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2013 Spring



In This Issue:
  • 10th Free Drawing Winner
  • A few words from Richard Wedler
  • Update on the MPB
  • Gallery Spotlight
  • What's New at Microfence.com
  • Show Schedule

10th Free Drawing Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered our 10th Free Drawing, (which ended 3/31/13) and....

Congratulations to Hunter Malson of Houston, Texas, our new winner.

Hunter was at our Fort Worth/Dallas TX show this season and signed up for the free drawing.

Enjoy your new Micro Plunge Base!

(Stay tuned to our website for future drawings and special offers from Micro Fence.)

A Few Words from Richard Wedler

The 2013 Woodworking Show season was a surprising success given that the show was purchased by it's new owner only a few weeks before it's Baltimore opening in January. Bryce Beermann is the new owner who has brought new energy and integrity to the well-established circuit that will be entering it's 30th season this year! It appears to me that we can look forward to significant improvement in the shows in the future.

I think the primary improvement that Bryce has focused upon is the increased educational value that the Shows are now offering. There are more educational opportunities (seminars and demonstrations) than ever before, making the three-day, $12 ticket (about the same as a 2 hour movie ticket) an exceptional value. Bryce has assembled an impressive stable of speakers like Roland Johnson (the most frequently published author in Taunton Press history); Wood Magazine's Jim Heavey (I think of him as the mayor of the shows); author/woodworker Robert Settich; turner Bradley McCalister; yours truly and many more. Every show has fifteen to twenty different educational opportunities that are included in the admission fee!

Another worthwhile show, sponsored by Popular Woodworking called Woodworking in America has become an iconic annual meeting that attracts a passionate crowd of wood people. An old friend and editor of the magazine Steve Shanesy called to request that I put together an hour-and-a-half presentation on "Precision Routing" for that October show. I'm looking forward to running the Micro Fence through it's paces for that engagement and then intend to continue on to the Woodworking Shows circuit with some version of that.

All in all the world of Micro Fence is good. This summer will be filled with a number of woodworking commissions for old clients that have been patiently waiting, shooting videos that are long overdue and putting together the new seminar for next season's shows. I guess there's a lot to be said for staying busy?

Thanks to all of you who continue to support us here at Micro Fence...maybe small business still has a chance.

Update on the Micro Plunge Base

We've continued to add various motors to those we can accommodate in the Micro Plunge Base, including some Foredom and Powercrafter motors. Check our site for more details.

Gallery Spotlight

For this newsletter's Galley Spotlight, we're happy to showcase some spectacular work from both Leland Wood and Frank Garcia.

Leland Wood Custom Furniture

Leland recently bought our Micro Fence System and we were excited to find out what he'll be doing with it. He has a woodshop where he creates beautiful pieces of art. Here is a description about his shop and some techniques he uses.

Leighton Hall Furniture is a small, family owned furniture manufacturing company in Suwanee, GA which specializes in making high-end, traditional, mahogany furniture. We wholesale and retail our products to a variety of customers in the United States, Canada, South America, Australia and the middle east. Our client list includes numerous celebrities and high-end clients. We sell finish and unfinished items(specializing in table tops) to retail customers, decorators, contractors, designers, furniture stores and other small specialty furniture manufacturers. We have been in business for three decades and during that time we have made hundreds of traditional mahogany dining and conference tables and case goods. Multi-banded crotch mahogany dining tables and conference tables are our specialty. Our typical tables have crotch mahogany fields with multiple boarders and inlays. The boarders are some combination of Rosewood, Satinwood, Tulipwood, Burled Walnut, straight grain or crotch Mahogany, Prima Vera, among other species. The boarders are usually complimented with black and white inlays made of Holly, Maple, Ebony of other similar woods. We have over 50 different designs of rectangular, round, oval, and leg tables. Some tables are up to 30 feet long.

There are two basic ways we make the veneer faces for the table tops, cabinet doors, drawers and other fancy-face surfaces. The first is by making the entire veneer face (field, boarders and inlays) as components and then assembling them as you wood a puzzle. This is followed by pressing the assembled face on a core of plywood, lumber, or MDF. The second method is by making the faces with the field and boarders only. Assembling the face and pressing it on the desired core. Then following up by routing out inlay channels for the black/white inlays.  This is our preferred method for many of our items. It is superior way of production because it always insures that the inlays line up from table ends to table leaves. You also have more flexibility in that you can choose a variety of inlay styles and sizes to insert into the faces. The routing tools from Micro Fence are the perfect tools that we have been looking for this operation. The small router plunge base and accompanying equipment allow us more flexibility and higher quality in our insertion of inlays and boarders. It also increases our ability to route table edges and shaping of tables and other items.”

To see more of his products, visit his their website by clicking on the link below.



Frank Garcia's Kaleidoscopes

I met Frank at the Woodworking Show in Somerset, New Jersey where he showed me these amazing kaleidoscopes he had made and I was charmed by their complexity and beauty...the colored glasss is submersed in oil so that they move gracefully inside the lens housing to produce the most exquisite patterns! You can see how he used the Micro Fence Edge Guide in the manufacture of some of his parts by clicking on the link below.

To check out his the complete set of photos he sent us, please Click Here!

Do you want to see your work showcased in our Gallery Spotlight? Contact us at microfence@microfence.com!

What's New at Microfence.com

David Martinez, our web master, has been busy working with the website and adding new content. New videos have been posted to our videos page including an instructional video and a showcase video. The instructional video focuses on creating a speaker box cut-out. Rich will guide you through the process so that you to can create your own speaker housings. The showcase video focuses on our new product, The Micro Plunge Base. Richard explains some of the key features of this smaller version of the Three Mill Portable Axis Plunge Base. To watch the videos, Click Here.

Rich was featured in an article for Cabinetmaker+FDM magazine by magazine editor Will Sampson in their January 2013 edition. It traces his early beginnings with wood working to creating the Micro Fence. To read it, Click Here.

Show Schedule

We will be posting new shows that Micro Fence will be attending in the near future on our website. Click Here to stay tuned to our show schedule.

Check our website periodically for special sale and discount information.

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