Archive for the ‘Trade Show’ Category

New Kreg Jig K5 Boasts Better Clamping, More User Friendly Features

July 31st, 2013 by
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Auto-adjusting clamp, easier set-ups and more on-board storage are a few of the new Kreg Jig K5′s bells and whistles. Scott Schaaf explains all of the latest pocket-hole jig’s details to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Williams & Hussey Adds 50 More In-stock Knife Profiles

July 30th, 2013 by
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More knives expands profiling options for venerable W&H Molders. Company president Steve Carter shares recent updates about knife expansion and product enhancements to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Epilog Lasers Add Interesting Flair to Woodworking Projects

July 30th, 2013 by
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Laser engraving is a fascinating way to add graphics and text to woodworking projects. Epilog Laser is a leader in the laser engraving industry with machines that can both etch and cut hardwood. Here they demonstrate a neat trick with the laser.

Laguna Tools Shows off Their Latest Full-Sized Lathe

July 30th, 2013 by
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Laguna Tools offers a wide range of high-quality stationary power tools. In this video Torbin Helshoj provides the scoop on their latest full-sized lathe. And this tool comes with some interesting twist!

Lamello Expands Clamex Knockdown Biscuits with New P-10 Size

July 30th, 2013 by
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Colonial Saw’s Carl Frey demonstrates P-10 fastener installation on 1/2-in. material to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Show.

Integrated Face Frame Jig System to Come from General Tools

July 30th, 2013 by
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Offering first-of-its-kind features that will allow you to clamp, drill and fasten in one simple setup, General Tools & Instruments’ new all-in-one Professional Face Frame Jig System should offer versatility and added efficiency for cabinet construction. Chris Edwards gives Woodworker’s Journal a sneak peak of this Fall product at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

CMT Expands Thin-kerf Blade Family with More ITK Options

July 30th, 2013 by
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Industrial, Plus and Contractor blade options give woodworkers and jobsite users more budget-minded choices within CMT’s thin-kerf saw blade line. Sal Taro overviews features and benefits of the three ITK categories to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Micro Jig’s Microdial Tapering Jig Sets New Standard for Versatility, Accuracy

July 30th, 2013 by
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Repeat angles, micro-adjustability and simple interface with company’s Grr-Ripper GR-200 push blocks place new Tapering Jig in a league of its own, versus shop-made alternatives. Micro Jig’s Bruce Wang explains the jig’s capabilities to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Grex to Offer Two New Crown Staplers

July 30th, 2013 by
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Grex’s Jerry Carter shares exciting news about forthcoming crown stapler duo that will be built on successful Green Buddy motor platform. Woodworker’s Journal gets the behind-the-scenes details at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Amana Tools Offering No-mar Countersink Bits

July 30th, 2013 by
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Four carbide-tipped countersinks with bearing collars should make drilling tasks both crisp and blemish-free. Frank Misiti from Amana Tools shows the product’s unique features to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Steel City Toolworks to Offer Sub-$1000 15-in. Planer

July 30th, 2013 by
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Among many new stationary and benchtop machines to come this year, Steel City’s David Campagna gives Woodworker’s Journal a first look at new budget-conscious 15- and 20-in. heavy-duty planers, unveiled at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Franklin International to Repackage Instant Bond Accelerator

July 30th, 2013 by
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Woodworker’s Journal gets a sneak peek at Franklin’s new aerosol Accelerator at the 2013 AWFS Fair. Scott McCartney explains end-user benefits of “rattle can” update, plus other Instant Bond CA formulations.

Accuride Introduces Their 115RC Slides

July 29th, 2013 by
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Accuride, a leader in drawer slide technology, has some creative products for all sorts of storage solutions. Here Claudia Tuttle tells us about a remarkable flexible system.

Micro Fence Tweaks Micro Plunge Base

July 27th, 2013 by
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Sub-base of Micro Fence’s Micro Plunge Base has been redesigned to offer improved visibility, while other features and pricing remain the same. Richard Wedler, Micro Fence founder, shows product changes to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

New Excalibur Cast-iron Router Table to Fit Most Table Saws

July 27th, 2013 by
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Retrofit a 16 x 27-in. cast-iron router table, fence and telescoping legs to most table saws with a new Excalibur kit offered by General International. Pat Magro gives Woodworker’s Journal a complete overview at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

CNC Shark Software Improved with Virtual Zero Update

July 27th, 2013 by
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CNC Shark’s forthcoming Diamond Edition machine to feature improved zeroing technology. Virtual Zero also offered as an optional update for previous CNC Shark models. Tim Owens explains the enhancement to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Rockler’s Interlock State Park Lettering Kits Improve Router Signage

July 26th, 2013 by
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New font, industry-first kerning spacers and online plans bring CNC quality sign-making capabilities to home-shop routing. Woodworker’s Journal gets a close-up look at Rockler’s State Park Kits at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

An Applicator for Every Gluing Need in Rockler’s New Kit

July 26th, 2013 by
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Four easy-to-clean applicator heads, funnel and glue bottle should make gluing tasks easier. Rockler’s Dan Wenning shares new Glue Bottle Applicator Kit with Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Rockler’s New Rolling Utility Ladder Makes High Storage More Accessible

July 26th, 2013 by
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Success with Library Ladder system prompts Rockler to offer new stamped steel Utility Ladder Hardware Kit for garage, shop or home. Dan Banasik demonstrates ladder’s functionality for Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Perfect Match Stain Marker Simplifies Finish Touch-Ups

July 26th, 2013 by
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Syringe-style applicator allows end user to fill Stain Marker with any color of project stain. Product’s inventor Harry Bainbridge demonstrates loading, uses to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Guhdo Modifies Combo Blades for Quieter Cutting

July 26th, 2013 by
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Guhdo’s John Otto explains gullet changes of updated 50-tooth combination blades. He also overviews company’s long history as a premium blade and bit manufacturer to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

SuperMax Tools Rolls Out New 50-in. Capacity Drum Sander

July 26th, 2013 by
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Boasting the widest sanding capacity of open-end drum sanders, SuperMax’s New 25-50 also sports many innovative features and cast-iron construction. Warren Weber showcases the details to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

More Sizes, Base Options Added to Bessey’s Auto-Adjust Toggle Clamps

July 26th, 2013 by
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Five new and more compact options, with added base configurations, expands Bessey’s popular Auto-Adjust Toggle Clamp line. Andrew Ferra provides the details to Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Apollo Sprayers Unveils Three New Eco Budget HVLP Turbines

July 26th, 2013 by
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American-made Eco Series, in three-, four- and five-stage systems, brings high power at a lower price for the small shop. Bill Boxer discusses their features and pricing with Woodworker’s Journal Magazine at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Prazi’s Accutrax Brings Pencil Convenience to Utility Knives

July 25th, 2013 by
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Carbon blade fits into any standard utility knife and draws clean, 5mm pencil lines. Bob Cumings demonstrates the Accutrax Pencil Blade to Woodworker’s Journal Magazine at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

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RIKON Targets New 14-in. Bandsaw to “Step Up” Woodworkers

July 25th, 2013 by
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Bearing guides, cast-iron table, two speeds and updated blue color scheme are featured in RIKON’s latest 10-321 band saw for home shops. Rod Burrow gives Woodworker’s Journal a first look at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Fueled by Social Media, General Finishes Java Gel Stain Sets New Color Trend

July 25th, 2013 by
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Customer’s choice of extra dark brown stain for a kitchen cabinet update launches General Finishes Java Gel Stain to the top of color palette popularity, says Tom Monahan. He shares the story with Woodworker’s Journal at the 2013 AWFS Fair.

Viva Las Vegas, and AWFS!

July 19th, 2013 by
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AWFS 2013 LogoEvery two years, the woodworking industry braves the summer heat and the cacophony of slot machines to attend AWFS — the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers fair, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s one of the largest trade shows in the world for our craft, and this year we’ve been told there will be some 500 exhibitors displaying the very latest in woodworking tools, supplies, finishes, accessories and, well … you name it. If you can process and finish a board with it, chances are there will be at least one company, if not a dozen, showcasing that widget here.

Rob Johnstone, contributing editor Sandor Nagyszalanczy and I are already packing, planning and anxiously anticipating our chance to walk the show floor, along with some 10,000 other folks this year. And, thanks to the wonders of the internet, we’d love for you to come along with us, too!

AWFS Show FloorEach day, we’ll be interviewing select companies on video, and posting their new and exciting product releases on this special AWFS blog!

We’ve done it before, and your traffic to the blog in previous years tells us that this sort of show coverage is just what you want to see. So, we’ll be spending four days next week — Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27 — to bring it to you again! It’s worth the roar of woodworking machines conducting their demos, the (really) bad convention center food and sore feet.

And why not? Here’s where the leading woodworking companies roll out the very latest and greatest products to help make our shop time the most enjoyable — or if you’re a pro woodworker, profitable — experience it can be. AWFS ExhibitorAnd, you can keep pulse with the industry from the comfort of your computer, tablet or smart phone, just by checking back with our blog each day.

If you’re not already familiar with AWFS, or if you’re curious about what the show has in store next week, click here for an overview.

So, come along for the ride! We’ll do our best to find the cool stuff and pass a sneak peek along for you. If you have a question or concern about something you see on the blog, let us know by leaving a comment, and we’ll try to get an answer for you right from the source. Happy to oblige! And, by all means, if something we share suddenly shoots to the top of your wish list, let us know that, too. Exhibitors will be watching our blog, just like you.

See you from the show floor!

Chris Marshall, Senior Editor