Welcome to the 2012 International Woodworking Fair® blog! Look for video or photo updates every day during IWF2012. The most recent will be right up top but you can scroll down for the latest from the show!
There aren’t many events that will get a woodworking editor’s bags packed faster than an industry trade show.
And guess what? We’re packing again!
Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 22nd through 25th, Atlanta is hosting the bi-annual International Woodworking Fair (IWF) at the Georgia World Congress Center — and Woodworker’s Journal will be there with our press passes ready and cameras rolling. Each day, we’ll be posting video blogs from the show floor to bring you the latest news on innovative new woodworking technology, tools, supplies and other products.
And you don’t have to go through security or check a bag to join us.
Just follow our IWF blog, and it will be like walking the show yourself — all from your computer, smartphone or tablet. Better yet, interact with us! If there’s a product we find that strikes your fancy, or something you’d like to know more about, leave a comment and let us know. We’ll do our best to answer your questions. This is your chance to get a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at products that are fresh to market, still coming your way later this year or sometimes even a ways off yet. You’ll see it first when we do.
IWF’s excitement is building. We’ve been told this year’s show has already surpassed the advanced registration of IWF two years ago by more than 40 percent. And more than 850 companies will be exhibiting. That’s a lot of woodworking energy under one roof.
It’s gonna be a busy four days … and we hope really informative! So join us for the fun. Check back regularly and often for updates.
Pat Magro overviews General International’s Excalibur router lift to Woodworker’s Journal Magazine at the 2012 IWF, as well as tabletop options and bases for router tables, plus a 30th-anniversary edition scroll saw.
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty work support solution for hollowing vessels or turning bowls on your lathe, consider Carter Products new MultiRest, which was on display at IWF. Made mostly of laser-cut steel and aircraft-grade aluminum, it is compatible with midi models on up to lathes with 20-in. swings with no additional hardware required. The base of the MultiRest has independently adjustable spacer blocks that fit lathe beds with way sizes from 1 in. to 4 1/2 in. The device’s multi-ring structure has a two-piece design that allows it to be quickly opened up while leaving the mounting base firmly attached to the lathe bed. This accessibility feature enables easier mounting or dismounting of workpieces or for sanding, shaping and other secondary operations. When the larger portion of the ring is removed, the remaining section becomes a bowl rest, providing support behind the workpiece without obstructing the opposite side of the bowl for exterior cutting and shaping stages.
In a media event held Wednesday evening at IWF, Kreg Tool Company and Triton Precision Power Tools announced a new partnership that should be of interest to woodworkers who are fans of one — or both — of these established brands.
Kreg announced that it is now the exclusive U.S. distributor of Triton’s tool product line. Additionally, Kreg will be handling service issues related to Triton power tools in the future. In turn, Triton will be distributing Kreg tools to a larger extent in the United Kingdom, where Triton is headquartered.
Powermatic’s Schwaiger touts twin LEDs, large table and longer quill throw as three key features of new PM2800 drill press. Woodworker’s Journal Magazine gets even more details at the 2012 IWF Powermatic booth.