Hard work ethic, staying organized, and the right tools.
By Darcy Warner
When I was young, my summers were filled working with my grandfather and father on a wide range of jobs involving carpentry, farming, and mechanics. They taught me that when you put in hard work, you get quality results. While it wasn't fun at the time, those years instilled in me fundamental work ethics that help me run my business today.
My name is Darcy Warner, I run a carpentry, remodeling, woodworking business. I've been a carpenter for 12 years and most of my work is custom woodwork, onsite remodeling, finish carpentry, built-ins and trim work. Needless to say, none of the jobs I do are the same from one time to the next.
Doing totally custom work for my clients always brings a unique challenge, and I try to perform each project better and faster than the previous one. Inevitably you have to be shuffling tools from different job sites, so having the right tools will help you get to the finished product quicker.
Watch this time lapse video from Jory Brigham Designs showing the process of constructing one of this signature custom furniture pieces, the Organic Bed.
This video does a great job of illustrating how Festool power tools can be incorporated into your shop and projects. Once you see the finish project, we think you'll agree that the results are exceptional. Wonder how much one of these will set you back? A cool $6,200.
Here's what Jory had to say about his use of Festool power tools...
Coming October 1st - See it in action!
Last month, we announced the upcoming introduction of the new Festool CMS Router Tableand it looks like many of you like what you've seen so far. This month, we'll share some videos and other content with you so you can see the CMS in action and to help get you up and running once you get it in your shop.
The Wood Whisperer CMS test drive.
Our good friend, Marc Spagnuolo a.k.a. The Wood Whisperer, takes a look at the new CMS Router Table in this video. Marc talks about what he views as some of the benefits and does some routing to let you see the CMS in operation. Check out the video on Marc's CMS blog post and be sure to post your comments and questions at the bottom of the page. And, we're digging the cool Christmas Story leg lamp, Marc.
With the introduction of the new Domino XL, what better time to provide you with a comprehensive guide to all things Domino? The Domino is arguably the most important evolution in joinery technology in decades and we want to help you get the most out of this remarkable joining machine. Whether you're considering the purchase of a Domino or Domino XL, or you already own one, this guide should serve as a great reference.
Building custom wine racks, by Chris Hughes
One of the most critical elements in furniture design is the placement of joinery. We have often been left with the choice of complicated joints to carry loads particular design or to expose fasteners.
The Domino is a huge relief to the building process both in time and design. It places both a mortise and tenon exactly where I need them, without having to think about added length for tenon and building jigs for mortising with my router.
The project featured here is a simple series of wine racks to accommodate my customers wine selection. The racks themselves are simple enough, using a super structure that consists of the top and bottom rings and the vertical members that hold and carry the weight. The smaller vertical panels that hold the bulk of the wine is the core. These are attached to horizontal components that carry part of the core's weight, but act as stretchers to maintain the overall width of the individual rack units. The first obvious problem that I saw, was the connection of all the parts that made core individual units positive placement. My boss's first inclination was to use screws. I showed him the Domino's ability to accurately mortise anywhere I wanted, allowing this project to be built in a modular system. This would allow for finishing before the assembly. He allowed me to tweak the racks to accommodate the use of floating tenons.
Dave Reinhold, a finish carpenter from New Jersey, takes a look at the new Festool Centrotec Set in this video review. Get a good look at all of the components of this versatile, limited edition set as Dave checks out all of the pieces of the kit and puts it to use. Watch the video.
The Centrotec Set is packed with solutions for just about any drilling or driving application, this set puts the right bit, countersink, bit holder or extender in your hands when you need it the most. Features no-slip, quick-change shanks for use with the Festool Centrotec System or any keyless or three-jaw chuck, so you spend less time fumbling around and more time getting work done. Festool Centrotec drill and driver bits are precisely machined from high-grade steel so you get a proper fit, reduced run out, and assurance that your investment will last a very long time.
The Festool Centrotec Set contains 98 components in a Festool T-LOC Systainer® SYS1.
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Yes, it really is practically impossible to kill a Festool cordless drill.
We talk about how our tools are designed for the toughest conditions. We've shown photos and videos of the torture tests that we perform to make sure that there's virtually nothing you can do to destroy your Festool power tool. Well, even with all of our evidence there are sometimes skeptics out there and we found a video from one of them!
We sent Brice Burrell, a carpenter living in the Pittsburgh area, one of our CXS compact cordless drills to test out. The CXS is being introduced on June 1st and offers the benefits of the FastFix interchangeable chuck system found on all Festool drills. The CXS is just under two pounds and offers exceptional battery life and ultra-fast charge times. If you're considering a compact cordless drill, check out the Festool CXS! Here's what Brice had to say about his use of the CXS over the past few weeks...