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Choosing the Right Collet

Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 3:51 pm.

For CNC Tooling it may be a little tricky figuring out which collet you need for your machine.  Almost all Collets have a distinct Length and Diameter.  Measuring the length of the desired collet can really help to point you in the right direction to finding the right collet.  Use this handy collet chart below as a guide.

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FREE Woodworker West Magazine- While Supplies Last!

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 at 3:06 pm.

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For the last 1-1/2 years we have proudly advertised our exceptional products in the Woodworker West magazine. The decision was easy- Carbide Processors only advertises print ads in publications that directly reflect our own values when it comes to woodworking. We believe in providing our customers with solid, quality products as well as the knowledge to properly utilize the tools they purchase.

Woodworker West is a magazine dedicated to providing the novice and seasoned woodworker important woodworking information found in articles, show publications and a “What’s New” section on current events. A bi-monthly publication, you can pick up the Woodworker West at a steal of only $2.95 per issue! That’s less than $20.00 for a year subscription.

Here are just a few condensed excerpts ;

Wood Takes Artprize Grand Prize

…the announced winner is wood sculptor James Mellick of Milford Center, OH. His installation Wounded Warrior Dogs Projects consists of wooden dog sculptures, symbolic of the sacrifices of all war veterans. Six dogs, representing service in various wars, portray types of sustained in juries suffered in battle….

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Bosch vs. Sawstop Lawsuit

The first round in the legal battle between tablesaw manufactures Bosh and SawStop goes to SawStop. In a suit filed before U.S. International Trade Commission, and administrative judge issued an initial ruling in September that Bosh’s new Reaxx table saw infringes upon two of SawStop’s flesh-detecting patents.

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Designing a Chair & Question

It has been said by many furniture makers that chairs are one of the most challenging pieces of furniture to build. The reason for this is that in order for a chair to be successful, it has to be strong enough to support the weight of an individual as well as being comfortable enough to sit in for lengths of time and looking aesthetically pleasing from a 360 degree perspective.

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Carbide Processors would like for you to enjoy a Woodworker West November – December publication for free! We will cover the shipping and handling. If you are interested in taking advantage of this one-time exclusive offer, please email Jo at emgt@carbideprocessors.com. Limited quantities available, only 1 magazine per customer. Please don’t wait to receive your free copy of this outstanding publication!

 

 


Access Early Black Friday Deals Now!

Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 1:14 pm.

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They say, “good things come to those who wait.” Carbide Processors says, “….those who wait, miss out on great deals!”

Enjoy up to 40% off retail on some of our most popular brands- Incra, Whiteside, Triton, Bondhus, Bessey, M. Power, Triumph and more. Take advantage of free shipping within the continental U.S. on orders of $150 or more by using coupon code- ship150

Here are just a few of the incredible items we have heavily discounted. Please see our Pre-Black Friday Page to take full advantage of these savings!

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Incra is a made in the U.S.A. company out of the Dallas-Forth Worth area. Known for their beautiful dovetail joinery, Incra tools and accessories produce the most accurate wood joinery obtainable

cleansweep The Incra Cleansweep Dust Collector is a precision molded ABS and Steel cabinet that works with your 4″ dust collector.  This dust Collection cabinet works at the source to keep saw dust out of the way of your work, keeping your shop clean and dust free.

miter1000hd The MITER1000HD allows you to precisely set and quickly duplicate any angle you might need. Features include- 180 indexed angle stops, GlideLOCK bar, flip stop, 1/10 vernier cusor, steel protractor and extender fence from 18′ – 31″.

 

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U.S. Made Whiteside Router Bits have consistently been rated number one among Router Bits year after year by Fine Woodworking Magazine.  For 40 years Whiteside Machine Company has supplied woodworkers with American made quality tools.

411 We’ve teamed up with Whiteside machine to bring you what we feel is truly an essential router bit set. Set includes #2006– 1/4in diameter roundover bit, #1084– 3/4in. diameter 2 flute straight bit, and #2405– 1/2in. diameter 2 flute flush trim bit.

3-compession-bitsSave on all 3 Whiteside Ultimate compression bits! The flush trim bit, UDFT9112 is great for template or wood matching surfaces. The pattern/plunge bit, UDP9112 features the compression spiral design and ball bearing guide to produce superior quality trimmed edges. The UDC9112 does both-flush trim as well as plunge!

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Quality and precision have been at the heart of every Triton power tool. Triton continues to produce quality routers, saws, cordless power tools, and work stations with the same devotion to quality that they had over 35 years ago when they created their first Workstation.

twx7The Triton Workcentre is a incredibly versatile woodworking station with a multitude of optional accessories to help you tackle any woodworking project. With several accessory options to choose from, the Workcentre can me customized to fit your exact needs.

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All Bondhus tools are made in the U.S.A and guaranteed for life. Bondhus tools are known for their vastly superior quality, strength, durability, and resistance to rust and corrosion.

10836 The Bondhus 10836 -12 piece balldriver ball end hex tip set features a ProGuard finish for durability and to prevent rust. This set includes the following sizes: 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8 and 1/2.

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Bessey Tools began in 1889 as internationally recognized “world-class” steel makers and have grown to become industry leaders and innovators in the clamping and cutting tools industry.  Bessey Tools put quality at the core of their manufacturing process and only use the finest steel to produce their products.

bessey_krjr_main__53003-1415142559-1280-1280 The Bessy K-Body line is one of our hottest selling clamp lines we offer. The REVO K-body clamp has the capacity to accurately clamp at 90 degree angles. Featuring a large clamping surface, these clamps have a clamping force up to 1500 lbs, making them a ideal for even the toughest jobs.

xm5-bBessey’s all steel, XM5-B nickel plated spring clamps come packed with power.  They feature a heavy duty spring for a tight fit, and black vinyl covered tips and handle to prevent marring with a non-slip grip.

 

Start saving on these and many more exceptional products. Don’t wait until Black Friday, save NOW!

 

 

 


Smelly tools stinking up your tool box?

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 2:50 pm.

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Have you ever gone to your trusty tool box to grab a tool and found yourself wondering, what on earth is that awful smell?  If so, you are not alone.

After doing some research and reading many forum posts, I think I have finally solved the mystery of the terrible odor coming form your toolbox.  The odor is actually caused from the break-down of cellulose acetate butyrate, a thermoplastic that is used to make many tool handles.  So, all those times you blamed your kids, wondering what on God’s Great Earth they spilled in your tool box, it was actually just the tools.  An even bigger issue than the terrible odor is that when this material starts to breakdown, it can actually corrode your tools.   Not all tool handles are made with this type of thermoplastic, but many are.    If you have some old Craftsman Screwdrivers with clear/clearish handle, try giving them a good sniff.  If you’ve had them a while, you may be able to tell just what kind of smell we are talking about.

After learning about this, I wanted to make sure that we were not adding to the problem of the smelly tool box with any of the tools we sell.  I’m happy to report that neither Bondhus or Felo Screwdrivers use cellulose acetate butyrate in the handles of their tools.  So to keep your nose happy and your toolbox smelling fresh (or as fresh as possible) stock it with Bondhus and Felo hand tools.

 


Choosing the Best Finish for Your Work

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 2:55 pm.

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Choosing the right finish for your project can be extremely difficult, especially when there are so many to choose from. But, there are some basic questions that can help determine which finish is right for your project.

How Will the Project be Used?

Projects for outdoor use require a different finish then say a top coat for a salad bowl. Nail down the specific use and demands of your project before applying a finish. For projects that will not be subject to excessive sun or moisture, consider using lacquer, shellac, oil or oil-varnish blends. You might find wiping a couple coats of paste furniture wax will work fine as a finish. All of these finishes are easy to repair if they are scratched. One important thing to note is not all paste wax, oils, shellac, lacquer and some water-based finishes can be damaged if exposed to water for long periods of time. Also, shellac is not resistant to alkalis like ammonia and lacquer will break down in the presence of alcohols.

In regards to food contact there really is no “best” finish. Mineral oil will not go rancid and is great option for cutting board projects. An option for food baskets and bowls is several coats of de-waxed shellac. It seals the wood against water penetration and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Shellac is an excellent finish for toys that children may put in their mouth. Some water-based varnishes are also child-safe, but always read the label carefully.

How Do You Want the Wood to Look?

For natural-looking finishes wipe on several coasts of tung oil, linseed oil or use a varnish blend. However any finish such as shellac, lacquer or varnish can produce the same effect as long as you don’t build up the finish beyond several coats. A great tip is to thin the finish using the appropriate solvent making it flow more evenly in the pores of the wood.

To achieve a more elegant, glass-smooth finish choose a hard, film-forming finish like shellac, lacquer or varnish. As a general rule, oils and oil-based varnishes build luster best, followed by solvent-based lacquers and shellac.

How Clean, Warm and Dry is Your Shop?

If your working area is cold or filled with dust, fast-drying finishes like spray-on lacquer and shellac are good choices. Falling dust in the finish will not be as problematic as slow-drying finishes like oil-based varnish. Shellac and lacquer are easy to use in cold temperatures, and they can be modified with additives for use in hot and humid conditions as well.

Some Things to Remember

Finishes contain harmful chemicals that can be dangerous without proper safety precautions. Remember to wear  lightweight gloves to protect your skin and safety glasses to guard your eyes.  Work in a well ventilated area to combat hazardous fume emissions. Never work near a gas furnace, wood-burning stove or other flame.

Following these general guidelines will allow you to successfully choose the correct finish for your project and maintain your safety.

 

 


Template Routing

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 1:17 pm.

Woodworkers that consistently make projects that have curved shapes find template routing extremely valuable. A custom made template can be routed for one certain shape or several different shapes to complete a project.

Template Material

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Templates should be made of sturdy inexpensive material such as MDF. Some woodworkers prefer to use quality plywood with a reliable edge surface. The template material should be at least 1/4 inch thick to provide enough bearing surface, but no thicker than 3/8 inch. This will make the material more easy to cut, sand and shape then a thicker piece of stock. Don’t worry if the edges get a bit out of square with the faces, the router will be able to correct this on the final work-piece.

Routing the Template

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You can follow the template using a straight router bit and a template guide bushing mounted to the router base. This allows the bushing to ride against the template while the smaller diameter router bit makes the cut. Keep in mind the template needs to be sized a little larger than the actual part to compensate for the difference in diameters between the bushing and the router bit.

Another option is to use a straight router bit with a bearing mounted above or below the cutter. This technique will allow you to make a template that is the exact size and shape of the planned project part.

Attaching the Template

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Once the template is created attach it to the work-piece using clamps or double-stick tape before routing the shape. Some shapes have sharp corners that cannot be cut using a router. These corners will need to be squared off  by using a wood chisel.

Making Your Template Using Your Router

  1. Draw or trace the pattern onto your material and use a jigsaw to cut out the shape. Use sandpaper to smooth the edges or a chisel to square off corners.
  2. Clamp or attach the template to the work-piece. Then set the router cutting depth to equal the combined thickness of both the template and work-piece.
  3. Next clamp these items to your work-surface with a scrap piece of wood to act as a spacer. Make sure you have room for the router base to clear the clamp.
  4. Drill a starter hole in the waste area(if using a fixed base router) then rout along the edge of the template to make the cutout.

 

Make Your Life Easier

You can reduce the mess and routing time if before you attach the template , you cut away the excess waste from the work-piece with a band-saw or jigsaw. Leave only about 1/8 inch to be router off.


Ipe Wood Cutting Tools

Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 1:12 pm.

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What is Ipe

Ipe, pronounced (ee-pay) is an extremely dense hardwood from Brazil that is flame and water resistant. Often referred to as super-hardwood or ironwood, Ipe is similar to mahogany because it has few knots and is tightly grained. This type of wood is perfect for outside woodworking projects such as decks.

Ipe Cutting Challenges

Ipe is very strong and dense making it very hard to make clean cuts. Most cutting tools, such as saw blades and router bits will dull very quickly. Using carbide saw blades and bits will help to pro-long sharpening. Please call us for all your sharpening needs: 1-800-346-8274.

Recommended Router Bits and Saw Blades

The Vortex 3400XP series router bits will work best for you Ipe applications. Created for hard-woods, the 3400XP series offers a better finish and superior chip-out while keeping the heat temperature down.

Tenryu’s Rapid Cut series is considered a “work horse” for heavy-duty jobs. The Rapid Cut saw blades feature a modern mircograin long-life carbide tips and aggressive grind angles for superior performance.

Recommended Fastening

Driving screws and  pneumatic nailers cannot be used on Ipe due to its brittleness. The wood will split and in some cases the driving screw heads will break off. It is best to use stainless steel screws on pre-drilled holes to fasten boards together.

Finishes

Finishes do not adhere well due to Ipe’s density. Depending on your preferences you might want to experiment with different options. If you like the teak look simply leave your woodworking project unfinished and exposed to the weather. Try to maintain Ipe’s rich color by applying a protective finish. Other finishes such as oil-based my take several weeks to dry.

Some deck builders have used tung oil successfully to maintain the color over a long period of time. Others have used finishes for wooden boats that contain a combination of tung oil, resins and mineral spirits.

In any case, before even attempting to finish your Ipe project make sure it has had time to thoroughly dry and acclimatize before applying a finish.

 

 

 

 


Tightening Stand for ISO, HSK63 and BT30 Tool Holders

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 10:58 am.

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Southeast Tools’ side mount tightening stand has a new innovative design that allows studs to be pulled from the bottom of the fixture. It is compatible with CAT, BT, HSK and ISO tool holders. The tightening stand secures the tool holder for changing cutting tools such as collets and pull studs. Made of precision machined anodized alloy, the tightening stand provides outstanding strength, speed and durability.

The fixture can be bolted to the side of a workbench or tool cart. Easy to use, simply place your tool holder in the side mount fixture and tighten the locking set-screw knob to engage the wrench flats or drive slot to securely hold the tool. Access to the pull studs is conveniently located underneath the fixture.

Southeast Tool recommends using the correct wrench &  torque on the collet to reduce wear and improve cutting tool life.  See the following chart for the best performance.

 

Collet Nut Size Wrench Type Recommended Torque
ER11 Mini 12ft/lbs
ER16 Mini 20ft/lbs
ER20 Mini 22ft/lbs
ER25 Mini 26ft/lbs
ER16 Slotted 42ft/lbs
ER16 Hex 42ft/lbs
ER20 Slotted 59ft/lbs
ER20 Hex 59ft/lbs
ER25 Slotted 77ft/lbs
ER32 Slotted 100ft/lbs
ER40 Slotted 130ft/lbs
SYOZ25 Hook 90ft/lbs
TG75 Hook 90ft/lbs
DNA11 Slotted 12ft/lbs
DNA16 Slotted 42ft/lbs
DNA20 Slotted 59ft/lbs
DNA32 Slotted 100ft/lbs
ER32 Slotted 100ft/lbs
SYOZ Hook 40ft/lbs

 

Southeast Tool is rated Excellent and a best value by FineWoodworking Magazine. With competitive pricing and proven performance, Southeast Tool router bits, drill bits, boring bits and tool holders are a great buy. With an extensive line boasting over 3,500 tools, Southeast Tool has been getting great reviews, and has even received special awards like the Best Covery award for best value.  We carry the entire line of Southeast Tool products. Shop by category or use our virtual Southeast Tool Catalog to find the right tool for your job.

 

 

 

 


Calculating Wood Shrinkage and Expansion

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 9:05 am.

You’ve spent great time in picking out the right wood, hours laying out each piece and measuring twice to make 1 perfect cut. It’s finally time to begin constructing your masterpiece.  Everything is coming together beautifully.   Then, shrinkage!  Wood movement can ruin what would have been a beautiful and well-constructed project.  So, how do you prevent it?  There is a way to calculate wood shrinkage and expansion so that you can plan for it and make all your future projects come together perfectly.

To calculate wood shrinkage, all you need to know is the species of wood, Board width, average annual change in moisture, and type of lumber cut (flatsawn, quartersawn).

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Measuring the board’s width

Keep in mind that wider boards expand and contract more than narrower ones.   Wood expands and contracts the most across the width.  You’ll want to measure the width in inches for this calculation.

Finding moisture change

The moisture in the air can cause quite a bit of expansion or shrinkage in the wood. Wet Air will expand the wood and dry air will shrink it.  You can use a moisture meter to note the highest moisture content in your wet season and the lowest in your dry season.  Simply subtract the smaller number from the larger number to get your annual change.  Most climate controlled homes will change 3-4 percent in a year.

Check the dimensional change coefficient of the species (don’t worry, we have a chart for that)

The dimensional change coefficient reflects how much a specific species of wood will change in width. The chart works for wood that is between 6 percent and 14 percent moisture.   First, you’ll need to know whether your wood is flatsawn or quartersawn.  If it’s not entirely flatsawn or quartersawn, just use your best guess.  You can typically tell which type of cut it is by looking at the end grain.  Use the chart below to get the dimensional change coefficient for the wood species you are using.

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Time to crunch some numbers

To get the projected shrinkage/expansion you’ll want to multiply board width (in inches) by the annual change in Moisture. Then multiply by the dimensional change coefficient number from the chart.  Voila!

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If you feel like letting someone else do the math for you, we have also found this handy wood shrinkage calculator on WoodWeb Forum.  Click here for the Wood Shrinkage / Expansion Calculator.

 

Information for calculating wood shrinkage and expansion and Species Coefficient chart was taken from Popular Woodworking.


Choosing the Right Type of Wood for Your Project- Hardwoods & Softwoods

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 2:32 pm.

Most woodworkers spend a lot of time and money purchasing wood for their next masterpiece. The type of wood that is chosen determines the beauty and strength of the finished piece.

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Common Softwoods:

Some woodworkers enjoy using softwoods exclusively due to abundance, ease of cutting, shape and weather resistance. Utilizing softwoods is much more economical then hardwoods too! The downside to softwoods to consider is the uneven staining ability as well as more prone to breaking.

Cedar– The most commonly used type of ceder is the western red variety. It has a reddish color, a straight grain and a slightly aromatic smell.  This type of wood is relatively soft, and can be used for outdoor projects such as furniture, decks, and building exteriors because it can handle moist environments without rotting.

Fir– Known most often as Douglas Fir, this wood has reddish-brown color and a straight, pronounced grain. Fir is most often used for building and some furniture-making. However it doesn’t stain very well, perhaps it would be best used for a painted finished product.  Douglas fir is moderately strong and hard for a softwood.

Pine– Pine comes in several varieties- Yellow, White, Ponderosa and Sugar. Pine is very easy to work with.  Most pine varieties are relatively soft, making it easy to carve and make furniture with. In some parts of the country, pine is considered the wood to use.

Common Hardwoods:

Most woodworkers love to work with hardwoods. The variety of colors, textures, and grain patterns create very beautiful and interesting-looking furniture. The downside to hardwoods is their price. Some of the more exotic species can be too expensive to use for anything more than an accent.

Maple Maple comes in hard and soft varies. Both types are harder than most other woods.  Hard maple is so hard that it’s very difficult to work with. Soft maple however can be relatively easy to work with. Maple tends to be less expensive than other hardwoods. 

Oak– Oak is one of the most popular used woods for furniture. Oak is easy to work with and can be found in two colors- red and white. White oak is preferred for furniture-making because it has a more attractive figure than red. White oak is also resistant to moisture and can be used on outdoor furniture.

Mahogany One of the great furniture woods, mahogany (also called Honduran mahogany) has a reddish-brown to deep-red tint. It has a medium texture and is easy to stain. Mahogany must be purchased from a lumberyard because your local home center does not sell it.

 Once your project has been created you may want to apply a finish. Fine Woodworking Magazine has a great article that takes the guess work out of selecting the right kind of finish, “Selecting a Finish”, 2004.

 

 


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