Thursday, October 22, 2009

October Meeting highlights

Mike Snyder, a Field Marketing Coordinator for DeWalt Tools, and his assistant, Ricardo were the featured presenters at the October meeting of the Sin City Woodworkers.

We had a very nice turnout at the meeting, which featured the DeWalt Tracksaw.

In the above photo, Mike assists one of our members in setting up the saw and making a sample cut. It's always nice to test out a tool before making any tool purchasing decisions.

Everyone agreed that one of the nicest features about this saw is it's ability to trim doors while still on their hinges. Ask anyone who works in the field how handy that is!

A couple of other things that are pretty interesting about this saw is that it works as a plunge cutting device and it runs on a track that has a non slip base. In many cases, you can cut with this saw without having to clamp the guide in place. The track can be extended by buying additional sections of track and joining them end to end.

In the video below, Dan Layman, of Exotic Millworks in North Las Vegas, cuts a long miter with the saw. This miter came out exceptionally clean-cut and
accurate, and Dan later said that he felt that cutting long miters on a TrackSaw was superior to cutting them on a tablesaw. A lively discussion ensued.

As everyone knows - as ten woodworkers their opinion about some woodworking technique, and you'll get a dozen answers.

Many thanks to Mike, Ricardo, and DeWalt for their participation with our group!

Friday, October 16, 2009

October Meeting details

Sin City Woodworkers, a Vegas valley social and networking group committed to serious (and not so serious!) woodworking discussions, meet on the third Wednesday of each month to share everything from techniques and ideas to information about tools, local suppliers and much more.

We meet at Studio: Wood It Is!, a woodworking school on the central/north side of the
city. The address is 2267 West Gowan, unit 106 in North Las Vegas. The next meeting is scheduled for October 21, at 7:00 PM.

It's taken a little bit of maneuvering, but month's meeting will feature Mike and Kate,
who both work for DeWalt Tools. They'll be bringing some new tools along to demonstrate, like their new Tracksaw. For anyone who isn't familiar with the Tracksaw, this tool gives you tablesaw precision and panel saw capacity in a twelve pound tool. If we're lucky, they might even bring some freebies, or a Tracksaw to raffle off.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, but there are a limited number of chairs in
the woodshop. Attendees might want to bring a folding chair if they wish to sit during the meeting. If you have questions or need directions, call the school at 631-1870.