How do you go about cutting your tenons? Some shops try to make due with a hand saw. Other shops invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into automated CNC machines. The rest of us are somewhere in the middle: carpenters who prefer to take the tool to the timber, and who want their tools to offer speed, accuracy and versatility. Today we wanted to simplify all tenon-cutting solutions down to the three best portable options.
If you haven't heard through the grapevine yet... After more than a year's work, Timberwolf Tools finally launched its new website! Many of you have already placed orders, created accounts, and submitted positive feedback. THANK YOU for patiently bearing with the old site for so long! We haven't done a complete website overhaul since the dot-com boom, so numerous improvements were needed. At your convenience, we welcome you to brew a cup of coffee and visit https://www.timberwolftools.com/ to test-drive some of the new features.
Welcome to the month of August, considered by many in Maine & Illinois to be the most beautiful month of the year, while September is a close second. We hope the weather is cooperating with your projects and your Summer work is going smoothly.
We enjoyed seeing many of you at the Timber Framers Guild Conference in May, and making lots of sawdust as we demonstrated our tools. If you were not able to attend, consider becoming a part of the next two Conferences in 2018:
2018 TFG Conference - West
June 1-3, 2018. Timberline Lodge, Government Camp, OR
2018 TFG Conference - East
October 19-21, 2018. Founders Inn, Virginia Beach, VA
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....The President's Perspective and David's New Snow Machine....
For many years, I was involved in much of the day-to-day order taking and order fulfillment for our company. It was a lot of fun talking with you and making sure that every one of your orders was fulfilled properly. More recently, Jeff Powell, George Bozonelos and Andrew Powell have been leading this effort and they are every bit as diligent as I was about getting your orders right. They also really enjoy having a chance to talk with you and learn about your tool needs.
When you consider a portable band saw, your first thought might be using it for decorative cuts. It's true they're great for decorative cuts, but our customers keep telling us that the Mafell Z5Ec 12" Portable Band Saw is capable of much, much more. Mafell recommends the Z5Ec for more carpentry applications than any other tool in their Product Training Brochure (pages 12-17). And lately our customers have found some new and really cool uses for their portable band saw.
Our customers are joinery pros. A huge part of your work depends on joining materials together with strength, efficiency, and beauty. For this reason, it's no surprise that both our fine woodworking and timber framing customers have taken an interest in Mafell's DD40P Duo Dowel System. This is the ultimate tool for cabinets and shelves, and it excels at forming staircases, doors, and furniture as well.
Why a duo-doweler? Dowels are inexpensive and produce very strong joints, but the tricky part is making the holes line up on each side of your material. The DD40P eliminates this problem: it drills two holes at once, 32mm (~1-1/4") apart, and up to 40mm (~1-9/16") deep.
You've probably heard stories over the years of carpenters taking tools beyond their normal scope in order to complete some truly difficult projects. Sometimes it's about being resourceful with a limited number of tools on hand, sometimes it's a stroke of genius and planning, and sometimes it's just plain luck and risk-taking. We hear fun stories like this every day from our customers at Timberwolf Tools - it's one of our favorite reasons to come to work!
In particular, we've encountered several folks recently who are doing clever projects with their Mafell LS 103Ec Chain Mortiser. You might know carpenters in the Timber Framers Guild who create beautiful mortise and tenon wood joinery with their Mafell chain mortiser, but did you know that this tool can produce glulam splines, fence posts, and even martial arts dummies?
Have you ever wanted to drive across the country and see America? I've wanted to for 35 years but never gave myself the time to do so. With two able bodies and minds in Chicago (Jeff and George) with lots of energy and skills, now is finally the time to hit the road.
This trip will likely be the first of many taken by Andrew, Joyce and I. If you're not on our North Western path, your time will come in the near future. Future trips will be around New England, throughout the South and the West Coast. When the next Timber Framers Guild conference occurs in Sept 2016, there will all be opportunities to travel around VT and upper NY State. A trip to Canada is also part of our future.