The router bit set of envy

Come into my workshop, and along with my standard range of router bits I have and use, there is a new display.  A set of specialty router bits designed to provide any CNC mill owner some stunning bits to complement their CNC machine, from Toolstoday.com

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Every CNC-centric router bit you could hope for, all in one display.  And they are not just any router bits either.  This is not like the set of router bits you can head down to the local hardware shop and buy a set of 20 for $20.  If the bits in this set are not carbide tipped, then they are machined from solid carbide, which ensures they are strong (given carbide is naturally brittle), and much finer than any carbide tipped bit can be.

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There are two versions of the set – either with a 1/4″ shaft, or 1/2″.  I have the 1/4″ set to complement the CNC Shark, as I can always fit them in a 1/2″ router, but of course I couldn’t do that the other way!

The set comprises of the following:

 Example image  Router bit description  Purpose
 51402  Solid Carbide Aluminum Spiral ‘O’ Flute 1/4″ Dia. x 2″ Long x 1/4″ Shank “Mirror-Finish” Up-Cut Router Bit  Aluminium
51402  Solid Carbide Aluminum Spiral ‘O’ Flute 1/8″ Dia. x 2″ Long x 1/4″ Shank “Mirror-Finish” Up-Cut Router Bit  Aluminium
51411  Solid Carbide Plastic Spiral ‘O’ Flute 1/4″ Dia. x 2″ Long x 1/4″ Shank “Mirror-Finish” Up-Cut Router Bit  Plastic
51411  Solid Carbide Plastic Spiral ‘O’ Flute 1/8″ Dia. x 2″ Long x 1/4″ Shank “Mirror-Finish” Up-Cut Router Bit  Plastic
6225_6a  Solid Carbide ZrN Coated Ball Nose 5.4° Tapered Angle 1/16″ Dia. x 3″ Long x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  2D & 3D Carving
5183_3_  Solid Carbide Carving / Engraving 7.5º x 3/16″ Dia. x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  Fine line engraving
5891_2_  Solid Carbide Carving Liner 9º x 1/4″ Dia. x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  Extra fine engraving
5807_2_  Solid Carbide Up-Cut Ball Nose Spiral 1/4″ Dia. x 2-1/2″ Long x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  Ballnose carving
5638_4_  Solid Carbide Mini Compression Spiral 1/4″ Dia. x 2-1/2″ Long x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  Melamine, MDF & Laminates
6208_3_  Solid Carbide Beadboard 1/8″ Radius x 1/4″ Dia. x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  Fluting & fine roundover
4926_2_  V-Groove 90º x 1-1/4″ Dia. x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  V Grooves
4926_2_  V-Groove 120º x 1-1/4″ Dia. x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  V Grooves
4926_2_  V-Groove 60º x 1/2″ Dia. x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  V Grooves
5645_2_  Solid Carbide Up-Cut Plunge Spiral 1/4″ Dia. x 2-1/2″ Long x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  Clean production routing
6015  InTech™ Insert V-Groove 90° x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  V Groove replaceable tip
6016  InTech™ Insert Core Box 1/4″ Radius x 1/2″ Dia. x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit  Coving replaceable tip
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 Mini Surfacing Insert Spoilboard Bit 1-1/2″ Dia. x 1/4″ Shank Router Bit
 Surfacing
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 In-Groove™ Insert Engraving System 1/4″ Shank Tool Body, with
 30° In-Groove™ V-Tip Engraving Insert Knife
 Extra fine engraving 29 different tips avail

Interchangeable

It is a pretty impressive lineup, making it very likely to have just the right router bit for the job at hand, no matter what the material (within reason!)  Wood (fortunately!), MDF, ply, Melamine, aluminium, copper, brass, plastic.

Solid carbide upcut for the finest finish, replaceable carbide tip bits for bulk jobs, or to ensure a fresh sharp edge and tip for a new job.

Although the router bit set I am referring to is sold as a CNC set, this is by no means the limit of what you can use the bits for.  After all, they are just router bits, and if you want to use them for freehand routing, or signwriting, or pattern following with a template, they are perfectly suited for these applications as well.

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Jet-tember!

If you are interested in Jet tools, there is a sale on right now for the month of Jet-tember that you will not want to miss.

Gregory Machinery (who were the previous importers of Jet Tools) appear to be selling off all their remaining stock given that CarbaTec are about to become the new importers/distributors of Jet Tools.  Not sure if the sale will be extended to other resellers of Jet (other members of the Woodman Group).

Jet-tember

Jet-tember

It is quite an extensive catalogue of Jet machines and parts on offer, from tablesaws, bandsaws through to clamps, fences, sanders and so forth.

JTS-600

JWBS-20Q

JJ-6CSDX

This isn’t your every day run-of-the mill sale.  There are some serious (and some seriously awesome) machines and tools on offer here, at excellent prices.

This includes 20% off one of my favourite bandsaws (the JWBS-14CS), 20% off the longbed 6″ jointer I use, etc etc.  Discounts range from nothing to over 60%, with the vast majority between 20% and 30% off.

The full catalogue, including pricing and the discount is here (in PDF)  JET_tember_Pricelist

NEW from Torque Workcentres

It is like a news week that just keeps on giving!

I’ve known about this being in development for quite some time, but now it has been seen in the wild for the first time, I can let ya’all know!

Thanks to Larry from Lazy Larry Woodworks for use of the photos and info (lucky bugger got to see it first!)

So, new from the inventor of the Torque Workcentre, we have this little puppy:

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Now that is one heavy duty, large CNC machine that will soon be available!  One of these in your shed will cost around the $9k-$10k mark according to Larry (don’t have any more official word at this stage).

It is reported as being fast: over twice the speed of the CNC Shark Pro.

It isn’t your average shed tool, but you look at this beast, and immediately see an income generator.  Not limited to signwriting either – don’t limit your imagination!

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In saying that, the signs you can produce are pretty stunning!  These have been produced on the machine by a signmaker called Bruce, from Queensland who has been working with Keith on this machine (not sure if it has a name as yet).  Contact to Bruce if you want one of his signs can be done through Larry and the link provided

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Image used with permission from larrysworkshop.wordpress.com

Seeing what it can do in 3D is quite mind blowing, and again, the ability to produce more than just signs is blatantly obvious.  Some pretty sophisticated furniture component fabrication would be well within the machine’s capacity, and given the overall scale of the machine it would make this very feasible.  Kid’s toys, part duplication, it is all looking amazing.

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Image used with permission from larrysworkshop.wordpress.com

I expect there will be a lot more information coming out about this machine over the next few months: thanks to Larry for the above, we have our first taste.

Keith: unbelievable! Congratulations 🙂

(Update: there will be comparisons drawn between this and the CNC Shark.  FWIW, this is what the shark pro looks like)

Quite a difference in scale and capacity…speed!

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