Favorites from the 2015 Design and Construction Week Shows

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If you’re interested in residential home and remodeling, the place to be is the annual Design & Construction Week (DCW) – a combination of five trade , featuring 3,700 exhibitors the home construction, remodeling and decorating industries. I know these well. I’ve been attended them for the past 15 years, but this year was different. My past visits were on behalf of the remodeling, woodworking and home improvement magazine that I was writing for during those years. This is the first time I’ve attended with the sole purpose of finding only products that impact the world of woodworking and small workshops. As I hustled through the seemingly endless aisles of granite slabs, window displays and plumbing fixtures (did I mention this show fills more than 4.7 million sure feet of exhibit space), there were moments when I felt like I was searching for a needle in a haystack.

The good news is that I did manage to find several interesting new products at the International Builder’s Show (IBS)  and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the two shows which take up most of the Las Vegas Convention Center. I apologize to those of you who were hoping for updates on the latest window coverings, home furnishings and flooring – skipping those areas was a tough call that had to be made (although I may need to circle back and follow up on a rumor I overheard about some groundbreaking developments in the world of curtain rods).

Here’s a round up of my favorite finds from these shows:

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Here are 8 handy hacks for woodworkers, handymen, and home owners. These hacks will help save you time and money. Izzy Swan facebook – https://www.facebook.c…

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    • April Wilkerson
    • January 31, 2015

    Oh how useful! Wonderful hacks Izzy. 

    • Paul Mormile
    • January 31, 2015

    Thanks for another good one. I’ve been using your table clamp method. Works

    One hack I used. Took my kid to home depot last year and they were doing a
    kids project with little finish nails. Well my kid after hitting his
    fingers 3 times wanted to quit. So I put on my Izzy thinking hat. Pulled
    out a piece of paper. Ripped off a piece and poked the nail through one end
    and he could hold the nail with his fingers out of the way. Project
    complete. He still has it on his dresser

    • ScoutCrafter
    • January 31, 2015

    Izzy I just wanted to compliment you on your background music. Very nice!
    Unfortunately everyone else it seems is brainwashed into using the standard
    heavy metal brain dead mix that is everywhere these days… Happy new year!

    • McGinn's WoodShop
    • January 31, 2015

    Even if I have my sharpening stone handy, I’m drinking my coffee and
    sharpening my tools with the mug next time!
    You and your ideas rock! Keep up the inspiration and spreading of
    AND HAPPY 80,000 subscribers!!!

    • Phil Sale
    • January 31, 2015

    Sorry Izzy, running commercials doesn’t suit you ha!ha! Love the salt idea
    When you were gluing up the three piece laminate and attaching the ‘C’
    pieces to clamp, I noticed the second one you went for was the screwed up
    version, then you changed your mind… not as strong?
    My tip, which came to mind with your toothpaste tip (Good One!) was if you
    need a rawlplug, but haven’t got one to hand or the right size, wet some
    cottonwool, pack the hole, insert your screw, let it dry so that the
    cottonwool expands and it is as strong if not stronger than a rawlplug.

    • Terry Thomas WoodCrafts
    • January 31, 2015

    Awesome video izzy what a great bunch of hacks Well done M8…I have many
    hacks for you but I will give you two I used to use many years ago when I
    was hanging shelves and I didn’t have a level. I would put the shelf
    against the wall and mark one of the holes on the bracket drill it have a
    envelope open just under the hole held on with tape to catch the dust. put
    a screw in tighten it but not all the way, enough so I could move it up or
    down from one end, Then I would use a stainless steel ball bearing or a
    marble , As I move the shelf up or down the ball would tell me when its
    level as it wouldn’t roll any more ………..

    • Roy Wrenn
    • January 31, 2015

    The more I watch your videos the better they get

    Thanks for sharing

    • Leane Garden
    • January 31, 2015

    Always pleasure to watch your videos, and most definitely something new to
    learn for me as a beginner.

    • John Fithian-Franks
    • January 31, 2015

    One hack that I have used often is when a screw or nail has broken off in
    some wood. Get a 4 inch piece of micro bore pluming pipe saw a couple of
    cuts across one end , fit into a drill and use it to drill out a plug of
    wood with the nail inside, you can then use a bit of dowel to fill the hole

    • Denis Minuz
    • January 31, 2015

    In the nail pilot hole hack you forgot the magic words: “Here’s one I
    prepared earlier!” 🙂 Love your work! 

    • Custom Chris
    • January 31, 2015

    Congratulations on your sponsor Izzy. I know that will help you make more
    great videos.. 

    • chris randell
    • January 31, 2015

    Tried the salt on the glue thing earlier………. f*** me IT WORKS! Now, I
    can save more wood due to not getting mad and throwing the wood in temper!

    • jumpleadsx2
    • January 31, 2015

    Where did you get the idea for the salt?? 

    • puddingpimp
    • January 31, 2015

    It’s pretty obvious, but people seem to miss this: Install your bench
    grinder right next to your lathe; you can buff your chisels in seconds.

    Second related hack: Have a tool you need to move around the shop, but it
    needs to be bolted down (like my bench grinder)? Just grab a wood working
    clamp and clamp it to whichever bench you’re working on.

    Third hack: bang some staples into the ceiling joists; grab some zip ties
    and put some extension leads hanging down from the ceiling; You’re much
    less likely to trip or get caught up in overhead power cables than having
    them strung out across the floor.

    • Calum Reid
    • January 31, 2015

    This was fantastic, amazing tips and tricks.

    • Mike Waldt
    • January 31, 2015

    Some really good ‘uns there Izzy 🙂

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