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Offline bobfog

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« Reply #120 on: April 13, 2016, 07:34 PM »
Message from Axminster today. 

"Due to the unique design of this product, we were expecting demand during the first few weeks to be strong, but we received far more orders than anticipated and it is now out of stock. We are working on manufacturing new stock and are waiting to receive materials from our supplier. The current estimate for this becoming available for despatch is June."

I guess this has turned out to be a hit. Total price with shipping to Montana is £117.30 GBP; $171.23 USD

The only problem I have is my friends now want me to make their table tops. Today's tip.... Keep a lid on this product or come up with a nice fee like a case of favorite beverage....

JUNE, JUNE?? What an absolute joke!


Only kidding [big grin] This sort of new, niche product is absolutely impossible to estimate initial demand for, with no similar existing products in the market place to try to gauge interest. Axminster and Peter would have had no way of guessing how popular it would be.

One word of caution though, don't let QC drop as this sort of product lives and dies by how accurate it is. Wouldn't want to see the bean counters at Axminster pressuring manufacturing at the expense of quality when Peter's name is quite literally on the product!

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« Reply #121 on: April 14, 2016, 01:28 AM »
Message from Axminster today. 

"Due to the unique design of this product, we were expecting demand during the first few weeks to be strong, but we received far more orders than anticipated and it is now out of stock. We are working on manufacturing new stock and are waiting to receive materials from our supplier. The current estimate for this becoming available for despatch is June."

I guess this has turned out to be a hit. Total price with shipping to Montana is £117.30 GBP; $171.23 USD

The only problem I have is my friends now want me to make their table tops. Today's tip.... Keep a lid on this product or come up with a nice fee like a case of favorite beverage....

There has certainly been unprecedented interest in the PGS. Axminster's initial stock came from the first production run (way ahead of launch) but that ran sold out after the first day. Product launch came after the second production run was complete and this sold out later that same week. As a result Axminster are expanding their production facilities and no doubt replenishing stocks of raw material as fast as they can.

I have spent 3 years working on this and for the last 2 years Axminster have been putting in a huge amount of effort as well. Every prototype has been examined with only one aim in mind - to deliver the greatest accuracy possible from a non CNC approach. Neither of us will allow any corners to be cut.

Peter


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Re: UJK Parf Guide System - Videos
« Reply #122 on: April 14, 2016, 03:23 AM »
JUNE, JUNE?? What an absolute joke!


Only kidding [big grin] This sort of new, niche product is absolutely impossible to estimate initial demand for, with no similar existing products in the market place to try to gauge interest. Axminster and Peter would have had no way of guessing how popular it would be.

One word of caution though, don't let QC drop as this sort of product lives and dies by how accurate it is. Wouldn't want to see the bean counters at Axminster pressuring manufacturing at the expense of quality when Peter's name is quite literally on the product!

Hi Bob

Many thanks for this.

Over the last 2 years I have got to know the senior people at Axminster quite well. One thing that I can say, and others that know this chap will back it up, the Axminster MD is absolutely passionate about quality and accuracy. Lets not kid ourselves, they still have to cater for a wide range of the woodworking market and so there will be some cheap and cheerful items for people on a budget but equally there are some amazing industrial machines which most woodworkers can only dream about.

They have a reputation for manufacturing quality and the wood turners will be able to vouch for the quality of their chucks which are made entirely in Axminster. Programming a new product into a broad production schedule is not easy and the Parf Guide System, as the "unknown new tool", had to take its place in that schedule. Now that the market interest is clear the Axminster team are increasing their workshop capacity, including man hours and machinery, in order to meet demand.

For me it has been 3 years in which about a dozen significant design improvements have been made along with 7 quite different prototypes. A couple of extra months now may appear as a disappointment, and I fully understand this, but in the grand scheme of things it is indicative of the care and attention to detail that has been there from the beginning.

Axminster will not let you down and they will certainly not let me down.

Peter

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« Reply #123 on: April 14, 2016, 06:26 AM »
After reading "June" above I decided to see if I could find out where my backorder (placed end of March) was in the order of things. Axminster replied very promptly, "...we are not expecting to have our stock of the product replenished until July 2016 at the earliest...". While your system looks absolutely brilliant Peter and Axminster have always been great in my experience, a 4 month lead time with no warning or even an update once dates became clearer is a bit much. I'll likely pick one up later down the road but, for now, I've cancelled my order. This will hopefully mean someone else gets their set that bit earlier.

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« Reply #124 on: April 20, 2016, 08:27 AM »
Peter, first off, fantastic job on coming up with this jig.  Second, any chance Lee Valley might try to carry this?  I know they have your Parf dogs.  Just a thought.

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« Reply #125 on: April 20, 2016, 12:56 PM »
The manufacturing and marketing are in the hands of Axminster and so I am not sure who they are talking to in North America. I can see the sense of Lee Valley but it is out of my hands.

Peter

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« Reply #126 on: April 21, 2016, 03:45 PM »
Thanks Peter.  Just thought might make it a little easier for NA to get hold of one.

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« Reply #127 on: May 04, 2016, 09:03 AM »
I am glad to say that mine arrived early this week in NA

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« Reply #128 on: May 27, 2016, 11:58 PM »
My set was shipped 05/27/2016 so they beat the June ship date.

The message:

The attached document* provides details of products that have been packed and are ready for despatch.

Looking  forward to using it. Thanks Peter for a splendid invention I will use it with great dispatch or despatch; I will have to decide.
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« Reply #129 on: May 29, 2016, 09:01 AM »
My set was shipped 05/27/2016 so they beat the June ship date.

The message:

The attached document* provides details of products that have been packed and are ready for despatch.

Looking  forward to using it. Thanks Peter for a splendid invention I will use it with great dispatch or despatch; I will have to decide.

Yes, I understand that they are catching up with all the back orders ahead of schedule. Also I think that stock will be on the web site in a couple of weeks time. I cannot be more precise as I am camping in The Netherlands and enjoying some super cycling.

Many thanks for the kind words.

Peter

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« Reply #130 on: May 29, 2016, 12:48 PM »
@Peter

Didn't read the whole thread, but I think there's a business case for making the drilling jig available in some form with replaceable bushings so you use use a whole range of Forstner bits to get drill press like vertical accuracy anywhere you want.

Esp if it could mount on a guide rail !

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« Reply #131 on: May 29, 2016, 02:58 PM »
@fritter63

The rail idea is already being looked at but not for the layout of 20 mm holes. I understand your excellent point about interchangeable guide bushes but favour the idea of increasing the range of drills that fit the guide.

Suggestions like these are excellent and a really good way to refine a product or enhance its range.

Cheers.

Peter

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« Reply #132 on: June 09, 2016, 01:48 PM »
I have just spotted that the PGS is now in stock on the Axminster web site. If it sells out again I will promise to tell my family to stop buying them !

Peter

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« Reply #133 on: June 10, 2016, 02:45 PM »
I have just spotted that the PGS is now in stock on the Axminster web site. If it sells out again I will promise to tell my family to stop buying them !

Peter

Peter,
When you originally posted the news about your Parf Guide, they sold out before I could get one. I placed my name on their notification list to be alerted when they were back in stock. Axminster notified me yesterday, I sent an email requesting a quote immediately. Their export department contacted me bright & early this morning with my quote which I processed payment for and was sent a shipped comfirmation with tracking within an hour thereafter.
Very professional operation, I am duly impressed. Now it is in the hands of the shipper until I get your brilliant device. Cannot wait as I have new benchtops planned.
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« Reply #134 on: June 10, 2016, 03:55 PM »
I have just spotted that the PGS is now in stock on the Axminster web site. If it sells out again I will promise to tell my family to stop buying them !

Peter

Peter,
When you originally posted the news about your Parf Guide, they sold out before I could get one. I placed my name on their notification list to be alerted when they were back in stock. Axminster notified me yesterday, I sent an email requesting a quote immediately. Their export department contacted me bright & early this morning with my quote which I processed payment for and was sent a shipped comfirmation with tracking within an hour thereafter.
Very professional operation, I am duly impressed. Now it is in the hands of the shipper until I get your brilliant device. Cannot wait as I have new benchtops planned.
Bob

Hi Bob

Brilliant. Axminster have been very good helping with the final development aspects of the PGS and I am now, more or less, out of the loop as they run the production, marketing and sales.

I would love to see some of the custom work/bench top creations from PGS owners.

Cheers.

Peter

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« Reply #135 on: June 11, 2016, 06:30 PM »
Hey, look what finally arrived this week!



Not even opened it yet as I've not got time to use it for a couple of weeks yet but looking forward to when I do!


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« Reply #136 on: June 13, 2016, 08:49 PM »
My Parf Guide System arrived this morning. Took less than 72 hours from shipping confirmation - door to door - fantastic service - all the way from the UK.
Now to build Peter's box to store it in, and then on to new custom bench tops.
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« Reply #137 on: June 14, 2016, 12:51 AM »
My Parf Guide System arrived this morning. Took less than 72 hours from shipping confirmation - door to door - fantastic service - all the way from the UK.
Now to build Peter's box to store it in, and then on to new custom bench tops.

That is a fantastic delivery time.

I would love to see pictures of the box when it is done and everyone will want to see your custom bench tops as they are created.

Cheers.

Peter

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« Reply #138 on: June 14, 2016, 11:37 AM »
Would be great if there was a recommendation for the type of mdf to use for these works tops in general. Some mdf experts out there ?

The local home centers just call it mdf but I'm sure there is quality differences as with plywood. The setup I have in mind would be supported by Stanley sawhorses and 2x4, slides into a slot in the saw horse, with a top on top.

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« Reply #139 on: June 14, 2016, 11:41 AM »
Can you get Medite MR where you are?

It is what I use and it is great quality, has a fairly dense outer layer and I understand it is low in formaldehyde.

Peter

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« Reply #140 on: June 14, 2016, 12:59 PM »
Would be great if there was a recommendation for the type of mdf to use for these works tops in general. Some mdf experts out there ?

The local home centers just call it mdf but I'm sure there is quality differences as with plywood. The setup I have in mind would be supported by Stanley sawhorses and 2x4, slides into a slot in the saw horse, with a top on top.

I too am trying to figure out what material to make my worktable...I have settled on covering with laminate but not sure whether to use MDF or baltic birch as the substrate.

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« Reply #141 on: June 14, 2016, 01:29 PM »
I think that there are some great innovations on the way for the materials for the bench or cutting station tops and also for the layout of holes.

We need pictures guys otherwise, like Schrödinger's cat, it never happened !

Peter

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« Reply #142 on: June 14, 2016, 02:34 PM »
I think that there are some great innovations on the way for the materials for the bench or cutting station tops and also for the layout of holes.

We need pictures guys otherwise, like Schrödinger's cat, it never happened !

Peter

I think the correct analogy is, that it both has and has not happened.

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« Reply #143 on: June 16, 2016, 11:43 AM »
is that one of those quantum mechanics insider's jokes.

jokes aside, anyone in canada gotten a hold of this? this is hot! but my cnc guy probably isn't too hot about this.

I think that there are some great innovations on the way for the materials for the bench or cutting station tops and also for the layout of holes.

We need pictures guys otherwise, like Schrödinger's cat, it never happened !

Peter

I think the correct analogy is, that it both has and has not happened.

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« Reply #144 on: June 16, 2016, 12:34 PM »
See Steve's original plan and Cad Plan that he has for sale:  http://www.multifunctionslab.com/the-features.html

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« Reply #145 on: June 21, 2016, 06:55 PM »
come from england.

ordered from axminister on friday, got it today! haven't opened yet. gonna use it on two 4x3 3/4" mdfs.

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« Reply #146 on: June 21, 2016, 07:05 PM »
Mine showed up yesterday here in Chicago.  I ordered it less than a week ago.

Looks like a great and useful addition!


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« Reply #147 on: June 24, 2016, 07:40 AM »
I spoke to Axminster yesterday and told them how well their delivery system is working to North America. I hope the system is working as well to the rest of the world - Europe ought to be good.

Well I think that the dollar price will have come down a bit today and so it would seem like a good time to be getting stuff from the UK.

Peter

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« Reply #148 on: June 24, 2016, 10:27 AM »
heheh.. don't mean to bring the recent eu split into this, but with the plummeted pound, there's no better time to buy from axminster :) parallel guide, systainer accessories, etc.

Peter, last night i finished drilling all the 20mm holes on the 3/4 mdf. Looks amazing. The system is unbeatable really, even if you have a router. Got a little scared last night when i didn't take heed to your advice of adding oil to the drill bit EVERY time you use it. It got stuck in the bronze bushing. had to knock the back on the ground couple of times to get it out. It shouldn't have any impact on the precision of the bit..

So at the end, i knocked out all the holes i can do with the guide and dogs. I do have some at the corner of the mdf that i couldn't do. Any idea how to do those?

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« Reply #149 on: June 24, 2016, 10:43 AM »
Did the price go up already or do I remember wrong?