The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. —Albert Einstein
Over the past six months or so we have been developing the second version of the Jointmaker Pro. Most of the things we have addressed are transparent to current owners with the exception of our work on various linear motion options for the tables. Here’s a brief progress report;
We developed a recirculating linear bearing system for the sliding tables that fell flat on its face within 2 hours at the recent WIA conference. Although disappointing and embarrassing, this is the fuel that lights fires in the brains of engineers. I am pleased to announce this failure has been fixed. Here are the pros and cons of the new design;
PRO: The cost is identical to the current dovetailed rail design
PRO: No lubrication is required
PRO: Attaches to all existing JMP’s
PRO: Much more efficient
CON: Not as quiet as the original version (uses acetyl ball bearings)
From our perspective, there are more pros than cons but we are interested in your thoughts. Below is a video of a prototype retrofit version–the final production versions will be slightly different visually but it is easy to see the efficiency of this system. For those that are interested in converting to this system we are forecasting the cost for new rails, new tables and new fences to be around $395–delivered. Again, the video is of a prototype!
We are building prototypes of a new version of the JMP that has only one sliding table opposing a fixed table—similar to all sliding table saws—and it’s working title is the Jointmaker SW (single wing). If this passes our tests, we believe this version will have a street price around $795. The cost savings emanate from the elimination of one linear motion table, and a reduction in metal/machining/anodizing expenses by allowing the blade to tilt 45 degrees in only one direction. It will tilt approx 18 degrees in the other direction for dovetail cuts.
If you have an opinion/suggestion/comment regarding this version, please chime in. We will post a video of a working prototype within the next couple of weeks.
All of the Kerfmakers will be out of our warehouse this week and we are reopening orders for the second run–our website will be updated in the next day or so to accept orders. I warned everybody that “The Tool You Want Real Bad” is aptly named. We have another batch in the oven so if you want one before the holidays, now is the time to order.
COMMEMORATIVE TOOL # 16
We will formally announce the CT-16 Palm Brace this week via email (and I will let you know here as well.) I have been playing with this tool for a couple of months now and I am completely stoked as to what it does in my quest for silent woodworking. It is not a panacea but what it does, it does very well and I am sticking to my guns that this is best screwdriver I have ever used.
The DJ-1 Drilling Jig, Round 2
We are completely sold out of the first production run and will announce pre-orders for round 2 this week as well. If you missed the first go, you may want to consider getting your name on the list for the next batch–this is one incredible tool.
That’s enough for now. We look forward to your comments.