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PayPal, Festool, and Cyber Monday

11/12/2014

PayPal, Festool, and Cyber Monday 4This blog post is a catchall letting you know about some of the new things on the horizon here at TFWW. First of all, in addition to all our current methods of payment was have now also accept PayPal for all transactions. On one level PayPal is just another means of buying stuff, but I'm excited because it speeds up checkout. With Paypal checkout becomes simple: Click the "Pay with PayPal" button on the bottom of the shopping cart, or on the checkout page, log onto PayPal, select the address in PayPal, return to our store for shipping method selection, and then confirm the sale. Done. Of course, if you're shopping on mobile, anything that lets you avoid typing in information into a phone is a big step forward.

Cyber Monday: All around our office and warehouse are boxes of tools that for one reason or another aren't on the website. So on Sunday November 30th at 10:00PM(ish) Brooklyn Time, we are putting all this excess stuff on line for a massive Cyber Monday Blowout Sale. Over 200 items will be available! For the first time. you will be able to put something in your cart, and have it reserved for you for 20 minutes or so to give you time to shop some more and then check out. After the 20 minutes, if you don't check out, the items will be removed from your cart so other people can snag them. My big project for the next week is writing the software to make this reservation system work. So details might vary in the final execution. But it's a fair system so two people can't buy the same thing only to have one person disappointed.

Diamond Sharpening: For the past year, we have introduced a new product every week. In the past weeks. DMT diamond sharpening products has been a big new category for us. After years of being on the fence about diamond sharpening I am working on testing and figuring out a sequence of stones to get a great edge for a minimal cost. So far I don't think diamonds are great for the final finish, but they certainly do a fine, fast job of roughing out an edge and staying flat. I'll have a real how-to soon.

Festool: New stuff from Festool will be coming out on December 1st, with pre-orders starting (we hope) next week. The big new tool is the Festool Vecturo Oscillating Multitool, which is a Festool branded Fein Super Cut tool. The Super Cut, which is the top end of the Fein Multi-Master tool, is very popular, and the Vecturo cutters will be interchangeable with the Supercut Tool (not the regular Multi-master). The Big Festool innovation will be several versions of cutting stops that will also fit the Super Cut Tool. The attachments will be available separately for Fein Supercut owners.

Also new from Festool this fall is the return of the Toolie - a wrench with all the metric Allen and screw keys you need for Festool. A hose attachment to give you a third hand, And drawers slides to turn any cabinet into a SysPort.

We will have full information and be ready for pre-order next week or so. Stay tuned for more details!

The picture above, which has nothing to do with any of this, is of one of my favorite new products - our set of mini colored pencils (see photo above). They are cute, portable, and a great stocking stuffer. It even comes with a sharpener, an eraser, and it fits in a wallet. Some people use them in pencil holders - which sounds like it might be a fun lathe project.


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11/12/2014 Leon
Is the Festool Vecturo really made by Fein or just a copy?
11/12/2014 Joe, South Carolina
I've felt the same way about diamond stones (" . . don't think diamonds are great for final finish . ."). I've tried transitioning to diamond film, which works great, but it's just too fragile. Looking forward to your conclusion!
The Festool Vecturo is made by Fein for Festool
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