IN THIS ISSUE:
- 2010-2011 Show Season Wrap-up
- Price Increases on the Horizon
- Spring Sale
- Fine Furniture Feature
- Customer Gallery Spotlight
DW611 with the Micro Fence Edge-Guide
2010-2011 SHOW SEASON WRAP-UP
A Personal Note from Rich:
Rich and Roland Johnson, Contributing Editor of Fine Woodworking, taking a moment to relax before the show.
The marathon of the Woodworking Show tour has finally come to an end! Twenty weeks of travel and teaching at least seven Inlay Seminars each weekend was a tiring yet rewarding experience. I enjoyed meeting so many new folks all across the country. Virtually all wanted to evolve or develop their woodworking skills as they attended the "Indelible Inlays" seminar. Thanks to Joe Strong, the CEO of The Woodworking Shows who encouraged me to do it and who provided the opportunity. Thanks too to all the other educators with the show, Jim Heavey, Roland Johnson, Graham Blackburn, and Peter Gedrys for their guidance and encouragement,. I'm hoping that the information and techniques presented will assist everyone who attended the class. It looks like next year we will be doing it again with an expanded and evolved presentation. Stay tuned for more information coming later this summer!
PRICE INCREASES ON THE HORIZON
Prices will be increasing July 1, 2011.
Knowing that our price points are high for many woodworkers, we have held steady on virtually all our products for several years. For that entire period we've been experiencing steady material and machining cost increases that necessitate raising some of our prices in order to continue offering the products. New pricing will take effect on July 1st. We are announcing this now so that everyone will have the opportunity to take advantage of current pricing until then. This change will effect sale and package pricing as well, so take advantage of the deals offered below while they are still around.
Also take this time to stock up on parts and accessories, which are available on our website.
FINE FURNITURE FEATURE
This project was a collaboration with an interior designer to surround a custom sofa with a circular bookcase that the sofa nestled into. Made in five curved sections, the finished assembly measured sixteen feet in diameter! Photos of the construction process are visible on our Large Circle Project Page.
Elliptical Inset Shelf
This piece was one of two made by Rich using a french door and our Ellipse Jig. The challenge was to disguise two doors that accessed a storage area by making them into display cases that flanked a large flat screen TV. You can see the details of the construction on our site on the Bending Forms Project Page.The The challenge was to
CUSTOMER GALLERY SPOTLIGHT
A satisfied customer who prefered to have his name withheld shared with us his thoughts on our tools and pictures of the tool chest he crafted with and for them. This woodworker's primary problem is shop space which is at a premium, so his general criteria for his tools are:
- Precision: He works with the standard and metric systems and tries to keep tolerances to about 1/2 millimeter; he needs a tool that will allow him that tolerance accurately.
- Reliability: His tools need to withstand being transported and must do the same thing time after time.
- Repeatability: He makes items that require repetitive, accurate measurements.
- Ease of Use: He needs tools that are easy to use.
- Short learning curve: He does not use his 'specialty' tools on a daily basis and when he picks them up he does not want to have to re-learn how to use them.
"Lots of specialty items are good and will 'pass muster' but I have purchased very few items that will meet the criteria I laid out above," and the Micro Fence Plunge Base (aka our Portable Three-Axis Mill) is one that does. Thanks for sharing!!!
Although we do not have plans for this particular case, we do have a different set of plans to Don Shrader's Cabinet available for purchase here.
Make sure to send us your pictures to be the next customer featured in our Gallery Spotlight.