IWF Atlanta, Great show, spent to much money!

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 08-29-2008 03:22 AM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well the IWF show was as great as always. Had a lot of fun there, meet some cool people. Talked a lot of shop with many. Ran into the WOOD WISPERER and his better half, any body know that guy? Walked about thirty miles I think (felt like it anyway).

Let’s see I picked up some shaper knives, a few insert router bits. Got another Dynabrade orbital sander. Ordered Five 8’ and twelve 5’s of the new bessy k body clamps (not availible till November). Ordered a Osillating Belt sander (shopfox).

And the best thing I got I think was an electric hydraulic lift table with a 30” x 60” top. It goes all the way down to 4” from the floor to 42” high off the floor with the press of of a foot pedal. It will lift 1500 lbs> I plan on adding 4’ x 8’ top to it with torsion box all the way around the edges. I hoping this make it easier on my back. I can build projects on it and move it up and down to level I need it at to work on. Should be here in two weeks or so. I’ll post some pictures after I get it all set up.

Christmas in August! Who said Santa only comes once a year!

Also went through CNN, went to the Falcons and Titans pre-season game (three rows up in the endzone). The Aquarium, Coca-cola museum, the Swan house (histical home). Two other museums, olympic park, Atlanta underground, Botanica,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeewa!! I had to come home and go back to work so I could rest….......................ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 08-29-2008 04:19 AM

Les, I have a foot powered hydraulic table. It goes from about 10” to 37”, after I built a torsion box on it. I think originally it was 23” x 30”, now 31” x 42”. I really comes in handy for finishing. And you’re right, it will save your back.

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#2 posted 08-29-2008 05:30 AM

Sounds like you enjoyed yourself immensely. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 08-29-2008 05:52 AM

Sounds like fun

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 08-29-2008 06:24 AM


Sounds like you had a great time; wish I could have attended. Maybe next year…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 08-29-2008 08:23 AM

Les, what a great trip and toys to take home too :>) Glad you hear you got in some R&R finally.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 08-29-2008 12:40 PM

Sounds like you had a good trip.

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#7 posted 08-29-2008 01:05 PM

I’m worn out just from reading about your adventures!!!
Sounds like you had fun and came home with lots of toys in your stocking! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 08-29-2008 02:50 PM

Sounds like you had a great time Les. That lift table does sound like a handy piece of equipment.
I bet the show was a lot of fun. Nice to meet all these guys that you see and read about.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#9 posted 08-29-2008 03:42 PM

I don’t know Les – I just looked at your shop pictures and wonder where the new toys will go? BTW what is the pedastal machine beside your bandsaw? Seeing all those Jet machines you have, what do you think of their new machines?

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#10 posted 08-30-2008 02:50 AM

My boss just came back from the show also. He told me about all the tools he bought for us. Can’t wait ttill they come in especially for the Lathe. Now I can turn posts and bunn feet at work and spend more time turning bowls at home. What did you think of that stadium? I was there shortly after they built it and was able to stand in the middle of the field on the 50 yard line and look around. You can only imagine what those players feel when they are out there playing. Enjoy your new tools. remember: a man can never have enough tools.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 08-30-2008 03:51 AM

Stanley, The machine you ask about is an old Newton B-100 two head horizontal boring machine. I have one at home and at work. I use it for curved doors, furniture, face frames sometimes and the like. Jet machines are okay for a home shop, they are getting better as time goes by. But I think all company’s are with there machinery these days. And the shop might be getting bigger soon!

Cabinetmaster,,,,,,,,The Dome was a cool place.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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