Thursday, November 19, 2009

It was a Festool Fest!

Steve Bace, a Training Manager for Festool, might have the best job in the world. We were lucky enough to have Steve give an awesome presentation at our November meeting, complete with so many tools, we ran out of time!

Sure, the Plunge Cut Circular Saw was amazing, especially with all the bells and whistles that Steve brought along. But the favorite of the night was probably the Rotex sander, which combined power with dustless sanding.

Here, Steve takes a piece of rough mahogany and in the span of about six minutes, sanded and polished it to an ultra high sheen. Yes, we timed him.

That board was as smooth as a... board should be!

Larry Yule jumped all over that router, and based on his reactions, might be buying one soon. A few amazing features about this router include the soft-start, the dust collection cup, and it's ability to drill 35 MM cup hinge holes. At 17.2 pounds, this tool is solid and smooth. It behaves more like a shaper in your hands than a router, with perfect, effortless cuts.

Even Vince couldn't resist getting his hands on this tool!

We had a very nice turnout, with some new faces and great tool conversation. Steve later commented that he could tell by the questions he received that our group is quite serious about their woodworking. In fact, our discussions were so in depth, that we never got to see the Domino.

Luckily, he's promised to come back for another demo in the future. Thanks so much to Steve and Festool for making this meeting a great time for all.

(And a special thanks to Ann C. for taking these pictures!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November meeting information

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. They meet at Studio: Wood It Is!, 2267 West Gowan, unit 106 in North Las Vegas. The next meeting is scheduled for November 18, at 7:00 PM.

After months of trying to coordinate his schedule with one of our meetings, Steve Bace from Festool is finally going to be our guest speaker this month.

Steve is a training manager at the Festool's Training Center in Henderson, and will be bringing some of Festool's latest tools to demonstrate and discuss. This will be a nice opportunity to get some hands-on experience with these great tools.

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 studio at 631-1870.