The folks over at Steel City Tool Works (SCTW) have teamed up with Columbus, Ohio woodworking icon WoodWerks’ Todd Damon to revitalize and energize their line of tools. I spoke with the managing partners (David Campagna & Damon) and president of SCTW (Lucas Chang) about the formation of the Axiom Tool Group (ATG) and what it means to the woodworking world. ATG is setting the pace and direction of both SCTW and the newly formed Axion Precision, a company focused on precision woodworking technology (CNC and so much more).
ATG has pared down the SCTW line to just 21 tools that are improved and can be delivered to customers quickly (something that SCTW has had trouble doing in the past). But changing the look of the tools and how quickly you can get them in your shop is only part of the changes to the line. There’s some real innovation taking place at SCTW.
One of the newest items introduced is a drill press. “What’s so special about a drill press?” you ask. Not only does this drill press have greater capacity than most others on the market, but it has a new, patented, table just for woodworkers. This is a product I’ve been waiting 35 years for. The table not only tilts left and right but can also tilt up and down; making compound angles a snap to drill. I’m promised one of the first models arriving in the States in the next couple of weeks. Once I get it in my hands (or more accurately the PopWood shop) you’ll get a much deeper look at why I think this workshop standard has been forever changed by Steel City.
There’s lots more to come from the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, GA. Stay tuned!
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