The room will ring with the music of woodworkers -- the sounds of routers,
planers, tables saws, drills and other machines -- as The Chicagoland
Woodworking Show begins its run April 16-18 at the Odeum -- North & South
Halls, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park, Ill.
More than 6,000 of the nearly 52,579 woodworkers in the Chicago area are
expected to attend The Woodworking Show, to see and test the newest and best
hand and power tools, machinery and supplies for woodworkers, homebuilders and
do-it-yourselfers. The show will have exhibits representing more than 100
"Many of our attendees spend more than one day, so they can visit the exhibits
several times, see tools and machinery in operation and learn from factory
reps," said show director Irene Devine. "They can purchase everything right
there on-site at special show prices and take it home to use in their shops
Four special woodworking seminars will be held on "Furniture Construction,"
"Finishing Basics," "Picture Framing for Woodworkers" and "Jigs and Fixtures."
The cost of each full-day seminar is $125 when registering at the show. Advance
registration is just $95 and can be charged from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling
As an added attraction, two of the featured speakers, Stuart Altschuler and
Marc Adams, will also present 29 free mini-seminar demonstrations on the show
floor. Each mini-seminar will last 15-30 minutes. Topics will include
woodworking special effects and a variety of woodworking techniques.
Local woodworkers will be featured in 10 free workshops on a variety of topics:
"Build a Stereo Cabinet," "Sign Carving," "Goof-Proof Woodworking," "Tune Up
Your Hand Plane" and "Making Wooden Clocks."
Several area woodworking clubs will be represented with displays showcasing the
wide range of talent in the Chicago area. The North Suburban Carvers will
display various types of carving, including birds and wildlife, caricatures,
high and low relief, ornamental chip carving and sculpture in the round.
Everything from napkin holders to full-size furniture will be shown by members
of the DuPage Woodworkers, Hickory Hills Woodworking Club, Fox Valley
Woodworkers Club and Northwest Indiana Woodworkers Association.
All attendees will be eligible to enter a prize drawing for a new Powermatic
Shows are scheduled for 17 cities throughout the United States in Spring 1999.
The next Woodworking Show on the National Tour will be in Costa Mesa, Calif.,