Simply put, woodworkers are busy people. If woodworking is your profession (you lucky dog!) then you practice the craft from 8am to 5pm all week-long and often on weekends. If woodworking is your hobby, you probably work all week and try to carve time out for your projects at night and on the weekends. Long story short, you probably don’t want to slow down to sharpen all of your tools…especially your router bits. This recent post on LumberJocks.com caught my attention…and since we are “The World’s Router Bit & Woodworking Source” it really caught my eye.
As the article illustrates, you should really own a set of Pocket Diamond Honing Stones as pictured above. Our 4-Piece set is available for only $29.99 and they are well worth the investment since they can be used to quickly and easily sharpen your router bits, shaper cutters, hand chisels and other woodworking tools. We take pride in our router bits, both our domestic Eagle America brand as well as our imported PriceCutter line, and think you would benefit greatly by keeping them in tip-top shape. All cutting tools, be they table saw blades, router bits or shaper cutters, are designed to give you optimal performance when they are nice and sharp. Will you make a Woodworking New Year’s Resolution to sharpen your tools every time you are done using them? It could be just a quick pass or two with the honing stones, it doesn’t have to be hours of work. That way your tools are ready to go the next time you need them. Is that practical or just wishful thinking? Let us know what you think.
I was reading some posts at FamilyWoodworking.org recently and stumbled across this one titled “Router vs. Shaper Question“. Well, since we are “The World’s Router Bit & Woodworking Source” we have a vested interest in people loving woodworking routers and router bits…but we also carry a very nice line of Shaper Cutters. As you can imagine this post really caught my attention.
So we would love to hear from you, where do you stand on the “Router vs. Shaper” discussion? Some questions to consider:
- Do you just have a plain old preference for one over the other?
- Do you only have a router due to space limitations in your shop?
- Do you have a shaper because you can use both router bits and shaper cutters in it?
- Do you have a router because there are many more sizes and shapes of router bits compared to shaper cutters?
- Do you side with the router because you can own multiples of them and keep them setup in your shop for specific uses?
- Etc., etc., etc…
- Are we not offering enough profiles?
- If not, what are we missing that you want?
- Are we not offering enough sizes of certain profiles?
Our offering of router bits and shaper cutters exceeds 2,000 different options, especially when you factor in the sets we have available. That’s a lot for you to choose from…but we want to make sure we aren’t missing something. What you say matters!
Our friend Tom Iovino over at Tom’s Workbench is once again featured in the December/January issue of Wood Magazine. This month’s article is titled “Living in the Present – Keep your sanity during the holidays”. What a great article on making woodworking gifts! Keep reading below…
The article can only be read by purchasing the current issue of Wood Magazine, they don’t offer it online for free for some time. However, here are the three key tips Tom covers in the article:
- Start Early
- Build it Small
- Stick to the Known
You need to buy the magazine to see what else Tom has to say but I couldn’t agree with him more! However, with only 2 weeks to go until Christmas you might be in a pinch to start early this year. At this point you should build something small and stick to techniques and tools that you are familiar with. At Eagle America we have some great project suggestions for you:
- Make Holiday Bowls and Trays – they are very quick and easy to make, the perfect mass-production weekend project. We have the router bits and router templates you need to get the job done right the first time.
- Make Hardwood Signs – Help your loved ones personalize their woodshops, homes or offices. Again, we have the router bits and router jig you need to get it done now.
- Make Beautiful Keepsake Boxes – A project that lets your loved ones keep their jewelry or other keepsakes protected. We have the router bits and box making accessories that you need to make that box beautiful…and even to help it sing.
Time is short, stop reading this blog post and click over to Eagle America today. Pick a project, get your supplies…and get to work!
If you read our eNewsletter then you are aware of our commitment to a cause called “Wreaths Across America“. On Veteran’s Day we made donations to the cause for orders that used a special promotion code. For more information on “Wreaths” and what they do, please click on the image below. Our Founder, Dan Walter, was emailing with someone from “Wreaths” recently and was surprised to hear that he has used our famous Eagle America Router Bits!
It turns out Captain Mike is a woodworker who had a fun story to share about one of our dado bits. “I have a 3/4″ dado bit I got from Eagle and I decided to wear it out so I could spend some more money with you. I made a few cabinets and fast decided I would not have near the volume to wear it out, so I loaned it to a friend of mine who runs a custom cabinet shop. He used it for about 6 months, made around 1 complete custom kitchen per week…and it’s still good as new!” Now that is an endorsement that we will take every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Click here to see our selection of Eagle America Straight Router Bits, which include the Dado Bits that Captain Mike was referring to.
Captain Mike – thank you for your service to our great nation…and thank you for being a woodworker!
Here it is, the deal you have been waiting for! Our 70-Piece Router Bit Sets make the perfect Christmas gift for the router lover close to you. Heck, if you have been more nice than naughty this year you can even get one for yourself. This sale does not happen often, where you can get 70 router bits for just $2.85 per bit. Act fast, when we extend this offer we tend to sell out so order yours today.
I was reading a thread on Router Forums earlier today and stumbled across a post from Danny. In short, he said this: “I’m making a bunch of candy trays and chip trays for Christmas presents, and the wife decided I need to make them in the holiday shapes using templates from Eagle.” Want to see his handy work?
Well done Danny! We know there be lots of smiles on people’s faces when they open those presents on Christmas morning. Any way you can email us some pictures of those warm smiles!?! If you are motivated by Danny’s work, it is not too late to get started. You still have a good three weeks to make some bowls and trays of your own. Just click the image below to see our vast selection of router bowl & tray templates as well as the router bits and supplies that you will need to get the job done right.
OK, I don’t like to toot our own Eagle America horn too much on the blog but when someone else does I have no problem sharing it with you! The folks at Upper Cut Woodworks posted about our Eagle America brand roundover router bits. The name of their post is “Great Roundover Bits from Eagle America”, you can’t make this stuff up!
Click over and read their post for yourself but here’s the jist of it:
“I ordered the four piece set (100-5625) which includes radius sizes 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″ and 3/4” with 1/2” shanks. Thick carbide, great bearings, and they include a smaller bearing (3/8“) to convert these into beading bits. I like that these bits are made in the USA. They were packaged well and the cutters were coated in clear peel-away goo to protect them during shipping. These are very smooth cutting and my Porter Cable 7518 didn’t skip a beat as the bit cut through the trim.”
That’s an endorsement from a professional woodworker, and we are very grateful for their kind words. We are “The World’s Router Bit & Woodworking Source” and take great pride in offering you the largest selection of professional grade, American-made router bits in the industry. Click over today and try some for yourself. If you are interested in the set that Upper Cut Woodworks purchased (100-5625) you can see it by clicking here.