Delta’s New Melamine Blade Cuts Like a Laser

This morning, it was time to conduct an unofficial tool test.

About two months ago, Delta mailed me one of their new 60-tooth melamine-cutting blades and asked me to give it a try. Despite the fact that saw blades don’t show up at my doorstep for free very often (actually, I can’t remember when the last time was), it’s been sitting in my blade holder for a while now. Here’s the reason: I’m not a big fan of melamine. I don’t use it often in my projects precisely for the reason that they’ve designed this specialty blade—melamine’s thin coating chips like crazy when you cut it.

At least with an ordinary saw blade it does.

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A Tool By Any Other Name…

Tool InspectorOur recent Woodworker’s Journal eZine Industry Interview with Rockwell Tools engendered quite a few comments, some of them unprintable, with the general take that if the tools are Asian-made, the name means little. While I will not agree with the contextual argument that an Asian-made tool is, without exception, of lower quality than a U.S.-made tool, I do agree that brand names move around a good bit.

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Splinter: A Supercharged Study in Wooden Design

All Images courtesy Joe Harmon Design.

All images courtesy Joe Harmon Design and used by permission.

If wood is strong enough for a bridge and light enough for a speedboat or airplane wing, why not use it to build a high-performance supercar?

This sort of thinking must have kept Joe Harmon, an Industrial Design graduate student of North Carolina State University, up late at night, because that’s exactly what he set out to do for his graduate project: build a fully functional, supercharged automobile almost entirely out of wood.

Yep, wood.

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