AWFS 2009 #1: Overview & Belt Sander Races

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 07-23-2009 12:58 AM 4267 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We just got back from another great AWFS Fair in Las Vegas. If you aren’t familiar, AWFS is the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers and its a show that occurs every other year at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is just a quick video to give you an idea of what the show is like. Booths and product displays as far as the eye can see and lots of neat stuff to drool over. I even have some footage of the all wood sports car, “The Splinter”, as well as a quick look at the Belt Sander Races. And as if that wasn’t enough, the one and only Matt Vanderlist from Matt’s Basement Workshop makes a guest appearance at the end of the video! Tool demos and the student furniture exhibit will soon follow.

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#1 posted 07-23-2009 02:54 AM

Some people have too much time on their hands to modify belt sanders like that

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 07-23-2009 02:57 AM


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 07-23-2009 04:09 AM

Not fans of the belt sander races eh? lol. After about three runs I was ready to leave myself…... But I promised a few folks I would get some footage of it…...
Some of the competitors really get into it!

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#4 posted 07-24-2009 03:47 AM

I thought they were cool. It is amazing a man can race anything even tools

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#5 posted 07-24-2009 04:36 AM

They didn’t have a tape rule race. I hear they are fun also.

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#6 posted 07-25-2009 09:52 PM

hehe my brother and I use to do tape ruler races when we were kids. Eventually one would break and my dad wouldn’t be very happy at us :) still it was a blast

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#7 posted 07-31-2009 01:37 AM

And taking this a step further. The sawzall powered seem to have some oomph!

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#8 posted 08-22-2009 02:19 PM

Looks like a really interesting event, thanks for giving us a glimpse as to what happens there.

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