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Notes From The Woodworking Show...

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I typically use the internet and various forums to retrieve information about tools and accessories for woodworking. Nevertheless, yesterday my wife and I took a cruise in the F-350 to attend the Woodworking Show which was taking place in northern Denver .  Here are a few observations from the show:

  • I usually don't watch the demonstrations given by the vendors wearing the microphones (i.e. Vince from the "Sham-Wow" TV commercial) but paid attention at the Kreg Tools booth. I went to evaluate, and was subsequently pleased with, the  Kreg Jig® Master System.  The system was well made and allowed for portable as well as bench mounted operation. The accessories were numerous and the self-drilling screws worked well in Oak without any splitting. The vendor representative challenged observers to test the strength of the joint and I did manage to break the joint.

  • Being an avid fan of vintage tools I wondered if Delta could improve on what I feel has been the best table saw in the industry since its inception.  I'll admit at first I was skeptical but walked away wishing I had more money in my bank account. I was totally inspired by the completely redesigned Delta Unisaw. The Delta web site has a terrific portal designed to illustrate their innovative saw.  The new features add to an already impressive platform and reaffirm my conclusion that the Unisaw reigns supreme.

  • I had always wanted to watch the Fast Joint™ Master Precision Joinery System in action and see if it was for real or hype. I have to admit I was pretty impressed with the very cool decorative (yet quite functional) looking routed joints made using this tool. It was fun watching them use the tool.

  • I have to wonder about the decisions the vendors make regarding pricing. I became numb looking at banners advertising "Special Show Prices" or "Reduced for Show".  While some products did reflect a slight price reduction...most were hardly noteworthy.

All in all my trip to the show was educational and enjoyable. I saw several new products and was able to update several old catalogs.

If you have any questions or comments about this blog entry please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Thanks and be safe when working with tools!!!




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Robert Burgoyne, also known as "Burgie", has been doing woodworking for nearly 30 years. He started learning at an early age in his grandfather's garage and continued while working with his father in construction. The hobby has now become a business with Creative Landscape Accents. Burgie builds  high quality woodworking projects for the outdoors and also enjoys making decorative accent pieces for inside the house. While not working in his shop doing woodworking Burgie enjoys computers, restoring his old 1964 Chevy C60 2-ton dump truck and riding his Harley-Davidson Road King throughout beautiful Colorado.



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