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  • Bora Tool Corn Hole DIY Instructions

    Bora Tool appears on Live in the D on Local 4 Detroit to display our DIY Corn Hole game Father's Day Gift Idea.

    As Father's Day nears we came up with a cool gift idea that you can make for under $100 using some of the products that we make. Our tools make your tools better, by increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of your tools. We showed off this product and discussed the making of the project on Live in the D on Local 4 Detroit on Monday June 13, 2016.

    This is a great project for the summer BBQ season. To download the instructions click on the link below. We hope you enjoy the game and have a wonderful Father's Day from your friends at Bora Tool.

    Bora Tool Corn Hole DIY Instructions

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  • BORA TOOL INTRODUCES JIGSAW GUIDE AND ROUTER PLATE GUIDE TO ACHIEVE PRECISE, CONSISTENT CUTS FOR ALL PROJECTS

    New Accessories created to work together with BORA’s popular WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guide

     TROY, Mich., May 19, 2016 – Leading tool manufacturer BORA Tools has introduced two new products to its Bora Saw Guide System, the BORA Jigsaw Guide and BORA Router Plate Guide (due out in late May). Both designed to work together with the WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guide, the guides allow for greater precision and consistency when making jig saw cuts and dados. “The BORA Jigsaw Guide and Router Plate Guide are designed to enhance the productivity of your power tools,” said Todd Gluski, Brand Manager of BORA’s parent company Affinity Tool Works. “When combined with the Bora WTX Clamp Edge, you gain a tremendous advantage in efficiency and precision of your cuts.”

    BORA JIGSAW GUIDE

    Made exclusively for and designed to fit most jigsaws, the BORA Jigsaw Guide slides directly along the T-Track of your Bora WTX Clamp Edge. The sliding side points and locking screw allow it to accommodate almost any size jigsaw and its adjustable pointer guide keeps cuts true. One adjustable plate locks down with a simple screw handle allowing it to accommodate nearly any size jigsaw. It’s also very unobtrusive as the saw rests easily and snugly without clamping the saw itself. These features allow for a quick change in moving from one type of cut to another – cut a straight line, then simply pick up the saw, remove the clamp edge from the material, and immediately cut freehand. An additional feature allows the user to cut a 360 degree circle using a cut piece of wood that can be screwed into the jig saw. View the Jigsaw Guide in action on BORA Tool’s youtube page. For a limited time, Lowe’s is offering a packaged kit with the BORA Jigsaw Guide as a bonus along with the WTX 50’’Clamp Edge retailing for $49.98. It is also sold separately for $9.00 on www.boratool.com.

    BORA ROUTER PLATE GUIDE

    This useful router guide will help make straight, accurate dados and rabbets. The Bora Router Plate Guide includes a 1-inch standard guide bushing for mounting directly onto most routers. It adjusts for bit size, board size and thickness to ensure pieces that might be slightly smaller than standard sizes will fit tightly. For instance, a ¾-inch board that’s not quite a true ¾-inch will be loose with a dado cut using a standard ¾-inch bit. But adjust the cut with the dado guide for a perfect, snug cut every time. The large plate size allows for easier handling, ensuring the router stays steady and is easy to handle.The BORA Router Plate Guide, available late May, retails for $52.00.

    For a complete list of dealers and retailers, please visit www.boratool.com or call 866-588-0395.

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  • TORMEK UNVEILS T-8 SHARPENING SYSTEM DELIVERING MAXIMUM PRECISION AND STABILITY

    Revolutionary fully cast housing, updated design and upgraded details, the Tormek T-8 offers the best conditions possible for successful sharpening with top results

     TROY, Mich.  May 10, 2016 – Tormek of Sweden, the company setting the standard in innovative sharpening systems since 1973, announced the launch of the highly anticipated next generation T-8 Sharpening System. The newly designed T-8, ideal for sharpening hand tools, knives, scissors, woodturning and woodcarving tools, was developed to take precision and stability to a new level. It also comes with the new and improved SE-77 Square Edge Jig, which is optimal for creating a cambered shape on plane irons.

    “Tormek has worked hard on its next generation sharpening system to develop a product that gives an enhanced sharpening experience and control over the final result,” said Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager of Tormek’s North American exclusive distributor, Affinity Tool Works. “With an updated design and all the upgraded details, the T-8 makes sharpening easy and efficient.”

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    Product Features & Improvements:

    • The Universal Support is the heart of the Tormek system. On the new T-8 model, Tormek has integrated the previous mounted sleeves for the Universal Support into the fully cast housing, guaranteeing minimal play for the Universal Support, an innovation which improves the control of the sharpening and increases the accuracy of the final results.
    • Tormek’s innovative and characteristic drive system maintains a constant speed, even under full load, which is unique to all Tormek’s machine models.
    • The Advanced Water Trough has been further improved with a screw lift for an easier fitting and a magnetic scraper for efficient cleaning.
    • With the Tormek Original Grindstone, the user can sharpen all qualities of steel, including High Speed Steel (HSS).
    • The SE-77 upgraded jig for square edge tools now has a movable side that allows for a fine adjustment to the setting, which ensures a 90 degree corner or the possibility to create a cambered shape.

    Included with the Tormek T-8:   SE-77 Square Edge Jig, TT-50 Truing Tool, SP-650 Stone Grader, WM-200 AngleMaster, PA-70 Honing Compound, Tormek Handbook and DVD.

    The Tormek T-8 has a $699.99 MSRP and will be available in select woodworking locations and online retailers in mid June 2016. It is distributed exclusively by Affinity Tool Works, LLC, based in Troy, Mich. visit www.tormekus.com to find participating dealers and retailers.

  • SJÖBERGS INTRODUCES SMART WORKSTATION PRO VISE WORKBENCH TOP

    Portable and practical workbench accessory offers more versatility for woodworking projects

    TROY, MI., January 28, 2016 – Sjöbergs, the leader in workbenches and woodworking accessories, introduces the Smart Workstation Pro Vise Workbench Top (SJO-33309), a portable easy-to-carry work-station solution.

    Constructed in 1-5/8 inch thick solid European beech top, it can be easily added or attached with clamps to any work surface or tabletop and brings the versatility of a tail vise to almost any setting. Simply clamp it to a work table, work bench, a shop stand - almost any stable surface - and get an instant woodworking vise, complete with a short row of bench dog holes.

    The included bench dogs feature flat faces, which pivot to align themselves with odd-shaped objects. Because of this, the Smart Workstation Pro Vise also works great as a carving vise. It offers two convenient mounting options: clamps for a firmer connection, and bolts for the ultimate in stability. Jaws open to 4-5/16 inches.

    “Sjöbergs has been synonymous with craftsmanship and quality for over 90 years and the new Smart Workstation Pro Vise is an ideal work surface for recreational woodworkers or hobbyists,” said Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager of Sjöbergs North American exclusive distributor, Affinity Tool Works.

    The Sjöbergs Smart Workstation Pro Vise retails for $229.50 and can be purchased online here. To locate a dealer or retailer for all Affinity Tool Works brands, visit www.boratool.com.

    About Sjörbergs

    With more than 90 years of experience in producing workbenches and accessories, Sjobergs has a reputation for quality among both professionals and hobbyists. This wide range of workshop products reflects quality in the choice of materials, construction, finish and long-term function. In 2014, Affinity Tool Works, based in Troy, Mich., became the exclusive North American distributor for all Sjöbergs products.

  • PORTAMATE INTRODUCES T-EXTENSION AND RAIL EXTENSION COUPLER ACCESSORIES FOR PM-3500 MOBILE BASE

    TROY, Mich. – March 3, 2016 – Leading woodworking and power tool accessory manufacturer Portamate has introduced two accessories that will expand capabilities of its latest PM-3500 mobile base which was launched last year.

    The PM-3245 T-Extension expands the existing PM-3500 Mobile Base from 32" to 45" to accommodate 30"-53" fence systems,allowing the mobile base to move both the table saw and the leg supports together. The PM-3500 and T-Extension have three separate foot levers that securely lock the table saw in place when in use. The T-Extension adds a 200 lb weight capacity to the already heavy-duty 1500 lb weight capacity of the PM-3500 mobile base. It is designed to accommodate most table saw fence systems making it fully mobile.

    The PM-3014 Rail Extension Coupler, set of two, will increase the capacity of the PM-3500 Portamate mobile base to accommodate larger stationary power tools. The PM-3014 is used in conjunction with the PM-3036 set of two optional 36” rail extensions and will increase the length of one side of the mobile base up to 44.5”. Both parts are also offered as one kit called the PM-3050 which retails for $62.00. Out of the box, the PM-3500 offers a max size of 28 x 33.5 and with this new kit you can achieve up to 28 x 78” or 33.5 x 72.5”.

    The PM-3245 T-Extension retails for $109.00. The PM-3014 Rail Extension Coupler set retails for $25.00. For a complete list of dealers and retailers, please visit www.portamate.com or call 866-588-0395.

  • TORMEK INTRODUCES NEXT GENERATION OF GOUGE JIG THE SVD-186

    SVD-186 delivers superior edge, full control and exact replication to sharpen woodturning gouges to razor fine results

     

    TROY, Mich. – February, 2016 – Tormek of Sweden, the company setting the standard in innovative sharpening systems since 1973, announced the launch of the SVD-186, a further development of its popular gouge jig SVD-185. Designed to be used with Tormek's tool-sharpening system, the patented Tormek SVD-186 shapes and sharpens woodcarving tools, such as curved gouges and V-tools.

    Product Features and Improvements:

    • The SVD-186 now fits up to 36 mm (1-3/8”) wide tools, compared with its predecessor that handled 25 mm (1”).
    • The new jig also has an improved locking disc, which greatly simplifies the fixing of gouges of all sizes; an upgrade requested by many users.
    • SVD-186 has a shortened lower sleeve that facilitates an improved working with Tormek’s smaller machine models T-4 and T-3.
    • The simple and precise click setting with a locking screw ensures a fixed position, so an Allen Key is no longer needed when setting the jig.
    • Better handles wider tools.

    “The Tormek SVD-186 gauge jig maintains your tool’s exact shape and creates a perfect sharpened, honed edge,” said Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager of Tormek’s North American exclusive distributor, Affinity Tool Works. “Used correctly, there is no alternative method that gives faster or sharper results.”

    The SVD-186 retails for $97.00, visit www.tormekus.com to find participating dealers and retailers.

    To locate a dealer or retailer for all Affinity Tool Works brands, visit www.affinitytool.com.

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  • WOODWORKING AND SHOP ACCESSORY MANUFACTURER PORTAMATE INTRODUCES NEW PANEL CARRIER

    Heavy-duty shop aid allows an individual to cut a full sheet of plywood on a table saw without additional help

    TROY, MI., January 25, 2016 – Leading woodworking and work shop accessory manufacturer Portamate has introduced the newest product to its extensive line of shop accessories, the PM-1800 Panel Carrier, which allows an individual to easily move and cut a full sheet of plywood on a table saw without assistance.

    The Panel Carrier’s steel frame construction is designed to hold a full 4x8 foot size sheet of plywood, drywall, boards and other large, flat materials with heavy-duty wheels which roll across the shop floor with ease. It features adjustable positioning up to 40 inches high, allowing it to meet the top of table saws and flips up to lay plywood flat so it can be fed onto a table saw. When not in use, the Panel Carrier folds flat for convenient storage.

    “It’s a cumbersome job to cut materials such as plywood and other large, hard-to-carry materials without assistance,” said Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager of Portamate’s parent company Affinity Tool Works. “We designed the Panel Carrier to allow an individual to more easily move, position and cut a full sheet of plywood on a table saw when they don’t have assistance.”

    The Portamate PM-1800 Panel Carrier retails for $109.00. For a complete list of dealers and retailers, please visit www.portamate.com or call 866-588-0395.

    About Affinity Tool Works, LLC:

    Affinity Tool Works, LLC is a provider of professional tools serving a variety of markets including building and remodeling, do-it-yourself, industrial and woodworking. Designed to increase productivity, simplify complex tasks and help produce consistent results, the product brands under the Affinity umbrella include BORA, Portamate, HTC Products, and exclusive brands distributed include: FISCH, Tormek and Sjobergs. For more information, visit www.affinitytool.com.

  • Affinity Tool Works In The Community

    TROY, Mich. January 2016 – Affinity Tool Works, LLC, a privately-owned global tool company  manufacturing professional and consumer tools, believes in being a good corporate citizen and giving back to the community in which we are located.

    Through out 2016 we supported various causes through both monetary and product donations, as well as volunteering our time to better the community in which we live.

    Volunteered and donated tools to the Detroit Habitat for Humanity Build Up Event Volunteered and donated tools to the Detroit Habitat for Humanity Build Up Event

     

    Donated part of our proceeds from the sale of Fisch Pen Maker Drill Bits To The USO of Northern Ohio Donated a portion of our proceeds from the sale of Fisch Pen Maker Drill Bits To The USO of Northern Ohio.

     

    These are just a few examples of our contributions to the community in 2015. We also believe in supporting education and have sponsored a number of events related to elementary education through out the community.

    “It’s an honor for Affinity Tool Works to give back to the community,” as part of our DNA we believe it is our duty to enhance the places in which we live and do business", said Todd Gluski, Brand Manager for Affinity Tool Works. “We will continue to look for opportunities to use our resources to help give back to those in need".

    Affinity Tool Works is a privately-owned global tool company providing professional and consumer tools under the BORA, Portamate and HTC brands. Visit www.affinitytools.com for more information.

  • AFFFINITY TOOL WORKS WINS TWO 2015 PRO TOOL REVIEW INNOVATION AWARDS

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    Troy-based tool manufacturer honored in Accessories and Safety & Storage categories for recently launched BORA Saw Plate Guide and Portamate PM-3500 Mobile Base

     TROY, Mich. Oct. 28, 2015 – Affinity Tool Works, LLC, a privately-owned global tool company  manufacturing professional and consumer tools, was recently recognized with two 2015 Pro Tool Innovation Awards (PTIA). 

    The annual awards program which identifies and recognizes the most innovative tools in the residential and commercial construction industry, announced its best and brightest new products in the industry earlier this month and Troy-based Affinity Tools Works is among the winners.  The awards were announced online earlier this month by Clint DeBoer, executive director of the PTIA.

    A panel of judges representing tool professionals from across the United States weighed in on entries from top global manufacturers across a wide variety of categories. Affinity Tool Works won for its Bora Saw Plate Guide, a guide allowing precise and accurate cuts when paired with a circular saw, in the “Accessories” category. And the Portamate PM-3500 Mobile Base, an adjustable mobile base that has an industry-leading 1500 lb. weight capacity, won in the “Safety & Storage” category.  Both tools were launched earlier this year.

    "As manufacturers strive to go the extra mile to add useful and often game-changing innovations to their product offerings, we want to point them out so our readers know who's leading the pack," said DeBoer. "These manufacturers and companies have truly earned a coveted spot in the toolbox of any tradesman, contractor, or construction professional."

    The Pro Tool Innovation Award judges had this to say about Affinity’s tools:  “…. the Portamate PM-3500, , is a life saver for small shops. It allows users to make their large machines portable. When space is at a premium, or even if you’re just reorganizing the set up of your shop, the heavy-duty adjustable base makes mobility much easier.”

    About the Bora Saw Plate Guide: “….the next best thing to owning a track saw is having an accessory like the Bora Saw Plate Guide that allows you to use your circular saw like one. We love that we can use our existing straight edges and don’t have to add the cost of a proprietary track to make it work.”

    “It’s an honor and a mark of excellence for Affinity to be named a Pro Tool Innovation Awards winner by experts in our industry,” said Todd Gluski, Brand Manager for Affinity Tool Works. “We design and develop tools based on our customers’ needs and feedback. These awards recognize that we’re doing it right and that’s a proud accomplishment.”

    Affinity Tool Works is a privately-owned global tool company providing professional and consumer tools under the BORA, Portamate and HTC brands. Visit www.affinitytools.com for more information.

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  • BORA TOOLS, AN AFFINITY TOOL WORKS BRAND, INTRODUCES THREE AND FOUR PIECE SETS FOR THEIR POPULAR WTX CLAMP EDGE SAW GUIDES

    Built for Professionals and Do-it-Yourselfers Alike, Innovative WTX Clamp Edge and Saw Plate Designed to Increase Productivity and Enhance Worksite Efficiency

    TROY, Mich. – Sept 24, 2015 – Affinity Tool Works, LLC., a dynamic, privately-owned global tool company providing professional and consumer tools under the BORA, Portamate and HTC brands, today announced the launch of three and four piece sets, for their popular WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guides used for making straight cuts with a circular saw.

    The WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guide, is built with rigid extrusion construction for no flex and superior strength, the BORA WTX Clamp Edge – available in 24, 36 and 50-inch models – is perfect for both professionals and DIYers, and is versatile enough to use with circular saws, jig saws, router and other tools.

    The Bora Saw Plate works with your circular saw and provides the user track saw accuracy at a fraction of the costs of existing track saws. Designed to work with any of the WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guides it is the perfect complement for anyone looking to make precise and accurate cuts.

    The new Three Piece set contains a 24, 36 and 50 inch WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guide and retails for $134. The Four Piece set contains a 24 and 50 inch WTX Clamp Edge, a 50 inch Clamp Edge Extension and the Bora Saw Plate retailing for $159.50. These sets allow the customer to purchase all the possible combinations of WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guides to complete most any project.

    The WTX Clamp Edge is built to suit a variety of applications, including woodworking, cabinet making, professional carpentry and do-it-yourself remodeling projects. The 24-inch model is most commonly used as a fence on table saws, router tables or drill presses, and is also perfect for small cutting projects. Ideal for trimming doors on remodeling jobs, the 36-inch Clamp Edge is able to handle slightly larger projects too big for the 24-inch model. The 50-inch Clamp Edge has been designed for 48-inch cuts and is primarily used for cross cutting sheets of plywood or other sheet goods and offers extra stability on smaller or mid-size projects. While the 50 inch extension allows you to cut an entire sheet of ply wood by adding it to the 50 inch WTX Saw Guide. The Bora Saw Plate is designed to work any of the BORA WTX Clamp Edges, giving the user even more accuracy in their cuts.543400 WTX 4 pc Set

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