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Nottingham, England

Chris Knight

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SE London - NW Kent

It's not just hobby woodworkers but also the trade - like furniture manufacturers and so forth. We have something similar here I think at the NEC but that is strictly trade as far as I know whereas the Atlanta show clearly caters also for the hobbiest.

Ian Dalziel

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Hi Neil,
The Atlanta show is absolutely breathtaking, i went in 1998 or 99 i cant quite remember now it just seems a distant memory
It is a mix for the hobbiests and trade alike
Tools there were very cheap but i couldnt bring much home as i was working in the vicinity and had a very small baggage allowance
it is an experience though if your thinking of going



If anybody is chartering a plane could they let me know, I am currently due to return from IWF on Bank Holiday Monday with British Airways.

Neil, thanks for the support.

Luggage allowance is not a problem, 2 suitcase max 32kg each!

I doubt I will get to see much of the show as I will be working our stand. If anyone is coming our booth is 6764


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Up the proverbial creek
Malcolm Stamper":3rri84vh said:
If anybody is chartering a plane could they let me know, I am currently due to return from IWF on Bank Holiday Monday with British Airways.
Ooops... Good luck. :|


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Stolen from Usenet ref IWF Atlanta, latest news on new LV stuff:

"We'll have a bucha cool stuff.... the large shoulder, and a new "ultimate"
roller stand - in addition to other cool stuff....

Cheers -


So Alf, what's all this about then?


Noel, who should have alf@LV-UK.corn in his contacts list....


devonwoody":1k5vv1xu said:
Any members interested in chartering a flight to the show? :lol:
It's been a very hard day and I can't decide and thus had to ask. You are joking aren't you???



Who has heard of stranger things than chartering a flight for a woodworkig show!


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Atlanta Show Report from our UKW reporter in Atlanta:

Went to IWF 2004. Quite impressed. It was in the 3 buildings of the
Georga World Congress Center. These are large buildings and I would
have to think for a while of how they compare to the Las Vegas
Convention Center. These convention centers in the various cities are
now very large affairs indeed.

Many of the suppliers we know were represented: Porter Cable, Makita,
Dewalt, Delta, Lee Valley, 3M, Mirka, Triton, Mohawk, Freud, Franklin,
Lie-Nielsen, Starrett, etc.

Lee Valley has their new large shoulder plain on display. Quite nice.
I think it would be very nice to clean up tenon faces and larger
surfaces. It has 2 wood handles instead of the single brass handle of
the medium shoulder plane. I saw their Mark II power sharpener. It
was a lot more "hefty" than it looks in the catalog.

Asked the guys at Porter Cable and Delta what they thought about the
sale to Black & Decker. They seemed to be very happy about it. They
thought it was better to be owned by a company that wanted them. The
biggest thing I saw was a Delta competitive saw to the Dewalt
Woodworker table saw and the Jet "Supersaw". It looked like a little
brother to the Unisaw. Porter Cable is pushing their air orbital
sander. Really looks nice--light and low profile-- but it is for
professionals. It will take quite a bit of air to operate. They had
it on a 5 cfm @ 90 psi compressor, but the specs for any continuous
use would seem to require more.

Asked the Delta people what they thought of the right-left tilt
contoversy. The ones that have had experience with both have come
back to the right tilt. Mostly due to their experience with the right

Seems like the prices are notching up for several of the table saws.
The Unisaw seems like it has taken a $100 jump in this last year.
Grizzly indicates that they are going to take a jump also on their 10
inch table saws in the next year--better take advantage of those
summer sales, guys.

Franklin indicated that there was quite a concern about Wood
Magazine's review of their Titebond III glue. They took Wood on a
plant tour and reviewed with them the industry standard adhesive
tests. There has to be industry standard tests that allow adhesives
to be compared, but I slso wonder if these industry tests really
result in a true comparison in how the adhesives are used.
From my prospective it seems that the Wood Magazine tests were
"reasonable" even it they did not reflect the "industry standard".
Possibly the industry standard tests need to be confirmed that they
represent real world applications.

Looked at the Lie Nelson planes. I don't own one, so I can't comment
in detail, but it seems to me, based on the shoulder planes, that Lee
Valley has one up on them for ease of handling. I tried the Lie
Neilson shoulder plane. I much preferred Lee Valley's version. It
fit my hand naturally where I was left wondering how to hold the Lie
Neilsen shoulder plane. Also, the small Stanley copies probably were
true to the design, but I wondered if they could have been designed to
fit the hand better. It was hard to hold them and clear the
components of the plane.

Grizzly was there. I have never seen Grizzly at a show (even AWFS in
Anaheim). I was interested in the 10" table saws. They were pretty
saws. VERY substantial!! I was impressed. Delta has some
competition. Without a test comparison, I think the Delta only has
its history to fall back on. This saw has substantial internal
components. I just wonder how the Grizzly compares to fit and finish
when it is received.

Freud discussed their dados--SD 208, 508 and 608. These are designed
for improving dados in the new 1/32 faced plywoods. The SD 308
"safety dado" series is still best for solid woods with its positive
hook teeth. (I hate that name--safety dado.)

For the production people. The powder coat on MDF is going to be big.
MDF Powder Coat Systems and several other manufacturers are going to
be working this area. Really cool technology. Equipment is being
sold, but many people will want to try it "before they buy it" and
therefore contract manufacturers will be necessary.

Triton had several of their products being shown including the router.
Triton also had a small production circular saw station to cut square
steel box stock (like the legs on a Delta saw extension table). It
was safe, resulted in a cool cut and was interesting, but seemed to be
very specialized. For the average guy, I would be more interested in
knowing where the cool pre-painted stock could be bought in the States
and I would use a standard hacksaw to cut it.

The new abrasives are interesting. Many are based on abrasive
material bonded to woven material. This results in improved dust
extraction because the dust can be sucked through the woven material.
It appears that controversy abounds in what (in aluminum oxide,
silicon carbide or zirconium oxide) is sharpest, has the best
friability (for wood), creates the smoothest surface and lasts the
longest. I think I have been confused in talking to the people in the
booths. It would be nice to have a definitive review of the various
materials that all the manufacturers agree with.

Mohawk and Wood Finisher's Supply had large booths describing ways of
fixing wood blemishes. Both of their booths were very instructional.
They both showed how a blemish could be irradicated with their

Stolen from Eric Anderson on Usenet......