools.  So, they took them to an old barn and just let them sit for about a decade. Apparently, the barn wasn’t as weather tight as they had expected. No one ever checked on them… decided to put them up for auction… or cared for or maintained them.  I told her that if there was something special from his shop (there was a well-worn square that was protected in a case), she should save it as a memento, and that the rest of the stuff was just too far gone to salvage.

A little Tool Care and Maintenance could have saved this collection from a trip to the junk yard

As I drove home feeling disappointed – at the tools and myself for being a jerk – my thoughts turned toward my own collection of tools.   How could I prevent my tools from ending up like those poor, rusty specimens?  That’s when I decided to throw myself into the maintenance mindset.  It doesn’t take hours of slavish devotion to keep your tools in tip-top condition.  Actually, I follow a pretty simple regimen to help keep my investment shiny new and working great.

Clean

Shop cleaning is such a turn off for many woodworkers.  I mean, wouldn’t you rather be in the shop creating beautiful pieces of work than scrubbing the teeth of your table saw gears with a toothbrush?  Yet, simply using proper dust collection, vacuuming dust from your tools and scraping off any dry glue beads from your clamps can keep them working like new for years.

Sharpen

Woodworking is mostly about making big pieces of wood into smaller ones, then – in many cases – figuring out how to attach them to other pieces to build a project.  None of these tools works well if they aren’t clean and sharp. Plane irons, router bits, chisels, table saw blades… they all deserve good treatment.  Not only will your work look cleaner, but sharp tools are safer and put less strain on power tool motors.

Protect

In Florida, I’m always battling humidity and I sharpen my tools with water-lubricated diamond stones. I always make sure my tools are dry before I store them, and I keep a rag dipped in furniture paste wax nearby to wipe them with to keep rust at bay.  There are lots of products out there to help you get rust off your tools or to put a barrier up to prevent it from forming in the first place.

I once read a comment by a woodworker as to what he hopes happens to his tools after he passes.  “I want my children to fight over them like ravenous jackals battling over a zebra carcass on the Serengeti.”  While I hope my two sons have better manners,  I hope one day they find the tools in my shop in good shape and ready to help them if they would like.

*** Specials thanks to Tom Iovino, a true Shop Monkey,  for this post.  He will be providing posts on a monthly basis for Eagle America, check back again soon. ***

Router Bits and Ice Sculpting?

April 9, 2011 Leave a comment

I know it is spring time and for those of you north of the Mason-Dixon Line, the last thing you want to do is think about snow and ice. Well…today you just have to appreciate them because of someone combining them with woodworking tools!

 

Photo courtesy of HJHNews.com

 

I was reading a post on HJHNews.com about students from the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.  Wouldn’t you know that right there in the article they say, “Who knew that chain saws, hammers, chisels, grinders and bubble and router bits could be put to task to help make one of the most beautiful works of art in Utah?”  Yup, they used router bits to help make a gorgeous ice sculpture that weighed 7,800 pounds!

That made me think about you and the other woodworkers who read our posts on The Cutting Edge.  The question of the day:

  • Have you ever used your router and router bits for something OTHER THAN woodworking?  If so, what did you make?

Post your answers as comments, we can’t wait to hear what you have been up to!

Big Router Savings from Black & Decker

April 8, 2011 Leave a comment

 

$20 & $30 Mail-in Rebates - Act Now!

 

Our friend at Black & Decker have done it again!  Now is the perfect time for you to do some spring cleaning in your wood shop.  Do you have a really old router that is holding on for dear life?  One that you have coaxed back from the dead time and time again?  It’s time to reward yourself with a NEW & finely tuned machine.

From now through June 30th you can save up to $30 when you  buy a Porter Cable or DeWalt wood router.  Click here to see our current selection.  Save on all of our most popular models, including the router table workhouse Porter Cable 7518 or the fun DeWalt 625.  From a smaller Trim Router to 3HP bad boys, we’ve got your router woodworking needs covered.  Enjoy!

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