Volume 415, Issue 6 - August 2006

Super-Size Me:
IWF is a Seriously Big Show

If you work with wood, you won’t want to miss the largest woodworking show in the Western Hemisphere: The International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair-USA® (IWF). The fair will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on August 23-26. IWF is one of the world’s largest trade shows for the furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, architectural woodwork, moulding and millwork, custom and general woodworking industries.

While the fair deals mostly in wood, it’s not limited to it. IWF also continues to lead the industry in a number of different markets, such as components, plastics, machine tooling, material handling, surfaces and fabrication, wood processing, fenestration, as they relate to the woodworking industry.

What to Expect

The fair has nearly 1400 exhibitors, and will take up approximately 840,000 square feet of exhibit space. It continues to be the focal point for new companies to enter the woodworking marketplace with more than 250 first-time exhibitors. 

“The market is strong and going in the right direction with growth being reported in all manufacturing segments of the woodworking industry. IWF 2006 is on a record pace to be the largest IWF ever,” commented Russ McBroom, IWF 2006 chairperson and president of Mereen-Johnson Machine Co. of Minneapolis, Minn. 

IWF attendees can expect innovation, new technology and proven solutions that will provide the answers to their need for cost-efficient technology and proven manufacturing solutions to deliver high-quality products to the marketplace. 

At IWF, you’ll see CNC machinery; computer hardware and software systems; solid wood processing machinery; hardware and fasteners; tooling and machine parts; hand power tools/light stationary machinery; robotic equipment; laminates and veneers; material handling equipment; raw materials; adhesives; safety and recycling equipment; components and parts; grinding equipment; and more.

Larry Paddock, owner of One Stop Products of Palatine, Ill., will be attending IWF for the fourth time. He says he’ll be looking for mouldings at the show.

Dave Silvia, manager of Somerset, Mass.-based North Atlantic Corp.’s Architectural Products Division, will be attending this year as well. Silvia says he will be looking for new products, software for CNC machines and improvements to existing machinery. Silvia says he is always looking for new vendors for parts and services, and that there are always new international companies exhibiting at IWF.

“Possible new customers [for us] gravitate to some of the same vendors. A smaller stair parts company may not do curved stairs, and since that’s our specialty, they may be a possible customer,” Silvia said.

Silvia will also be attending some of the educational seminars.

“Every year I attend one or two seminars. I’ve already signed up for material handling.”

Signing Up is Easy

To register for IWF, log-on to www.iwf2006.com and click on the “registration” section.

Travel and Housing

IWF has multiple hotels lined up for attendees. To sign up for a hotel easily, go to www.iwf2006.com and click on the “travel and housing” section and click on “exhibitor housing.” You can also call IWF direct at 972/349-5823 to reserve a room.

IWF 2006 will provide free shuttle bus service between most of the major downtown and midtown hotels servicing IWF 2006 and the Georgia World Congress Center. The drop-off and pick-up points will be at the Northside Drive entrance in Building C and the Upper Level of the Georgia World Congress Center on Andrew Young International Boulevard between Buildings A and B.

During IWF, the Georgia World Congress Center will offer a Courtesy Shuttle Service to take visitors to and from eight parking lots and both of the main entrances and IWF registration areas at the GWCC. The buses make continuous stops in 15-minute increments until one hour after IWF closes each afternoon. Look for the Courtesy Shuttle signs located at all GWCC parking lots for a free ride to the Georgia World Congress Center.

Around Atlanta

Atlanta has many attractions to offer this year’s IWF attendees. If you like baseball games, botanical gardens, museums or historical monuments and good food, then Atlanta has something for you to see.

The Atlanta Braves will be playing at Turner Field on August 23, 25 and 26. For more information, visit www.atlantabraves.com

There are several popular sites for tourists in Atlanta. 

The Atlanta History Center, located at 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. N.W., gives a glimpse into the past with its historic houses. The center also has scenic gardens and nature trails. For more information, visit www.atlantahistorycenter.com or call 404/814-4000.

The High Museum of Art of Atlanta is located at 1280 Peachtree St. The museum recently added two new gallery buildings, a dramatic sculpture terrace and an inviting public piazza. For more information, visit www.high.org or call 404/733-4444.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden, located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E. in Atlanta, offers 30 acres of gardens and has one of the largest permanent orchid displays. For more information, visit www.atlanta-botanicalgarden.org or call 404/876-5859.

SHELTER staff spoke with some natives of Atlanta, who recommend the following restaurants:

South City Kitchen has earned the reputation as being the place to send out-of-towners for a real Southern meal. Located at 1144 Crescent Ave. N.E., you can make reservations by calling 404/873-7358.

Ray’s in the City is a seafood house with favorites like Maryland style crab cakes and oysters on the half shell, as well as more cutting-edge menu items like wild Copper Creek salmon, flown in directly from Alaska. Ray’s is located at 240 Peachtree Street N.E. Call 404/524-9224 for reservations.

Veni Vidi Vici has been described as being “wonderful Italian” food. The restaurant’s executive chef Jamie Adams spent five years working in Italy, and it shows. Located at 41 14th St. N.W., you can make reservations by calling 404/875-8424.

Dailey’s specializes in American standards such as New England clam chowder, crab cakes and grilled filet. Located at 17 Andrew Young International Blvd. N.E., you can call 404/681-3303 to make reservations. 

IWF’s Plethora of Products

Whether you are attending IWF for a new machine, to add to your product line or to diversify your business, check out what some of the exhibitors will have on hand at this year’s show.

Booth #4353: Contact Lumber Veneer Looks Like Wood 
The latest in veneer-wrapping technology from Contact Lumber of Portland, Ore., is a wood “look alike,” a highly durable film printed to look indistinguishable from real wood. The wood look-alike components are made with a real wood core profiled to customer specifications and wrapped with an ultra-thin, extremely durable vinyl material that is virtually indistinguishable from finished veneer. As with all of the company’s profile-wrapped products, the components are available in widths up to 9 1/2 inches and lengths up to 18 feet. The components are easy to maintain, available in 11 look-alike species including walnut, maple, cherry, oak and birch, and can be wrapped over nearly any substrate.

Booth #8541: Chop It Up with Sweed
Gold Hill, Ore.-based Sweed introduces the latest design in its scrap chopping line-up—the Model 300 Bandit. 

This unit features a ½ horse-power motor and easily eliminates hazardous plastic banding and up to ¾-inch steel strapping for recycling and easy disposal. The new model can be delivered anywhere in the continental United States (stand not included).

Booth #6127: CMS Has a “Lean” Machine
ARES Series CNC machining centers from Caledonia, Mich.-based CMS are designed with full 5-axis interpolation for entry doors and much more and have complete lean manufacturing flexibility with high-volume performance. 

Single table versions from 12 feet by 4.5 feet up to 19.5 feet by 7.7 feet with multiple zone configurations for pendular or single-work area production are available. 

Booth #1327: Need a Strong Hand®?
Strong Hand® of Pico Rivera, Calif., has unveiled a new innovation—The Expand-O Plier. These expanding-action pliers can be used for workholding between two walls and for pushing/pulling down action for the correction of alignment errors.

When the locking handle of the plier is closed, the two jaws push out, in reverse directions, to push against two workpiece surfaces. A large adjustment screw at the end of the plier arms allows a user to tighten the plier jaws without releasing the hold. One jaw of the exclusive Expand-O Pliers has a swivel pad, which allows the pliers to effectively hold against uneven work surfaces.

Booth #2803: Excel Offers New Dowel Pins
Excel Dowel and Wood Products Inc. of Itasca, Ill., a supplier of wood dowel pins used in wooden interior and exterior doors, is now offering plain and pre-glued dowel pins. The pins are available in diameters from ¼- to ¾-inches and lengths between 1 and 6 inches, in both multi-grooved and spiral-grooved. Metric sizes are also available. 

Excel Dowel also offers a complete line of woodworking and construction screws. All types of drywall, hinge and hardware screws are available in multiple head styles, thread types and drives. 

Booth #5839: Micro Fence Introduces Portable Three-Axis Mill 
Hollywood, Calif.-based Micro Fence’s new Portable Three-Axis Mill is a high-precision plunge base for light to medium duty detailing operations such as joinery, hardware installations, decorative milling and inlays. It offers machine-tool measurement (.001-inch increments) for setting the depth-of-cut in plunge routing operations, accepts several OEM laminate trimmer motors and is compatible with all other Micro Fence System components.

Booth #5927: Colonial Saw Spotlights New CNC Profile Grinder 
The UTMA Model P20-CNC from Colonial Saw of Kingston, Mass., profile grinds HSS moulder knives, carbide inserts, CNC router bits and brazed cutters from CAD drawings, eliminating the need for templates. It automatically rough grinds from blank knife to finished knife, including automatic indexing. The heavy-duty machine has a 10 horse-power grinding motor, weighs 6,000 pounds and is fully cabin-enclosed for maximum flood-cooling during grinding. It has four CNC controlled axes, X, Y, A and B, with AC digital servo motors on each axis. 

Booth #2207 and 2300: Häfele Adds Hardware to Product Line
Häfele America Co. of Archdale, N.C., has added lever handle and lock sets to the current range of functional door hardware. These lever handle and lock sets are for residential applications and are complementary to all door types. Available in a variety of different shapes, designs, and finishes, these make suitable entrance locks for interior doors, according to information from the company. 

Booth #4958: CRL Custom Fabricates New Wood Cap Railings 
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) is introducing a wood cap railing for structural glass railing systems and balusters. These custom fabricated cap railings are available in a variety of hardwoods, configurations, sizes and finishes for use with ½-, 5/8- or ¾-inch tempered glass. 

All wood cap railings are made with extruded aluminum glass pockets to prevent wood from splitting. Round, square or custom configurations are available. They are supplied in random lengths to conform to the wood lengths. Ten-foot lengths are standard, and longer lengths are available by special order.

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