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Legendary Studley Tool Chest and Workbench on rare public display

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The legendary Henry O. Studley tool chest and its almost unknown companion work bench will be put on public display May 15-17 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. <!–
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Woodworkers and vintage hand tool enthusiasts will have what will likely be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the most famous and intricate tool chests of 19th century woodworking, the tool chest of Henry O. Studley.

Organized by Don Williams, who retired from the Smithsonian Institution as Senior Furniture Conservator, the event will be hosted by the Scottish Rite Temple of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, May 15-17. It will be the first time the tool chest will be show to the public with its companion workbench. While the tool chest, which is in private ownership, has been profiled in such publications as Fine Woodworking magazine and was for a time on display at the Smithsonian, the workbench is almost unknown and has never been publicly displayed before. Williams says there are no plans for this exhibit to be replicated.

The schedule and location of the exhibit are only 20 minutes away from Amana, Iowa, where will be Handworks, the international summit of hand-tool woodworking toolmakers. Handworks will feature virtually every important woodworking hand-tool maker and purveyor showing their wares the same weekend.


Williams has recently finished work on the upcoming book “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley” (Lost Art Press), which details the tool chest and workbench, reporting on more than four years of research Williams did. Williams was granted unlimited access to the collection by its anonymous owner.

Williams and project photographer Narayan Nayar have been joined by “Virtuosos” editor and publisher Christopher Schwarz and many others in the quest to document and represent the renowned collection as completely as possible. In the book Williams tells the story of Boston piano maker Henry Studley, his amazing tool cabinet and work bench, and the tale of its path to the present.

Williams’ concept for the “once in a lifetime” exhibit was simple: present the tool cabinet and work bench to the attendees without distraction, and make the interactions as intimate as possible.  To that end, the visitors to the spacious exhibit hall will be allowed an uninterrupted 50-minute viewing period, with only 50 people per session. Everyone will get unfettered views of the exhibit until the session is done.

The work bench with its ultra-precision wheel handled nickel-plated vises will be in the open, sitting on a platform to allow viewers to see the underneath as well as the top.  The tool cabinet will be on a stand nearby and by necessity behind a Plexiglas vitrine, but the visitors will be able to view and photograph the contents from less than a foot distance.

As a special treat, Williams plans to open the vitrine at the bottom of every hour and manipulate all the compartments of the cabinet to reveal the ensemble in all its glory both opened and closed. Also during the exhibit, a documentary about the project will be shown on the big screen at one end of the exhibit hall, showing among all of the tools being removed and replaced in the cabinet. One final component of the exhibit will be a replica of the Studley workbench top with a number of Studley-era piano-makers’ wheel-handled vises mounted for patron touching.

For more information on the exhibit including purchasing tickets, go to You can contact Don Williams through his website,  Information for Handworks is at


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April 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

Acme Tools opens new distribution center in North Dakota

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Acme Tools new 40,000-square-foot facility provides space for the tool retailer to expand.

Acme Tools, an authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, has started business operations at its new distribution center in Grand Forks, North Dakota., in support of its growing Internet sales division (

Acme Tools built the new 40,000-square-foot facility on a nine-acre site in the Grand Forks Business Park, where Acme was the first company to purchase land. Designed to optimize the fulfillment process, the new distribution center opened with 20 Acme Tools employees and employment is projected to double in five years.

“The online marketplace continues to record rapid year-over-year growth rates,” said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of corporate operations for Acme Tools. “Completion of the new distribution center centralizes our Internet sales operation and increases fulfillment efficiency, which will benefit our Web customers and retail operations who expect timely order processing and fast, on-time delivery from Acme Tools.”

The new Acme Tools Distribution Center features increased exterior surface space for trucks delivering products and loading outbound shipments, and increased interior space for inventory and staging areas. A new, high-performance precision conveyor system, packing stations and mobile radio frequency technology maximizes product transfer and order fulfillment.

“Acme Tools continues to offer e-retailing’s finest assortment of tools, equipment and accessories in the industry,” said Paul Kuhlman, vice president of merchandise operations and marketing for Acme Tools. “Acme Tools will continue to invest in e-commerce technology and mobile technologies that guarantee response time performance and maximum site availability with excellent consistency for our customers.”

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October 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Jet introduces $50 showroom guarantee

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Because Jet knows how important it is for woodworkers to examine a machine on the showroom floor before buying it, Jet is introducing the $50 showroom guarantee to make it easier to locate specific woodworking tools at Jet Select Dealers.

Customers can search for information on Jet’s website using the “Where to Buy” link, or go to the page for a specific product to view nearby Jet Select Dealers that have the item on the showroom floor. If the item is on the website, but isn’t on the showroom floor, the customer can submit a claim for a $50 Visa gift card.

Visit for full terms and conditions.

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June 24, 2014 at 7:00 am

Acme Tools launches new mobile website

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Acme Tools’ new mobile site lets customers browse and purchase anywhere on their smartphone.

Acme Tools, an online retailer of tools and equipment, launched a new mobile version of for online customers using smartphones. Developed by BlueSky Technology Partners, the new mobile platform leverages Acme Tools’ ongoing investment in IBM WebSphere Commerce to provide a positive online shopping experience regardless of how customers choose to browse and buy.

Acme Tools’ new mobile site is designed to reduce load time and enhance the user’s experience, making it easier to browse, search and purchase using a smartphone. Registered users can utilize cross-platform features that include saved wish lists, saved checkout and the convenience of completing a purchase on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. The site also offers click-to-call and store locator functions and excellent readability on smartphones.

“The new mobile site expands Acme Tools’ e-commerce capabilities,” said Steve Kuhlman, vice president of corporate operations for Acme Tools. “Mobile optimization ensures Acme Tools’ online customers a consistent user experience regardless of platform.”

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May 8, 2014 at 7:00 am

General Tools & Instruments consultant Burton Weinstein dies at age 87

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Inventor, engineer and General Tools & Instruments consultant, Burton (Burt) Weinstein, died on Aug. 9 at the age of 87 after losing his battle with cancer.

In 2006, Weinstein first met General President and CEO Joe Ennis at the National Hardware Show. At the time, he was aiming to retire and sell his company. Weinstein and his partner, Richard (Dick) Deaton, founded Simp’l Products in 1989 with the goal of inventing products that would streamline woodworking joinery for both professionals and novices at an affordable price. Impressed by the jointer clamp, doweling jig and pocket hole jig Weinstein had already created for Simp’l Products, General purchased the company and hired Weinstein as a consultant.

Weinstein continued working with General until his passing. Together with the company’s in-house engineers, he redesigned aspects of his jointer clamp, doweling jig and pocket hole jig. In conjunction with General, Weinstein invented two more wood joining tools: the E-Z Pro Mortise & Tenon Jig and E-Z Pro Dovetailer Jig.

Over the years, Weinstein was awarded more than a dozen patents for his inventions. He achieved his first in 1956 for a combination woodworking machine with a tilting arbor that could be converted into a table saw, drill press or lathe.

A World War II veteran, Weinstein was an avid sailor who also enjoyed skiing, flying and fishing, and was a proud member of the City Island and New York Yacht Clubs. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carolyn; stepdaughters, Jacquelyn and Gwendolyn Wong; sons-in-law Serge Michaut and Neil Wertheimer; grandchildren Davis and Lucas Wertheimer; brother and sister-in-law Gerald and Alice Weinstein; and many nieces and nephews.

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September 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

Irwin Tools to honor professional tradesmen on Aug. 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Irwin Tools will celebrate professional tradesmen in the U.S. on Aug. 24 as part of the fourth Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

At the event, Irwin Tools will celebrate the efforts of John Teeples of Columbus, Ga. Teeples will serve as grand marshal for the event.

“Day in and day out, we hear stories about the significant contributions of America’s tradesmen,” says Rich Mathews, senior vice president of marketing at Irwin Tools. “We wanted to honor someone this weekend  that could represent the millions of men and women that make up this country’s real working hands-a  tradesman who exemplifies how hard work and dedication to his trade play a vital role in his community. John  does exactly that.”

As owner of a contracting company, Teeples has built houses, schools, stores, offices, arenas, parks, churches and more. Since 2009, he has organized an event, Run for the Heroes, that has raised $400,000 for nonprofit organization, House of Heroes. Currently, alongside the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Teeples is serving as general contractor to build a custom Smart Home for Sergeant First Class Michael Schlitz, who was severely injured in an IED explosion during a tour of duty in Iraq.

“Tradesmen like John, make my life work,” says Schlitz. “My recovery hasn’t been easy, but the vision and the effort John has put into building my house will allow me to live my life as comfortably and as independently as possible. I am incredibly grateful to John and his crew for their hard work and I admire their dedication to their craft.”

National Tradesmen Day is Friday, Sept. 20.

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September 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

Woodworking machinery, tools auction being held through June 26

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Woodworking tools, ranging from a giant sliding saw to bits, clamps and drills, are being sold in an online auction that will conclude Wednesday, June 26.

The equipment being auctioned belonged to the Deslauriers Co. of Franklin, Tenn., which made cabinets, furniture and other products. Specific equipment being offered includes a 2003 Thermwood 42 CNC Router with 91,000 Supercontrol, an Altendorf sliding table saw, a Holzher Sprint edgebander, a 24-inch Grizzly band saw and an Allis-Chalmers forklift. Tools for woodworkers like belt and drum sanders, Porter Cable routers, shapers, a DeWalt portable planer, Bessey clamps, nailers, table saws and drills will also be auctioned.

Individuals may inspect the equipment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at 1127 Harpeth Industrial Court, Franklin, Tenn. McLemore Auction Co. is marketing the equipment and managing the sale. Bids may be entered at The auctions will close out beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. More information is available by contacting the company at 615.517.7675.

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June 24, 2013 at 8:43 am

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