Atlanta Wood Working Show

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Blog entry by Bill Akins posted 01-25-2009 01:44 AM 2029 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I just returned from the show and we had a blast. They had everything there from carpentry and cabinetry to hand tools and wood turning. I even made my first pen. I must have a lathe! We had our picture taken and they it cut on a scroll saw into a puzzle. Every king of woodcraft imagineable. My wife fell in love with the inlay and intarsia section. I was thrilled to try Lee Valley planes for the first time. I see why they are addictive. Wood carving, finishing and more. Next door at the covention center they had a show on log timber homes that was awsesome too. I picked up a few small items but they had the high dollar items as well. All in all it was a great day.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 01-25-2009 02:22 AM

Must have been your 1st time? I went Friday afternoon (because I am freezing in Chicago for the weekend). I was some what disappointed this year The show space was 1/2 what it was last year and a lot of the big name vendors did not show up or had small displays.

On the other hand, I was impressed with the guilds from GA and there booths. The lady doing the inlay (wish I got her name) was awesome. I am trying to talk my wife into starting inlay work. There was a beautiful large rocking chair in a guild’s booth. The guy who built it spent 15min w/ us explaining the details. (wish I got his name too)

I got 2-box clamps and 2- clamping squares from woodpecker ( I’ll do a review later if no one else has yet.

Ridgid had their new saw there. They put a place for a riving knife. But there is no way to upgrade mine to that :(

All in All, I’m glad we went.

-- ~jtd

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#2 posted 01-25-2009 02:24 AM

sounds great.. glad you were so inspired. I missed the woodworking show last weekend here and a firend that went told me that I didn’t miss anything.

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 01-25-2009 03:39 AM

It must be a hit or miss situation. The baltimore Show in Jan 2 was one of the best that I’ve seen in the three years I’ve been going. I wonder if they are keeping history of the different venues and some MFG’s are not showing up if there is a history of a lot of no-shows.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 01-25-2009 03:51 AM

weird…thought my post went through a couple hours ago…either way glad you had a great time…I hope to go to the Sacramento show …maybe vegas!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 01-25-2009 05:16 AM

Interesting. Where do you guys find about these woodworking shows? I would like to know about any around Minnesota.

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#6 posted 01-26-2009 02:20 AM .

I also went to the atlanta show this week end and agree with jtdyal. I kind of felt like they were trying to put 5 lbs of sawdust into a 3 lb bag, The room was much smaller than it used to be. The one good thing about the show was that it helped me to make up my mind on a drum sander. The Stockroom was there demonstrating theirs, and after watching the demo have decided that the jet, or one like it, is what I will get.

-- Joe, Ga

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Bill Akins

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#7 posted 01-26-2009 02:26 AM

Well, you guys got me. It was our first show. I did feel it was way overcrowded and didn’t see some names that I wanted to. But we had fun anyway. I am looking at getting a new tablesaw and I really liked the new rigid granite top.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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