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    New Radian Surfacing bit

    New Radian Surfacing bit

    We often use weird and unusual timbers, which are fantastic, but they don't always arrive in the best condition.  Often the first job to make them usable is to flatten them in some way.

    Router planing is the perfect way to flatten timbers with unpredictable grain structures. Very wide timbers would normally require investment in large machinery. A simple "rail & sled" type jig can be constructed to the required size and accurate planing can begin with minimal outlay.

    The Radiantools surfacing bit is the perfect tool to do this.  It has a very open structure to allow fast chip ejection.  It also has four cutting faces to give a really fine finish.

    We decided to put the new 4 Flute Surfacing Bit to the test on one of the most unworkable timbers we could find; Pomelle Sapele. Not only an unusual timber, but this piece had matured for over 60 years getting harder and harder.  We first put the timber through a thicknesser to set a benchmark.  Even with really delicate passes the thicknesser ripped at the surface, with the result shown in the photo.

    Using a simple jig and the Radian surfacing bit we got a much better result.  This method allows a lot of control, with much less risk of damaging the workpiece. Shown below is a small area but a larger jig can easily be fabricated to accomodate bigger timbers.

     

    Here is the result from the one pass made in the video.  The result is really smooth without any extra processes required.  This tool gives a lot of extra flexibility to your router and allows you to work with more unusual un-processed timbers.

    Take a look at the product page here;

    Guitar Builders

    Guitar Builders

    The idea for our first cutter came from a guitar build. We were confident we could make a tool for shaping guitar bodies that was better than anything on the market. A router bit that would produce the best possible finish and minimise the need for sanding.  We launched our 4 flute trimmer and quickly developed a loyal following of craftsmen that required the ultimate finish.

    Fast forward to today and we are receiving orders from across the world from Cabinet Makers & Craftsmen to Hobby Guitar Builders & Professional Luthiers. Since the first tool, we have developed many others that Guitar builders in particular would appreciate.  The list below gives advice on what tools to use to get great results;

    Guitar bodies: our original 4 Flute trimmer will give an amazing template edge finish and with both nose and shank bearings you can always cut "downhill" with the grain.

    Neck pockets & Pickup / Control cavities:  Our short 3 flute plunge cutter is very versatile with an extra long shank for deeper cuts.  The smaller plunging cutters are great for finishing off into tighter radii down to a 3.2mm radius

    Body Details: Our R9.5mm roundover is great for "Strat" style bodies & Our 4 Flute Chamfer bit will produce perfect bevels around contours for that more modern look.

    Bindings: For the ultimate binding set purchase both of our 3 Flute rebate cutters for rebates from 1.0mm to 5.5mm in 0.5mm increments. Binding rebate 1, Binding rebate 2

    Pickguards: Our 3 Flute chamfer bit will perfectly bevel thinner pieces of timber, for example, custom timber pickguards.

    Cavity rebates: Our 4 flute rebate cutter has many bearings included for a number of different rebate widths.

    Neck & Headstock: Our 1" high dual guide trimmer is perfect for trimming thinner neck blanks. With both nose and shank guides it's very flexible when using templates.

    We also like to see anything you're making with our tools so get in touch via e mail or tag us on Instagram!

    New Website

    New Website

    A new and updated website has arrived!  it's been completely overhauled from top to bottom, to show the tools to their best and make them easier to find.  Important as the range is growing fast.

    We can now offer something which we have wanted to do for a long time, and that is to offer discounts for buying more than one tool per order.  Any mix of multiple-buy tools and a discount will be applied at checkout.

    Another big improvement is that the site will work seamlessly on phone, tablet and computer.  An increasing trend is to shop when out and about which we'll support.

    We have found a lot of friends via social media, particularly Instagram.  We love to see the tools are used and enjoyed by customers and is something we'll be encouraging and adding to in future.  Do let us know what you like, and would like to see more of.

    Cheers

    Dave & Dan