Need I say more?

At least it is only the Chinese version

Wonder if the original Aussie Triton will still make an appearance?

When I first saw this (Bunnies cattledog), I must admit feeling more disappointment over another lost icon, but then a thought did occur – this probably doesn’t affect the original Triton design, and so I live in hope that it will return to the Aussie market, still under the original brand.  After all, when I had both, I consciously chose to part company with the Chinese SuperJaws in preference for my two Aussie ones (and the one Worx Pro/US Rockwell JawHorse).

You have to ask however, how does Ryobi and Ozito manage to continue to survive, when GMC couldn’t, taking Triton down with it?

SSYTC009 Rockwell JawHorse

Update – a clarification required:

The Rockwell JawHorse seen in the following video will be sold as the Worx Pro, and most Worx Pro tools will be green in colour.  The current Rockwell JawHorse in Australia (let’s call it the Junior JawHorse) is also sold as an orange Worx model (not Worx Professional).  Really, there isn’t any real confusion here, other than the fact that because my site goes out worldwide so I have to clarify the similarities and differences between different offerings.  If this was an Australian dedicated website, or a US one or whatever, it would be a lot more striaghtforward!!

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The Rockwell JawHorse has been designed by the same engineers who came up with the original Triton SuperJaws – a tool that I have found indispensable in my workshop for many years for a whole raft of roles. The JawHorse can be considered the latest iteration in the development path, being larger and stronger than any previous model, and with some really nice refinements that long time users would appreciate, including spring-powered leg retaining tongues for the front legs, even larger, stronger jaws, and some really interesting accessories to boot.

I regularly use the JawHorse as a clamp – be that for boxes, or panels, or pretty anything else that needs gripping/ constricting, as a press for bearings, as a bike stand for bike maintenance, as a press for assembling the most delicate of wooden pens, for holding logs while chainsawing, for holding metal components while welding, as an anvil, as a tool stand (either in the shop or on location) and as a vice, just to name a few.

To me, it is an integral part of my workshop tools (and in fact I have 3 of them (2 being the old SuperJaws) – I had 5 at one stage!!)

My simple answer to anyone contemplating getting one, is simply do it, and thank me later!  There are not many tools that I’d say that about without assessing the specific needs of that person – this tool is so versatile I can’t think of anyone it wouldn’t suit.  That’s about the strongest endorsement I’ve given any tool, ever.

If you are in the US/Canada (or normally buy from Rockler), you can get the JawHorse and its accessories from here.  Yes, I do get a commission if you buy via that link, but my whole hearted endorsement has NOTHING to do with any potential sales.  I’d say exactly the same irrespective.  I don’t mind getting a commission for any sales though 🙂 If you are in Australia, you can get the smaller brother of this tool at Mitre 10 (also called the Rockwell JawHorse which has very similar capabilites to the Chinese made Superjaws). If you are particularly interested in the model shown here, it will be available in Oz later this year under the brand Worx Pro.  Sadly, I don’t get any commissions from those sales!!

Watch the video, see what you think, and by all means ask any questions, or raise any concerns you may have.

Sonicrafter

While on the subject of adverts, this is the current one on the Rockwell Sonicrafter

Roadside Adverts

Normally, I don’t like advertising.

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(Yeah – a big fullstop (if I could have made it bigger I would have)) Unless it ticks some very serious boxes. Clever, entertaining, well conceived, and presumably relevant to me, but that’s just a bonus.

So I was very impressed by the massive billboard on the Mornington Peninsula freeway when I saw an advert caught my eye.  And from a company that I have been looking at their products over the past year or so, but that’s not relevant – it is a billboard about WOODWORKING – OMG!

I was traveling at 100km/hr (Officer), so I didn’t get a photo, but I contacted Rockwell who sent me a collection of the billboards around the city/State.

The first one is the same ad I saw – and given I’m sure I am slipping quickly into one, it resonated particularly well (I want a motorcycle again (rode for 15 years before getting my first car), get back into diving shipwrecks, and jump out of a plane for my rapidly approaching 40th damn it!)

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A Burl Clock for the Shed

To start the process, I’ve been preparing the burl slab itself, and the first part of that was the recent YouTube Chronicles video, running the burl through the drum sander.

Next, I took the random orbital sander to the surface, starting with the unusually coarse (for me) 80 grit paper (the burl is very hard), and continued through the grits to 400. For previous clocks I would normally oil the surface (with a burnishing oil), but in this case I didn’t think it would be needed to get the grain to show up, and I didn’t know how the Liquid Glass would respond to it.

I’ve then flipped the board over to mill out a cavity for the clock mechanism.

Creating the Template

Creating the Template

I needed a template to route out the opening, so started down the tradition path – marking out the opening, drilling holes, cutting with a jigsaw, filing off the jigsaw marks, and all the while I was thinking to myself – there has to be a better way. Then I remembered the Sonicrafter that I previewed for the manufacturers – one of the high vibrating speed cutting tools (takes different blades etc, the well known version is the Fein). This one is Worx brand (the bigger brother of the Rockwell that has recently hit the Aussie market) It will be in the marketplace soon fwiw. I gave it a try, and it worked like a dream – the perfect tool for the job. In future it will be the first tool I turn to for jig creation! I made the template out of MDF, and before you ask why I didn’t just cut the actual opening this way: burl is really hard, and I think any of these cutters would probably struggle, and secondly, and more importantly, I needed the opening in the burl to be a partial depth only.

A big reason for me using this tool, is I can cut a square opening, with straight sides a lot easier than my older methods!

The opening in the template is larger than the actual clock mechanism, as it needs to take into account the distance between the outside of the template and the router bit. I set the router bit depth, taking into account the thickness of the burl, the length of shaft of the clock, and the various components that are attached.

Router Bit Depth Set

Router Bit Depth Set

I used the Wixey Digital Height Gauge to set the height accurately. So once I had the template, this was clamped to the burl, and the opening created with the router.

Mechanism Opening

Mechanism Cavity

A perfect opening

A perfect opening (centre still to be removed)

The above-image has the outside routed to full depth, but as you can see the middle area needs another pass.

Back of Burl Clock

Back of Burl Clock

So this is the back complete.  I tend to leave it raw so I can see the difference in the finished front and the raw back when I want to.  I know this is not best practice, if for no other reason than it can encourage warping when the stock is thin.  Still, it’s a choice I make (in some circumstances).

Oh, and for the doubters, yes I do use my JawHorse, all the time, and for almost every project!

Next post will be about finishing the front.

Rockwell JawHorse Commercial

This is the commercial for the Rockwell JawHorse that will be featuring on FoxSports in July (in Australia).

The Rockwell JawHorse itself will also be available in July.  The Worx JawHorse (which is the Rockwell JawHorse in the USA) which has been featured on this website will be available later this year.

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The Rockwell JAWHORSE

Rockwell Jawhorse HD RK9000 Workbench System - As Seen on TV!
Rockwell Jawhorse HD RK9000 Workbench System – As Seen on TV!

My photos of the JawHorse available in this post here ==>(click for new window)

I have just returned from a mind-blowing 1 1/2 hours with the designers and engineers (and Managing Director) of the company responsible for the Rockwell JawHorse, and it is in one word: AWESOME!

The Triton SuperJaws has grown up, and it already was a serious tool.  I couldn’t tell from the photos whether the JawHorse was the equal of the old, or new SuperJaws – it certainly looked similar in form and function, and they were both designed by the same engineers (and a bit freaky for me, they occasionally visit this site (and I’m sure have a laugh at my expense on occasion)).  My hope (and expectation) was that the JawHorse would be as good as the SuperJaws (and readers of this site would know that I am a big fan of the SuperJaws, and in fact have 3 or 4 of them (I’ve lost count)).  I was not expecting to discover the JawHorse would be superior, but that is most definitely the case.

Speaking of photos, I couldn’t even wait to take any photos of the unit before writing this article – so will have to add more details (and photos) over the next day or so.

See – I am still getting ahead of myself.  There is a JawHorse sitting in the back of my car, just waiting for me to get it into the shed and putting it through its paces.

So, to answer a few initial questions I had about this tool:

It is definitely the equal (and obviously superior to) the SuperJaws.

If you have seen the infomercials about it, and wonder if it can really do what they are making out (as we all have doubts in the back of our minds about what we are told in infomercials), the answer is a resounding YES.  This is a serious tool, and it is worth every cent.  It will last for years – my first SuperJaws has taken a lot of use and abuse and is now about 8 years old, and is still going strong.  I still haven’t gotten around to making a workbench for my shed, and it is the fault of this tool – as a clamp, as a press, as a work platform, as a tool support, it is the bees knees.  From clamping the lightest, weakest materials together, through to applying up to a tonne of clamping force – it is that versatile.

It is coming to Australia around the 3rd quarter of this year, under the brand Worx Professional.  (And unlike Triton at the moment, which because of the receivership has to be sold without warranty, the JawHorse has a 5 year warranty).

There are also a bunch of accessories that are available for it as well, and I will hopefully be able to bring you a lot more detail of them in a month or so – the Mitre Saw Station I did get to see in the flesh, and it looks brilliant.  There are log jaws that can also hold your chainsaw for blade resharpening with foldout secondary clamping points, supplementary jaws that owners of Black & Decker Workmates would recognise as the top of a Workmate – imagine a Workmate with 1000kgs of clamping pressure (although I don’t think they would support the full loading that the JawHorse is capable of applying, although I may be wrong.  1 tonne is a lot of clamping force for the edge of a workmate jaw to cope with!)

So that is just an initial reaction to this tool.  I can now bring a lot more detail to you over the next few days, and there is so much more to see that will impress the hell out of existing SuperJaw owners, let alone anyone that doesn’t have one (yet).  If you are debating whether to get one……stop debating and just do it.  Seriously.

If you have any questions about the tool, I’m now obviously in a much better position to be able to answer them, and if I can’t, I know who can!

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