It’s Wednesday and for me the week is half over. Typically this is the day where I know if the week is going to end good or bad. I often need a little distraction at this point to help me get ready to push my way through to the weekend and nothing does that better than checking out new tools and accessories I just might want in my own shop.
Every week something new is introduced the woodworker in the hopes it’ll be the next “can’t live without” tool. Some are just improvements on existing items, others are radical and unbelievably new and then there’s some that probably should never have seen the light of day.
I can’t speak for what you might think about all these new tools that keep popping up and tempting us, but I can at least share a few that have caught my eye while out surfing my favorite websites.
Each week I hope to bring you some of the best the retailers and manufacturers have to offer, but it’s up to you to decide if it’s right for your shop. I’m not making any promises, but I have a feeling you’ll like them.
With all that out of the way let’s get a look at our first items:
Highland Woodworking is now carrying Festool’snew ultra-compact CXS Drill Driver
Weighing less than 2 lbs., the CXS compact drill driver packs ample power for tough jobs and ease of use in tight spaces.
* Drill-only model includes keyless drill chuck and Centrotec Chuck
* Drill Set ALSO includes right angle chuck
* 3-year warranty
* Lightweight ergonomic design
* Lithium-ion battery 10.8 volts 1.3 Ah
* Charge time: 25 min to 80%, 45 min to 100%
* Integrated belt clip
* Onboard bit storage
* High-intensity LED light
* RPM: 0-400 and 0-1200
* Weight 1.98 lbs
* Keyless Chuck capacity is 5/16″ (8mm)
* Uses FastFix interchangeable chucks
Lee Valley & Veritas recently introduced their new Precision Square to the market.
Great for general layout AND machine set-up since you can measure and check for square on the same plane. The markings are etched and black-filled for ease of reading and its thin, compact size fits easily into an apron slot or pocket.
Eagle America recently introduced a nice little accessory for hand drills, the “Forstner Bit Depth Stop”. Not everyone has a drill press and even if you did, sometimes it’s easier to bring the tool to the wood rather than the wood to the tool. Working with forstner bits is easy, but being able to accurately stop at the correct depth can be a little tricky by hand.
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