Bunnings Redefines “Hardware”

Bunnings appears to be diluting its placement as a hardware store, with the potential inclusion of whitegoods, such a fridges into its product range.

The question is, with the store currently fully stocked with goods, and the physical dimensions of the store being fixed, what is going to be lost to accommodate less and less applicable product lines?  My guess would be there will be a continual decline in the variety of products, resulting in less choice and more “this is the brand/model everyone is expected to buy”.  This inevitably leads to “Ryobi is the only brand of power tools you can choose” etc.

Perhaps I am being overly harsh, but after fridges and other whitegoods move in, what’s next?  Do we (as shed dwellers) need a list of suppliers where we can still buy real hardware, consumables and tools, so we still have the variety of choice of brands that we deserve?  It may result in having to use a little more petrol going from location to location, but I’m sure we can fill up at a Bunnings Petrol Station when they again diversify into another non-hardware related marketplace.

50% Tax Breaks

At the 11th hour, I’ve suddenly become rather curious about the 50% tax break being offered to small businesses.

http://www.ato.gov.au/taxprofessionals/content.asp?doc=/Content/00175431.htm

It came to my attention through the latest catalogue/specials email from Ideal Tools. I am now rather interested in knowing whether I could get a Rotex for an interesting price. With the 31 Dec 09 being the cut-off date puts the pressure on! Need to talk to my tax accountant to know if I’m eligible.

If Festool isn’t of interest, what about the potential of obtaining a Torque Workcentre for 1/2 price?!!

Inventions that shaped modern woodworking

I received a book for christmas that I thought was going to be a very interesting read, but didn’t expect that it would be specifically relevant to woodworking.  The book is “1001 Inventions that Changed the World”.  I was flicking through and reading random entries and found one that looked rather familiar around 1808 – the invention of the bandsaw.

William Newberry's Bandsaw

It took almost 40 years before the invention was actually utilised – it was obviously a great idea, but a lot of development in materials engineering and specifically welding engineering before a blade of suitable strength could be constructed to withstand the forces involved.

The book is full of inventions- some that have directly lead to tools in my workshop, and others that have created new engineering directions that have lead to current tools.

The saw, for example dates back to 2000 BCE, whereas the circular saw didn’t come into being until 1777 CE.

There is also another set of inventions that are specifically relevant – those that have resulted in the existence of the whole blog & podcast environments.

It may be plastic…

But how did my daughter end up with a workbench before me??!

One day I will make her a wooden one (still as a toy!) but for $20 this was hard to pass up, and it is fun for daddys as well 🙂

Hope everyone had a great day, and at least noone crash-tackled the pope this year… oh wait…..

Recovering from today is going to be a long process, requiring plenty of shed time to restore balance and inner peace! I’ve even got a Draught-Keg to assist, but I think I might need a little help to polish that off.

Another year draws to a close- I always wonder where it goes!!?

Santa Claus is Coming

He’s not very far away. According to my iPhone Map, he’s somewhere around Suva now.

Not much to add tonight, other than wishing everyone a happy, safe and Merry Christmas!

Hope your tree is heavily propped up with you favourite choice of tools, and more importantly that you have a great day with your loved ones (especially those that are young).

Santa will likely have a sore head leaving here- with a generous tipple of 100 proof whiskey, a mince tart, and carrots and milk for the reindeer. Hope it doesn’t slow him down too much before getting to the rest of the world. (Almost) 3yr olds are fun 🙂

Got a text tonight from one of the families from the Mother’s Group who commissioned one of the kitchens including this photo of their finished kitchen. Hope their daughter has a lot of fun with it!

To all the companies who have been involved with Stu’s Shed, my family who supports me in this obsession, and most importantly to you, my constant reader, a very Merry Christmas!

Pushing Through

It has been quite a busy couple of days, and around 11pm tonight I put a couple of projects to bed that I was hoping to do this year, but thought they would end up being completed some time next year.  I’m not going to reveal much detail now – wouldn’t want certain people reading my website and seeing what will be under the wrapping in a couple of days!

So in other news, the WALKO clamp shipment has finally cleared customs and are available for purchase from Ideal Tools.  The next upgrade to my Torque Workbench can now occur – drilling a matrix of holes for the WALKOs.

Still having no luck with couriers – another courier company has completely lost a large parcel for me from Queensland, and apparently have no ability to find it- even going as far as claiming they only had my word that it was sent, and it was my problem to ring their Queensland branch to try to track it.  In the end, they’ve concluded they have completely lost the parcel, and any record it even existed. Quality “Fast” customer service.

Still, I’ve enjoyed some shed time, despite the temperature.  It was 40 degrees C in there today, and even at 11pm it was still around 30C (104F and 86F) – must have lost a couple of kg in that sauna!

Official Announcement about Triton

This info posted on the Australian Wood Forums today, and it is some very good news for Triton aficionados, especially if you have been desperate for spares.  Sorry I couldn’t reveal this any earlier, but you can understand how things need to be kept under wraps until the ink has dried.  But it is in the public domain now, so finally things can move forward once again.

Carba-Tec exclusive distributor of Triton from Jan 2010


Carba-Tec Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading supplier of quality woodworking tools and machinery, is pleased to announce that it has been appointed to be the exclusive distributor of Triton® Power Tools and Accessories in Australia and New Zealand effective January 1, 2010.

We are well acquainted with Triton’s singular reputation both here and abroad, having seen it spring from an Aussie invention into a world-renowned range of power tools and accessories. The Triton brand is one of the most recognised icons in the local woodworking and DIY industry and we are excited about incorporating it into our own range of tools and equipment.

We’re also aware that there is a great deal demand for the product. So to answer some of your questions in advance, here’s a brief summary of our current status and an overview of our plans to re-launch Triton in Australia and New Zealand.

Stock Availability

At this point, none of the Carba-Tec stores in Australia have stock of Triton tools, however we have placed orders and we expect delivery between late February and early April 2010. Early in 2010 we’ll be posting our core Triton range on our website at www.carbatec.com.au where it will be available for secure shopping and pre-ordering. We will fill any pre-orders as soon as stock becomes available.

We will also be equipping all of our Carba-Tec stores with Triton in-store displays and our sales staff will be on hand to provide you sound, personal service.

Core Range

The following products will comprise our core Triton product range.

  • Work centre 2000
  • Work centre Dust bag
  • Bevel Ripping Guide
  • Chassis Upgrade and Height Winders
  • Router Table
  • Router Stand
  • Finger Joiner
  • Biscuit Joiner
  • Jigsaw Kit
  • 3-1/4HP Router
  • 3-1/4HP 235mm Power Saw

We will be adding additional products to the range in due course.

Spare Parts and Service

We have a number of spare parts on order for Triton power tools and for the Triton Workcentre / Router Table. Selected spare parts should be available by mid to late January 2010 and there will be follow-up shipments coming soon after the initial one.

We will be unable to support any warranty claims for goods sold prior to January 1, 2010, nor will we be able to honour warranty claims for goods not purchased through Carba-Tec stores. We will, however, be happy to assist you in identifying your problem and will supply any spare parts necessary to rectify the problem.

Dealers and Additional Support

We also plan to distribute the product through selected independent retailers throughout Australia and New Zealand. The details of this arrangement are still being worked out and we will not be able to provide a list of approved dealers until February to March 2010.

We have also set up a dedicated email address that will allow you to direct your enquiry to the appropriate Triton support department. Please feel free to email your enquiries to Triton@carbatec.com.au so we can attend to your needs.

Looking Forward to Triton in 2010!

The Triton brand has been built on the quality of its products and the constant support of its owners and users around the globe. We certainly hope that this understanding and support will continue with our new venture and that the prospect of seeing Triton back on top – where it belongs – is as exciting to you as it is to us.

We wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year Season.

The Managers
CARBA-TEC PTY LTD
Brisbane

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