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The Heartbleed Bug

Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 2:12 pm.

I imagine many of you reading this have heard about the Heartbleed bug and are wondering which sites are affected and how it affects you.

The Heartbleed bug is not a virus, but simply an error in the coding in the open-source SSL that many sites use to protect their sensitive data.  The heartbleed bug has affected nearly 2/3 of websites across the internet (our site, www.carbideprocessors.com, was not affected).  Basically, Heartbleed is a vulnerability that centers around the encryption language computers use to keep information private.  After checking to see if our website was affected and taking all necessary precautions, I did a little research to find out a little more about this little bug that has caused such a great and wide spread impact across the web world.

*Note: Carbide Processors’ site was not affected, but we would still advise you to change your passwords as it is a good practice for online security.

Fist let me explain a little more about what the heartbleed bug is.  Basically Heartbleed is a bug in the OpenSSL which allows hackers to take chunks of information out of the server’s active memory by spoofing a “heartbeat”.  “Active” really is the operative word here.  With the Heartbleed vulnerability, hackers can only take information as it is being sent (so you would have to be sending the information at the exact same time the hacker is stealing the information).  Basically, they can only intercept the data as it is being sent.

The biggest difference between this virus and a standard security breech where a server is hacked is that the information taken from a site that was affected by the heartbleed bug allows hackers to grab information that is not encrypted.

 

What is SSL?

If you ever log into a site that asks you for any personal information, you may notice a lock symbol and the “https://” in the browser.  That means that information entered on that site is using a special encryption code to prevent hackers from being able to see your personal information.  The SSL encrypts the sensitive information using a complex code.  Many sites use what is called OpenSSL code to encrypt information.  The Heartbleed bug is basically a security hole that was left open and allows hackers to eavesdrop on a communication between servers like when you login in or enter data on a site.

 

What should you do?

I have found this very handy tool that allows you to check websites to see if they have been affected or have fixed the problem on their websites.  Even if the site shows as safe, you should definitely change your passwords.  If the site has not fixed the coding error and is still showing as unsafe, do not login until they have fixed the problem and are no longer susceptible to the Heartbleed bug.

You can check websites at Filippo.  There is a link below to the “Heartbleed test”:

https://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

 


Spring into Spring with Jo the New Kid on the Block!

Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 8:36 am.

Well here we are the beginning of April, that means Easter is around the corner and we need to find/make the perfect gift for the mothers in our life!

seahawks

I should start this blog with an introduction: Hi, my name is Jo! This is my second week here @Carbide Processors, Inc., and what an incredible time I have had here so far! I have worked in the auto parts industry for the last 6 years and have now transitioned to metal/woodworking tools. It is an honor to work for Tom and the other ladies that make up our team here @Carbide Processors (if you’re not familiar with the team, check out our “Meet the Staff” on the company info tab.

I’ve come up with a couple of ideas that I think you will find interesting, these ideas of mine can be as simple or as ornate as you choose to make them. Just remember that Carbide, Processors, Inc. can provide you the right tool for the right job!

Who doesn’t love watching the birds early in the morning while you sip  a cup of coffee? I have posted a couple of pictures to give you some ideas:

The Modern

modern birdhouse

The Rustic

the rustic

The Mansion

the mansion

Make sure to visit our blog and our website often! You never know what new deal or money saving idea we might have for you. I look forward to your comments, post questions, thoughts or ideas on your interests and I will be happy to include it in our blog. You are the reason we are here….we try to honor that each and everyday by providing you “exceptional tools for the toughest applications since 1981″!

 

 

 


Organizing your workshop

Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 4:12 pm.

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring, FINALLY!!  Spring is a great time to get rid of some of that clutter and get things a bit more organized.  I’ve scoured various forums, sites, and pins and have compiled a list of some great tips on how to get your shop more organized.  And just think, with all the new space you’ll have in your shop, you’ll have plenty of room to store more new tools

 

Sure, some of you may be thinking… “screw organizing”.  I actually thought that was a great idea myself.  Here is a great way to organize all those different size screws and other small parts while keeping them handy and accessible.

organize small parts

 

Off the wall organizing

If space is tight, finding ways to utilize your wall space for storage can be a huge benefit.  Using peg board is one way to give you a lot more vertical storage.  Here are a few more.

The flip through tool rack hangs on the wall and gives you quick and easy access to a great number of tools without taking too much space.

You can find the plans to make it on The Family Handyman Website here.

Insulating foam can also be a handy way to keep tools easily accessible.

 

You can never have too much Peg board

Peg board can be used on more than just the walls.  You can use it on the inside of cabinet doors where you already have storage space created.  Below is a clever way to use peg board on your work bench.  The frames of the work bench also give you a great place to store that extra lumber.  You can also modify this version a bit and make cabinets in the front and use the inside of the workbench for more tool storage. 

storage work bench

Here is a great solution to organizing and storing your band saw blades.  Just label a large butterfly clip and hang them up out of the way. 

bandsaw hangers

 

PVC pipe can be a tidy shops best friend.

Use PVC pipe to holster some of those tools and keep them hung up and out of the way.  Or drill holes in the pipe and use it as a tool rack.  There are many different ways you can use PVC pipe to organize your shop. 

    

Happy Organizing!


Seasoning Wood

Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 4:08 pm.

Maybe it’s the 5 straight days of torrential down pours that prompted this idea, but I thought some of you find some tips on drying wood helpful.  And, if any of you want to share some tips on how to stay dry in the great northwest, I would gladly welcome them.  I have done some searching and found some great advise from fellow woodworkers that have posted in various blogs and forums on how to season your lumber and prevent warping, twisting and cracking.

What is Seasoning Wood:

When wood is used in a woodworking project or for construction of any kind, it needs to be properly dried or seasoned.  It is important that the wood have the same moisture as it’s surrounding. The wood will naturally absorb and desorb moisture until it has reached the same moisture content of it’s surroundings.  When the wood dries it shrinks.  If it dries to quickly, it may have unequal shrinkage which will damage the wood and cause it to split or warp.

Why Season your wood?:

If you take a great pride in the work you do, I’m willing to bet you own your fair share of quality woodworking tools.  When you pair skill and quality materials, you are almost sure to end up with a quality product.  The last thing you want is for your woodworking project to be ruined due to the lumber not being seasoned before beginning.

There are some things you can do to help prevent uneven shrinkage, splitting and checking.  Here are some tips from other woodworkers:

  • “Coat the ends with polybond right (away). That will stop the wood checking”

 

  • “If its a really evil wood for checking like laburnum, there’s something you should immerse it in, but, for the life of me I can’t remember the name. (The name was Poly Ethylene Glycol)   If you’re planking it, now’s a good time to do it, and set the “planks” on spacers to even out the air around it. ”

 

  • Wax is the material that has been used for more than a thousand years. I have heard of people getting good results from “Emulsion Paint” but that didn’t work for me. I believe “White glue” (PVA) has had some good results but I haven’t tried that.
    Incidentally there has been some interesting work done with Poly Ethylene Glycol” (PEG) a Waxy organic compound that can be made to REPLACE the water content in some porous materials. It’s what is used to preserve and CONSERVE archeological material like the wood from the Mary Rose.”

 

  • A lot of the cracking is a result of drying unevenly. The outside layers dry faster than the inside so it shrinks while the inner core does not. Because of that its going to crack somewhere. If you cut it when its green, like cutting it in half, then that stress is eliminated but there are still others such as from the ends and you have a higher chance of warping because the fibers don’t have countering stresses. (by that I mean that they are all going in the same direction. If you take 2 boards each warped in the opposite direction and glue them together they will go straight because they counter each other. A branch is like that with countering fibers. When you cut it you unbalance that and there is no way of knowing which way its going to go.) The amazing thing about wood is there are no guaranties on anything.”

 

  • “Wood can be seasoned by keeping it in a dry place – shed – garage for example and waiting for the water content to reduce to about 7% you can assess this by weighing the wood periodically, the weight loss is water.”

 

If you have tips of your own, please feel free to share them in the comments.

 

 

 


Why you should not use standard insert bits in an impact driver…

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 3:57 pm.

 

Tools that are meant for specific applications should really be used for those applications.  Here is a perfect example of why.

We had a customer come in looking for a way to retrieve the remains of an insert bit that he had mistakenly put into his impact driver.  The bit broke inside of the driver, and there did not seem to be anyway to remove it.

insert bit stuck in an impact driver

broken insert bit

 

Impact drivers can deliver a great deal of force.  If you are not using a tool designed to take that kind of force, you are most likely going to be left with broken bits.  Standard insert bits are designed more for standing up to wear than force.  When using an impact driver, you really need to be using a more rugged bit designed for that application.  Wiha and Wera both make an excellent Impact bit that have proved to be able to take a beating and still keep working.

Wiha’s Terminator bits are designed to withstand the abuse delivered by todays high power impact screwdrivers. The dual material construction absorbs the impact better resulting in as much as 30 times the life span of regular insert bits.

Wiha Terminator Power Bit

Wera also makes a great impact bit.  Wera’s Impaktor bits have a special geometry with a torsion zone to reduce initial impact and extend the service life of the bit.

Wera Diamond Coated Impaktor Bit

 


Why we offer the Norton Shopping Guarantee…

Posted on Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 4:20 pm.

They say a happy wife means a happy life.  The same idea translates into the business world as well.  Happy customers, mean a happy business.   We believe by putting the customer and their best interest first is the only way to run a business.

Our customers are pretty important to us.  The checks may have the bosses signature on them, but we know who is really keeping us employed- The Customer.   Because of this, we want to do everything we can to keep them happy and coming back.   Aside from the Free Tool Promotions, discounts, and coupon codes, we have recently offered another great perk for our customers.  The Norton Shopping Guarantee.

The Norton Shopping Guarantee offers our customers a 30 day protection plan that includes:

  • ID Theft Protection up to $10,000.
    Comprehensive identity theft coverage to safeguard your personal information  See terms and restrictions
  • A Purchase Guarantee.
    Full 3rd party guarantee of your purchase terms of sale of up to $1,000 is provided  See terms and restrictions
  • Lowest Price Guarantee up to $100.
    If the same store’s published price drops within 30 days of a purchase, we pay the difference  See terms and restrictions

We feel your private information should remain just that- private.  When you buy from us, you can rest assure that your information will remain safe.

Having a protection plan in place in case something happens is great, but more importantly is to prevent anything from going wrong in the first place.  We have regular scans and 24 monitoring to make sure that our site is always safe for customers to make their purchases.  We never store any credit card information.  Once the transaction is complete, we do not have any way to access your credit card information again.  We’re very happy to be able to rest easy and know our customer’s information is safe.

We truly do value and appreciate our customers.  If there is anything that we can be doing better, please tell us.  We are always trying to improve and really appreciate your feedback.

Feel free to browse our store and let us know where we can improve.  Happy and Safe shopping!


Holiday Gift ideas for the Woodworker on your list

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 3:51 pm.

Need some last minute gift ideas for the Woodworker on your list?  We have you covered!  We carry over 20,000 quality tools and always ship from the closest warehouse with stock so that your orders get to you quicker.

Keep your favorite woodworker safe in his shop this Holiday Season.  We have Micro Jig Push Blocks and Grr-Rippers in stock and ready to ship.  Micro Jig push Blocks and Grr-Rippers keep the operators hands away from the cutting surface and give them more control over their work, so they can stay safe and get better cuts.

Shop now and save on Micro Jig Push Blocks and Grr-Rippers

             

 

 

Woodpecker Mini Squares make great stocking stuffers!

 

Woodpecker Box Clamps were featured on DIY network and we could barely keep them on the shelf last year.  We have brought in extra inventory this year and have them ready to ship.  Save on Woodpecker box Clamps

 

We have stock on Woodpecker Precision Triangle Sets and Woodpecker 1281 Precision Squares.  If the woodworker on your list doesn’t have one yet, you can bet it’s on his list.

                                       

 

Everyone can use a great set of hand tools for those little fix it projects around the house. Save on Quality Tools sets from Wiha, Bondhus and Felo.

              

 

For the woodworker that is just getting started, we have router bit sets from Whiteside and Southeast Tool that have all the basic router bits you need to get started.  Also, check out our router lifts and router table packages from Incra and Woodpeckers.

             

If you already have everyone on your list checked off, then don’t forget about a little something for yourself.

Save an extra 10% off your order from now until Jan 1st 2014 with coupon code: holiday.  Be sure to select expedited shipping if needed so that you can get them wrapped up and under the tree just in time for Christmas Day.


How to get the best cuts from your router bits

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 3:46 pm.

I am sure almost everyone who has ever used router bits has gotten a bad cut at one point and time. The first to get blamed is usually the bit. Now while it is quite possible that it may have been a low quality or bad bit, this is not always the case. So before you go and throw out a perfectly good router bit, try these few simple tips on how to get a better cut! We hope it will save the lives of many router bits everywhere…

 

  • First, most tool companies will recommend purchasing a router bit with a ½” diameter shank. Usually this size diameter will produce less vibration, giving a smoother cut.
  • Secondly, you must make sure your router bits are sharp, smooth and clean. Cutting a tomato with a dull knife will just cause a big mess, right? Well the same goes for cutting wood with dull router bits.
  • Next, you can get a much better cut by lowering the bit slowly and making multiple shallow passes. If one tries to make just one heavy cut it can ruin the router bit, make an uneven cut or burn the wood.
  • A huge mistake woodworkers make while using a router is making their cuts in the wrong direction. Always move the router against the direction of the bit. This will allow more control over the router and will let the bit to cut into the work piece. You will also want to make sure to rout the end grain edges first and then the long grain edges when cutting a profile on all edges of a board.
  • Going along with the direction of the cut, when you are making cross-grain cuts, it is best to score the cut line(s) with a knife. Such as when cutting dadoes into your wood pieces. This can minimize tear out.
  • Also, watch your speed! Router bits should be run at different speeds depending on the size. A large router bit is much heavier and has a greater potential to give off a bigger vibration. Along with this it is important to know if you feed to fast the router will bind and slow down causing a rough cut. If you feed the router too slowly, you will end up with burn marks on the edges.
  • Clearing the excess chips can definitely help you obtain the best cut possible. To prevent chips from accumulating between the router plate and the work piece, connect a shop vacuum or dust-collection system to your router in order to remove the waste material.
  • Some of the most benefitting guidelines to obtaining a better cut can depend on what type of router you are using. If you are using a table-mounted router, make sure to keep the gap between the bit’s edges and the fence as small as possible while still allowing the bit to spin freely. However, if you are using a handheld router, always give the bit proper clearance and make sure the work piece does not shift while cutting.

 

By following these simple, easy to do tips you are guaranteed to get the cleanest cuts and best performance out of your router bits!

 

If you have tried all of these tips and you are still getting a less than perfect cuts then it may be time to look into getting a different bit. Here are the best tips on how to choose the best router bit and also tips on which router bits to buy!


Pallet Recycling Saw Blades

Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 11:07 am.

Finding just the right blade can be a difficult task. An even harder mission however, is finding a mighty tough blade that can continuously handle major cutting jobs. Those in the pallet recycling industry have dealt with this problem for quite some time and understand just how hard the search for a tough blade can be.

In the pallet recycling industry, recyclers are faced with the challenge of cutting wood that contains nails and nail stubble.  As we know, most saw blades are not made to put up with this type of abuse.  Thankfully, we now have a solution.

Our friends at Popular Tools have just introduced a new amazing line of pallet recycling saw blades, or simply put– Nail Cutting saw blades. These highly tough blades are specifically designed for the pallet recycling industry.  For instance, the pallet recycling blades have been made with impact resistant carbide and a heavy, rigid flat plate that holds a tolerance of .002”. The special impact resistant carbide used to make these blades allows them to stand up well in the demolition of pallets.

These pallet recycling blades are beyond doubt a great investment.  Popular Tools has specially manufactured this new line of pallet recycling blades to take a tremendous beating and handle a countless number of uses. Because of the high quality of these blades and their astounding ability to withstand abuse, these strong and sturdy blades are a wise investment.

Under proper maintenance, these blades can be sharpened and will last a very long time.


Tips for getting better cuts from your router

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 2:10 pm.

Routers may not be the most frequently used tool in your shop, but they are probably the most valuable and versatile power tool in the workshop.   This one tool can do many different jobs, including shaping edges, trimming plastic laminate, routing intricate inlays, creating raised panels and cutting grooves.  Routers can also be used to make a great variety of woodworking joints including: rabbet joints, dovetail joints, mortises, and so much more.

The router can be used in a router table or as a handheld power tool.  Using the router in a router table does offer many advantages.  By using your router in a router table, you are basically creating a stationary shaper.  Here are some tips for using your router that will help get the best cuts.

 

One of the most common mistakes that new woodworkers make when using a router is moving the router in the wrong direction to make their cuts.  Always move the router against the direction of the bit.  This allows the router bit to cut into the workpiece and gives you more control over the router.  If you try to make your cut so that the router is moving into the wood in the same direction that the router bit is turning, the router will run along the edge of the workpiece, creating a constant struggle to maintain control.

Instead, always make sure that the bit is turning against the direction that you are cutting into the wood. (ie: if the router bit is spinning clockwise and the router is positioned between you and the cut you are trying to make, you would move the router from left to Right to make the cut.)

 

Using your router in a router table makes routing easier and safer.  Using the router upside down in the router table frees up both of your hands, allowing you to safely move the stock and guide the workpiece through the cut.  It also makes the bit visible so that you can see exactly what you are doing, which is not always the case with a handheld router.  Router tables make it much easier to cut smaller parts, stopped grooves, and to use large-diameter bits and raised panel bits.

 

  • Tip:  Safety first.  Always use a push stick or Micro Jigs Push block so that your fingers stay clear of the cutting tool.

Router tables also come with many accessories that help to keep you safe and get better results from your cuts.  You can attach feather boards, and fences to help keep the workpiece from moving during the cut.


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