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If you’re interested in residential home construction and remodeling, the place to be is the annual Design & Construction Week (DCW) – a combination of five trade shows, featuring 3,700 exhibitors from the home construction, remodeling and decorating industries. I know these shows 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:
Centipede Work Support Systems
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