On the shelf at Just Tools in South Melbourne
As a woodworker for over 20 years I, as many of us do, have an appreciation of finely made hand tools. They seem to make a job flow a bit easier and a quality tool feels “right” in your hands. About six years ago during my time at Festool I had the chance to get to know an up and coming toolmaker by the name of Chris Vesper. Over the next few years and countless working with wood shows I came to know Chris fairly well and purchased a number of tools from him which I used in the training sessions I ran for Festool.
My undoubted favourite would have to be the sliding bevel ( pictured) which still sees regular use most weekends setting out dovetails.
After I left Festool lost touch with Chris but caught up with him again at this years Working with Wood show. It was great to see that Chris’s range is still expanding and his reputation as a quality toolmaker is still growing.
I was delighted to see a feature length article on Chris in the December 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine which was written by the hand tool maestro Christopher Schwarz, of “Lost Art Press” fame. It’s outstanding to see a local Aussie toolmaker featured in an international magazine of this standing.
You can see more of the tools made by Chris on his Vesper Tools website. Please keep Chris in mind if you need to update your layout tools and lets support Australian made tools.
As always, be safe and have fun
There will be loads of specials and demos so I hope to see you there.
For my interstate and overseas readers call just tools or email them at email@example.com to take advantage of the special sale pricing.
I’ll be on hand both days so I hope to see you there.
Be safe and have fun
Just a short post today about one of those handy little things which will save you heaps of time.
The quick stem hose adapter from Protool effortlessly converts a 36mm hose to a 27mm port
so you can easily use your large hose, which you’d normally use with tools like the
Kapex, Planex or renovation grinders, with tools like the Rotex, Domino or Jigsaws.
At less than $30.00 (Australian) they’re an absolute must have for the tool kit.
The part number is 768135, and they should be available from most good Festool dealers.
If you can’t find one email me and I’ll see what I can do to help you out.
As always, be safe and have fun.
Working as a retail tool specialist I’m fortunate to meet a lot of fellow woodworkers and am often asked for advice on various aspects of the projects they’re working on. One of the things I really enjoy is seeing how those projects turned out.
I received a lovely email a week or so ago with some pictures of a major commission project which one of my customers had just finished.
With his permission I’ve copied it here;
A few months ago, I called into the shop and you gave me a hand with some
sanding stuff. m
You asked me to send you some pictures of my last job, and I’ve finally
got around to it.
I did the timber work for a cafe fit out…check out Mister Raymond, Sale,
The table and benches are from Birdseye Stringybark, filled with West
Systems 207 special clear epoxy and then finished with Wattyl 7008 and
finally buffed with a paste wax. The table top was finished with my Rotex
The sander is of course like nothing else I’ve used…and I’ve burnt out
one Makita and two Metabo random orbital sanders, each in about 12-18
months. One of the big advantages from the perspectives of the owners was
that I was able to do the final sanding and finishing of all the benches
in situ, thanks to the excellent dust collection of the Festool setup,
something they wished some of the other tradies would have used.
The bentwood laminations underneath the table and benchtops were from
recycled local timbers, including the falling down cattle yards next door.
And the Rotex even had a role in their finishing.
Thanks for your support and encouragement, when I get a bit more
cash-flow, don’t worry, you’ll be seeing me… First on the list is the
TS-55, then the T-18……..
The pictures Tim sent me are shown below.
Please enjoy them and if you want to see some more of Tim’s excellent work the link to his website is here. http://timcoles.com.au/
Well done Tim for some outstanding work!!!!
If any other up and coming woodies in the Tutorwood community would like to see their work showcased on the Tutorwood site, i’d love to hear from you. particularly if you’ve used some of the techniques listed on the site. Drop me a line and send some photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, be safe and have fun.
I recently came across a new You Tube video from Festool in Germany which I thought you all might find interesting. Titled “Festool Rhythm & Tools (gb)” its a marketing video to promote the Festool brand in a very interesting way. The link to the video is here,
and while is a little bit cheesy in parts, I’d recommend you have a look as it has some particularly good vision of the inside of the Festool factory.
I was intrigued the first time i watched the video as there were some tantalising glimpses of what looked like new Festool product and what got me really curious was that they looked like crossover products from the Protool range.
Have a look at some screen grabs from the video here:
Now due to some commission work over the last couple of weeks I hadn’t had a lot of time to investigate this further but thanks to a dose of the flu courtesy of my 10 year old, Im off work for a couple of days and have managed to do a bit more research.
On the Slingers Ironmongers website, ( a UK based Festool Dealer)
I found a listing of New Festool Tools which are due out in the UK this September. Here’s some photos to wet you’re appetite!
All bar the MFT SYS box appear to be direct crossovers from the Protool range so question now is Why?
Is the Protool range going to disappear, or are Festool, Festoolising Protool products so our Festool brothers and sisters in the North American can finally get their hands on these fantastic products. Only time will tell.
As always, your questions and comments are appreciated.
Be safe and have fun!
This little gem was created by Steve Liston, my former Festool Rep and Luke Skilton of Carba Tec in Adelaide during a quiet patch at a recent Festool event at Carba Tec’s Adelaide branch.
Well done gentlemen!!!!
If you’re interested in finding out how they did it drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch with Steve
As always, be safe and have fun.