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I had these air freighted to me from the States (almost) in time for the show ( I had them there for Saturday and Sunday)

There are a few more products in the extended range as well, and all (I hope) will be around before Christmas.

MagSwitch - MagFence Combo Kit

MagSwitch - MagFence Combo Kit

MagSwitch - MagFence Combo Kit (Back)

MagSwitch - MagFence Combo Kit (Back)

This is the packaging of the combo kit, although the items are available individually as well.  No pricing is known as yet.  The combo kit comes with a couple of $50 MagJigs.

MagFence Assembled

MagFences Assembled

MagFence Assembled (rear)

MagFences Assembled (rear)

As you can see, there are 2 types of MagFence – one with a dual roller, and one with a single.  The single is ideal for resawing on the bandsaw, the double is more specifically as a fence.  They can also be used to hold work down if you have a ferrous fence on your tool.  The rollers can be removed when necessary for cleaning etc, and are sealed against dust.  As the fence and base come in 2 parts, there is provision for accurately adjusting the fence so it is perpendicular.  They (and the new featherboards) are now coming in this yellow, and that seems appropriate given they are safety equipment.  Oh, and as you can see, I’ve used a second set of MagJigs in the other fence (2 come in the combo pack), so you can also then use them in other homemade jigs.  Great concept, so I hope that it gets carried over to the featherboards at some stage. (No plans that I know of for that at this stage afaik, so I’m just suggesting it for future reference).

Now the other cool (and simple) concept they’ve come up with, is the ability to use either the 20mm MagJig, or the 30mm MagJig in the same setup, with a simple spacer to fit around the 20mm version.  Again, if you already own the 20s, you don’t have to have the additional cost of getting 30s to fit.  (Although the 30s are significantly stronger)

20mm MagJig Expanders

20mm MagJig Expanders

Now the other thing that came across in the air freight was a way to adapt the pro featherboard and vertical attachment.  With these simple risers (they come in a pack of 4)….

MagSwitch Spacers

MagSwitch Risers

You can turn the vertical attachment into a high featherboard, and can either have them as a twin featherboard with one, or two risers in between, or use 2 vertical attachments to really get a large featherboard for rised panel work (for example).

MagSwitch Pro Featherboard w Risers

MagSwitch Pro Featherboard w Risers

MagSwitch Pro Featherboard w Risers

MagSwitch Pro Featherboard w Risers

I haven’t taken photos of the hooks, so these will have to suffice, and I haven’t seen the Universal Featherboard yet, but it will be excellent when it is available.

MagSwitch Power Hook

MagSwitch Power Hook

MagSwitch Gorilla Hook

MagSwitch Gorilla Hook

(It’s quite large, and very strong!)

MagSwitch Ground Clamp

MagSwitch Ground Clamp

I’m going to be upgrading my welder with one as soon as I have 5 minutes spare.  They come in a range of sizes, and therefore amp ratings.  This looks to be the 200Amp, there is a 300Amp and 600Amp.

And finally, (but not the last new product, there is a heap of others as well, but this is a good start!), the Universal Featherboard!

MagSwitch Universal Featherboard

MagSwitch Universal Featherboard

Had to give these ones back at the end of the show (tried to sneak out!), but hopefully ( 🙂 ) I’ll have some more of them soon so I can show them off in a video/podcast

Photos from the Show

A few quick snaps taken around the place on the Thursday afternoon before the show opened

Melbourne Woodshow Wrapup

Trying something new – polls are now available in my blogging software, so that’s very cool – will have some more interesting polls in future, but this is a good test one to get the ball rolling.

As to the show, I had a blast.  Feeling a little weary today, and my voice has gotten rather strange, but it was definitely fun!  It was also great getting to meet up with so many of the site’s readers – thanks for coming over to say hi.  I’m glad to hear people are still getting something out of this, and while you do, I’ll keep going 🙂

I got to play with a lot of cool toys (tools), and meet lots of people, both in the industry, and then a tonne of us who do what we do simply because we enjoy working with wood in our spare time (what is that anyway – having spare time seems a distant memory!)

So in no particular order, and with every chance of missing some out (I am pretty hazy today!) these are the sorts of things I got to play with at the show / industries (etc) I got to talk with:

Professional Woodworkers Supplies (obviously, seeing as I was demonstrating on the stand), but I did get to play with some Incra rules etc that I hadn’t had a chance to as yet.  That digital router height readout certainly looks interesting, and the simple upgrade for the drill press giving it a laser positioning is a must.  I could have used that just the other day with a forstner bit – working out where the centre of the hole was going to be.

MagSwitch (again obviously), and I’ll have a separate post about it, but I had arrive for Sat and Sun of the show the absolute latest products from MagSwitch, sent over to me directly from the States.  Had to give them back at the end though (but not before I took some photos for you)

Lidwig Clamps – some really interesting stuff there, and particularly a very easy cable hanger that is ideal for bandsaw blades.  I have one at home now, so will do a proper review soon (but will at least post some photos this week).  Am going to buy at least 3 more (and given they are only about $8, it isn’t going to break the bank!  Also have some of their clamps to try out, so that is also coming.

Actually, I have so much content to get through now, it will probably take till the next Melb Wood show to catch up, but I’m not complaining!

Festool, and I now have a Cooltainer (their esky Systainer) (thanks heaps to Ideal Tools!) to keep my drinks cold in the shed – perfect for what feels like is going to be a hot summer coming. Also got to play with a ProTools drill which was simply quality, and some incredible Festool forstner bits.

Brad’s Burls – we are working on a new Stu’s Shed feature called “Timber of-the-Month”, getting to look at the wide range of timbers out there, in both their raw and finished states and building a photo library here on Stu’s Shed to be a bit of a reference guide.  I’m very excited by this, as I really need to increase my knowledge of the range of timbers out there.  I also bought some pen blanks from them, and some Silky Oak planks that they had to quickly use to nail their bins shut for shipping down to the show.  I certainly wasn’t complaining!

Chris Vesper and his stunning hand-made tools – squares and marking knives particularly

SawStop / Gabbett Engineering – and I now have (as I mentioned) a couple of post-incident (aka- they met the sausage) blades for the shed wall.  I also got a video of one of the firings, so will get that into SS.TV as soon as I can.  Amazing stuff.

I’ve probably missed a whole heap (I certainly got to a lot more stands than the above list!), but that’s why I find the show great – so much to see, and talk about / find out about all in one space.

The 200,000

Somehow or other, we have a tie, and both with photographic evidence to prove it.  I guess the counters don’t work as fast as you guys (and girls) hit the site 🙂

As to the winners, I have photographic evidence from both Will and Kevin (you know who you are) that you were the 200,004th visitors (simultaneously), and as they are both the closest to 200k, they will jointly win.

There were a couple of honourable mentions at 200,009 and 200,013 – better luck next time!

Guys, please email me a postal address, and I’ll send out a GMC Powered Tape Measure each.  Don’t put your address into a comment here on the site – I’m sure you wouldn’t want it all around the world!!

Depending on how quickly you get your addresses to me, you should have them before the weekend (depending on Aussie Post of course!).

I will in all likelyhood have another competition in for the 1st quarter of a million hits, which at current rates is likely to be a few days before Christmas.  Not sure what the prize will be as yet, but possibly some Carb-i-tool router bits or something.  Will have a think etc before the time, but keep an eye out for it.

FWIW, last week’s hits were up 17% from the week before, not a bad progression!  If we ever get to the 1st million, I will definitely be seeing what sort of prize pack I can put together!  Put it this way, it will certainly be worth playing for 🙂

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