Friday, February 29, 2008

Kreg Offers New Rebate Promotion

Kreg is offering a $20 mail-in rebate for anyone who purchases a new Kreg Jig® K3 Master System (Item# K3MS), the ultimate package for pocket hole joinery from “The Pocket Hole Professionals”.

The K3 Kreg Jig is packed with loads of innovative new features. The first of these new features is a three drill guide block that can now be used in two separate tool bodies. Slide the block into the benchtop base and drill pocket holes on your workbench, or remove the drill guide block and quickly place it into the smaller, portable base for use on the job site. The face of the drill guide block now features a metal insert that will produce years of clean-cut pocket holes. In addition, the benchtop base features patent pending front side clamping that places the clamp handle on the same side as you drill - No more reaching around the workpiece to clamp! Are you tired of having to clean up wood chips after a day of drilling pocket holes? The benchtop base also accepts a snap-on dust collection shroud that can be easily connected to a shop-vac for chip free drilling! We’ve also built-in more height adjustment into the drill guide block, allowing you to center a screw in materials from 1/2” to 1-1/2” thick in 1/8” increments. Another new addition to the K3 model is the Material Support Stop. This innovative feature allows you to place pocket holes in exactly the same location on multiple workpieces for true production style pocket hole drilling. The stop is hinged so it can be easily moved out of the way when drilling panels. Quite simply, the Kreg Jig K3 Master System is the most feature packed pocket hole tool on the market, from the legendary leader in pocket hole technology. The Kreg Jig K3 Master System contains: (1) K3 Drill Guide Block, Benchtop Base, Portable Base, Dust Collection Shroud, Material Support Stop, Premium Face Clamp, 3/8” Step Drill Bit (KJD), 6” - #2 Driver Bit, 3” - #2 Driver Bit, Depth Collar, 1/8” Allen Wrench, SPS-C1 screws, SML-F125 screws, SML-C125 screws, SML-C150 screws, SML-C2 screws, SML-C250W screws. Carrying Case and Detailed Instruction Manual.

Friday, February 8, 2008

J.J. Burns - Striving Is Our Objective

This document, written by Burns Tools' founder J.J. Burns in 1973, was just found when we recently moved our offices. The most interesting part is J.J. talking about hitching up his ox team with his grandfather as they went out lumberjacking in Nova Scotia:

"Striving is Our Objective"

My one great objective from the time I became associated and familiar with the ecology of saws related to their use in the cutting of things which have become too numerous to mention. I embarked into the field of saws, their use and functions. The act of cutting tools is an old one. Down through the ages of time more things have had to be cut. Some brought about by nature, more by the genius and efforts of man.

Way back in 1895 my Grandfather had a 'One-Man, One-Saw' up and down sawmill that ran from a water wheel. This mill was located on a small water brook in Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The foot or board sawing capacity of the mill was 1,000 feet per 11 hour day for 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday. Sunday being a church day, Grandfather would close down the gates of the wagon shed so as to store a pool of water for the next 6 days' sawing.

I recall as though it was only yesterday my Grandfather would hitch up the old ox team on a pair of front lumber wheels, then call out to me at 6:00 a.m., "Come Johnny let's get going!"

Off we went, oxen, carts, bag of hay, 6 quarts of corn meal for the oxen, a red bandana hanky with 4 hard-boilded eggs in the shell, a good sized onion, 4 or 5 homemade biscuits, salt and pepper, tea, a kettle, a fork and knife, and matches to build a fire to make dinner. This we did together day after day.

As time went on I grew up to be a young Lumber Jack, went to Maine into the woods as a Swamper, next a Yard Tender, from there to a Tree Lapper or Head Chopper, then a Foreman. As soon as the ice broke up in the rivers and lakes we would drive the logs down the rivers to the sawmill ponds where these logs were sawed into finishing material, such as boards, planks and other dimensions.

I worked from job to job in the sawmills meanwhile acquiring experience in all phases of operations.

My experience gained, by and large, started with my Grandfather in his one-man water wheel mill. Even today at this age of 80 I can survey the footage of standing timber to within 5%, plus or minus.

-J.J. Burns, 1973

Kreg Tool and Rockler

We just set up two new pages at for your woodworking convenience: Kreg Tool and Rockler Woodworking & Hardware.

With products ranging from $7,499 down to $13, Kreg offers a full-line of pocket hole tools to fit every budget and production schedule. Three manual tools; the Mini Kreg Jig, Rocket Jig, and K3 Kreg Jig offer inexpensive solutions for individuals looking to get started with pocket hole joinery, while the semi-automatic Foreman machine and the fully-automatic Pro Series machines offer larger shops the speed and durability needed to produce production pocket holes. Kreg's newest line of Precision Measuring products are premium accessory upgrades to make the woodworking machines in your shop more accurate and easy to use.

The Rockler name speaks for itself, as it is a name that is synonomous with woodworking. For the first time, woodworkers, contractors and hobbyists will be able to stop in at Burns Tools in Fall River, Massachusetts to complete their woodworking projects. Burns Tools will be stocking hinges, knobs & pulls, drawyer slides, cabinet doors and drawyers, in addition to the machinery, power tools and tool accessories that we've been stocking for over 70 years!

You can go to the Rockler page to order your Rockler catalog now.