Come see us at the Lie-Nielsen Tool Event in Round Rock!

I  thrilled beyond belief to announce that Texas heritage Woodworks will be a guest demonstrator at the Lie-Nielsen Tool Event in Round Rock, Texas at the TechShop studio. Find out more here. The event is Friday and Saturday, November 21-22 2014.  

 

We we will be there with all of our products available. Aprons, Tool Rolls, Coffee Mugs, Vise Kits, Shirts and more! We will have our Moxon Vise and Saw Vise on hand for demonstration. If things go according to plan, I hope to have a few complete Moxon Vises available for purchase, in addition to the kits. 

It'll be a good time all around! This will be our first Lie-Nielsen event as demonstrators. I can't wait! Hope to see you there! 

Half Aprons/Nail Aprons ready for WIA!

Texas Heritage Woodworks is excited to announce our latest addition to our apron lineup, the Half/Nail Apron. Designed with the Joiner and Cabinetmaker in mind, this versatile apron can be used in countless applications. Construction of durable 14.7oz waxed canvas and leather, all components are held together securely with copper rivets and double stitched seams. Originally intended as a companion with the use of cut nails, I've quickly discovered just how well this apron crosses over to other disciplines. The waxed canvas construction is ideal for outdoor use. The two main pockets are deep and roomy, while the loop on the right provides a convenient location for a hammer. 

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The real versatility of this apron is found in its left pocket. There is plenty of room for a notepad, steel rule, pencil, and a nail set. Or, fill those slots with your upholstery tools, layout tools, or whatever else you need at the ready. 

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There will be around a half dozen of these  aprons available at Woodworking in America in this beautiful Olive Drab canvas with brass hardware. The price is $85. Stay tuned to this blog for more updates and pricing info. As products and pricing are finalized, they will be posted here. 

Laying out pocket divisions with dividers. 

Laying out pocket divisions with dividers. 

Having fun working on prototypes.

I love coming up with ideas for prototypes. Absolutely love love love coming up with new ideas! It's so satisfying to see something that's been tumbling around in my head for a while, usually starting as a fleeting thought, come to fruition through hard work, ingenuity, creativity, and pure damn luck. Some turn out great, ready to go right to production. Others require some more testing and tweaking. I've lately been experimenting with waxed canvas. Coming up with a proper wax mixture took a bit of playing around to perfect, but I think we have a solid process figured out. We are using a blend of beeswax, paraffin wax, and mineral oil. 

Mixing up a fresh batch of wax for our canvas using local beeswax

Mixing up a fresh batch of wax for our canvas using local beeswax

I've had a waxed canvas auger bit roll in development for a month or so now. It's now in the testing phase. I have sent a few of these prototypes out to accomplished woodworkers for testing. Once feedback has been established, any changes that need to be made will be and these should be ready for unveiling at WIA in September!

Auger Bit Roll prototype in use

Auger Bit Roll prototype in use

Also in the works is a nail apron, again made of waxed 18oz canvas. These feature two pockets for cut nails, a slot for a notepad, a leather pocket for a ruler, nail set, and pencil and a hammer loop that I've yet to integrate. These will have a fully adjustable waist strap that will be secured by copper rivets. These should really turn out nice. 

Nail apron prototypes in progress

Nail apron prototypes in progress

Prototypes are important to a small business, or any business really. The ability to introduce new products and new ideas to the market is indispensable. Of course, the final test of a prototype's viability is the response from the consumer. In the end, only time will tell...