The Dremel Saw Max

Hi All,

Every so often a new tool comes on to the power tool market that reinvents a process and changes the way we do things. The new Saw Max by Dremel is, I feel such a tool.

Dremel have created a tool which will change the way we approach the pedestrian task of cutting timber, plastics, tile, stone and steel. The Saw Max wraps all of these applications up into one easy and safe to use tool.

The heart of the Saw max contains a worm gear drive which transfers a massive amount of power to the carbide tipped blades, which gives the Saw Max an almost unstoppable feel. With the ability to connect a dust extractor the saw max has an extremely efficient dust collection system which gives you a cleaner and healthier work environment.

The Saw Max can, when coupled with the SM600 flush cut blade can be used as an undercut saw to quickly and easily undercut door frames and skirting boards to insert new flooring materials.

I’ve had a good chance to test this tool so please click this link, Dremel Saw Max  to read my in depth review on this amazing new tool.

I hope you enjoy this review, I had a lot of fun playing with the Saw Max, and writing this article

As always your comments and questions are always appreciated.

Keep safe and have fun,



The TS55R, More Info

Hi All,

I was sent this video about the new TS55-R which gives more information about the new features on the saw.
I particularly like the new riving knife, splinter guard / blade window and the new depth adjustment lever which automatically allows for the guide rail.
its been put together by the guys at intelligent workshop in the UK. Click here to view their site, its worth a look


Any comments or questions are appreciated as alwaya.

Be safe and have fun.



Hand Tool Event

Hi Guys,

This is just a quick post to let all of my Victorian readers know that Lie Nielsen Tool works, (Australia) is holding a major hand tool event this weekend, the 21st and 22nd of April.

its being held in the Furniture workshop at Holmesglen Tafe, Gate 3, Building 5 Batesford road Holmesglen.

For more info please click here to go to the Lie Nielsen Australian website.

As well as Lie Nielsen there will be stalls from Chris Vesper, Philip Ashby and the Hand Tool Preservation Society.

Hope to see you there,

As usual, be safe and have fun



The New Festool TS55R Plunge Saw

Hi All,

I just came across this video on You Tube of the new TS55 R plunge saw from Festool and in the spirit of all things woody, had to share.


Watch The Video Here


I don’t have any eta for its arrival in Australia at this stage but stay posted and i’ll keep you up to date. We have a Festool Demo afternoon and sale between 3pm and 7 pm this coming Tuesday April 3rd so i’ll see what I can find out.

Have fun and be safe



How to get the most from your Festool OF1010 Router, (Part Two)

Hi All,

Sorry its taken a couple of weeks for me to get part two of the  Festool OF 1010 series posted, but I  was floored with a dose of Flu.

In Part two we’ll further explore this great little router , showing how to insert a cutter and  focusing on the depth turrets which, from experience, seem to give people a lot of trouble.

Don’t be put off reading this article if you don’t own a Festool router as virtually every plunge router on the market will have a similar depth turret adjustment system, and the information in the article can easily be transposed between brands.

Please click here, Of 1010 Part 2  to read the full article.

In Part three we’ll  look at the accessories which can be used with the OF1010, including the Guide rail sets, accessory bases and copy rings

I hope you enjoy the article and as always, your comments and feedback are appreciated.

Articles in the pipeline include, how to make templates and use copy rings, the Festool 1400 and 2200, the Bosch GMR trimmer and a review of the new Dremel Saw-Max if I can get my hands on one.

If you have any questions on any of the information in this article, or if you’ve got any router or woodwork questions you can contact me via email or post a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Have fun and be safe

Cheers for now….


How to get the most from your Festool OF1010 Router

The Festool OF 1010 Part 1



Hi Guys

Well, here’s the first part of the series of router articles that I’ll be uploading over the next few weeks.

The articles will be quite comprehensive, so on machines where there are lots of features to cover I’ll break them up into two parts. Part 1 of the OF1010  covers the basics and details all of the important parts up to the depth stop mechanism.

Part 2 which should be up next week will cover using the depth turret, copy rings, changing bases and accessories. I’ll also be including practical exercises which will give you an idea of how to create some common joints with the  OF1010.

I’m working on a series of articles which will cover template routing and how to make things such as hinge jigs and other useful jigs. Before these articles are uploaded I’ll be covering the features, functions and ideal applications of a number of popular routers and trimmers on the market. Please take the time to read these as they’ll all help to give you a greater understanding of how your machine works. Before you can begin to get the most from your Router you need a thorough understanding of all its features and functions.

Drop me a line if you have any questions about specific machines and as usual, your questions and comments are always appreciated.

to read the full OF1010 article please click here  Getting the most from your OF1010

Have fun and be safe,

Cheers for now



Tiny Things

I had to reblog Stu’s post. This is an awesome piece of work and shows what can be done when you really push woodworking to its limits.

For more out of this world carving have a look at miracle chicken miniatures here.
Be inspired and have fun

Stu's Shed

Seems to me these days, that not only am I burning the candle at both ends, but I’ve somehow had to light it in the middle as well. I need to get it under control again soon: it is unsustainable, and my post quality and quantity recently is a direct reflection of that.

In the meantime, as a seque back to what I wanted to show: found this image recently, don’t have any detail about it at all unfortunately. But if you are burning the midnight oil, or burning the candle at both ends, you could use one of these to ignite it


Cool huh!

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My Cordless Mitre Saw

The Nobex Proman

Sometimes you don’t need a power cord……..

During my recent break from the Monday to Friday job I was able to get enough time to cross another project off my very long home renovation to do list.

When we moved in to our current abode we were faced with the problem of bugger all space in the pantry, so in the tried and true fashion of woodies everywhere I set to work one weekend and constructed a large addition to the existing pantry.

With six large sliding drawers and six fixed shelves and constructed from melamine coated MDF, the new unit was spacious, but with the MDF edges of the carcass and drawers visible it was butt ugly. My intention was to clad the exposed edges and drawer faces in solid timber but as with all good intentions they can sometimes get a bit delayed.

That was three years ago…….

Fast forward to 2012 and with free time on my hands and about 100 lineal meters of recycled  Sydney Blue Gum floorboards to play with, I plunged headlong into the task at hand.

Once I’d made the drawer faces I ripped the trim to about 2mm larger all round then hand planed it to the required size.

I did a couple of test cuts with my Bosch mitre saw but as Sydney Blue Gum is fairly brittle and my saw blade was a bit coarse the end result was not brilliant. Rather than go out and spend $100+ on a new 80 tooth blade I turned to old faithful, my Nobex Proman mitre saw.

I bought this saw over 12 years ago when I was making a lot of bespoke picture frames, (that’s another story), and it’s never let me down. With a 32 tpi blade fitted it  made short work of all the capping and trim for this project.

The Nobex is perfect or when you need to  get up close and personal to the without risking life and limb, or as shown above you  need only to trim a small amount off.

To watch a video of the Proman please click here.

If you’re interested and want to find out more information about where to get a Proman, please click here.

Thats all for now guys,

As always, your comments and questions are appreciated



Festool Factory Video

Hi All,

I was cleaning up some old files and found this video which I used in all my training sessions when I was at Festool.

It gives an overview of the Festool production facility in Neidlingen (Southern Germany) and takes you through the production of a Kapex




The New Dewalt 18v Cordless

New beginnings for Dewalt.

Hi All,

I recently had the chance to have a good play with the new cordless hammer drill, drill driver and impact driver from Dewalt.

As one who wouldn’t normally touch the brand due to the turbulent relationship that we’ve had in the past, I was more than surprised by how good these new tools are.

Read my full article here, Is this the new Dewalt, and as always, stay in touch and let me know if you have any thoughts or comments on the article.

Cheers for now,

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