Homefront Radio Goes on the Road to Nashville
By: Allen Lyle
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Woodpeckers Precision Woodworking Tools
We had more jigs for the woodworker during our visit with Justin Killibrew of Woodpeckers.
I love the Shelf Pin Template, and Justin also had a great new Box Clamp for making those perfect T-joints in wood.
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!
Jeff also had info on new collapsible sawhorses and folding bolt cutters.