Tools Page

Have just completed a significant update to the Tools page – I was a few months behind in adding links to articles that specifically highlight aspects of a tool.  Some are dedicated reviews, others I include because they reveal the character of a tool through use or a modification etc.

There are now 228 items covered over 344 articles (inc video), so a comprehensive library of information is slowly building.

I’ve had an idea…..

After playing around with the ability to angle tools to the workpiece on the Torque yesterday, I’ve had another thought.

I was chatting to Larry (Lazy Larry (QLD)) about surfacing and it is very much trial and error to get the cutting plane of the surface mill bit parallel to the X & Y directions of travel.  As much as that is often how we have to do woodworking, I’m all for precision where it is practicable.  And when it comes to precision, I don’t think there is a system anywhere that can compete with the precision of Incra.

I’ve been toying around with some different ways the Incra rails can be combined, but what came to mind today was to do with the angling of tools, and in particular because I’ve put a less-than-ideal self-lubricating pad into place I was thinking of ways to positively lock the tool at the chosen angle.  What came to mind was the Incra Miter Gauges.

My idea then, is whether something like the Miter V27 could be used in a vertical orientation (or at least that concept)

Incra Miter V27

It would conceivably mount behind where the tool angle is determined currently (to the right of the drill in the following image)

Setting Tool Angles

Probably an idea that won’t go any further, but I’m always interested in how products from complementary companies can be symbiotically combined, and this is one example where the significantly versatile Torque workcentre could combine with the ingeniously simple concept behind Incra’s precision positioning.

A better tool storage

TJ had a great question this morning, which I thought I’d answer here:

I have a quick question for you;
You know when you buy tools, some come in a crappy plastic case or even worse the thin vacuum formed temp packaging,
I am wondering if you could replicate the mold of the packaging in wood, or a more durable plastic using the torque copy tool?

I’m tired of the cheap plastic cases cracking and breaking and having decent tools end up getting damaged in the draw or tool bag because they don’t have a proper case.

Cool idea TJ, and yes, the copy attachment would be a really interesting solution.  Not sure if the weight of the new case wouldn’t end up being too heavy to be portable, but if you were machining into a lightweight foam / low density material or sim to be inside a strong outer case it would be excellent.  I’m thinking along the lines of an insert to go inside a Festool Systainer for example (empty systainers can be purchased, and they are very stackable etc).

In any respect, the copy attachment would allow you to create a reasonable copy of the inside of a moulded plastic container into another material.

It also bought to mind the case that Woodpeckers provides with their dial gauge:

Woodpeckers Dial Gauge

Again, creating this sort of template could be very interesting if the Torque Workcentre could facilitate it.  I’m thinking the pin routing feature of the TWC might be the solution here – need to think about it a bit more.

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