As you may recall, I recently took a trip to visit a regional Woodworking Show. Before the actual show, I knew which booths I wanted to visit most, and Woodpeckers was at the very top of that list. If theirs was the only booth I was able to visit at that show, the trip would have still been worth it.
Precision Woodworking T Square
Before I even handled one of these beautiful T squares, I knew I wanted one. After seeing them on both the Woodpeckers site and at Woodcraft under the Pinnacle name, the 24″ version of this square soared to the top of my wish list.
When handling the square, I noticed that it was surprisingly well balanced. This is great news since it means a longer T square will still be manageable when used on shorter stock. At the time my wife saw how much I wanted one and offered to buy one for me, but I actually said no! What was I thinking!!
Drill Press Table
Woodpeckers’ drill press table is another item on my wish list. The table features a nice micro-dot laminated surface that’s designed to do wonders to reduce friction.
I have a 10″ tabletop drill press at home, and know that these tables are meant for 12″ and larger presses, but I may just have to splurge for one anyways. Maybe that will give me enough reason to finally upgrade to the larger sized press!
I actually purchased quite a few sets of Woodpeckers’ clamping tools and accessories ahead of the show, but I unfortunately haven’t had the time to try them out. My initial impressions are very high, and I can already tell that my Woodpeckers clamp assortment will gradually grow over the years. I won’t talk much about them here because reviews are already in the works!
Woodpeckers Saw Gauge
When I asked Kathy, Woodpeckers’ extremely pleasant and knowledgeable VP, what their most popular product was, she showed me their precision saw gauge. Although I wouldn’t have a use for it (I don’t have space for a table saw), I immediately realized how innovative and handy the tool actually was. The gauge rests on pins placed in a saw’s miter slot, and can be used to achieve perfect blade alignment.
Check out this video via Stu’s Shed for a great demonstration about how to setup and use the saw gauge.
I highly recommend that if you plan on attending a Woodworking Show, make the Woodpeckers booth your first stop, and bring some cash with you as it will take an extreme amount of effort to leave the booth empty handed.
How would I get a schedule of when and where a Woodworking or Tool Show might be in Indianapolis?
Alex…here’s the link to the woodworking show site: http://cms.thewoodworkingshows.com/cms/
Yep, that’s the site! There’s a link at the end of the post as well, I’m sorry for not making it more prominent.
It looks like you missed a show in Indianapolis in January. You can check the Woodworking Shows site periodically, or check Woodpeckers’ site since they list a schedule of shows as well at http://www.woodpeck.com/shows.html .
Thanks guys! It does look like I missed it in January. I wonder if they only have it here once a year or more often? It looks like the last one was at the state fairgrounds. I think I’ll try to get a schedule of the fairground events calender. I might just find all kinds of tool related shows.
How can we convince Woodpeckers to make a router table to attach to our
table saws – kinda like MCLS, Benchdog, etc, etc, etc ?