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POCKET CARVERS from Lee Valley Tools are a pair of knives with folding blades and slim profiles. Each knife has a high-carbon stainless-steel blade, stainless-steel frame and composite handle. The Murphy-style knife is an all-around performer, while the chip carving knife is a standard design, ideal for all geometric and free-form chip carving, according to the manufacturer. The open length for each knife is about 6". The pocket carvers are priced at $28.50 each. Contact: Lee Valley Tools Ltd., P.O. Box 1780, Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780. Tel: 800-871-8158.



BOSCH BENCH-TOP ROUTER TABLE, model RA1171, has a 25" x 15-1/2" laminated top, a 4-7/8" x 25-1/8" aluminum fence, adjustable MDF faceplates, a dual outlet switch, and two adjustable featherboards. For bit height adjustment capability, Bosch recommends using a router and base with a through-the-table adjustment feature. A starter pin and guard offer support for routing curved material. The table includes a flat and precise aluminum router mounting plate, which users will find conveniently pre-drilled for a wide variety of Bosch and many more competitive routers. The Bosch bench-top router table sells for $169. Contact: Bosch Power Tools. Tel: 877-267-2499.

LEIGH INDUSTRIES has introduced four templates for use with its Leigh D1600 dovetail jig and variable guide bush system. The templates consist of a 16" finger joint template and three 16" isoloc templates. The finger joint template produces six sizes of square-cornered finger joints — also called box joints — from 1/16" to 1/2". Double- and triple-sized joints can be produced, further expanding the range of joint sizes. There are six patterns of isoloc joints and each template produces two distinct interlocking patterns. The templates are named the Key & Mirror Key, Clover & Bears Ears, and Wave & Ellipse. Each is priced at $159; a set of three costs $379. The finger joint template sells for $197. Contact: Leigh Industries Ltd., P.O. Box 357, 1615 Industrial Ave., Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada V3C 4K6. Tel: 800-663-8932.



MASTERGAGE UNIVERSAL ANGLE GUIDE is designed for use with a sliding 'T' bevel (not included). The guide can easily read any angle from 0 degrees to 180 degrees; measure and set any angle to 1/2-degree accuracy, and measure and set any miter or bevel angle instantly, according to the company. There are two height gauges — one in inches and the other in millimeters. The precision scales are computer-generated and laser etched permanently into the aluminum surface. The MasterGage universal angle guide sells for $66. Contact: MasterGage, 560-150 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Tel: 888-893-8300.

FIRESTORM 10" COMPOUND MITER SAW from Black & Decker has a laser mounted on the blade guard instead of the arbor, so the laser line is always visible, according to the company. The laser is turned on manually, allowing the user to line up the cut before turning on the saw. Equipped with a 40-tooth carbide-tipped blade, the saw has nine pre-indexed miter stops, can cut up to 47-degree left or right miters and has a bevel cut range of minus 2 degrees to 48 degrees. The saw is powered by a 15-amp motor and is priced at $159. Contact: Firestorm Tools, Black & Decker. Tel: 800-544-6986.


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