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Atlanta International Woodworking Fair

by helluvawreck
posted 08-30-2016 07:52 PM

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#1 posted 08-30-2016 08:24 PM

Love to but it’s a little far to travel.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-30-2016 08:41 PM

How does it compare to WIA or some of the other shows of that type?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 08-31-2016 12:42 AM

I went. I live near a MARTA station so getting there was easy.

I’ve never been before and it was impressive. It was over half a million square feet exhibition floors. Building A was mostly finished goods. There were tons of finished kitchens showcasing all of the laminates, hardware, drawer slides, ets. Building B was the bigger exhibit hall and had more of the machines, etc.

My random notes:

Building B had enough equipment to produce most of the furniture that IKEA sells. Some of the “booths” were giant mills that were complete automated systems that would pick up 4×8 melamine plywood, Cut it into fifty pieces with a CNC router and saw, and sort all of those pieces and stack them with more robotic arms. There were several of these operations there.

Giant edge-banding machines that can apply edges to melamine pieces faster than a human can feed them. probably at least fifteen different vendors. Some of these machines bigger than a semi trailer.

Lots of robotic arms doing cool things. One would paint complex objects like window frames while they moved on a overhead conveyor. Another had six different cutters mounted on a cube on the end of it’s arm. It would rotate the cube and perform different cutting maneuvers. The sixth cutter was on one side attached to the end of a circular saw blade. It was cutting, routing, sanding, buffing wooden vanity sink vessels.

3/4 of the exhibits in Building B were industrial\CNC\milling\laminating, etc.

There were several wood vendors with displays of the raw wood that they sell. One had several bundles of beautiful 12/4 planks of perfectly straight 12-foot boards of several varieties. If i had to guess, I bet the cord of Teak was probably worth $20K or more. Now it hurts to see the twisty bendy crap that Woodcraft and Rockler sell. Im Spoiled.

I saw Stumpy Nubs, but he was busy and I didn’t get a chance to say HI

Triton is now pushing it’s line of stuff to compete with Festool. Unfortunately, they have near-festool pricing on a lot of things.

Kreg has a new drawer Jig available next month. It holds the drawer box after you install the slides in the carcass.

Vendor Schwag was weak – mostly pens and coozies if anything. I only got one t-shirt. I usually get at least a dozen shirts at VMWare\Citrix\MicroSoft events.

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#4 posted 08-31-2016 10:09 AM

I would have gone if I had known it was in town maybe next time. Glad to read the notes above good wright up but I’m Sure There was much to see in one day

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#5 posted 08-31-2016 10:44 AM

Stumpy was there 3 days working the Trend/Tormek booth and he said it was so big that he got lost going to the restroom!

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#6 posted 08-31-2016 10:50 AM

Wish I had known about it. I might have driven the seven hours and spent a day or two up there. Do they have a web site?

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#7 posted 08-31-2016 12:39 PM

I had intended to go, but last week I spent 2 days in the hospital with blood clots in my leg and lung. My calf/ankle swelled up like a football. So now I’m on “light duty” and need to keep my foot elevated as much as possible. My Dr STRONGLY suggested that I dont spend all day upright and walking around for the next few weeks.

Hopefully next year.

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#8 posted 08-31-2016 12:58 PM

I usually walk 5-6 miles every morning. On the day I went to IWF, I didn’t walk in the morning. By 2:00PM I was was feeling like I had walked at least 8 miles. I was there until 5:00pm. I one full day I didn’t get to see all of the exhibits; probably only about 80%.

Click on exhibitor → Exhibitor floor plans → then on the lower level to see a map of the exhibitors.

There were lots of Amish visitors – maybe a couple hundred. If someone can invent a CNC machine that runs on steam or mules, I think there would be a huge market.

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#9 posted 08-31-2016 03:58 PM


They get around the no electricity rule by owning their own generators.


I always go since it’s within driving distance. Been going for over 15 years. It’s every OTHER year on even numbered years.

Much diminished since the recession, (2 buildings rather than 3) but well worth seeing for the money. Lot’s of cool stuff to see. The Design Emphasis and the Challenger Awards are not to be missed.

You get to talk shop with 500 of your closest friends, and get free stuff. What’s not to like?

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#10 posted 08-31-2016 04:57 PM

I usually go to the show every day. However, this time I just went on Wednesday with my brother. My brother is still in the molding business whereas I’m retired with my shop at home. Many Lumberjocks know that we lost our molding plant to a fire just about 4 years ago. My brother sells molding but he doesn’t make the molding since we lost the plant. He has to find people to run it for him. If I can’t get a good business going in my shop In another year and a half or so, I may just have to come out of retirement and make molding myself. I already know all of the ins and outs about running molding. I know how to repair and maintain molders and keep them running and I also know how to set them up and make the tooling for them. We had five Weinig molders, an automatic finger jointer, and all of the related other equipment. We even had a machine shop. However, if I do go back into it one day I’ll probably just have one molder and a knife grinder and a couple of helpers. I wouldn’t want to get any bigger than that. Heck! I’m 66 years old now. I wouldn’t be able to start a molding plant for another 1-1/2 to 2 years and I’ll be 68 years old by then. If I had my preference I’d rather just have my little shop behind my house and develop a little internet business selling woodcrafts. I was in the manufacturing business for over forty years and it was a whole lot of hard work. I really enjoyed it though. However, I’ve been out of it for four years now and I’d rather just have a small woodcraft business now. But I’m going to have to make a living somehow and molding may be the only way I know how. I might could just repair molders for a living but that would be a lot of traveling. I could also buy and sell molders and rebuild molders on the side.

That show just kind of got me to thinking about molders.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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