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THREE SMALL JAPANESE PLANES, from Lee Valley Tools, are well-suited to a variety of detailed shaping tasks, from making musical instruments and models to sculpting and building furniture — particularly moldings and chair seats, according to the company. Of traditional construction, their mouths are set well back in the white oak bodies and give fine cone control on the pull stroke. They also feature self-wedging laminated steel blades, honed and ready for use. The round plane measures 3-3/4" and has a 3/4" blade. The compass planes are 3-1/2" long and have 5/8" blades. The Mini Compass Plane is priced at $32.50; the Mini Round Plane and Mini Convex Compass Plane sell for $34.50 each. Contact: Lee Valley Tools Ltd., 814 Ogdensberg, NY 13669. Tel: 13669-2205. Tel: 613-596-0350.

ZIRCON'S i20 ONESTEP STUDSENSOR features CenterVision technology, which provides the means to locate the center of the stud — rather than the edges — with just one pass, according to the company. The OneStep locates wood and metal studs up to 3/4" deep. A LED display alerts users to each stud at its center. Zircon's SpotLite pointing system and audio signal provide an additional alert at the center point so it can't be missed. The Zircon i20 OneStep is expected to retail for about $20. Contact: Zircon Corp., 1580 Dell Ave., Campbell, CA 95008. Tel: 800-245-9265.



DEMOBAGS, from Global Strategies Inc., are contractor clean-up bags to be used on the job site. When projects are too small to warrant a container or dumpster, the Demobags can be filled, and everything from the project can easily be removed. The bags are made of the same woven polypropylene as grain bags or poly tarps, and are re-usable and biodegradable. The bags are 25" wide and 40" tall; a larger bag measures 33-1/2" wide and 48-1/2" tall. The cost of a box of 20 bags is $19.99. Contact: Global Strategies Inc., 8 Faneuil Hall, third floor, Boston, MA 02109. Tel: 866-420-3366.

BOSCH POWER TOOLS has expanded its Colt Palm Router line with 10 new accessories as well as a new installer's kit. Accessories for the Bosch 1-hp Colt Router, model PR20EVSK, include a fixed base, fence-style edge guide for edge forming and slot-cutting with nonpiloted bits, roller guide for edge trimming with nonpiloted bits, offset base with Quick-clamp System to rout near vertical surfaces, tilt base with Quick-clamp System for trimming at angles or adjacent to vertical surfaces, underscribe attachment for laminate trimming at seaming locations, and three sub-bases that accept various template guides. An installer's kit, model PR20EVSNK, includes a router motor, fixed base, edge guide, roller guide, offset base, tilt base, underscribe attachment and carrying case, and sells for $199. Contact: Bosch Power Tools. Tel: 877-267-2499.



ROCKLER PIPE CLAMP BENCH BLOCKS are designed to securely hold standard 3/4" pipe clamps at 90 degrees for assembly. The blocks can be fixed to a bench or work surface to eliminate movement during clamping. The Rockler Clamp Bench Blocks come in a set of four for $24.99. Contact: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 4365 Willow Dr., Medina, MN 55340. Tel: 800-279-4441.  

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