Archives for February 2014

Smooth roller

General International’s 10-030CF portable dust collector is ideally suited for small shops, where portability and single-machine hook-ups are required. This dust collector is mounted on a steel base with one swivel caster and two seven-inch wheels, which provide for smooth rolling around the shop floor. Sporting an all-steel frame construction, the 10-030CF is equipped with a […]

What do you think?

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) wants your opinion on how broadcasters are regulated in Canada. We think it might be worth a few minutes. You can start the survey here. Clicking on the “next” button at the lower-right corner should take you through each page. 


The Fastback II Utility Knife from Milwaukee is a direct reflection of jobsite research and requests to include blade storage for added convenience. Designed to activate the blade three times faster than a two-handed opening, the Fastback II features a press-and-flip one-handed blade opening. In addition, a tool-free blade change allows for fast and efficient […]

One or the other

Safranek Enterprises stands by its  two Her-Saf cutters: the single-flute insert tool and its two-flute brazed version. According to the company, both products performed well in a side-by-side comparison (pictured) in which cuts were made into German birch, melamine, plywood, acrylic, and pressed particle board. Both styles are available in oversized and undersized diameters. This […]

A new system

Porter Cable has announced the launch of its 20 Volt Max Lithium Ion Compact Drill Driver (PCCK600LB) and the 20 Volt Max Lithium Ion Impact Driver (PCCK640LB), which are both part of the new 20 Volt Max System. This new system focuses on maximizing a new lithium ion battery platform that will deliver compact tools that […]

The value of foreign workers

A quite passionate argument for the hiring of permanent foreign workers in Canada is offered in the Globe and Mail. It’s an issue we have discussed in our magazine for some time, too.

That shaker look

WalzCraft is now offering three new SolidTone colours in addition to their extensive line of finish options for custom cabinet components. The new hues include grey tones ranging from light to dark colours and that suit many of today’s popular cabinetry design genres, including the Traditional, Classic and Shaker looks (all pictured). WalzCraft SolidTone finishes […]

Let’s get real

It bothers me the phrase “conventional wisdom” has nothing to do with either convention or wisdom. In fact, it is usually the opposite of both. Take the conventional wisdom: “perception is reality.” My recollection of Plato is that he took that one head-on and debunked it. It’s not that people should read Plato, but somebody […]

Diversity in panelling

Outwater’s line of decorative MDF screening panels now come in a variety of new designs and lower pricing. Intended to add a fresh and stylish flair to any type of panelling application, Outwater’s MDF screening panels are ideally suited for diversified use by furniture and cabinet manufacturers, woodworkers and builders. The panels can be used […]

Adding to the mix

The RAS-ML-HDCR series is a heavy-duty chrome mixer lift from Rev-A-Shelf that features an alignment bracket that assists in side-to-side stabilization. According to the company, this mixer adds to an already innovative design that makes it a must-have for any kitchen, whether for the occasional home cook or the professional chef. Other features of this […]