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What's on your work bench? This is the official topic for images and friendly chatter regarding that all important surface, the personal statement of your shop, the steadfast friend we can always count on, the space of your shop that nobody knows better than you, we are talking about the almighty "Work Bench". Submit your images now! That's right, don't clean it up, don't be embarrassed, the messier the better, or if there is nothing on it at all, that is fine too. If you have not touched your bench in years, and you have taken a break from woodworking and have boxes piled on it, we want that image too! All images are welcome. Spirit of Topic This is a Hit-n-Run topic, as you walk past your bench, whip out your camera or smart phone, and snap a shot, load it up here. No need for text explanations if you don't want too. To kick this off, walk out in your shop and snap a picture of your bench surface now, and lets get this topic rolling. This will be an ongoing topic, for you to share images of your bench top today, and every day. Types of benches Some of us have small benches, some of us have big benches, some of us use a space in our dining room, some may have a picnic table they use for a bench, and some of us may have a bench of all benches, the traditional joiners bench, or a beautiful full cabinet shakers bench. No matter what you call your work surface, no matter what your work surface looks like, we want to see images of your bench! Thank you in advance to the participants!
I had a good time endlessly wandering around the floor @ IWF. 3 of us went. One to look at software and all of us to look at banders and routers. In between I looked at lots of other interesting stuff. They estimated attendance at about 30,000. Lots of Chinese stuff, some looking better than before. For routers we kind of agreed on 3 (4) brands. For our level of work that meant a price tag of $125K to 200+. By the time a few bells and whistles were added another 20-30K. When we upgrade it will have a push off and clean feature, 18 drills, 12+ tool changer, & a C-axis. Maybe auto load & auto label. There were quite a few auto stackers on display. Price seems to have come down, some now under $100K. We can't currently justify that but they seem quite efficient. They can put away and stack for the next days production overnight all by themselves. Felder had a very interesting router for machining parts that have already been roughly cut to size. It took up a relatively small floor space and had lots of good features. Edgebanders by the zillions. Priced from 5K to 700K. Our picks ranged in price from about $120K to 175. Professional level machines with most of the whistles. We don't do large volume banding but normally about 500 to 1200 bands a day. Couldn't decide if machines that could use laser banding were worth their cost. There isn't a big enough selection of laser banding available currently. I found a supplier of molded rubber products that can make new sleeves for my Max spindle sander. Also found a supplier of silicone membranes so I could replace the one on our 5x10 press. Cost seemed reasonable at about $1500. Lots of hardware was shown. Nice to actually get to feel it rather than the catalog. Lots of lumber and veneer suppliers. Several specializing in the current rage, natural edge slabs. Looked at tooling. The best is priced that way! We still use Leuco blades and Onsrud router bits both out last the more common small shop tools by a wide margin. We just cut 80 sheets of 3/4" mdf into 2 7/16" rips. We stack cut 3 sheets at a time. Less than 10 second cycle time. We do that about every month and a half for the material distributor who sells it to someone w/o a productive saw. Anyhow Atlanta was nice, good food, nice weather, rented a nice condo for the duration of the show. Got Marta rail tickets to ride the subways where we needed to go, cheap! One of our guys was new to bigger city life and stuck to me like glue. I think he was afraid he'd get lost and not know how to find his way back. I told him about the bread crumb trick but he didn't buy it. The airport was crowded and the TSA lines we stupidly long. Anyone else make the trip?