In This Issue
A Few Words From Richard Wedler
What's New @ Micro Fence
Tips and Techniques
Show & Seminar Schedule
A Few Words From Richard Wedler
I've been marketing our Micro Fence System for twenty-two years now at woodworking shows, on our website and through third-party sellers and have been very proud of the fact that we've never had a single instance of a customer failing to pay us. Now and then we'll have a credit card that is temporarily "Declined", but every time, our customers have stepped up and made good... quite a record... I think it speaks to the quality of character inherent among woodworkers in general.
Well, our spotless record has been tarnished. For the very first time, we've been duped by a customer. On May 26th, a fellow named Shawn Mason from Rockford, IL placed an order on our website for a Plunge Base, an Edge Guide, a Circle Jig, Ellipse Jig and a number of other accessories...an order totaling just about $1400. He indicated that he'd be paying through PayPal. Now summer is typically a slow season for us and we were delighted to see the order, so since everything was good in stock and because we'd never had a problem with PayPal, we shipped the order the next day (UPS reports they delivered the package a few days later and that Mr. Mason signed for it).
At some point during the delivery period, the PayPal payment was cancelled by the customer. I called and left a message on his answer machine, and sent an email requesting an alternative method of payment. I waited a day or two and called back to the same number only to find that calls from our telephone number had been blocked at the request of Mr. Mason. We've followed up with a certified letter which so far, the Post Office has been unable to deliver... the next step will be a legal filing and follow up letter from our attorney.
It's a shame, but given this experience we've changed our policy regarding orders using the PayPal method of payment. Nothing will be shipped until monies have been deposited in our account and we've been notified by our bank. This may cause longer shipping times on PayPal orders, but I'm afraid that it's a necessary precaution.
On a lighter, brighter note, our Woodworker's Spotlight and our Tips & Techniques features below are filled with good news and information..
I recently reconnected with a couple of old friends. Glen Huey and Chuck Bender who I had met separately at various trade shows over the years. Last year, after having worked as Editors at Popular Woodworking, Glen and Chuck wanted to do something a little different. Feeling restricted by policies put in place by the magazine suits they had been working for, they decided to start fresh and launch a new magazine and website of their own. 360Woodworking.com is an informative website where "Tech meets Tradition." It offers a wide range of information, including woodworking techniques, online classes, and a host of other features. Its video content makes this site different from anything I've seen before, largely due to the considerable 'hands on' woodworking experience that its founders bring to the table. You can read about both Glen and Chuck below and take advantage of the link at the bottom of this section to check out their website. We at Micro Fence endorse joining their membership and feel the quality of their content surpasses any other woodworking publication we've ever seen.
Glen D. Huey
Glen was introduced to woodworking at a very early age when his father became a homebuilder in Cincinnati, Ohio. By the age of 12, his father began building reproduction furniture as a hobby. From then on, Glen’s career path was set.
After completing high school, he worked on his father’s job sites during his summers, doing all stages of work in home construction. He would go on to attend the University of Cincinnati. Glen culminated his studies with degrees in finance and accounting. After graduation, he decided to open his own homebuilding business, bringing his semi-retired father back to work. He began building stairs, fireplace walls, paneling and built-in units. Sometime after, a decision was made to begin a new career building reproduction furniture. This brought him back full-circle to the path and place where Glen knew he was meant to be.
In 1997, Popular Woodworking, (also located in Cincinnati), approached Glen to write an article on finishing tiger maple. He began having articles published on pieces built for customers. Along with the articles, Glen authored four project-based woodworking books and one book about carpentry. By the end of 2005, Glen had joined the magazine staff full-time and eventually became the senior editor.
Charles (Chuck) Bender
Chuck began woodworking at the age of 12 in his parents’ basement making pieces of furniture for friends and family. Throughout his high school years he was mentored by Werner Duerr at the Center for the Arts and Technology in Chester County, PA. Werner taught his students to blend hand tool use with power tool use which is a philosophy that Chuck still teaches today.
After graduation from high school, Chuck began working for other cabinet makers in order to hone his skills. He would spend the next ten years working with Irion Company Furniture Makers. There, he managed to work his way to heading up their chair and casework production. In 1991, Chuck decided to branch off on his own. He has been building a reputation for making as high quality 18th Century furniture as there is in the country. His pieces can be seen in museums, private collections, and have been shown at woodworking and craft shows all around country.
In 2007, the title of “woodworking mentor” was added to his repertoire when he started the Acanthus Workshop in Pottstown, PA. He has received a number of awards throughout his career and has been featured in local and national magazines, newspapers and even has participated on the nationally syndicated PBS show: Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy MacDonald. He also began sharing his knowledge by writing for Popular Woodworking Magazine. He would join the editorial team in 2013 as senior editor.
New ideas and items are always coming to the Micro Fence System. Keep up with all of our products by visiting us on our website Microfence.com. You'll find all our latest products on the "What's New" page as well as new developments and sale announcements. Click Here to go to the "What's New" page.
We recently had the need to put together a "commercial" for the Micro Fence System which we've included here. It's simply a brief overview of some of our more popular products put together from video clips which can be found on our website Video page. Clicking on the video will open the newsletter on your web browser where you can still enjoy it and watch the video. P.S. That's Rich and some of his musician friends playing the background track on the video.
Customer feedback is always welcomed at Micro Fence. Recently a customer of ours posted on the Festool Owners Group forum that we didn't carry a mounting bar for his router. He said, "For the best jig to not fit the best router is simply aggravating... So just a warning to Festool users. If you are thinking of using the best on the market router, (OF 2200) with the best router jig on the market, (the Micro Fence System), you can't without a whole lot of trouble".
To clarify, we had run out of stock when he called to order and based on the item's sales history, were evaluating whether or not to continue making it. We noted his aggravation and have restocked the item, so the mounting bar for the Festool OF 2200 is again available. Select it when buying a mounting bar, circle jig, or edge guide.
Thanks to "Dovetail65" for pointing out the error of our ways...perhaps you can post that we listened and the problem has been corrected.
In this edition of "Tips and Techniques", we will feature the work of Joe McGlynn of Scotts Valley, California. He recently created a Blacker House Table from the Greene & Greene tradition and did some inlay work on it with our Micro Plunge Base. The following pictures show a brief outline of his work. A complete description of his techniques can be seen on his website using the click point at the end of this article. Thanks to Joe for sharing his experience with us.
Joe started by laying out the design in CAD (Seen at the top of the pic). He labeled all of the petals in the CAD drawing and printed out three copies. Two of them were cut to glue on to the abalone blanks, and the third was used as a reference to trace the layout on the wood workpiece.
He made an outline of the flower on a table with transfer paper. To layout the petals, Joe glued the shell cut-outs in place, using the CAD drawing as a rough positioning guide. He then traced around each piece of shell using a scalpel. The incised line gave him an accurate line to route up to.
A close-up shot of the petal cut-outs that were made before. You can see the outlines that were created with the scalpel.
This is the Micro Plunge Base with a Foredom 44T that he used for the inlay work.
All of the routing was done freehand with 1/16″ and 1/32″ carbide bits.
The shell, silver, and copper are all super-glued in place. Then, using sandpaper blocks and a file, the pieces are worked to remove the excess glue and to make them flush to the work surface.
The finished inlay after all the glue is cleaned up and leveled to the surface.