October 1-3, 2018
WMMA Regional Networking Meeting
Loews Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

November 13, 2018
WMMA/ITR Webinar - Navigating the Crest: Forecasting for 2019

April 2-5, 2019
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC19)
Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Amelia Island, FL

May 27-31, 2019
LIGNA 2019
Hannover Exhibition Grounds
Hannover, Germany
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July 17-20, 2019
AWFS Vegas
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV USA


NAM Monday Economic Report — October 1, 2018
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) increased short-term rates for the third time this year, as expected, at the conclusion of its September 25-26 meeting. The committee boosted the target federal funds rate by 25 basis points, with a new range of 2.00 to 2.25 percent. Read more ...

NAM Monday Economic Report — October 9, 2018
In the latest NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, manufacturing leaders in the United States continue to have unprecedented levels of optimism, spurred by improvements in the global economy and, in particular, by pro-growth policies such as tax reform and regulatory relief. Read more ...


Woodworking Network
Wood Pro Expo first day draws larger crowds to new venue

MANHEIM, Pa. –Wood Pro Expo drew larger first-day attendance than the event a year ago in Lancaster, according to show management.

WPE is being held October 18 and 19 in Spooky Nook Sports, the country’s largest indoor sports complex. The exhibit floor is part of a large building, including soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, and an adjoining hotel, The Warehouse at the Nook.

Attendees can preregister or simply come directly to WPE on Friday, October 19, the last day of the event. See

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn as well as take in almost 12,000 square feet of exhibits. More than 740 attendees have pre-registered for Wood Pro Expo Lancaster.  This represents a 30 percent increase in preregistration numbers compared to last year’s event, also held in Lancaster.

Still to come, Gene Wengert, the Wood Dr., will headline Friday (October 19) of Wood Pro Expo with his opening keynote, The Wood Doctor is in. His presentation will address the changes in the industry and their effects on the typical woodworker's business.

Lean expert Mike Roth, returns to Wood Pro Expo Lancaster to conduct a two-part workshop titled, “Jump-Starting Your Lean Journey,” on October 19. Roth's session will address implementing lean management with any sized business.

New this year for Wood Pro Expo Lancaster is an expanded conference schedule that includes the WPE Running Machine program. The program is aimed at giving participants a comprehensive understanding of the machines and systems on display.

Finishing and respiratory equipment distributor, Grapek Bates, will demonstrate its products in action. Another exhibitor, Ellert Equipment, will be offer hands-on finishing advice. Also Felder will offer a demonstration based on the question, “What is the best shop setup, Jointer-Planer or Jointer And Planer?”

Other Wood Pro Expo Lancaster exhibitors participating in the Running Machine Program include Wurth Group (Big Machines or Small Machines, which one will work for you?)  and RT Machine (Lock Miter - Stronger Together, RT Machine demonstrates precision miter joints).


Posted: 10/18/2018

Lakeside Woodworks' Round Bourbon Concrete Table wins 2018 People's Choice award
Lakeside Woodworks' project "Round Bourbon Concrete Table" was the top vote-getter in the 2018 Best In Wood People's Choice winner. Out of over 31 entries the project received the most likes on Woodworking Network's Facebook page. 
Here's how Lakeside Woodwork's describes the crowd favorite:
Project Description:
This 48" round table features a 2" thick, polished concrete top and a custom round base using reclaimed bourbon barrel staves and barrel ring.
Project Construction Details:
We built a 48" round form and poured the top using Quikrete countertop mix. We wet set a base plate into the concrete so that the top can be removed from the base. While the top was curing we built the base using reclaimed barrel staves to give the look of an exploded bourbon barrel. In order to give full support for the 300 pound top, we used reclaimed oak flooring from a Jim Beam Rickhouse for the top and bottom of the base. There is a single steel tube in the center with a threaded rod to help hold everything in alignment while the staves were placed and held together with a single reclaimed bourbon barrel ring and then epoxied in place at the top and bottom. Once the base was complete we finished it with a natural Danish Oil and then started polishing the concrete top. We polished all the way up to 3000 grit and used a warm gray unsanded grout to fill any voids. We then finished the top with several coats of Aquapel.
Materials Used:
Quikrete Countertop Mix, Reclaimed Oak from Jim Beam, Reclaimed bourbon barrel staves, reclaimed bourbon barrel ring, 3" steel tube, 3/8" all thread rod, System 3 epoxy and black dye, General Finishes Natural Danish Oil, Mapei Warm Gray UnSanded Grout, Aquapel Clear Sealer.
Equipment and/or Software Used
o Table saw, miter saw, jig saw, drill, impact driver, polisher, random orbital sander, concrete vibrator, router.

Posted: 10/18/2018


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