Save a couple hundred on the DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw!

I just got the heads-up that in July Woodcraft is going to be offering my favorite scroll saw, the DeWalt DW788, for a couple hundred dollars off their regular price!

We've owned ours for about ten years and it performs as well today as it did on day one.  

Learn more at this link: DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw Sale

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The DeWalt DW788 Scroll Saw becomes the Delta 40-690 Scroll Saw

First, a little history.
There have been quite a number of changes in the woodworking power tool industry in recent years, but perhaps the biggest change has been experienced by the folks who make the Delta line of tools.  Started as the Delta Specialty Company in 1919 by the original designer of their tool line, Mr. Herbert Tautz.  Mr. Tautz is credited with inventing the world’s first motorized scroll saw.  The Delta Specialty Company grew and introduced such advanced tools as the Uni-Saw, as well as the ground-breaking publication for DIY woodworkers; DeltaGram.   In the 1940’s Delta was purchased by Rockwell Manufacturing, and expanded to include industrial tools that were used to help build the USA’s was machine.   In the early 1980’s Pentair purchased Delta (and Porter-Cable) from Rockwell and until the late 1990’s when they were merged they were run as two separate companies.   In 2005 Delta was purchased by Black and Decker, who had purchased DeWalt many years earlier.  Somewhere around this time Stanley Tool Works acquired Black and Decker and after a short time in 2011 sold off the Delta brand and most of the patents of the Delta and even some of the DeWalt line to a Taiwanese company, Chang Type Industrial Co., Ltd.  Chang Type formed the company “DELTA Power Equipment Corporation” (AKA: DELTA PEC)

That brings us to today.  If you’ve been paying attention you may have noticed that Delta has recently introduced two new scroll saws (the 40-690 & the new 40-692) that are dead-ringers for the popular and dare I say excellent DW788.  This makes a lot of sense that DeWalt sold or licensed this saw to Delta PEC, as the Delta name is far more synonymous with stationary power tools, while for most folks the DeWalt name means portable tools.  Yes, you and I may know more about DeWalt’s original claim to fame as a radial arm saw manufacturer, but a lot of moons have passed since those days!    

One exciting advantage of this new Delta saw is that it now comes with a 5 year warranty!  Anyway, as I’ve stated before, we LOVE our DW788, and as a Delta tool you can’t go wrong.

NOTE: This saw is currently on an incredible sale at Woodcraft!   On a stand with a goose neck light, normally you’d pay $619, but at the moment it’s available for $349!  That’s a $270 savings!   

UPDATE: Well, that didn't take long at all!  These saws are all sold out, and now Delta is introducing an upgraded version.  I guess that explains the blow-out price, huh?  Anyway, the new model is the 40-695, and it will be available in March 2012.  Here's a preview pic, which you can click on to Biggie-Size.

Certainly this will be sold by Woodcraft, so check it out here: Link to Delta Scroll Saws for sale at Woodcraft.

DEWALT DWP611PK Compact Router Kit Killer Deal!

DeWalt and Porter-Cable (Both manufactured by B&D) recently introduced similar compact router sets.  The motor is slightly larger than a traditional trim router, but what you get for the extra girth is a height adjustment that is second to none.

Below is a video from "John the TIA guru" that runs the Dewalt Owners Group.  In the video John does a run down on the DEWALT DWP611PK Compact Router.

These kits are priced in the $199 range for a fixed base and a plunge base, but at this moment they are both on sale at Woodcraft.  The DeWalt has an even sweeter deal going:  
You can save 10% Now Through August 27, 2011 AND... Receive a FREE 1/4 Sheet Palm Grip Sander with Mail-In Rebate through August 15!

Click this link for the DEWALT DWP611PK Compact Router Kit at Woodcraft

Click this link for the Porter-Cable 450PK Compact Router Kit at Woodcraft

A Great Deal on a Great Mortiser

While not a DeWalt tool, I figured that if you are looking on this blog that you must appreciate good tools, so here's a non-Delta one for ya.

If you are interested in handsome and strong joinery you already know that mortise and tenon joints are the way to go. Yes, pocket hole joinery is all the rage, and I have three Kreg jigs myself, but when I want to build furniture that will be passed-down to my grand kids I know I'll be making mortises and dovetails.
Try as I might I was never able to get good results mortising with my Mark V. It takes a LOT of force to drive a four-sided chisel into a block of hardwood, and not only does the quill handle suffer from a size problem, but just as you make some progress the table wants to move on ya. This is not a good prize, especially because Murphy's Law dictates that you won't notice that your mortises are not as deep as you planned until some time after removing all of the mortising gear from your Mark V.
My mortiser is a PowerMatic 719, which wouldn't ya know I purchased just months before the 719T with tilting table was released. (Grumble). Before forking out the big bucks for my mortiser I researched all the tabletop units, and I just wasn't going to be able to cut the mortise depths that many of the projects I had planned would require. At the time the market was dominated by Delta, Jet and a couple questionable no-name imports.

As I mentioned in a prior post, I was at my local Woodcraft the other day and at a Rockler a couple weeks back and was amazed at the improvements that have been made in benchtop units. The one that caught my eye was the WoodRiver at Woodcraft, which as a huge base with extensions that expand to 35" in width to support for your stock. This unit has a firm fence and rollers that act as hold-ins to keep your stock firmly against the fence.  The fence is made of cast iron and is adjusted with a rack and pinion that reminds me of a mini version of the fence on my Delta jointer.

One of the biggest hassles that benchtop mortisers tend to introduce is caused by very limited access to the drill chuck.  The WoodRiver has two HUGE clear plastic doors that swing open for practically unhindered access.  Another neat thing about this design is that because the doors are clear they allow plenty of light to make bit changes as easy as I've ever seen.    

Another advantage of this unit wasn't obvious from a study of the manual: It's ambidextrous.  The two access doors swing open on both the right and the left.  Likewise, as  you can see from the bottom photo, the lever handle can be mounted left or right.  With the switchbox on the left I thought there might be a problem using it on the left, but nope, she worked just fine.

The thing that really surprised me was that it comes with a full set of four chisels and bits and the mortiser has a full 5" depth of cut! Seeing this made me curious, so I measured my PowerMatic and learned that while it has a 6" stroke, all of my chisels are 5" long!
So, if you are in the market for a great looking, reasonably priced mortiser, check the WoodRiver out at your local Woodcraft.
BTW, until Aug 27th this mortising machine is on sale for $234.99 at this link: WoodRiver Mortiser with Chisels and Bits

A Killer Deal on the Dewalt 735X 13" Planer, with LOTS of Freebies!

Some time ago I wrote a post about my "new" reconditioned DeWalt 13" planer.  I've owned a few dozen planers and this one is just spectacular: It's fast, leaves an incredibly smooth finish, and the blade changes are a snap.  I purchased the reconditioned unit because deep down I am frugal and at the time no one, and I mean No ONE was discounting this planer.  What a difference a few years makes.

Woodcraft currently is offering the DeWalt 735X at $30 off their normal price, but in addition to that they are throwing in a spare set of knives, the normally optional infeed and outfeed tables (I'm jealous) and best of all a FREE DeWalt trim router!

Check-out the link below for more details.

Click here for the Killer DeWalt 13" Planer Package

DeWalt introduces their new 12v MAX Lithium Ion Screwdriver

I had the chance to check this new line of tiny 12volt tools at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta in Aug, and I've got to say, these little beasts are monsters!  Because of some fancy-schmancy new Lithium Ion technology, combined with low torque motors and gear boxes, they have more strength and drive time than anything in their class.  You can check them out at your local Woodcraft and at

I don't really understand this, but DeWalt is offering this on Amazon for less than $140.  Go figure.

Here's a couple videos showing the new MAX in use.

DeWalt DW788 20" Variable Speed Scroll Saw

The DeWalt DW788 20" Variable Speed Scroll Saw was the 17th scroll saw that my wife and I purchased! We’ve owned several Delta 16”, and C-Arm saws; Several Shopsmith 20” scroll saws, a Hegner 14” and even a couple pieces of trash from Dremel, Skill and Craftsman. Around 1991 I was asked by my former employer Shopsmith, to spend a couple days in their lab testing a dozen saws. They were about to introduce a major improvement in their scroll saw and wanted an impartial opinion. This was the first time I had the opportunity to use an Excalibur scroll saw, which was made in Canada by Somerville Designs.
In the early 90’s most scroll saws had a 14” throat, with just a few breaking this barrier. The problem was the larger saws were simply enlarged versions of the small saws, and as they increased the size they also increased the vibration.
This saw from Excalibur featured a unique action that was smooth as silk! It had what they called a double parallel-link arm design, which dramatically reduced vibration and noise, and contributed to extremely accurate cuts.
The problem was the Excalibur was very expensive. If I recall correctly it was over $900 in 1993.
Shortly thereafter I was paying a visit to Mark Adam’s shop in Indiana where he showed me some prototype saws that he was testing for DeWalt. Hey! It’s the Excalibur Parallel-link system! It was then that I learned that DeWalt had worked with the folks at Somerville Designs to develop a new saw based on their patents.
The parallel-link assembly is driven by a crank and pivots up and down on bearings. This system used by DeWalt has shorter pivoting members to reduce vibration, but more parts and bearings; keeping the blade square to the table throughout its stroke.
Within a year we owned our first DeWalt DW788, and in 1999 we purchased a factory reconditioned DW788R, which we still use today.
The DeWalt DW788 features exclusive tool-less blade clamps that allow blade changes in seconds. They had me confused for a short time because I couldn’t understand why the blade didn’t fatigue at the tips where they are clamped rigidly in place. It turns out that the tips of the screws that lock the blade in feature floating pads that grip the blade tightly, but allow them to pivot without fatigue.
The on-off switch, electronic variable speed, flexible dust blower and blade-tensioning lever are all located on the front upper arm, within easy reach.
One feature that wasn’t obvious at first is that the upper arm pivots from the back of the saw and lifts so blade can be easily threaded through the material for inside cuts! There’s even a nifty aftermarket device that adds a spring-lift-assist to hold the arm up while you tinker with the blade and wood.
The Parallel-link system shortens the arm movement for smoother, quieter operation, despite the large throat. Additionally, the unique arm design keeps the blade perpendicular to the work, dramatically reducing the weird wobble and shake common in many scroll saws.
The oversized cast-iron table is HUGE, and provides excellent material support and bevels 45° left and right. Be careful when you tilt the table to the right though, because you’ll need to swap the lower blade-holding knob to the left side of the saw, or you’ll be buying a new one when it smacks the bottom of the table! (Not that I have any experience with that…)
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Let's get this started with the DeWalt 13" DW735 Heavy-Duty 13-Inch Portable Planer

The DeWalt 13" DW735 Heavy-Duty 13-Inch Portable Planer is available for less than $700 and has features that rival stationary planers in a semi-portable design. I'll blog a bit more about this, but for now if you are in the market for an excellent planer at a great price, take a look at the DW735 at Tool King. Click the link below and search "DW735".

Click here to see the DW735 and DW735R for Sale on eBay.

Click here to see the DeWalt DW735 Planer for Sale on

I've been planning on purchasing this planer since it was announced in 2003. I was so anxious that I sold my old 12" DeWalt planer on eBay before this planer even hit the market. The bad news was as soon as it was available to purchase my bride spent all the Paypal funds that I thought I was cleverly squirreling away! Over the past few years I've been busy with work and have only had a few projects that required a planer; and when I needed a planer I just visited a good friend and used his. (Thanks Miro!) I'm now ready to get back to work in the shop on some larger projects, so just last night (4/21/09) I placed my order for a DW735R from ToolKing. I've been watching them on eBay for weeks and have been unsuccessful at winning the high bid, so after some research I determined that ToolKing had a great price and I knew from previous purchases that their customer service was excelent. I'll let you know how it goes and will enter a review as soon as I have it up and running.

Also, if the idea factory reconditioned tools doesn't scare you away, you can save some bucks with a fully warrantied unit that DeWalt themselves have reconditioned. At this moment Tool King is having a sale on their reconditioned DeWalt tools, so your timing is excellent! Click this link: Take 10% off all reconditioned DeWALT products. Discount will apply automatically at checkout.

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It's here!

I was out of town last week, and because I had a heads-up from ToolKing that the planer would likely arrive on Tuesday I hung-around the house as long as I could; but eventually I had to get on the road, so off I went. Of course I was half way to Atlanta when my bride called to tell me that the UPS guy just left a HUGE box on the porch. The good news is that DeWalt packs their reconditioned tools in plain brown boxes with only a subtle DeWalt label, so it was able to rest safely on the porch until our son-in-law Nathan was able to stop by and move it to the garage. This sucker weighs-in at just a hair under 100lbs, so keep delivery in mind when you order yours.

I got home late last night and today was full of “gone a week” stuff to do with the bride, so all I was able to do was open the box and remove the motor cover. Speaking of the cover, I’m disappointed with one cosmetic detail that has me a bit stymied.

Yes, I know this is a reconditioned tool, but wouldn’t you think that DeWalt would have ponied-up for a new nameplate if the original was damaged? I mean, seriously. They spend tens of thousands of dollars building brand recognition in that one name, and here it is, huge and prominent on the top of the plainer and it looks like a 9 year old boy touched it with his teenage sister’s Goth toenail polish!

I’ll give them a call on Monday to see what they think, and hopefully I can sneak away for a little shop time before the weekend is out to see what this puppy can do.

Click pics to Biggie-Size them, and you'll see the ugliness of the nameplate for yourself.

Other than the retouching of the name plate there is absolutely no sign that this planer was ever operated. No dust, resin, or scratches on the bed or on the rollers. it may be that the top was damaged when it was first shipped to the first owner, and it may not have ever even made it out of the original box. Who knows?

I coundn't stand it, so I made a stand for the DW735 planer

After hanging around the house with the family all day I finally had to break-out and head to the shop. My shop is about a mile down the road in an old building that I rent just for woodworking and pipe smoking. I just had to get the planer out of the box, but before I could actually use it I knew it would need a stand. I had some 2x4's hanging around, so for now I figure they would do the job. After a few measurements, the chopsaw and Kreg jig made quick work of a simple stand. Probably the most unexpected thing about the measurements is the fact the the planer is wider than it is long. The stand is 21" wide, 15" deep and 32" tall. Depending on what I ultimately decide to do with the stand, if I end up planing anything long with it I will need to add some feet on the sides to extend the footprint a bit forward and back. the planer is almost 100lbs, so it might be overkill, but why chance it.

As for planing, I finally ran a length of 8/4 popular through it, taking 1/16" at the slow finish speed. Sweet! Next I cranked it up to full speed and took a 1/8" deep cut, and my jaw dropped when the finish actually came out better than the first pass! Now, that may have just been a fluke, but I'll take it!

How do you know it's reconditioned, and does it even matter?

I worked for Shopsmith many years ago and it was there that I learned that tools that were returned with any amount of use on them at all could only be resold as "reconditioned", or as a "Demo" if it had actually been used in-house for demos. They would take the tools into a special section of the factory where a couple of the most experienced workers would give them the once-over. Labels, manuals and guards were always replaced, and once they got done with them they were literally better than new.

Years later I was in the market for a DeWalt scrollsaw and had the chance to talk with a technician at the local DeWalt service center in Dayton who told me how their returned tools were given the same treatment as I experienced at Shopsmith. With that I purchased a reconditioned scrollsaw and have never looked back.

When you think about it, once you run your tool once you are using a used tool. (Pause to let that sink in) And your tool wasn't given a the "fine tooth comb" treatment that a reconditioned tool gets.

So how do you know if a tool that is for sale on eBay is reconditioned? Most tool manufacturers will add the letter "R" somewhere in the model number to let you know that the tool is reconditioned. I've talked to a number of people over the years who unwittingly wound-up with a reconditioned tool because the model # was the only place in the description that even hinted at the tool's origins. Yeah, I think we can all agree that that's bad form. In the case of DeWalt tools they not only add the "R" to the model #, but they even go to the added step of branding the tool with a permanent "R" somewhere prominently on the tool. The top photo is of the "R" on my new DW735R planer, while the lower photo is from my DW788R DeWalt scrollsaw. Note that I added the red ring on the planer photo to make the letter stand out.