Divider Components in Hand

Posted on 27 April 2017

I’ve just returned from Machine Time in Nicholasville, Ky., (the company that manufactures the two biggest components of our Improved Pattern Dividers) with our first big load of parts.

Craig Jackson of Machine Time and Raney have debugged the process during the last three weeks and parts are starting to flow smoothly through the CNC mill and (once I get to Indiana) into Raney’s shop for sanding and assembly.

In the meantime, I’ve been prototyping our next tool for Crucible. I finished two rounds of prototypes and we began production on Tuesday. The goal is to have several hundred on hand at Handworks. Once we have built up some stock, I’ll unveil this new tool here on the blog. The good news? It’s gonna be less than $40 delivered.

Raney, who sleeps less than I do, has also finished a couple rounds of prototypes for our fourth tool (when he wasn’t dealing with programming for the dividers). Plus he’s been building some new planes for Daed Toolworks for Handworks.

So though it’s been quiet here on the blog, our shops have been whirring.

— Christopher Schwarz

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  • Mike: May 21, 2017

    John, I was looking forward to buying the divider, but I’m sure you and your colleagues are much more disappointed than I am. I wish you good luck and please keep trying!

  • Christopher Thompson: May 18, 2017

    Thank you for the update. High quality is very important.

  • John: May 17, 2017

    Yes we will be bringing as many as we have to Hand Works.


  • John: May 17, 2017

    Hi all. First off on behalf of Crucible I apologize for not having dividers available to the many people who have been patiently waiting for us to put them on the site. We are more frustrated than you are that we don’t have this product available. After a significant investment in time and money we have not been able to produce these in the quantity and most importantly quality, that we want. Raney will post a technical explanation at some future point.

    We are committed to only selling items that we would personally use. The attempts to produce the dividers in quantity, has been incredibly difficult and to date we’ve been making them at a loss. While we remain committed to producing them we are stopping production indefinitely until we can work out changes in the process and/or design.

    We are taking the only stock we have to Hand Works for two reasons. First we want to support Hand Works and the Abraham’s as they put a monumental effort into this show as a gift to our community. Second we want to sell this product in person without incurring any potential problems in shipping. We will sell any remaining products on the site after the show.

    After we get a breather from Hand Works we will share more on our way forward with this product. I understand that we got ahead of ourselves and there is frustration. Again I offer our apology and hope that you accept it and understand our reasons.


  • Christopher Thompson: May 15, 2017

    I like the picture of the dividers all stacked and ready. I got the same impression that you will have dividers at Handworks but when I read it again I think you will be having this new tool there and the dividers will not be there. Could you please clarify if you will have dividers or not and if not if you will be taking orders/ down payments. Thank you.

  • Don Bass: May 12, 2017

    I agree with Michael!!! I missed the first offering as I was out of town. Been checking constantly to see when the second rendition would be ready! Now I learn it’s NO SOUP FOR YOU!!! Some of us get no time off to attend Handworks because of obligations beyond our control! That is my rant for the day!
    I admire and appreciate your work, books, ideas, holdfast, and your efforts on behalf of woodworking! Keep it up and get those damn dividers out the door!!!!!

  • Michael O'Brien : May 11, 2017

    I and likely many others as well have been patiently waiting while you "retooled "for the next batch of dividers so we could order one. Now after months of waiting, I see from your post that you are taking all of this new batch to Handworks, and only if there are any left after Handworks ( unlikely) will they be available on the Crucible website for those of us who have been waiting in the wings. ( pun intended) And that you will be retooling again which likely represents another lengthy delay. This just does not set right for me and for those others who have been patiently waiting. I attended 2015 Handworks, but not this 2017 version, so no possibility for purchase there.
    Just felt you should be aware of this oversight.
    Michael O’Brien

  • Fairwoodworking: April 28, 2017


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