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!)

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