Homefront Radio Goes on the Road to Nashville

By: Allen Lyle
Danny Lipford being interviewed on television

Danny appearing on WTVF in Nashville, Tennessee.

Danny and I had a blast recently in Nashville where we spoke at the Woodcraft National Sales Conference and Vendor Trade Show. We also had the opportunity to chat with several of the vendors during a “Live-on-the-Trade-Show-Floor” broadcast of our syndicated radio program, Homefront.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the great products we found that are available for both hard-core woodworkers and DIYers alike!

Delta Power Tools

Joe Brakhage with Delta Power Tools helped answer an email dealing with fabricating shelving in those odd-shaped, and often out-of-square spaces in your home.

Delta table saw

Delta table saw on display.

We also discussed everything from bandsaws, jig saws and more. The Delta Power Tool booth was also brimming with awesome tools to fit any decent workshop.

Apollo Sprayers

Our next topic was painting, which is something I truly dislike. But, anything that makes the job easier is okay in my book. Apollo Sprayers has come out with an award-winning HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) sprayer.

Apollo HVLP sprayer

Apollo HVLP sprayer.

Bill Boxer was our guest to tell us all about it and offer some tips to keep in mind when looking for a quality paint sprayer for your own use.

WoodRiver Hand Tools

It’s always good to chat with our friend, Rob Cosman with WoodRiver.

Rob Cosman demonstrating a WoodRiver hand plane

Rob Cosman demonstrating a WoodRiver hand plane.

Rob is the Michelangelo of the hand plane. He can actually teach you to start with some blocks of lumber and build a quality piece of furniture without ever using the first kilowatt of electricity! In fact, he’s got a new line of video tutorials out now that will guide you through every step.

Laguna Tools

Bob Alsup, better known in the woodworking circle as “Router Bob,” with Laguna Tools brought some high-tech ideas to the table with an unbelievable display created using a CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) router.

CDC router carving of Mt. St. Helens and inlay pattern

CDC router carving of Mt. St. Helens (left) and inlay pattern (right).

Bob had a replica of Mt. St. Helens made out of walnut that was created solely using the CNC router. You can also create some flawless inlays.

The only limit is your imagination! And, with a computer-driven router doing the work, woodworking suddenly becomes a spectator sport!

Kreg Tool Company

Some of my favorite tools come from Kreg. I’ve used their Hidden Fastener Deck Jig before, and it seems like they’re constantly coming up with more jigs to make repetitive work so much simpler to accomplish.

Hidden fastener deck jig from Kreg tools

Hidden fastener deck jig from Kreg tools.

Jason Curry stopped by to show us a couple more cool tools from Kreg as well.

Stanley Black & Decker Tools

Rob Newman with Stanley Black & Decker had a couple of new offerings that are perfect for the home, including a compact 12-volt drill driver and an impact wrench from DeWalt. Both are very lightweight, but rugged.

Compact 12-volt impact wrench and drill driver from DeWalt

Compact 12-volt impact wrench and drill driver from DeWalt.

Rob also showed off the new oscillating tools from Porter Cable.

Woodpeckers Precision Woodworking Tools

We had more jigs for the woodworker during our visit with Justin Killibrew of Woodpeckers.

Shelf pin template jig from Woodpeckers

Shelf pin template jig from Woodpeckers.

I love the Shelf Pin Template, and Justin also had a great new Box Clamp for making those perfect T-joints in wood.

ToughBuilt

Our final visit was with Jeff Stover of ToughBuilt. Jeff showed us the absolute coolest tool belt system I have ever seen. It’s easy to attach to almost any belt, and one even came with a kickstand!

Tool belts and bags from ToughBuilt

Tool belts and bags on display from ToughBuilt.

Jeff also had info on new collapsible sawhorses and folding bolt cutters.

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