July 11, 2011
CNC Machines live in that mysterious world of the professional metal shop. You've got to be a pretty intense dude to have one of these things in your garage. What they are is automatic cutting systems that work through a computer program. Draw something in a CAD program, load it over to the CNC machine and it carves or cuts out the shape. These things are usually massive and some of them are even encased in a large chamber with a constant oil spray to lube up the cut.
So anyway, Torchmate, a well-respected name in the CNC world has recently released a smaller version of their popular machine. This new one, the 2x2 has a much smaller bed and is intended to be a user-friendly version of their larger machines, one that will hopefully appeal to the average Joe hobbyist. They were nice enough to send us one to play around with for a while and we happily agreed.
Continue reading: "Torchmate 2x2 CNC Prototyping Machine - Review"
April 20, 2007
We're fans of anything that makes a table saw safer and push sticks are at the top of that list. The ones that come with the saws, the long stick with the little bird mouth at the end of it, are nearly as dangerous as not using a push stick at all. Sure they can push something through the saw, but when the piece of wood starts to ride up on the blade, you're screwed. We always recommend to people that they throw those out and make their own out of a piece of 1/2" plywood, one that extends out over the top of the work piece. But after today, we might just suggest buying a Bench Dog Push-Loc.
Continue reading: "Bench Dog Push-Loc"
April 16, 2007
Ryobi is asking that owners of their RT101 Router Table make sure that the throat plates securely snap into the opening. They have received three reports of them coming loose and two of these cases have involved injury. If your plates are loose, you are asked to contact Ryobi for a new set.
The RT101 Router Table were sold as part of a Ryobi combo kit (model numbers R161RTA and R162RTA).
For the full press release, go here.