Ok, today, I visited the local woodworking show here in Calgary, and I came home still drooling, and a few bucks poorer. The main reason I went there was to source out new suppliers & look for some sort of sharpening device for my V bits. Well I accomplished both, so I will pass on a bit of information for the rest of you.
First off, new suppliers (to me anyway).
I found a new supplier of router bits, based out of the Montreal area. They do the bulk of their business on line, so here is their web address: www.elitetools.ca
. I purchase a few cutters from them at the show, as they had some killer show prices. What I found from them that are good prices are 90 degree vbits, 1/2" diameter, and they sell on line for $9.99 Canadian. These were at the show for $5, so I could not turn them down, and I came home with 4.
They also had some 60 degree vbits, same price, 3/4" diameter with 5/8" cutting depth - got some of those babies also for $5.
The 90 degree cutters come with bearings on them, but they are removable, as there is a stop collar on them, the 60 degree are fine the way they are.
This company has a ton of cutters for woodworking, and now with the ability to use shaped cutters in Vcarve, there are many we could use.
They also had some upcut spiral cutters, but they were no big special deal, I think I would still go to MLCS for those cutters.
I also found another cool supplier (local in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto) called Engravers Express www.engraversexpress.com
These guys have a ton of supplies for the laser engraving and rotary engraving people like us. They also stock a really good selection of engraving materials, such as the layer plastic (we have been quoting Polycarve) but it is available from other suppliers and manufacturers also under different names. They carry materials from Rowmark, Innovative Plastics, and Encore engraving plastic in both rotary and laser types of materials. Their standard sheet size appears to be 24" x 48" for most materials. Ask them to mail you a copy of their 'Product Catalogue #5' it has all this stuff in it.
As far as being able to sharpen router cutters, I found a company called Trend. Their web site is www.trendmachinery.co.uk
. They sell diamond sharpening equipment. They have a large selection of tools depending upon your needs, but for me I wanted something to sharpen Vbits. I ended up with one of their 'credit card' diamond router sharpening tools. With this tool you need some of their diamond lapping oil, dont use WD-40 or other light oil, this sharpener will not work with those products, use the correct lapping oil. I paid $35 Cdn for the lapping stone (card). It has a fine side and a coarse side. Use the fine side for carbide and the coarse for tool steel.
They have various distributors for their products, so send them an email at email@example.com
to find out where your closest distributor will be.
Well that's the best of the show, now I have about 10 pounds of brochures to read over...........