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2021 AWFS Student Competition

One of my favorite parts of attending the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) Fair every two years is walking through the Fresh Wood Student Competition to check out the amazing pieces that students are making. Entries come from high school and post-secondary students. The students enter by submitting photos of their work, and…

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What to Know About Powermatic’s New Lathe

Powermatic has rolled out their PM2014 Wood Lathe ($1999.99). It’ll handle 20” between centers and has a 14” swing over the bed. Add a bed extension ($249.99), and you can increase spindle length to 43”, plus do larger outboard turnings. The PM2014 weighs 185 pounds by itself, 238 pounds when mounted to the stand. Power…

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New Product: Yeti Smart Bench

Every once in a while, I come across a tool that makes my jaw drop. The Yeti SmartBench, $5,995, is a great example. It’s a portable CNC that’s capable of cutting 4’ x 8’ sheets. What looks like an aluminum sawhorse or scaffold is a fully operational, small footprint, portable CNC router. Broken down, the…

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Product Review: Slab Stitcher

Cutting bowties into slabs, cookies, tabletops… is quite the rage. Slab Stitcher has created a complete package for this process that includes the required templates, guide bushing, router bit, AND the bowties. Complete starter kits as shown here range in price from $80 to $115. A handful of companies make templates. What’s unique about Slab…

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Cool Products from AWFS

I love going to tool shows. I attended AWFS 2019 in Las Vegas, and here are some of the great products I spotted while I was there. Hollowing Chisels and Wire Burning Kit Easy Wood Tools is ready to help you turn smarter, not harder. They’re Mini Hollower Set, $286, is designed for smaller-scale hollow…

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