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The Controlled Chaos of Show Prep

By Matthew Pioro November 25th, 2011

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Yesterday was setup day for the Canadian Home Workshop Show. It went a little like this:

“Can you say ‘oops?'”


“Well, do you have the 12 drillpresses, three mitre saws, six scrollsaws, spindle sanders, belt sanders, palms sanders and drills?”


“Well neither do I.”

[10 minutes later.]

“Found them!”

“OK, let’s assemble these drillpresses.”

“Where are the 1/8″ drill bits?”

“Can you pick me up sheets of 80-grit sandpaper?”

“This is missing a belt.”

“Pass the socket set.”

“Actually, could you get me 100-grit paper?”

“When will they run power to this section?”

“Pizza’s here!”

“You put a dust collector together before? No? Well, here’s your chance.”

“I change my mind again. 80-grit sandpaper. Yes. 80.”

“Let’s test these jigs.”

“Start chopping those 1x6s.”

“We’ve been here how long?”

“It’s show time.”

“All right. See you tomorrow.”

“OK. Both 80- and 100-grit paper. That should do it.”

The Kids’ Woodworking and Woodworking 101 areas wouldn’t be running today if it weren’t for the hard work of the section leaders, Tim Alexander and Jennifer Hart. They’ve gone the extra mile in designing the projects you can build when you come to the show. Also, thanks go to Mel at Exotic Woods for the lumber, Ted at King Canada for the tools and the Woolands at the Saw Shop and Shawn at Atlas Machinery for helping to source last-minute supplies, and Peter from General.

And from the chaos, a show ready to go. See you in a few hours when the doors open.

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