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AWFS Woodworking Fair 2017

by trevor7428
posted 07-11-2017 06:17 PM

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#1 posted 07-11-2017 07:48 PM

I’ve been to the IWF which occurs every other year in Las Vegas and Atlanta. I’ve never been to the AWFS show.

The last time I went to the IWF here in Atlanta had a good time. Lots of big industrial machines like CNC machines.

I’m assuming that you’ll see the same at the AWFS show. Since you live in LV one thing you might keep an eye out for are booths that are demonstrating CNC machines. At the last IWF show I managed to get 2 CNC carved seats. All I have to add are the legs and anything else I choose.

I also managed to get 1/8” thick pieces of oak that was a result of another demo.

I never pass up free wood.

If you’re ready to buy a machine tool, sometimes the exhibitors will sell you the demo tools at discounted prices rather than ship them back. You got to go early before others snap up the deals.

You might also see booths that are selling tools like saws, drills, etc. Take some money.

SawStop is an exhibitor so you might want to snag some of the destroyed blades that result from their hot dog demos. The saw blades with the attached brake makes good shop clocks. The blade metal can also be cut up and used for blades or knives.

Another thing I always try to get are Free T-shirts and hats. The SawStop hats are really nice.

Another thing I got at the last IWF show was a iPhone-6 case with a wood back from the Sherwin-Williams booth.

Hope you have a good time.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 07-11-2017 09:03 PM

Wow! thanks for the great reply!
very helpfull. i was also, hoping to attend some of the seminars (like the ones you see on Youtube, for hobbyist) but all their seminars this year are for buisness owner related. Each one cost $55. I wouldn’t mind paying the $55 if they had any towards hobby woodworkers.

Was it like that for you too?

Thanks for the info about the possibility of purchasing a demo unit, if lucky. I will def bring my wallet now. lol

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#3 posted 07-11-2017 09:12 PM

Another tip. Make some contacts with some of the reps there. Get on their mailing list. What that does for you is the next time the AFWS comes to town, you may be able to snag FREE tickets to the next show. For the last 2 IWF shows here in Atlanta I was able to get free tickets and a friend of mine also got free tickets.

Also, sign up for any drawings. My friend who went with me was lucky enough to win a 1hp dust collector. The odds were great since only about 15 people had entered for the drawing.

I think YouTube seminars are good enough for teaching you woodworking. I don’t usually pay for seminars but will attend any free seminars.

The next time I’m in Las Vegas I hope we can meet.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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