Mid-Week Tool Sneak Peek No. 3

July 13, 2011

Here’s another batch of tools to checkout. Hope something catches your eye!

Highland Woodworking is carrying The Rikon Mini Lathe.
This package was featured in our “Father’s Day Gift Guide”, but well worth mentioning again.

* Rikon has created a lathe with an impressive 12″ swing and 16″ between centers.
* Increase the bed length in 24″ multiples with optional bed extensions.
* 1″ x 8 TPI threaded drive spindle powered by a 1/2HP 6.6 amp motor
* 6-step pulley for speed changes from 430 RPM-3900 RPM. Smartly located outboard
of the headstock allowing quick belt replacement without removing the spindle assembly.
* 12-position indexed headstock and tailstock have a #2MT enabling the use of the most
common accessories.
* A convenient handle is helpful for moving the 89lb. mini-lathe.


Lee Valley & Veritas recently introduced their new Precision Inlay Corner Jig.
According to the description “When two inlaid banding lines meet at a corner it’s essential that the outside corners of the router-cut grooves be perfectly square, as even a slight inaccuracy can be conspicuous. Developed in consultation with accomplished British boxmaker Andrew Crawford, this machined precision jig offers a solution.”

* Thin 1-3/4″ long ribs on the underside of the anodized aluminum base permit stable, accurate
registration in a pair of perpendicular grooves as small as 1/16″ wide and 1/64″ deep.
* Four embedded 1/4″ rare-earth magnets ensure the included corner chisel travels true in the jig.
* Made of long-wearing A2 tool steel, hardened to Rc60, the 3/8″ square chisel is precisely ground
with a 35° bevel on each face.
* Also useful for tidying corners of recesses in inlay panels, stringing, or any 90° corner.

Pic copyright Veritas


Eagle America introduces their new Filter-A-Fan. Quick and easy to use jig that turns a simple box fan into an air cleaner. An affordable way to breathe clean air while doing common shop tasks such as sanding.

* Filter-A-Fan is a frame that attaches to a box fan.
* Slide in a common 16″ x 16″ furnace type filter to filter out dust, saw dust,
mold spores, pollen or anything else in the air.
* Installation is a breeze! Simply remove the screws that hold the fan grill on,
put the Filter-A-Fan frame over the grill and reattach the screws. Then just slide a filter in.


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  1. Sean says:

    Thanks for the links, I may look into the box fan filter. Just a heads up, the inlay corner jig link goes to the wheel marking gauge.

  2. Rob Bois says:

    I’ve always been impressed with Rikon’s products. They hit the scene with their band saws, and instead of just copying what everyone else was producing built a better saw at a competitive price. I have met several folks from the organization from service to engineering, and have always been impressed with the people as well. They are local to my area, so I am thrilled to see them continuing to grow their product line. I’m not yet a turner, but you can be sure when I finally make the leap I’ll be looking at Rikon’s lathe very closely.

  3. jim b says:

    I like the box fan filter idea. I have no desire to shell out hundreds for one of the air filtration systems, although I’m sure they work well. I have a 20″ box fan that I tape a 20″ x 20″ furnace filter to. I can move it around close to tools that don’t work well with a dust collector, such as my band saw and miter saw. I also use it next to where I’m sanding. But it’s crude; I tape the filter to the fan and if I’m not careful and don’t clean the fan off first, the sawdust gets on the tape and soon my filter is falling off — just when I want to use it. Eagle has a handy idea.

  4. Vic Hubbard says:

    Now, the wheel gauge I have bought. I happen to have the old Norm corner chisel. Never used it. LOL. Luckily, I’ve gotten less inclined to buy gimmicky stuff over the years. BUT, I still LOVE gimmicky stuff!

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