Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Wealden Tools proud to sponsor the Fenland Black Oak Project


In 2012 a Fenland farmer's plough hit an absolutely gigantic black oak tree, which had been buried deep beneath the peat for 5,000 years.  Black oak is by far the nation's most ancient, rarest and valuable native hardwood and at over 13 metres long, the Jubilee Oak is a giant amongst giants. 

It was immediately recognised there was a need to preserve such a rare discovery.  With no budget and against all the odds companies were approached to support this unique project.  A vast sawmill was flown over from Canada and, astonishingly, the tree produced 10 magnificent sequential boards unlike anything seen before.

The boards were transported to the Building Crafts College in Stratford, East London, where a specifically designed  14 metre drying kiln had been constructed.  Nine months later 397 gallons of water had been extracted, the boards' weight had been reduced by 1.6 tons and ten breathtakingly beautiful flat and true sequential boards of 13.2 metre long appeared.

This was a unique creative opportunity and a team of dedicated craftspeople decided to try and preserve the full length of this exceptional Fenland giant for the nation by creating an iconic table.  


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Techniques have been developed to enable the individual shapes and character of the boards to be  used and highlighted.


The design team have called this technique the ‘river joint’ which, while reflecting this most prominent Fenland feature, also enables the true story of the ancient high forests to be told at a glance.





It has been agreed that the table can be displayed in all its sculptural magnificence in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral, known as the Ship of the Fens, and a fitting place as it sits on high ground surrounded by fields which, very occasionally, still yield buried ancient black oaks.


1 to 20 scale model of completed table. The top, 13.2 metres long, 1.5 metres wide and made up of 4 full length 'bookmatched' planks

All the successes of the project to date are due entirely to the skill, dedication and commitment of a host of individuals and companies, local, national and international, who have so generously given sponsorship in the form of goods, services and time.  


Wealden are delighted to share the vision to preserve this ancient tree for the nation by donating all the cutters used in the machining and working of this vast table.

https://www.thefenlandblackoakproject.co.uk

Thursday, 8 August 2019

New longer worktop cutter added to Easi-Tip router range

Responding to calls from kitchen fitters installing worktops, Wealden have designed a worktop cutter with a longer replaceable blade which allows the final finishing cut to be made in one pass.

The photo shows the standard cutter with 29mm blade (left) and the new longer cutter with 50mm blade (right).

Designed as a single flute replaceable tip cutter, the longer blade has three screw fixings for greater rigidity.  The turnover blade has two cutting edges, making the tool more economical in daily use.  The Easi-Tip cutter is supplied complete with a knife and torx key and is available to buy online at the Wealden website.

For latest news and information on all Wealden's new additions, routing hints & tips, testimonials from customers and reviews of Wealden products in the woodworking press, visit the Wealden news site.

                                                                                      

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Roughing/Hogging CNC cutters now in Wealden's range

New to the range these large four flute Swop-tip© disposable insert Roughing/Hogging cutters achieve high removal rates and are ideal for pre-cutting, jointing and rabbeting.

Featuring rotatable TC knives with shear angle in a spiral design for fast hogging and excellent chip removal, the spiral tip design reduces the cutting forces and is ideal for deep hogging depths.  Replaceable tip cutters offer the benefit of a constant diameter and easy maintenance.  However, it should be noted that the cutters are for roughing only.  Subsequent finishing or profiling may be required: they do not produce a planned finish, but very high removal rates are possible with this tooling. The maximum rotational speed for these cutters is 16,000 rpm.

The cutters are available to buy online at the Wealden website.

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Thursday, 31 January 2019

Wealden sponsor successful EuroSkills woodwork competitor

A joiner from Kilgetty in Pembrokeshire has put his carpentry credentials to the test by notching up a ‘Medallion of Excellence’ at a prestigious skills competition, using router cutters supplied by Wealden Tools.

Twenty-year-old Chris Caine, who trained at Pembrokeshire College and works for DH Carpentry and Joinery in Pembroke Dock, was the only joiner selected to represent the UK at Europe’s most important and prestigious skills contest - ‘The EuroSkills Competition’ - held recently in Budapest, which sees teams from 27 countries across the Continent compete in a wide range of skills to win medals in disciplines ranging from engineering to construction and digital to hospitality.

“I competed in the joinery sector, which was a three-day competition, lasting a total of 18 hours,” explained Chris.

“I had to manufacture a door and frame with different radius curves and tapers using different joints and techniques."

“I was delighted to be one of the seven competitors to gain a ‘Medallion of Excellence’, which means I completed the project to the highest standard recognised by the industry internationally."

“When the scores were announced I was placed fourth in Europe and am now starting back training ready for the biggest event in 2019, which is Worldskills in Kazan in Russia!" he added.

Wealden are proud to sponsor such a competent and accomplished young carpenter and wish Chris continued success at Worldskills.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Unusual Birdsmouth cutters added to Wealden's range


These cutters may be used to make multi-sided objects, such as boxes, barrels etc.

The two flute bevel cutter creates a notch or “birdsmouth” on one edge of a piece of timber which mates against the square edge of the next piece of timber, offering a larger gluing surface for maximum strength as well as an interlocking joint to aid assembly. Only one side of the workpiece is machined to form the joint.

There are two cutters, one which can be used to produce 6-sided or 12-sided boxes, depending which way up the timber is machined and another which will produce 8-sided boxes. Both are available to buy online at the Wealden website.

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Wealden launch DLC coated Persistence Pro© range of spirals


The brand new Persistence Pro© range of solid tungsten carbide tooling features a high performance DLC (diamond like carbon) coating on precision-ground K10 grade bodies.  The coating of SP2 graphite and SP3 diamond gives a harder surface coat with a lower friction co-efficient, which means a tool life of typically 2-3 times that of untreated solid tungsten carbide.

The 2+2 flute compression spirals have two short up cut an two long down shear cut flutes.  This provides down shear cutting on the top and a short up shear cut on the bottom of the tool for multi-pass cutting without damaging the top surface.  Ideal for edge trimming or nesting on double faced veneered boards, these cutters ensure a good finish on both faces of laminated boards, solid timber boards and MFC.

For latest news and information on all Wealden's new additions, routing hints & tips, testimonials from customers and reviews of Wealden products in the woodworking press, visit the Wealden news site.
                                                                                                  

Friday, 15 June 2018

Shark Nose cutter added to Wealden's router range



Just added to the extensive range of Wealden router cutters is a bearing-guided Shark Nose cutter.

This profile is used to soften the look of 24mm thick worktops.  Supplied with an additional oversize bearing which may be used to cut the profile to a template, the cutter can be used on solid surface worktops but may also be used on timber to produce a more delicate look to the edge.

Available online at https://www.wealdentool.com/acatalog/Shark-Nose.html

For latest news and information on all Wealden's new additions, routing hints & tips, testimonials from customers and reviews of Wealden products in the woodworking press, visit the Wealden news site.