Build Your Own Custom Powermatic Table Saw

§ by on December 27th, 2007

Custom PowermaticThere are guys that “trick out” their cars…or motorcycles…with fancy paint jobs and chrome. Why not do the same with the tools in your shop? Wood Werks Supply in Columbus, Ohio is giving you the opportunity to order a customized Powermatic table saw.

To quote Wood Werks Supply:

“This won’t be just any saw. We start with the award winning Powermatic PM2000 10″ table Saw. We’ll Blanchard Grind the top, add the reliablility of an American Made Baldor® motor, then install your favorite accessories. You’ll decide exactly what color it will be, and we’ll finish it off by prominently displaying your name on the front of your perfect saw.”

Create and order your customized Powermatic PM2000 here. I created the one you see in the photo here with just a few clicks. It’s got a 3hp, single-phase motor; paint colors to honor the OSU Buckeyes; and a cast iron extension wing with cast iron legs.

If you’d like to find out more and join in on the long-running discussion over on WoodNet, click here.

Miter Saw Product Recall

§ by on November 28th, 2007

Well, the news from the Consumer Product Safety Commission keeps rolling in. Today, I received notice that Performax and Wilton miter saws are being recalled. These are Chinese import brands distributed by WMH Tool Group (makers of Jet and Powermatic tools).

Here’s the hazard they’re reporting:

“The saw handle’s switch can fail, causing the saw to smoke, spark, and trip circuit breakers, and disable the safety brake. The saw also can keep operating unless the unit is unplugged, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.”  

Yikes.  You can contact WMH Tool Group for a new saw or a full refund if your saw is included in the recall.

For additional information, contact WMH at (800) 689-9928 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

You can read the entire text of the recall notice here.

“Joinery at its Best”

§ by on March 6th, 2007

TWWC-Logo---200w-webHere’s your chance to get your personal “15 minutes” of fame. The Woodworking Channel is now in the process of filling slots for a show they’re filming in conjunction with Ernie Conover Workshops and Powermatic.

They’re looking for woodworkers willing to join a class held in late March at Conover’s facility in Cleveland. As ConoverPowermatic Home Logo explains on his website, “…the class, “Joinery at its Best,” stresses the use of hand work where it stands out quality-wise or offers a cheaper, easier alternative.”

Interested in being a star? Get more details on the class, dates, costs, and lodging information at Ernie’s website. Conover Workshops

Woodworking on Vacation? Part I

§ by on February 28th, 2007

One of the things my wife, Cathy, and I enjoy doing when on a vacation is checking out local woodworkers, woodworking supply stores, and galleries. Once we’re comfortable in our hotel room I’ll open the Yellow Pages to “Woodworking” or “Woodworking Equip & Supplies,” or simply “Lumber.” We recently took a trip to the Gulf Coast of Florida and had the opportunity to visit a couple of interesting woodworkers. (I’ll cover the first one here, and the second one in Part II.)

Dunedin Woodworkers front of shop1.jpgThe first was “The Dunedin Woodwright” (shown at left) in Dunedin, Florida. Dunedin is a small town just north of Clearwater. It’s one of those places filled with galleries, artists, and quirky little stores and restaurants.

Patrick Painter1.JPGPatrick (at right) and Grant Painter eagerly invited us into their shop and spent a good deal of time telling us all about their business. They grew up around woodworking and building construction since their father, Roger, was an architect who designed and built high-end custom homes.

Inside of building1.JPG In 1994 the family bought an old boat-building facility with high-ceilings and a wide-open area. It was perfect for their shop and they’ve filled it mostly with Powermatic equipment. They have a couple employees, Jim and Ian, who do a lot of the actual production work. Most of their business is custom cabinetry and they have delivered complete kitchens to as far away as Asheville, North Carolina. They draw everything the old-fashioned way — with pencil and paper instead of a CAD program.

The day we were at “The Dunedin Woodwright” they had two projects going on. One was a “typical” kitchen filled with cabinets made largely of birch. These were to be painted. A more impressive project was set up temporarily in their showroom. Made out of tiger-grained mahogany and ebony, this kitchen will be as unique as it is beautiful. Drawer Grain1.JPGAll of the horizontal drawer fronts (seen along top of the cabinet shown at right) came out of the same boards so the grain ran continuously from one to the next. That takes some planning.
Boat-shaped Island1.JPG But the most impressive part was probably the kitchen’s center island (shown at left). It was built to look like a ship’s hull with mahogany and ebony strips bent around a curved base. You almost felt like you could climb up on the glass countertop (not shown in photos) and sail off into the sunset. I asked Patrick about the problems of expansion and contraction of the wood. He said that’s one reason why they used the narrow strips. The mahogany was about 4” wide and the ebony about 3/16” wide. If they should slightly shrink and a gap open, it wouldn’t be very obvious alongside the dark ebony. Interestingly, a lot of the Stairway1.JPGassembly of the base was done with pocket hole joinery. Patrick said they love using Kreg jigs on most Stairway Spindles1.JPGof their projects.

There was one other thing in their shop that I noticed. That was the long stairway up to their loft office. It was built from ash and the “spindles” used through mortise and tenon joints that were then pegged and wedged to hold the whole thing together. There wasn’t any hardware used. I’d never seen a through mortise and tenon used like it.

Next time you are on vacation, see what unique woodworkers you can locate. And if you ever get to the Clearwater area, stop by “The Dunedin Woodwright” and see what they’re working on.